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Lifelong Partners: A dedication to my beautiful best friend Joseph.

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We got married on Catalina Island, on my partners’ parents 50th wedding anniversary. I remember getting ready to start the ceremony, and my future mother-in-law was running around throwing rose petals on the ground. I have to admit, I thought it was a little silly, but I understood the sentiment. We stood on top of a mountain, under a cross, overlooking the Pacific, and took our vows to love each other as “lifelong partners.”

We were both nervous about kissing in front of my partner’s parents for the first time.  Our love has never been based on sexual intimacy but simply a mutual commitment to love each other.   After we went through the ceremony, it was time to kiss. When our lips touched each other’s mouths, the bell tower on the island started to ring. Now, if my mother-in-law had not spent that extra five minutes playing around with those rose petals, we would not be able to experience such a forceful kiss. A sweet reminder to me that everything happens for a reason.

JOEY AND CHRISTOPHER

2006

CHRISTOPHER & JOEY

2017

I can only speak for myself, but I struggled for a long time with the idea of marriage and never thought it was something that would ever happen in my life. However, when those bells rang as our lips touch, I knew in my heart that I had found my “lifelong partner” and I know that was God’s way of validating for both of us, that we were both worthy of his love.  At that moment the journey had really just begun.

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