It was almost five years ago that Tracey started this site to collect ideas for her own two-bride wedding. In the last five years a lot has happened. First, you all started reading this site, looking at pictures and submitting your own stories. Then, Tracey and Angela got married, on a boat in San Diego. They had some beautiful babies, and then Shannon came on the scene, to help with the blog and leave Tracey more time for parenting. And finally, not too long ago, Ashley and I took over, to track the ever-increasing number of pictures and emails coming in.
As all that happened, the world was changing around us. Gay marriage was slowly legalized, state by state, case after case made their way through the courts, and activists made petitions, phone calls, and speeches. And now, today, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in favor of true marriage equality, in every state in the country. Get out your rainbow flags and your sparklers and go buy yourself a milkshake! Today is the day!
Ashley and I found this blog when we were in college, newly out to ourselves and our families, and looking for role models. Googling “lesbian” was still a scary prospect, but when I first saw the tandem bicycle picture we all know and love, I knew I had found a good place. In the days that followed, we scrolled through pictures, read stories, and started to see ourselves in the pretty dresses, dapper vests, converse sneakers, laughter, tears, and love.
So today, we want to thank Tracey for starting this site and keeping it going, for giving us pretty pictures and true stories, wedding inspiration, proposal ideas, and so many role models of women who express their love fully and deeply every day. We want to thank Shannon for the work that she did to update the site on a regular basis, and we want to thank you for reading and submitting your photos and your stories! Thank you, too, for the work you’ve been doing offline, the work of coming out to friends and family, standing up for your rights, and living your lives as honesty and as kindly as you can. That work could not be more important.
Of course, that work is not over– and in the coming days and weeks and years, we will keep working, so that our friends around the world can express their love freely and legally, so that our friends at home can be sure of fair treatment and safe spaces regardless of their gender identity and expression, and so that all of us can celebrate ourselves and our loves with the full support of our governments, our friends, and our families. But today, we will celebrate by holding our wives (and partners and girlfriends and puppy dogs) close and raising our glasses to Mary Bonauto and Edie Windsor and the many, many, many other women (and men!) who have helped us to win this victory! HOORAY!