Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Now For The Wedding



Now that Delaware has passed the Marriage Equality Bill, I am planning our wedding.

Bill wants a small, private affair.  I would like something a little more festive but I'll go along with Bill's wishes.

My co-worker Monica tells me that the Sussex County Delaware justice of the peace makes house calls.  This is perfect.  The new law comes into effect July 1st. Our 49th anniversary is July 3rd.  I'll try and make arrangements to have him stop over here at Casa Tipton-Kelly to perform the marriage nuptials.   We'll get married in the back yard, next to our birch tree planter oval.  

Yesterday our good friends Jack and Judy were over for lunch.  They have agreed to be our witnesses.  Perfect.  

Jack and Judy and me at the site of my July wedding to Bill Kelly


Now I have to decide what kind of wedding rings that we will exchange. Do I do diamond bands or just a plain gold band?  I already have so many rings, something will have to go because I will wear my wedding band.  

This is still all like a dream in my head.  Doesn't seem like this is really happening.

Even though the Supreme Court appears to making a very narrow ruling in the two upcoming marriage equality suites before them, that doesn't discourage me.  I know that eventually the rest of the country, including the Supreme Court will catch up with the majority of the republic and history and realize that a loving a committed relationship like ours deserves the same respect, dignity and protections accorded to other Americans.

The time has come folks, a dream comes true.




38 comments:

  1. PERFECT! I will throw virtual confetti from here and wish you nothing but the best!

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    1. Anne Marie,

      You knew where we'll be taking our wedding vows. You and I stood on that very same spot a few years ago!

      Ron

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  2. This is fantastic news, Ron! And I just read that Minnesota is joining the ranks of the enlightened (who'd a thunk it, eh?).

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    1. Yes it is good news Walt. How is the marriage equality bill doing in France? I hear there are riots. Are there really that many people against it in France? I thought they would be a bit more understanding than the folks here in the states.

      Ron

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  3. My my! I saw that you just posted this a little while ago. You're up past your bedtime tonight.

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    1. Sean,

      Don't forget, I work in the evenings. I don't get off until 11 pm and hold around 11:20. I need time to unwind. Sometimes that's when I post a blog if I'm in a mood. Sometimes I go to bed at 9 pm and sometimes 2:30 am. It drives Bill crazy that I don't have a set pattern but I don't. Freedom, it's a wonderful thing Sean.

      Ron

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    2. I figured you were probably winding down from work.

      Maybe one day in the future I'll have some more freedom. (Sigh!) Right now I work for Mom and Dad's concierge and taxi service (along with that pesky full-time gig.)

      It's all good!

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    3. Sean,

      When I come home from work I can't go directly to bed. I have to wind down. Usually I have a bag of popcorn and watch an episode of 'Judge Judy" that I've recorded earlier.

      Ron

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  4. You will make a lovely bride; I wonder if I will cry.

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    1. Dr. Spo,

      Wait until you see the video, guaranteed tear jerker.

      Ron

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  5. Congratulations! This is indeed a momentous occasion and an historic one. You've certainly waited a helluva long time for this to become a reality. Everything seems to be working out perfectly.

    I like the idea of a quiet home wedding on the 3rd. You can always celebrate with noise and fireworks on the 4th.

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    1. Jon,

      July 3rd is our anniversary. Because of its close proximity to July 4th, we'll never forget our anniversary date. Yes, we have waited a "helluva long time." About time too.

      Ron

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  6. Randy in NEB3:43 AM

    Ron, Wow! This is great news, I'm very excited for both of you. At least at this wedding I know who the best man is, you and Bill. You said it will be a small affair, so I hope you will post lots of video on your blog. I can watch it by myself because I know I'll cry. So happy and proud of you both. Just wish I could be there. Randy.

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    1. Randy,

      My problem now is to find someone to take the video and photos. I was hoping my friend Mark could do it but I haven't heard back from him. Maybe I'll just set up my video camera on a tripod. Have to take a video though!

      Ron

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  7. I'll be one of very many rejoicing with you 'from a distance', Ron, come the biggest and best day of your entire life.

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    1. Ray,

      Yes, this will be the "biggest and best day" of my entire life. It's hard to explain the good feeling that is with me now but I like it. Now to get the rings and finalize the details.

      Ron

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  8. Very cool. I am so happy for you both!

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    1. Bob,

      Yes, our wedding is going to be "very cool." This is a great feeling!

      Ron

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  9. Anonymous11:01 AM

    This post makes me very happy today for you & Bill. What a lovely setting that will be in your own backyard & with your dear neighbors standing up for you. I hope your good luck continues Ron & Bill.

    Fran

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    1. Fran,

      I wish I could describe exactly how good I feel these days. This is a great feeling. I hope our good luck continues too!

      Ron

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  10. a reason for more disco music!

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    1. Tony,

      If I had my way I would move up the wedding ceremony a notch or two and have disco music but Bill wants a minimal ceremony. I don't want to rock the boat so I'll go along with him. He's even agreed to a kiss at the end of the ceremony which is very unusual for him. Kissing me in public? I don't think he's ever done that in his life. Our wedding day will definitely be a first!

      Ron

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  11. Sylvia8:30 PM

    How wonderful. Your backyard looks like the perfect venue for your nuptials.
    Your blog readers want lots of pictures.

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    1. Sylvia,

      Yes, our backyard, next to that planter oval is the perfect setting for our nuptials. Rain or shine, we're doing it!

      Ron

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  12. You are both very lucky to find true love and it is fantastic that you've been together 48 years. If only more couples could find such happiness as you two have. My first marriage was not so successful but I did manage 22 years and there were good moments. Roll on July!

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    1. Paul,

      I am so looking forward to formalizing our lifetime relationship. Whatever has happened in my life or will happen, I've always known that I hit the lottery when I met Bill. I knew it from the first time I met him. I just knew it. Our wedding will be the perfect ending.

      Ron

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  13. Awww, how sweet. I'm so happy for you!
    Peace <3
    Jay

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    1. Thank you Jay. I hope you find as much happiness as Bill and I have found with each other.


      Ron

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  14. Anonymous10:35 PM

    Seems like it is going to be truly a Happy Anniversary this year !
    Congratulations, and you helped make it possible in Delaware.
    Going to send an announcement to your cousin in NC? Ha Ha!
    If he sends you a gift - don't open it !
    Stuart in Central Florida

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    1. Stuart,

      Oh I'm sure my homophobe cousin in North Carolina will know about my wedding. I'm quite sure either he or his narrow-minded neighbors keep track of me by reading my blog. I guess they feel the world is closing in around them every time another state passes a marriage equality bill.

      Ron

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    2. Randy in NEB1:27 PM

      Ron, Do they even have that new fangled internets down there in hillbilly country? And if they do, how do you use the key board with no opposable thumbs?

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    3. Randy,

      Oh they're a nosy, gossipy bunch up there in those mountains. God forbid that someone should be different than them. I remember an incident a few years ago where they ran out of town a gay football coach. Ran out of the mountains I should say. There's a lot of hate up there in those mountains.

      Ron

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  15. Beautiful. Congratulations!

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    1. Thank you Susan!

      Ron

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  16. Anonymous7:31 AM

    Ron, congratulations to you and Bill!
    Susan

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    1. Thank you Susan.

      Ron

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  17. Congratulations to you both! I can't wait to see pictures and videos.

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  18. Thank you Sip!

    Ron

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