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It's Our Anniversary
Miami Beach, Fl
by Mark Thompson & Robert Doyle
November 14, 2008
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Today is our 27th anniversary. For 27 years, we have made a life together.  We have walked the streets together and roamed foreign cities and picnicked in the parks.  We have played in the ocean and spent summers by the sea.  We have picked blueberries and churned ice cream and skied the slopes.  We have danced through the night and into the morning.  We have read the same books; we have shared four cats.  We have celebrated birthdays and holidays, with friends and family.  And we have marched the lavender line down Fifth Avenue on Gay Pride with our parents, holding a sign that read: MOM AND DAD AND ME AND HE. 

And all this, this life together, we have created without any of the 1,138 benefits that the US government affords to married couples.  We have endured housing codes which labeled one of us a domestic servant, in order that we could live together.  We have endured the shouted epithets.  We have endured the thoughtless remark from co-workers and neighbors and the scapegoating in the media.

We came together not long after the newspapers identified a new disease impacting gay men.  We endured a President who refused to utter the word “AIDS,” and a callous administration that ignored a rampaging epidemic.  We clung together, stunned, as our friends got sick and died.  We attended so many memorial services and delivered too many eulogies.  We marched with ACT UP; we chanted and raised our fists.  We volunteered; we wrote letters and checks. 

We were there as the world began to change—as the Netherlands allowed same-sex marriage in 2001, and then Belgium, Canada, Norway, South Africa, and Spain.  Then Massachusetts—and now Connecticut.

For 27 years, we have stood together as one—with the help of only our family and friends.  We have kept on keeping on in the face of a world that would shun us, deprive us, deny us, ignore us.  We have held on together because we know this is about love: our love together.  And no one can take that from us—not then, not now, not ever.   

Happy 27th, sweet boy.

With love, so much of it.


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