Aug 4, 2013

Aug. 5th, 2013 08:44 am
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We have gathered here today to recognize in law a marriage that has already stood for many years.

Since the beginning of time, men have fallen in love, sworn mighty oaths, and pledged their lives to each other. Love between men is a rare thing, not always understood, and for too long shrouded from history and denied recognition by the state. Yet still, this love persists. It springs up everywhere: something known, though never taught, defying every threat, growing wild in every refuge. As a tradition, it has survived without interruption ever since, sheltering itself quietly in plain sight, hardly swayed by the trials of hatred, persecution, and plagues.

God made us male, and gave us marriage. This, we know beyond all dispute, because it is written in our very hearts.

Some of you know this feeling well. For others, it is forever beyond your imagination. But we welcome all of you to be present here and share in the happiness of this moment. Today, we ask you to forgive our enemies, to not tell them the error of their ways, but to simply share with the world what you see here. We ask you to share both what is before you, and also what is among you. Nobody, looking upon your lives and your stories, could ever deny the power of your love and the goodness that flows from that bond.

It is a great honor to be here as we join two men in marriage, and a great joy to find reconciliation between our lives, our destinies, and the law. Today, we celebrate and formalize what we have always known to be true - that every kind of love is sacred, that we may make such families as we choose, and that honesty, loyalty, and good will overwhelms every other consideration.

Tony Berno, do you take John Vogel to be your legally wedded spouse from this day forward, and to share equally the joys and trials of life, as you have for so long already?

Do you promise him your loyalty, to always hold him as first among many, and to be as mindful of his needs as of your own?

Do you promise him the freedom to learn and grow however he desires?

Do you promise to be worthy of his love, and to accept and cherish it as long as you both shall live?

I do.

John Vogel, do you take Tony Berno to be your legally wedded spouse from this day forward, and to share equally the joys and trials of life, as you have for so long already?

Do you promise him your loyalty, to always hold him as first among many, and to be as mindful of his needs as of your own?

Do you promise him the freedom to learn and grow however he desires?

Do you promise to be worthy of his love, and to accept and cherish it as long as you both shall live?

I do.
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