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By Audrey Bilger

Marriage this day isn’t what it was: for higher, now not for worse. As same-sex weddings have gotten extra universal, the vintage love-story chuffed finishing is taking up a decidedly new twist, each person has a clean function to play, and supporters and rivals of homosexual marriage alike are discovering themselves in the middle of a revolution that’s redefining marriage—both as a private selection and as an institution—as we all know it.

In Here Come the Brides!, editors Audrey Bilger and Michele Kort assemble jointly the voices of girls collaborating in—and shaping—this significant historic shift. Representing a range of issues of view by way of race, type, ethnicity, and gender identity, this choice of essays, tales, and visible pictures takes a multidimensional examine how starting up the conventional order of “man and spouse” to incorporate the opportunity of “wife and spouse” is changing our social panorama. From marriage ceremony images and pictures of protest indicators to comical anecdotes and sober philosophical analyses, Here Come the Brides! is an exploration of ways the legalization of same-sex marriages has irrevocably replaced the way in which lesbians take into consideration their unions and their lives—and a party of the dream of lesbian happily-ever-afters.

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I can’t carry again the tears. My center aches. M AY 2 zero zero nine After a religious rite in 1998, a six-month marriage rebellion in 2004, and a shotgun criminal marriage ceremony in 2008—after which we donated all our marriage ceremony presents to defeat Prop 8—Molly and that i can eventually understand that our marriage is secure and “real. ” The california ideally suited courtroom has governed that the 18,000 mar- riages that came about among June and November or final yr are “valid and well-known within the kingdom of california. ” HereCometheBrides_finalpages. indd 202 12/15/11 5:58:04 PM Diary of a Love Warrior 203 VA LE N T I N E ’ S DAY, 2 zero 1 1 eighteen folks take a seat at the ground within the San Francisco county recorder’s place of work subsequent to the wedding license counter. we are facing one another in a circle, clasp arms, and start making a song “What the area wishes now's love. ” we're 3 lesbian undefined, homosexual male undefined, 4 ministers (some directly, a few lgbt), and 4 unmarried love-warrior activists. The law enforcement officials let us know over a bullhorn that if we don’t disperse we are going to be arrested. We proceed to sing. They ask us to depart a moment time. We proceed to sing. we're peaceable; we smile at each other. i'm calm, if a piece ner- vous. in the end, there are ten police officers with plastic riot-gear handcuffs sur- rounding us. We sing the reality: What the realm wishes now could be love, candy love. No, not only for a few, yet for everybody. in point of fact, a few humans don’t love us, and so they don’t see our love as candy. however the those that paintings at San Francisco urban corridor do. They’ve watched us the following yr after 12 months, rally after rally. They married a few of us in 2004 and 2008. They know the way we’ve been harmed through the denial of marriage and marriage advantages. sometime the area will comprehend, like they do, that love is love, irrespective of the gender of these within the couple. love among ladies or males is as dignified and holy because the love among a guy and a lady, and beneficial of a similar criminal, non secular, and neighborhood benefits. Marriage will be not only for a few, yet for everybody. HereCometheBrides_finalpages. indd 203 12/15/11 5:58:04 PM the place the Queer area Meets the asian region  Helen Zia i used to be as stunned as a person whilst my better half and that i bought married after being jointly for twelve years, in the course of that old Valentine’s day weekend of 2004 at San Francisco’s golden-domed urban corridor, with millions of alternative lesbian, homosexual, bi, and transgender undefined. in determining to hitch the same-sex marriage revolution, lia and that i had no illusions; our civil marriage certainly not affected our serious view of this patriarchal marriage establishment. we would have liked to get married to claim our dedication to one another and to precise our defiance opposed to the warmongering, fundamentalist regime in Washington. 204 HereCometheBrides_finalpages. indd 204 12/15/11 5:58:04 PM the place the Queer sector Meets the Asian region 205 yet, finally, we made it to the altar a result of Asian American girls we knew on the San Francisco marriage bureau in urban corridor.

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