Lena and Lisa
Lena Brancatelli and Lisa Kirk started dating in 2004, when they were both working at Starbucks. Lena was smitten with Lisa’s warmth and sense of humor.
“She’s very kind, and always makes you laugh,” explains Lena.
Now the couple lives in San Jose, where Lena works as a senior revenue accountant for Yahoo!, and Lisa has her dream job as a civil engineer for the Santa Clara Valley Water District. They send their 12-year-old daughter Daniella to Catholic school.
“We have a lovely community here, and a lovely family,” said Lena. “We made sure it was a progressive parish, and it’s a very loving environment. We’re part of their family, and they’re part of our family.”
But, she said, choking up, “It’s very hurtful, the people who are against us being together.”
Lena and Lisa are ready for marriage.
“There’s nothing else marriage compares to. In September, it’ll be nine years — we’ve been through some very hard times, and some very good times. It’s time to get married,” said Lena.
“What’s weird is, we’re waiting on a bunch of strangers to tell us that our relationship is OK,” she said, talking about the Supreme Court. “But we’re planning our big traditional Italian lesbian wedding for September.”
Lena and Lisa are among thousands of Californians ready for marriage. Loving couples statewide are anxiously awaiting the opportunity to affirm their commitment to each other in the same way their straight friends and family can. Though the Supreme Court did not announce a ruling on Prop. 8 or DOMA today, they are expected to announce decisions on both by the end of this week.