Lena and Lisa

June 25, 2013 By Josh Steichmann

lena-lisa-blogLena 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.

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8 Responses to “Lena and Lisa”

June 25, 2013 at 10:53 am, Karen Smith said: Good Luck Lisa and Lena and God Bless. I found your story uplifting and I am hoping much success and happiness for your family.

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June 25, 2013 at 1:49 pm, J Rackey said: Wishing you both a lifetime of love and happiness

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June 25, 2013 at 1:51 pm, angelique blanco said: I'm so happy for you!! You're going to get married. ;^) god bless you and your family and good luck with everything

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June 25, 2013 at 2:32 pm, Miss sue said: They really are a sweet and loving couple. God bless you Miss sue

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June 25, 2013 at 5:15 pm, JIKAIAH said: I haven't seen you two in years but I always remember how solid and inspiring if a couple and parents you were.

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June 25, 2013 at 8:17 pm, Jennifer Egenberger said: I've known Lisa since she was 18 and I can tell you she is the one of the kindest people you'll meet. I wish her and Lena nothing but the absolute best. Their relationship is what every marriage should be. Their family is blessed.

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June 26, 2013 at 1:04 am, pico said: Its. Time that the american people.stop.discrimating.against Lght people,we deserve the.same right no.less as.anyone.else!! America wake up and love thy neighbor whether they.are.gay.or not ,everyone deserves happiness and.love. And no one is to judge.you and.what.you.deserve.God.loves

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June 27, 2013 at 3:30 am, F_Gershwing said: Lena, Lisa and Daniella, God bless you and your family, with so much peace, happiness and spiritual strength for the rest of your lives!

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