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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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Kana and Tiffany

June 20, 2013 By Jesse Melgar

tiffany-kana-blogFour years ago, Tiffany was teaching English in Japan, and met Kana through a mutual friend. Despite the language barrier, they hit it off immediately, and after a year, got engaged. Now, they live together in Los Angeles, where Tiffany works in television, and Kana, who was a chef in Japan, now studies at LACC.

But, without a decision from the Supreme Court on Prop. 8 and DOMA, their future is uncertain. Without restoring the freedom to marry in California, Tiffany and Kana won’t be able to get married. With DOMA still in place, Kana won’t be able to immigrate legally.

Tiffany and Kana are ready to take the next step in their relationship. Tiffany and Kana are ready for marriage.

“It’s the security of knowing that we will be together for the rest of our lives,” said Tiffany. “It will be a big release — she’ll be in the country for good, and we can move forward with our lives, and think about things like owning a house and having children.”

Tiffany and Kana are among thousands of Californians ready for marriage. From San Diego to San Francisco, and from Riverside to San Jose, loving same-sex couples are waiting for the opportunity to express their commitment to each other in the same way their straight friends and family can.

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Cesar and Miguel

June 13, 2013 By Shaun Osburn

cesar-miguel-blogMeet Cesar and Miguel.

They fell in love four years ago, and became domestic partners in July 2012. They have a successful business in Long Beach, called CakePops & Co., and are working toward becoming foster parents, hoping to eventually adopt.

And, like countless same-sex couples throughout California, they are anxiously awaiting the Supreme Court’s decision on Prop. 8, hoping to publicly affirm their love and commitment. Marriage means more than a certificate to them — they talk about marriage in terms of what it means for their family.

“Our children will have parents that are married,” said Cesar, “not just domestic partners, but married, just like the other kids at school.”

“And,” he added, “I’ll have a husband, not just a boyfriend.”

Cesar and Miguel are among thousands of Californians ready for marriage. From San Diego to San Francisco, and from Riverside to San Jose, loving same-sex couples are waiting for the opportunity to express their commitment to each other in the same way their straight friends and family can.

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Grad School Romance

March 26, 2012 By Guest Contributor
the hopping winn family

The Hopping Winn Family

When I was accepted into UC Berkeley’s Master of Social Welfare program, the last thing I anticipated was that I would meet the love of my life. I left New Jersey, moved to California and started fresh. Jen and I met within the first few weeks of the program and quickly realized we were going to walk away with more than a degree. Fast-forward four years and we are happily married (two years today!) with a 15-month-old son, Owen. We have blended our faiths and are raising our son in a Jewish-Christian household with a dog, a cat and baseball on the weekends. We are the all-American family–the new one, that is.

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