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Thu Dec 6, 2012, 08:04 PM

Pic: Way past wonderful



Photojournalist Meryl Schenker took this picture very early this morning in Washington state, in the first hours when same-sex couples could get marriage licenses. Meryl writes:

One month after Washington State voters approved the state's marriage equality law in Ref. 74, same-sex couples get marriage licenses for the first time on December 6th, 2012. At around 1:30am, Larry Duncan, 56, left, and Randy Shepherd, 48, from North Bend, Wash. got their marriage license. The two plan to wed on December 9th, the first day it is possible for them to wed in a church in Washington State. They have been together for 11 years. Originally from Dallas, Texas, they moved here 7 years ago because it's more gay friendly. Randy is a computer programer and Larry is a retired psychology nurse.


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kpete Dec 2012 OP
niyad Dec 2012 #1
countryjake Dec 2012 #23
UndahCovah Dec 2012 #31
pegasis Dec 2012 #2
rustydog Dec 2012 #3
Bigmack Dec 2012 #5
rhett o rick Dec 2012 #4
Lucky Luciano Dec 2012 #6
Initech Dec 2012 #19
LynneSin Dec 2012 #7
Pisces Dec 2012 #15
JaneyVee Dec 2012 #8
nadine_mn Dec 2012 #9
pepperbear Dec 2012 #10
BlancheSplanchnik Dec 2012 #11
MindandSoul Dec 2012 #12
sheshe2 Dec 2012 #13
RomneyLies Dec 2012 #14
SunSeeker Dec 2012 #16
dinger130 Dec 2012 #17
graywarrior Dec 2012 #18
nolabear Dec 2012 #20
upi402 Dec 2012 #21
JanT Dec 2012 #22
Mnemosyne Dec 2012 #24
pinto Dec 2012 #25
mrsadm Dec 2012 #26
beac Dec 2012 #27
dangin Dec 2012 #28
Kali Dec 2012 #29
Hekate Dec 2012 #30
Scootaloo Dec 2012 #32
OnyxCollie Dec 2012 #33
MADem Dec 2012 #34

Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 08:08 PM

1. like the pic of those two wonderful ladies, this is great. I wish all couples the very, very best.

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Response to niyad (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 10:41 PM

23. Here's a pic of them too, from last night just after midnight...


Jane Abbott Lighty, left, and her partner Pete-e Petersen raise their right hands as they take an oath

more wonderful pics:
http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Historic-day-as-gay-couples-receive-marriage-licenses-182369121.html?tab=gallery&c=y&img=0

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Response to countryjake (Reply #23)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 02:36 PM

31. Maybe its the wrong time to notice but

 

Maybe its the wrong time to notice, but the guy on the far left in the blue shirt...Its Steve Stiffler from American Pie! I don't know who he thinks he's gonna pick up at a gay event! :laughing

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 08:22 PM

2. Congratulations!

I hope Larry and Randy have a long and happy LEGALLY bound life together with all of the benefits afforded to married couples. So happy for them and all the couples in WA.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 08:28 PM

3. EAST of the Cascades! I love it!

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Response to rustydog (Reply #3)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 08:31 PM

5. Actually... North Bend is West of the Cascades...but... it's rural as hell! nt

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 08:29 PM

4. Wonderful. nm

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 08:40 PM

6. holy zztop! nt

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Response to Lucky Luciano (Reply #6)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 10:20 PM

19. LOL that's the first thing I thought of!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 08:46 PM

7. Call me embarrassed but I first thought they were brothers or maybe even twins

If anything they blow away the stereotype that gay men are 'effeminate looking'.

Edit note: I know that most of us know that about gay men but I've met enough right-wingers who swear they can pick out a gay person just by how they act or dress.

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Response to LynneSin (Reply #7)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 09:33 PM

15. They say couples start to look like one another after awhile.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 08:48 PM

8. Talk about finding your soulmate.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 08:48 PM

9. I guess what they say about a couple looking alike after being together

for awhile is very true..

I saw this on facebook and I think they are such a sweet looking couple and so happy they can get married.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 09:05 PM

10. 2 big ol' bears. Love it! n/t

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 09:11 PM

11. where the heck is the :happytears: smilie??

I love how they don't fit the gay guy stereotype!

This is just....it just fills my heart.

I want to find my soulmate, too!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 09:11 PM

12. Congratulations to the happy couple and best of luck for a long marriage!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 09:14 PM

13. K&R

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 09:25 PM

14. This is a beautiful thing.

 

How can anybody hate these two men for loving each other?

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 09:43 PM

16. That made me smile.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 09:48 PM

17. Fabulous

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 09:55 PM

18. That is the most awesomeness photo I've ever seen!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 10:26 PM

20. These guys are incredibly adorable. I'm in North Bend a lot. They fit right in.

I'm so proud of Washington right now.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 10:28 PM

21. Cool

Pretty damn rural area too. I bet you can hear banjo music 24/7.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 10:40 PM

22. congratulations to all of the happy couples

i love this pic. it made me smile because love just has no boundaries.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 11:17 PM

24. Just beautiful! Congrats to all! nt

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 01:31 AM

25. Yeah.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 01:37 AM

26. Just WOW and everything everyone said!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 08:55 AM

27. SO wonderful!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 11:02 AM

28. Teddy bears

Don't the bears no they have to stay single so they are free to go to "bear night" at the gay clubs????

Just kidding around, good for them.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 12:10 PM

29. aww

something in my eye

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 02:03 PM

30. I love weddings.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 05:18 PM

32. Two beautiful men getting what should have been theirs long ago

I'm happy for them, and proud of the people of my state for making it possible.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 05:40 PM

33. The plaid flannels are a dead giveaway.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 11:07 PM

34. Shocking!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

They both look much older than their stated ages!!

I think they've succumbed to that "look alike" thing that happens when people are together for a long period of time--I keep hearing the theme of the Patty Duke show in my head!

Still, they're cousins,
Identical cousins and you'll find,
They laugh alike, they walk alike,
At times they even talk alike --

You can lose your mind,
When cousins are two of a kind.


source: http://www.lyricsondemand.com/tvthemes/thepattydukeshowlyrics.html

They certainly dress alike, and shave alike! I can't blame them for running like hell from Dallas--I hope they have many years of happiness together.

Great pic, btw!

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