Almost every week I have the pleasure of handling engagement, wedding and anniversary announcements. The photos are often of two people looking lovingly at one another, almost with giant sparkles in their eyes, or a couple with arms wrapped around one another like they want to never let go, or sometimes it is of two people with laughing smiles and eyes squinting because, obviously, they find joy in each other's company.
Note that I didn't say a man and a woman looking lovingly, a man and woman never wanting to let go, or a man and woman finding joy in each other's company — that would be excluding the filled-to-the-brim-with-happiness couples made up of two women or two men. I have the pleasure of handling those announcements as well.
And it is a pleasure.
While our wedding forms (including anniversary and engagement forms) are heteronormative, prompting the submiter to list the bride's information and the groom's information, I have proudly run same-sex couple announcements with the same treatment as heterosexual couples, though with wording fitting the couple's respective pronouns.
I see a lot of debate about marriage and civil unions, about church and government sanctioned covenants — but I'm going to openly and unabashedly come out in favor of love.
I think love is the most powerful and beautiful concept the world has ever seen and will strongly assert that any two consenting adults who share the bond of love should have the same rights and privileges as any other two consenting adults to get married, bear or adopt children, visit each other in the hospital and suffer through visits from each other's in-laws.
Keep on lovin', Juneau.