It seems like wedding bells are ringing for everyone anymore. In October I had accepted a job offer after applying to a different part of Purdue University. In talking with my new manager, I found out she wasn’t married but had been with her boyfriend about as long as Justin and I have been. Apart from one or two other people, she was the only person other than Justin and I that I knew who wasn’t married. This past week that changed when she married her boyfriend and became husband and wife.
While I am happy for her and she is one of the most friendly, cheerful and inspiring people I am happy to have met, I’m sad that Justin and I are once again the only un-married couple I know. I don’t want much – I just want to make official our love for each other in the eyes of the government. I want to enjoy spending the rest of our lives together in the security that we are able to enjoy all the protections and responsibilities afforded by marriage. I do not understand why this is such a bad thing and why I still cannot marry the person I love.