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Jo Deutsch & Teresa Williams

Jo Deutsch (born 1960) and Teresa Williams (born 1957) married on May 18, 2013, one week shy of 30 years together. They wed in Maryland, where same-sex marriage has been legal since Jan. 1. The state’s General Assembly passed a law permitting it in February 2012, and a slim majority of Maryland voters—52 percent—approved the referendum on Nov. 6, 2012.

It was a moment they had never dreamed of - a moment that seemed impossible.

They had been through sickness and health - amazingly great moments and the worst of times together. They had supported each other through their siblings' and relatives' sicknesses, injuries and deaths, but they had also shared the joy of the births of their three children and the building of their family.

And, then on May 17, 2004, the unimaginable occurred: Jo was at work when she heard the news. Teresa was at the library with their youngest child. In all their years together, they had never imagined that this day would come in their lifetimes. Jo picked up the phone and called Teresa.

"Will you marry me?" Jo asked.


Photo © Judy G. Rolfe/rolfephotography.com
Jo Deutsch and Teresa Williams married on May 18, 2013, one week shy of 30 years together. They wed in Maryland, where same-sex marriage has been legal since Jan. 1. They had been through sickness and health - amazingly great moments and the worst of times together. They had supported each other through their siblings' and relatives' sicknesses, injuries and deaths, but they had also shared the joy of the births of their three children and the building of their family.

And then, without hesitation from Teresa: "Yes."

On that day, the Supreme Judicial Court in Massachusetts had ruled that it was unconstitutional to deny same-sex couples in the state the freedom to marry. It was an extraordinary day.

Source: www.freedomtomarry.org/blog/entry/a-29-year-partnership-why-marriage-in-md-matters-to-jo-and-teresa

Further Readings:

Queer Identities / Political Realities by Bruce Drushel and Kathleen M. German
Hardcover: 299 pages
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing; New edition edition (April 1, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1443804479
ISBN-13: 978-1443804479
Amazon: Queer Identities / Political Realities

'Queer Identities/Political Realities' examines the intersection of political leadership, media coverage, and sexual identity with particular emphasis on the negotiation of meaning between public behavior and private behavior in the United States. Centering on cases that illuminate key issues, each chapter questions assumptions about media coverage and extends current theoretical understanding. Each chapter focuses on a specific case within the broader conceptual fabric of queer theory, media theory, or rhetorical criticism. Varied methodological approaches allow us to gauge public discourse of multifaceted controversies that involve same sex behavior. History reveals frequent occasions when private sexual behaviors surface to attract public interest. While the prejudices and discrimination against same-sex partnerships, whether casual or permanent, remain entrenched in United States culture, there have been occasions when the public discussion is riveted on instances. This book argues that public interest changes when the partners in such relationships are of the same sex. The extraordinary public prejudice against same sex unions and public censure has been well documented in other research reports and continues to receive attention in other scholarly publications. This book will examine the unique intersection of political leadership, media coverage, and same-sex behavior.

More Real Life Romance at my website: www.elisarolle.com/, My Ramblings/Real Life Romance


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