It’s Time for Marriage in Hawaii: Chris and Julie

July 12, 2013

One year ago, Chris and Julie moved 6,000 miles away from their families to start their new lives here in Hawaii. Not long after they arrived in the islands, they stood on the beach with a few family members and close friends to be joined together in a civil union.

ChrisAndJulie#1It was a beautiful day — one that affirmed the love and joy that fills their lives.

Like many couples, Chris and Julie love bringing people together for laughter and fun. From hosting themed parties to throwing together impromptu gatherings, they enjoy spending time with friends and family.

Although they cherish time at home — with loved ones and alone — they thrive on adventure. From ziplining and parasailing to snorkeling and hiking, Chris and Julie take on all of life’s exciting challenges together.

Even though Julie and Chris enjoy many of the same adventures and activities as other families, they’re treated differently than other couples. Even with their civil union, Chris and Julie are denied the critical protections they need to take care of each other.

Now that the Supreme Court has struck down the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), thousands of legally married same-sex couples have access to the security that only marriage provides.

But families like Julie and Chris are treated as second-class. Their relationship and their commitment to one another deserve the same respect as other families — but they’re still vulnerable.

Chris and Julie love each other and are sharing their lives together. Now they want to take an oath to take care of and protect one another. After years together, shouldn’t they be allowed to share in the freedom to marry?