Sunday was the first day marriage certificates were signed in Washington state since the passing of the same-sex marriage law. One Spokane couple said “I Do” to each other for the second time.
“Okay, let’s do this again, round two. Let’s do this the right way…
Brandon Betty and Victor Rapez held round one, their wedding, in September before the law passed. They always planned to have another celebration if same-sex marriage became legal. Here’s Brandon, then Victor.
Betty: “So we decided that standing on our stoop on the front porch, and our friends standing down in the front yard. Just couldn’t be a more quaint, more intimate way to say I do to somebody.”
Rapez: “The ceremony just took place at about 3:00pm in the afternoon, and at about 11:00 a.m. it started to snow, which was what we hoped for. It adds a little texture to the house with all the Christmas lights.”
At their home, the two were married December 9th in front of about 25 friends. Both men said nothing felt different this time compared to their first ceremony, expect the ability to truly call each other husband.
Betty: “There is a feeling of closure; nobody can say that I’m not really married anymore.”
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