i do, i do

In celebration of the historic vote on 24 June, 2011 in which
New York lawmakers legalized same-sex marriage.

i do

One man seated on the lap of another; vintage gay photo, gay marriage


what greater thing is there for two human souls

than to feel that they are joined together

to strengthen each other in all labour,

to minister to each other in all sorrow,

to share with each other in all gladness,

to be one with each other in the

silent unspoken memories.

i do

One woman seated on the lap of another; vintage lesbian photo, gay marriage


Text: excerpt from ‘Adam Bede’ by George Eliot, c. 1859
Image of men: photographer, sitters, unknown c. 1900
Image of women: Glass plate negative, sitters unknown,
photographer possibly Arthur Phillips, Australia, c. 1910
Powerhouse Museum collection

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One Comment

  1. stephen

    We’d already been married for 8 years: thank you, Canada! But after 41 years together I’m beginning to think it might last.

    Thanks for the always touching and intelligent blog.

    Posted August 2, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Permalink

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