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said, simply: “We are nearly ready for our wedding.”

The Festivities On August 14, 2010 in allwhite attire, Ed and Erwin married in the glow of a white-themed wedding, with Leon and Ilo by their side.   Completing the wedding party were two matrons of honor and two best men, Debbie Menzer and Mike Gary standing up for Ed, and Tey Cueto and Joel Sioson for Erwin, and flower girl, Marina Story.

Photo courtesy Three Lights Photography

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Amid white flowers, white parasols, and 50 white-clad guests, a harpist played Only Time as Ed and Erwin repeated personallywritten vows and exchanged diamondstudded titanium rings.

The festivities continued with a very special wedding banquet prepared by WUW volunteer caterers, which included a buffet of Beef Medallions with Shallot-Brandy Sauce and Chicken Breast Picata.  And of course, a wedding cake, topped with caricatures of Ed and Erwin. Just prior to the wedding, Ed and Erwin had issued another blog post  - “If you would like to watch our wedding live, join us at this link at 3:30pm EST on Saturday.” –And Ed explains why they decided to make their wedding so public.   “People too often see a samesex marriage as a political statement.  We are not in love to make a statement.  The love happened on its own.  We are not a

family to make a statement. God brought us together because we need each other in some way.  We live our lives the best we can.  Hopefully, people will see our love and boring-normalness and realize that we do not threaten traditional marriage.  Hopefully, some young gays and lesbians will see us as an example and know that they can have a family of their own.” “Quo habitat felicitas nil entret mali,” reads the inscription at the Meridian House, donated by the Meridian International Cultural Center for Ed and Erwin’s wedding. “It is truly a beautiful venue,” Ed said. And inside, on August 14, as with every day of their lives together for the past 10 years, happiness dwelled.   (As of this writing, Erwin continues treatment with daily at-home medication for the lung cancer which is now considered stage IV.  He is receiving quarterly routine scans as ongoing care.) Susan Hart Hellman is a freelance writer based in California. Susan@SusanHartHellman.com

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Volume 5, Issue 2  

Autumn/Winter 2010

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