LETTER: Love Stories Strike Chord 

Thank you for featuring the love stories of the newly married same-sex couples. As an ordained though resigned Catholic priest and current wedding officiant, it was refreshing to read these knowing that the love of the people behind them is now recognized and sanctioned by our state.

Kudos to our governor and attorney general for doing the right thing and going out on a political limb to endorse and promote the issue of marriage equality. Similarly, I have deep respect and admiration for the many, many same sex couples who took great risks in going public with their love in order to bring about this much-needed change and move us forward as a more loving, just and unified community of people.

I join in celebration with couples across Virginia whose long awaited dreams and hopes can now be realized. I have now had the privilege of officiating the marriages of several same-sex couples and what a great honor this is. One couple had been together for 30 years and another for 33. What a great day to be able finally to publicly celebrate these beautiful love unions.

These couples have such a great deal to share with all of us about family values, though sadly not appreciated by many because of not being some sort of traditional family — whatever that means. I am so much more proud today than I was a year ago to be a resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The window has been opened and the fresh air coming in! Peace.

Wayne Swatlowski,
Richmond

We'd like to thank you for the wonderful stories that you included in last week's issue on same-sex marriages. Photographer Scott Elmquist was so thoughtful and we love all of his pictures. Kate Andrews was a delight, and her article was a lovely way to give readers a sense of the personal journeys that many of us have taken over the years.

Jan Reid and Lisa McKnight
Richmond

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