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August 1, 2009

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If you're going to have an outdoor wedding in the Pacific Northwest, August is the time to do it. I wish not everyone knew this, otherwise we might not have had a such a conflict. Two pairs of friends chose the same date and time to wed. Since one couple turned their occasion into a 4-day extravaganza with Bollywood-level production values (they even replicated the choreographed finale from Slumdog Millionaire), we caught the first 2 nights of their celebration near Leavenworth, WA before driving and floatplaning up to Sechelt, BC the next day just in time to catch the formalizing of Larry and Eric's vows. They'd had a commitment ceremony 9 years ago, but now that Canada recognizes same-sex marriage they made it official in their fantastic backyard overlooking the delightfully warm salt water of Porpoise Bay. When I was a child, wedded people of strikingly different skin tones or ethnic backgrounds were said to be in a "mixed marriage." You don't really hear that term among fair-minded people these days. Likewise, there will come a day when "same-sex marriage" will seem just as anachronistic. In the hearts of all who attended this ceremony, that day is already here.