“JJ and Virginia” by Julia Pearce

April 20, 2010 by  
Filed under Features, Wedding Announcements

Tybee Couple Says Loving Vows In Presence of Many Friends!

News and Commentary by Julia Pearce

Tybee witnessed history March 21, 2010 as JJ and Virginia braved the political waters of Georgia and united together in a beautiful commitment ceremony at the Windrose on Tybee Island, Georgia.

Over a hundred guests witnessed the service, of this couple that has been together for 15 years.

The State of Georgia has a history of slow progressive decisions.  Slow movement on Jim Crow laws, slow movement on same-sex unions, no movement on Healthcare.  State laws disagree on same-sex unions, but Georgia Law states, “It is declared to be the public policy of this state to recognize the union only of man and woman. Marriages between persons of the same sex are prohibited in this state.” It goes on to state, “No marriage between persons of the same sex shall be recognized as entitled to the benefits of marriage. Any marriage entered into by persons of the same sex pursuant to a marriage license issued by another state or foreign jurisdiction or otherwise shall be void in this state. Any contractual rights granted by virtue of such license shall be unenforceable in the courts of this state and the courts of this state shall have no jurisdiction whatsoever under any circumstances to grant a divorce or separate maintenance with respect to such marriage or otherwise to consider or rule on any of the parties’ respective rights arising as a result of or in connection with such marriage.”  This is Georgia State Law.

On the other hand, Massachusetts Law states, “The same laws and procedures that govern traditional marriage also apply to same-sex marriages. There are no special procedures for a same-sex marriage.

Recently, President Obama signed an executive order granting some benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees calling it “a historic step,” and promises more action to come.

“We’ve got more work to do to ensure that government treats all its citizens equally, to fight injustice and intolerance in all its forms and to bring about that more perfect union,” Obama said. The signing drew sharp criticism of the president over a Justice Department motion filed last week in support of the Defense of Marriage Act — which effectively bars the federal government from recognizing same-sex unions. Obama said he still wants to repeal the act.

“I believe it’s discriminatory. I think it interferes with state’s rights, and we will work with Congress to overturn it,” he said.  This is quoted from The Washington Post.

In light of this, we should all be proud of JJ and Virginia, and all of the Tybee residents that embraced their Love statement.

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