John & Chris, Portland, Maine
We both come from wonderful, albeit different, families. Growing up trying to figure out being gay is never easy, but the love and support we got never made us think that we couldn’t have happy, normal lives. Always individualists, people seemed surprised that we chose to have a traditional wedding, but we never saw our commitment as different from any other, gay or straight. After years of dating and living together it was just the natural progression. We got married in July 2010 in a Connecticut park before close family and friends. Sharing that day with the people we care about the most brought us all together in ways we never anticipated. I have never felt so much love in one place. We recently relocated to Maine from New York City with our dog, two cats, and a turtle. It’s a wonderful place for our little family to begin its next phase together. Maine probably isn’t the last stop, but it’s a good place to hang out and daydream with my husband about where life will take us next.