They've lived together since 1996, and took as much of a plunge as they legally could 12 years ago. "We had a commitment ceremony in 2000, recognized by the Unitarian Universalist Church," said Sharon Baldwin.
So-called conversion therapy to change a patient's sexual orientation is a practice frowned on by mainstream psychiatry and deeply offensive to gays and lesbians, who rightly see it as a relic of a time when homosexuality was regarded as a mental illness. We think it's a terrible idea.
In just a few hours at 12:01 am on Thursday, Dec. 6, JP Persall and her partner of 10 years Diana Wickman will become one of the first same-sex couples in Washington state to receive a marriage license.