Boe Ramírez and Germán Roa, of Rockville, MD, have been partners for over 17 years. For them, marriage is a lifelong commitment to be there for each other, in good times and difficult times. When Boe lost his job for being gay, Germán wanted to demonstrate his unconditional love and support, and proposed on Christmas morning. Now that marriage equality is a reality in Maryland, they plan to get married in front of the families that love and support them. (Available in English or Spanish)
Stephen Williams & Joey Pressley: Stephen, 51, and Joey, 49, live in Brooklyn and have been together for 20 years. They were married on Friday, July 29, 2011. Stephen and Joey both feel that marriage is important to them in order to attain the same recognition and protections as straight couples.
Kelebohile (Kele) Nkhereanye & Renee Boyd: Kele and Renee met in in 1989 at Nontraditional Employment for Women, an organization that trains women for careers in skilled construction. Renee is an entrepreneur, and feeds homeless LGBT youth as part of giving back to the community. Kele is a newly ordained interfaith minister. They are a bi-national couple, as Kele is from Lesotho. Kele and Renee married at Marble Collegiate Church in New York City, where they are members. Both are interfaith chaplains and members of LGBT Faith Leaders of African Descent.
Alan Miles & Drew Glick: After 16 years together, Alan and Drew were married on July 24, 2011, in a ceremony at Manhattan’s municipal building. Alan proposed to Drew after marriage equality became law in Massachusetts, but they decided to wait until they could marry in New York. They live in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan and are both 45 years old.
Tiffany Peckosh & Meredith Soffrin: Tiffany, 31, and Meredith, 30, have been together for six years. Last year, over lunch at their favorite taco shop, they promised to spend the rest of their lives with each other. They live in Brooklyn and were married at the New York City municipal building on July 24, 2011.
Gregory T. Angelo is the Executive Director of the Log Cabin Republicans, a Republican organization dedicated to representing the interests of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans and their allies. Angelo also serves as Executive Director of the Liberty Education Forum, a non-partisan think tank that advocates a message of gay acceptance among conservatives and people of faith throughout the United States. He is a resident of Washington, D.C., where he is active in LGBT politics. He was an Alternate Delegate for Newt Gingrich in the 2012 election cycle.
Aisha C. Moodie-Mills is the Advisor for LGBT Policy & Racial Justice at the Center for American Progress. Her work explores the intersections of race, sexual orientation, economics, and public policy. She has been recognized as one of the top “Forty Under 40” national LGBT leaders by The Advocate, and as one of The Root‘s 100 emerging and established leaders in the African-American community. Aisha was also a key strategist and spokesperson on behalf of marriage equality in the District of Columbia.
Jay Michaelson is the author of four books and two hundred articles on religion, sexuality, and ethics. His most recent book, God vs. Gay? The Religious Case for Equality (Beacon), was an Amazon.com bestseller and Lambda Literary Award finalist. Jay is a contributor to CNN, NPR, the Jewish Daily Forward, Religion Dispatches, The Daily Beast, Salon, The Huffington Post, and the New York Times. Jay is also the founder of Nehirim, a national LGBT Jewish community. He holds a J.D.