image17My partner and I have been together for 15 years and have two beautiful children. We can’t wait any longer for the right to marry in Florida, because we are already married in the state of Washington and pay Federal taxes as a married couple. Yet, if anything were to happen to one of us, we would face many legal challenges for such simple things that married couples take for granted. And that’s not fair for our children.

We love living in Southwest Florida and have a great network of friends here. We go to ballet class, and birthday parties, and face the same challenges and successes as our married friends. We believe in treating everyone with respect and equality, and it’s time to show our children that we too are respected as equals in society. This is our home. It’s time.