#ProudQueer Wedding 2016 Edition

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This wedding edition, we at PQ Monthly wanted to do something a little different. This year we wanted to celebrate you, your engagements, weddings, and our victory as it relates to marriage in the eyes of the law in the United States. Although this is the start line in joining the greater humanitarian movement, it is certainly a major win for the Queer community. It validates our relationships both legally and personally. We at PQ Monthly wish each of you all the blessings of the universe. Congratulation! On the cover:
Ben Parisot & Peter Parisot were married on October 4, 2015, at the lovely Postlewait's Farm in Canby, Oregon Ben Parisot & Peter Parisot were married on October 4, 2015, at the lovely Postlewait's Farm in Canby, Oregon
Ben Parisot & Peter Parisot Married on October 4, 2015, at the lovely Postlewait's Farm in Canby, OR “We have been married a little over six months now and it still surprises me how much being married has changed how I feel about our relationship. There is a sense of real permanence and support that I didn’t feel when we were dating, or even living together.  Being married fundamentally changed how we interact and respond to one another — even how we argue. I don’t doubt that he is going to be there the next day and day after that. Feeling that kind of certainty is like having a huge invisible weight lifted off my shoulders—one that I didn’t even know was there.†- Peter Parisot “I didn't think getting married would change much in our relationship, but it did. Standing together in front of a crowd of your friends and family and promising to love each other forever is transformative. It gives the ordinary concerns of everyday life an absolute weight of importance and deflates situations that would have once seemed like the end of the world. It's made our relationship stronger, and it's made me stronger.†- Ben Parisot Collin McFadyen & Jeana Frazzini
Collin McFadyen & Jeana Frazzini- Wedding date September 17, 2016 Collin McFadyen & Jeana Frazzini- Wedding date September 17, 2016
Wedding date September 17, 2016 Marrying Jeana will feel like the moment my life comes full circle, like in Monopoly. We'll Pass GO, collect our $200 and then start building a new life together, with the intention of it being "our" life, not just two lives that run parallel to each other.   Our hearts will be all in, no matter how the dice roll. I can't wait to say "We do!"    
John Halseth & Robin Castro - Married: December 31, 2015, on our 20th anniversary! John Halseth & Robin Castro - Married: December 31, 2015, on our 20th anniversary!
John Halseth & Robin Castro Married: December 31, 2015, on our 20th anniversary! For over 10 years, we worked together with so many folks to make our dreams of marriage come true. After seeing so many happy couples get married in 2004 and then have it taken away, was heartbreaking. That made us all work even harder to gain equality. For John and I, this meant our relationship was truly equal in the eyes of the law, and our friends and family. We still have work to do, but this giant win makes our communities unstoppable!
Juan Martinez & Byron Beck - Married: May 30, 2015 (20 years to the day since Juan and Byron went on their first date). Photo by Jason Lucey Juan Martinez & Byron Beck - Married: May 30, 2015 (20 years to the day since Juan and Byron went on their first date). Photo by Jason Lucey
Juan Martinez & Byron Beck
Engagement Date: May 14, 2014  (the day of the ruling that allowed same sex marriage in Oregon Byron asked Juan to marry him in front of a television camera)
Marriage Date: May 30, 2015 (20 years to the day since Juan and Byron went on their first date)
Byron: It was the best day of our lives. And I don't feel we will ever have a day like that ever again. It goes way beyond policies and politics, but getting the ability to have our dream wedding in front of our families and friends was something we will both never forget.
   
Sara and Jess are tying the knot legally this coming June on Pride Weekend at her Mom's house. Sara and Jess are tying the knot legally this coming June on Pride Weekend at her Mom's house.
Sara Stafford & Jess Adams: I proposed to Jess over 2 years ago when it wasn't yet legal, she wanted to wait until it was legal in her home state of Oregon to get married.  She proposed to me this past September.  I always dreamed it would be some kind of fabulous flash mob proposal with unicorns and glitter in toe...(I am definitely that kind of girl), but that's not who Jess is.  She's a t-shirt and Jeans and Vans and Star Wars kind of girl, not so flashy.  But what I love about Jess is she knows who she is, and she knows who we are together.  That's why she proposed to me at THE DOG PARK. Is there such a thing as an endearing laugh sigh because my heart is full and yes it was actually perfect.  We were there with our fur-babies Cash and Blue Belle on the Sandy River Delta, and she asked me to marry her.  She said I wanted to do it here. Here with our crazy dogs and hair and dirt everywhere because our lives are messy and beautiful, and I don't want it any other way with anyone else. This feels like home.  You are my home. Sara and Jess are tying the knot legally this coming June on Pride Weekend at her Mom's house. Photo caption: Here is a picture of us the day she proposed to me and one this Christmas when I took her to my hometown for the 1st time ever in Montana
James & Bobby Waldner - Married 5/2/15 at the West End Ballroom in Portland. James & Bobby Waldner - Married 5/2/15 at the West End Ballroom in Portland.
James & Bobby Waldner Married 5/2/15 at the West End Ballroom in Portland. Marriage has been a dream come true for us, literally. It comes with its own set of challenges, but we feel truly blessed to have each other. Next stop- CHILDREN!!!!    
Grant Cates & Zach Reed Engaged September 7, 2015 Grant Cates & Zach Reed
Engaged September 7, 2015
Grant Cates & Zach Reed Engaged September 7, 2015 I can't wait to spend the rest of my life with this man. I'm excited for the family we are going to start together. I'm excited that the story our kids tell of how their parents met and got married will be much the same as their classmates. I've never aspired to normalcy, but it really feels so right in this case.
Adrian Flores & Anthony Wynn Married in Yachats, Oregon on April 1, 2016. Adrian Flores & Anthony Wynn
Married in Yachats, Oregon on April 1, 2016.
        Adrian Flores & Anthony Wynn Married in Yachats, Oregon on April 1, 2016.  Growing up in a world where one could scarcely imagine that same-sex couples would ever be allowed to marry, we both feel so blessed that our love for each can now be formalized through marriage.  Our heartfelt thanks go out to Edie Windsor, for challenging the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and paving the way for full civil rights for all.
    h&jfull-81Heather Keisler Fornes & Jen Keisler Fornes Married: November 15, 2015 at the Elysian Ballroom in Portland, Oregon The ability to marry hasn’t changed us or our relationship, I am still head over heels in love with her. Legally recognized marriage did change the landscape for us. We would have never considered a civil union, we didn’t want our legal commitment to each other and our rights to change when we crossed state lines. We wanted to be able to throw an amazing party, invite those we love and hold most dear, share our commitment to ourselves and each other with them publicly and at the end of the day know that we would have the same rights as any other married couple. Legal marriage paved the way for our rights and we had a beautiful wedding day.