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animale  and I have been together for just a few days shy of 11-1/2 years.  We've lived together for about 5 of those years and we were pretty much married in all but name.  Although I'd originally wanted to get married in my home state of California, when they passed Prop 8 and Iowa started allowing gay marriage, we decided to get married there.  We got our license back in November, but various events kept delaying the ceremony.  Part of it was that Animale wanted a date that he would be able to remember easily.  1/1/11 was a holiday, so that didn't work, we weren't able to schedule anything for 1/11/11, and I didn't want to wait until 11/11/11 (which would have been a cool number), but we finally settled on 2/2/11, which also happens to be Groundhog Day, the only rodent-related holiday on the calendar.  And 22 is divisible by 11!*

At some point in the future we may have a big public wedding at a con or something, but for now, we had a little ceremony at the Magistrate's office in Glenwood, Iowa.  Everyone there was really nice and enthusiastic, not the slightest hint of prejudice or homophobia.

We exchanged wedding bands made of tungsten carbide, a relatively new jewelry material.  Tungsten carbide is an extremely hard substance, a 9 on the Mohs scale, as hard as corundum.  The ring is a dark metallic color and is polished to a near mirror finish.

*Bob's Burgers reference


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Feb. 3rd, 2011 10:58 am (UTC)
Hey grats you two! :)
Feb. 3rd, 2011 01:33 pm (UTC)
Awesome!! Congrats! Many more happy years together!
Feb. 3rd, 2011 01:42 pm (UTC)

I love SS jewelry, especially the laser-cut stuff....it's insane expensive here in the US though, almost as pricey as gold.
I did buy several SS rings and a bracelet in the islands, at a fraction of what they would have cost here.
Feb. 3rd, 2011 02:54 pm (UTC)
Congrats :-)

Did you have to slog through the storm to get there, or was it already clearing up?
Feb. 3rd, 2011 07:48 pm (UTC)
The storm had passed by then, though the roads were still a bit messy in spots. We passed by dozens of cars and even big rigs that had slid off the roadway and were abandoned. About 15% of the vehicles were overturned.
Feb. 3rd, 2011 04:35 pm (UTC)
Well, congratulations to you both!
Feb. 3rd, 2011 09:06 pm (UTC)
Wow, that's fantastic!! Congratulations!!!
Feb. 3rd, 2011 10:45 pm (UTC)
Wow, almost every gay couple I know who wear wedding bands, have them made from tungsten.

Feb. 3rd, 2011 11:31 pm (UTC)
Feb. 4th, 2011 01:21 am (UTC)
Oh, wow! Congratulations!
Feb. 4th, 2011 03:47 am (UTC)
Sounds like a happy day for you two.
Feb. 4th, 2011 11:31 am (UTC)

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