In the end we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends -- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
On February 13, 2012, Governor Chris Gregoire signed a same-sex marriage bill that had been passed by both houses of the state legislature. Voters approved the legislation in a referendum held on November 6, 2012. The law took effect on December 6 and the first marriages were celebrated on December 9, 2012.Link to Wikipedia and the rest of the article
This weekend our friends were among those couples who celebrated and married on Sunday, December 9, 2012. To malama (care for) these two women and celebrate their love, I gathered greenery from the land we share with them. Prayers, permissions and mindful assembling wove the leialoha o'o (garlands of mature love) pictured above. Aloha crosses gender, is powerful and means "hello", "good-bye" and everything in between.
Photo credit: Dr. Mary mk Sandford