Bil Browning

This Will Break Your Heart

Filed By Bil Browning | March 03, 2011 7:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living, Marriage Equality
Tags: break your heart, California, Derence Kernek, Ed Watson, marriage equality, Prop 8

Meet Derence Kernek and Ed Watson, a California couple who have been together for 40 years. They want the 9th Circuit federal court to lift the stay against same-sex marriage is California so they can get hitched. Why? Ed, who is 78 years old, has Alzheimer's disease and wants to get married before he can't recognize his partner of 40 years anymore.

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Over the years I’ve hosted a number of unions in my back yard garden and the fact that the ceremony was not government approved was soon forgotten. The emotion builds with friends, music and the words of the preacher. The love is sincere and the tears of joy flow just as much without the document as they would with it. I would urge them to go ahead, get excited, make plans, enjoy that wonderful day and, of course, take many pictures. I wish them the best.

I married my lady years ago. It's not legal. Yes, it was beautiful, yes it was a day filled with love and family and friends. And I have never forgotten that it is not government sanctioned, as I am forcibly reminded over and over again.

It's not the same.

You warned heart is broken. I can't imagine the cruel person who would deny these two their moment....