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Today April 7, 2009 became a very historic day for the State of Vermont. By a 100 - 49 Vote our Legislature voted to override our Govenor's veto of a Gay Marriage bill S115. Effective September 21, 2009 Civil Unions will cease and full marriage will take effect. I respect each persons view on the issue, but for those of us in the Gay/Lesbian Community we are proud of our Senate and Legislature for their work on this issue. Also THANK YOU Vermont Freedom To Marry for your endless hours of work to help get this passed. Thank you to all the individuals who worked behind the scenes to assist also. Following is the news release just minutes after passing.

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Dear Cliff,
Vermont's House and Senate made history today, overriding the Governor's veto of S.115 and making Vermont the first state to embrace the freedom to marry through our elected representatives without a court order. Congratulations to all of us!
The final vote in the House was 49 votes to sustain the veto, and 100 votes to override it -- an override by the slimmest of margins. We are deeply indebted to legislative leaders for recognizing the importance of our families and our rights, and to all those legislators who stood by us -- some at considerable political risk. The courage that many leaders have shown over the past several weeks is inspiring, and we've seen the best of representative democracy in action. To our supporters in the Legislature: You have stood up for us, and we will stand with you in the days to come. We urge you to write each and every legislator (House and Senate) who stood with us on the override vote. Let them know you appreciate their support, and what they've been through.
This is a proud day for Vermont and Vermonters. Throughout this three and a half week process, we have engaged with one another with as much civility and respect as possible given the intensity of the heartfelt views many of us -- across the spectrum -- brought into this debate. And in the end, we did the right thing. The forces of justice, fairness and love proved far stronger than one man's veto pen.
And along the way, we built new bridges. The debate galvanized the majority of Vermonters in the quest for fairness and inclusion, uniting the business community, clergy and ordinary folks from the four corners of our state. In our editorial pages we've seen compelling calls for justice, personal stories, and thoughtful analysis. And in communities around the state, thousands of Vermonters stepped up to the plate -- writing your legislators, coming to the Statehouse, knocking on doors, and making phone calls. Some of you have never engaged in the political process before, and some hadn't thought much about the freedom to marry until it hit the front page. But you opened your hearts, heard a better future calling, and dedicated yourself to making our world a more loving place.
And the courage of every single legislator, and the commitment of every single volunteer and donor, has made a difference. We made it over the top without a cushion. Every single one of us has truly mattered.
Your actions matter to Sandi and Bobbi, who can finally get married right here in their own home state after 42 years of committed life together -- through life-threatening sickness, job loss, and the challenges of parenting, as well as the joys of raising a child, being grandmothers, and sharing each other's company.
Your actions matter to Nina and Stacy who have spent a dozen years advocating for children of gay and lesbian parents -- including their own. It matters to their son, Seth, who deserves to grow up in a world that recognizes, respects, and protects his family as much as any other.
Your actions matter to Scott, who as an adolescent struggling with his sexuality regularly contemplated suicide because he felt less worthy than his heterosexual siblings. And to the next generation of Scotts whose load will be lighter in a world where our laws don't reinforce outdated social stigmas.
Your actions matter to kids that haven't yet been born, youngsters who don't yet realize how we made a better world for them, and soulmates yet-to-be-joined by fate or good fortune.
Vermont can serve as a beacon of hope to the kid on the playground in Indiana, bullied by his peers because he's not macho enough. To the lesbian mother in Georgia in fear of losing custody of her child because she's gay. And to the worker in Montana who is afraid to come out to his boss for fear of losing his job.
To all of you -- thank you for making this difference!
We are planning a party, to celebrate justice and thank all who made it possible. Stay tuned for details. And thanks to all for proving that, in the end, love prevails!
Kelly J Last
 And
Clifford E Turpin

Proudly announces their
Civil Marriage
September 6, 2009

At the
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Of Bennington 
108 School Street
Bennington, Vermont

At 5:30pm

This will be a simple wedding service, however we
Request the Honor of your presence.
Clifford Turpin
Kelly Last
Marriage 
September 6, 2009

 Opening Words

Kelly and Cliff, you come here today already bound in love and commitment to each other. Today, we are not creating new bonds of love and commitment; we are acknowledging bonds that have already deepened your relationship and made it strong. Today, we finally give the blessing of legal marriage to your love.
Readings
I love you,
Not only for what you are
But for what I am when I am with you.
I love you,
Not only for what you have made of yourself
But for what you are making of me.
I love you, for the part of me that you bring out;
I love you, for putting your hand into my heaped-up heart
And passing over all the foolish, weak things
That you can't help dimly seeing there,
And for drawing out into the light
All the beautiful belongings
That no one else had looked quite far enough to find.
I love you because you are helping me to make of the lumber of my life not a tavern, but a temple; 
Out of works of my every day not a reproach, but a song.
By Roy Croft






Vows
(As prompted by the Minister)

1, Kelly, take you Cliff to be my wedded husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part, With my -whole heart, and with complete devotion, I pledge you my love.

1, Cliff, take you Kelly to be my wedded husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part, With my whole heart, and with complete devotion, I pledge you my love.

Rings

Rings are made precious by our wearing them. They carry our meaning; they say who we are, where we have been, and where we are going. They are a symbol of our truest essence. Your wedding rings are most special because they say that even in your uniqueness your have chosen to be bonded, to allow the presence of another human being to enhance who you are. Your rings carry the double message: We are individuals and yet we belong; we are not alone. As you wear them through time, they will reflect not only who you are, but also the union you are making today. You are demonstrating the fact that through the rest of your lives each of you will be imprinted by the other, yet as yourself remain.
Kelly to Cliff, take this ring as a sign of my love and fidelity.

Cliff to Kelly, take this ring as a sign of my love and fidelity.
Announcement
This is it! The moment we've all been waiting SO long for!

By the power vested in me by the State of Vermont, and by the power of your love for each other, I now pronounce you legally married. You may kiss!

Our humble rings.
Look good at this Kelly in a tie!
Kelly HELP! I can't get my old ring off.
Mirror, Mirror on the wall, whose the sexiest man of all? Well, Cliff do you need to ask?  KELLY IS!  THUD - I'm trading in that gift.  Just kidding - Laura THANK YOU
I LOVE THIS CARD.
Kelly and I have been in a Civil Union since Nov. 5, 2001.

TO KELLY: After eleven years of your love, your watching over me, your pushing me forward on issues and holding me back on others, I am very proud to finally call you my legally married Husband. ps just don't let it go to your head!

I love you this day more than I did yesterday. And if tomorrow never comes. There will be no more tomorrows. So remember I love you this day more than I did yesterday. And I put a tear in the ocean, when you find that tear, that will be the day I will stop loving you.


Truly Madly Deeply Cascada lyrics Artist: Cascada Album: Everytime We Touch Year: 2006 Title: Truly Madly Deeply I'll be your dream I'll be your wish I'll be your fantasy I'll be your hope I'll be your love Be everything that you need. I love you more with every breath Truly, madly, deeply, do.. I will be strong I will be faithful Because I am counting on a new beginning A reason for living A deeper meaning yeah I wanna stand with you on a mountain I wanna bathe with you in the sea I wanna lay like this forever Until the sky falls down on me And when the stars are shining brightly in the velvet sky I'll make a wish send it to heaven That'll make you wanna cry The tears of joy for all the pleasure and the certainty That we're surrounded by the comfort and protection Of the highest power and lonely hours The tears divide you I wanna stand with you on a mountain I wanna bathe with you in the sea I wanna lay like this forever Until the sky falls down on me Oh, can't you see it baby? Don't have to close your eyes 'cause it's standing right before you All that you need will surely come I'll be your dream I'll be your wish I'll be your fantasy I'll be your hope I'll be your love Be everything that you need I love you more with every breath Truly, madly, deeply, do.. I wanna stand with you on a mountain I wanna bathe with you in the sea I wanna lay like this forever Until the sky falls down on me I wanna stand with you on a mountain I wanna bathe with you in the sea I want to lay like this forever Until the sky falls down on me (I wanna stand with you on a mountain I wanna bathe with you in the sea I want to lay like this forever Until the sky falls down on me) I wanna stand with you on a mountain
I Swear John Michael Montgomery
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I see the questions in your eyes I know what's weighing on your mind But you can be sure I know my part 'Cause I'll stand beside you through the years You'll only cry those happy tears And though I'll make mistakes I'll never break your heart I swear By the moon and stars in the sky I'll be there I swear Like the shadow that's by your side I'll be there For better or worse Till death do us part I'll love you with every beat of my heart I swear I'll give you everything I can I'll build your dreams with these two hands We'll hang some memories on the wall And when there's silver in your hair You won't have to ask if I still care 'Cause as time turns the page My love won't age at all I swear By the moon and stars in the sky I'll be there I swear Like the shadow that's by your side I'll be there For better or worse Till death do us part I'll love you with every beat of my heart I swear I swear By the moon and stars in the sky I'll be there I swear Like the shadow that's by your side I'll be there For better or worse Till death do us part I'll love you with every beat of my heart I swear I swear
Kelly this is my song to you - just as you gave me one many years ago.
Kelly told me many years ago, that this was his song to me. And to this day, he has kept every word in it to me.
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Celine Dion - The first time, ever I saw your face I thought the sun rose in your eyes And the moon and the stars Were the gifts you gave To the dark, and the endless skies My Love. And the first time, ever I kissed your mouth I felt the earth move in my hands Like the trembling heart Of a captive bird That was there, at my command My Love. And the first time, ever I lay with you I felt your heart so close to mine And I knew our joy It would fill the earth And last, 'til the end of time My Love. The first time ever I saw your face, I thought the sun rose in your eyes and the moon and the stars were the gifts you gave To the dark and the endless skies my love The first time, ever I saw Your face Your face Your face Your face
I have loved this song for a long time. As I was searching for it I was also thinking that it says everything, that I felt when I first met Kelly. And to this day - it still says everything about what I felt over 11 years ago.

Oh, my love
my darling
I've hungered, hungered for your touch
a long lonely time
and time goes by so slowly
and time can do so much
are you still mine?
I need your love
I need your love
God speed your love to me

Lonely rivers flow to the sea,
to the sea
to the open arms of the sea
lonely rivers sigh 'wait for me, wait for me'
I'll be coming home wait for me

Oh, my love
my darling
I've hungered, hungered for your touch
a long lonely time
and time goes by so slowly
and time can do so much
are you still mine?
I need your love
I need your love
God speed your love to me

Forever Love by Reba
The first time I laid my eyes on you I knew. 
We'd spend this life side by side. 
I still feel the same though you're so far away. 
I swear that you'll always be mine.

Forever love. 
I promise you. 
Someday we'll be together. 
Forever love. 
I won't give up. 
No matter what. 
I'll be waiting for you. 
Forever love.

Minutes and hours and years may go by. 
But my heart knows nothing of time. 
So don't cry, just keep me right there. 
In your dreams. 
And hold on to these words of mine.

Forever love. 
I promise you. 
Someday we'll be together. 
Forever love. 
I won't give up. 
No matter what. 
I'll be waiting for you. 
Forever love.

Love is the road to our destiny. 
Nothing can change what is meant to be.

Forever love. 
I promise you. 
Someday we'll be together. 
Forever love. 
I won't give up. 
No matter what. 
I'll be waiting for you. 
Forever love.