When Joel Derfner's boyfriend proposed to him, there was nowhere in America the two could legally marry. That changed quickly, however, and before long the two were on what they expected to be a rollicking journey to married bliss. What they didn't realize was that, along the way, they would confront not just the dilemmas every couple faces on the way to the altarwhat kind of ceremony would they have? what would they wear? did they have to invite Great Aunt Sophie?but also questions about what a relationship can and can't do, the definition of marriage, and, ultimately, what makes a family.
Add to the mix a reality show whose director forces them to keep signing and notarizing applications for a wedding license until the cameraman gets a shot she likes; a family marriage history that includes adulterers, arms smugglers, and poisoners; and discussions of civil rights, Sophocles, racism, grammar, and homemade Ouija boardscoupled with Derfner's gift for getting in his own wayand what results is a story not just of gay marriage and the American family but of what it means to be human.
About the Author
Joel Derfner is or has been an aerobics instructor, knitter, go-go boy, math teacher, cheerleader, and the author of Gay Haiku and Swish: My Quest to Become the Gayest Person Ever and What Happened Instead. Musicals for which he has composed the score have played in London, New York, and several cities in between (going the long route). He is from Charleston, South Carolina, and now lives in New York City with his husband.
Table of Contents
1 Saying Yes
2 Researching Family Marriage Traditions
3 Deciding on Living Arrangements
4 Dealing with the Legal Business
5 Dealing with the Legal Business, Take Two
6 Planning the Ceremony
7 Taking Stock of the Relationship
8 Taking Care of Last-Minute Details
9 Getting Married
10 Living Happily Ever After
Appendix: A Brief and Highly Biased Legislative History of American Marriage Equality with Respect to Sexuality