The New Civil Rights Movement’s contributing writer Stuart Wilber and his long-time partner, renowned artist John Breitweiser, have announced they will be among the first of the same-sex couples who will soon be married in Washington State. The couple applied for their marriage license today shortly after 12:01 a.m., when the King County Clerk’s Office opened to begin issuing licenses to hundreds of waiting gay and lesbian couples, who lined up despite the chilly December night.
Stuart Wilber is a long-time gay activist, most notably working with Seattle OUTprotest to organize a march in support of Referendum 71, the bill which granted domestic partnerships in Washington State. Stuart also organized a successful effort to persuade Microsoft to remove its online store from the Christian Values Network, and along with activist Josh Castle, to have the Pride Flag raised on the Seattle Space Needle. Stuart is a regular contributor to the New Civil Rights Movement.
John Breitweiser is an artist of much acclaim, whose work took on a decidedly political tone when the couple moved to Orange County, California, and encountered a climate of homophobia. John’s paintings depicting violence against gays and lesbians have been widely exhibited on College Campuses and Galleries. He was named Man of The Year, by The Orange County Cultural Pride Committee in 1994.
Stuart and John, who are legal domestic partners, have been together since 1977. It was romance from their first meeting, when the red boot socks peeking out of John’s Doc Martin’s caught Stuart’s eye. The two shared a dance that night, a dance that has continued now for 35 years. Their wedding this Sunday will take place, not only on the first day that same-sex marriages will be allowed in Washington, but on the first day of the couple’s thirty-sixth year together.
Stuart and John plan to wed at the home of a neighbor, built in the style of a Japanese farm house, surrounded by friends and family. Mary Bacarella, a friend of the couple who worked with them on the campaign to fly the Pride Flag from the Space Needle will officiate. We at The New Civil Rights Movement, hope you will join us in wishing Stuart and John much happiness in this new, long awaited, chapter of their life together.
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