The new couple walked out of the church to greet the people who loved them.
Tonya Ford and Kirsten Lyons had met in 1999, when they were both working at AT&T. During mandatory diversity training, they had both identified themselves as lesbian. A few days later, they were on a dinner date. Right away, there was the spark that most couples are lucky to find.
Three years later, they were married in a Christian commitment ceremony in a Villa Park church. Outside the church, everyone was hugging, kissing and wishing them well. That’s when one person dropped a little reminder of an unpleasant reality: That was really nice, the person said, but it wasn’t legal.
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