Love Unites Richmond:
Kat & Abigail
Kat and Abigail met in that most modern of ways in 2006: online. Abigail had mentioned in her profile that she was always eager to get book recommendations and Kat sent her a list of her favorites. This quickly led to a first date and the rest is history.
Both from Richmond, they have been together for five years and were legally married in Boston in 2008 in a small civil ceremony. That was followed by a real wedding in Richmond in Abigail’s parents’ backyard in June 2009.
Marriage equality to them is primarily about protecting families in unforeseen circumstances.”I do not need others’ approval to know that our relationship is a committed lifelong partnership on a daily basis, but in the event of illness or death, it is imperative that others recognize our partnership and preserve our ability to make decisions for one another.”
They are also starting a family; Abigail is currently eighteen weeks pregnant. “Legal ties to bind us all together as a family become much more critical when there are children involved, particularly in the absence of a biological connection between one or both parents and the children,” Abigail says.
They had been living in Boston for four years while Abigail got her Masters in Social Work and started working, but decided to return home primarily to be near their families. They are fortunate to have two completely supportive families, making the legal liability of having their marriage go unrecognized less frightening. They feel certain that their family members would fight to preserve their rights and their children’s if anything were to happen to either of them.
Kat works in IT within the Marsh and McLennan Companies and is also in the midst of getting her Masters in Computer Science. Abigail is a social worker as well as a birth and postpartum doula, but is very much looking forward to taking a break from social work to focus on raising their family.
Raise awareness for marriage equality on Feb. 12 at Love Unites Richmond. The evening cocktail reception at Chez Foushee includes heavy hors d’oeuvres and a champagne toast. Donations for Freedom to Marry will be accepted. For tickets and more information, visit LoveUnitesRichmond.com.
Karen Newton is a freelance writer and full-time nerd who isn’t happy unless she’s going out every night for food, music or art and blogging it at www.icouldgoonandon.blogspot.com.
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