Every Couple Has a Story to Share

Select a couple from the list below to read more about each couple and why they are choosing to ride the C-Bus of Love!

 

 

 


 

Jack & Bill


 

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How they met:

I was doing some construction work at a local bar when Bill came in with some friends for a couple drinks late in the summer of 1984. We struck up a conversation and began seeing each other casually for a couple months and decided to become a couple on Sweetest Day that October. I proposed to Bill in Queens Park, Toronto, Canada June 18th of 2011 and he accepted!

Why are they choosing the C-Bus of Love:

We took part in the mass commitment ceremony in Cleveland, OH on March 24th, 2012 and have patiently been waiting to have our marriage officially recognized by the state of Ohio. We know that will someday happen, but the chance to take part in this event will mark a monumental step in what has been 28 years of growing closer and closer by validating our relationship with a legal marriage in 20% of the country with more states to follow, and hopefully one day federal recognition! Even after our marriage we will not stop being activists for marriage equality until it is achieved nationally or we're dead and in the ground. It's a right that everyone deserves!

 

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Cassie & Tori

 

 

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How the couple met:

We are Highschool sweet hearts have been best friends almost our whole lives<3 and I am certain we are soul mates!

Why are they choosing the C-Bus of Love:

We have been waiting to get married for two years now. And what better way then to share it with 25 other amazing couples!

 

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Shannon & Liberty

 

 

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How the couple met:

Shannon and I met at the Pufferbelly in Kent, Ohio on June 20, 2011. There was laughter, intelligent conversation, and chemistry... all the makings of a good date. After dinner we went shopping, and I tried to convince Shannon to let me into the changing room with her so I could get a peek at the goods. She giggled and said "No Way!" So I didn't kiss her at the end of the night. I knew she wanted these luscious lips but I held out 'til the second date. A thousand kisses later, here we are, in a committed and loving relationship. We volunteer with GetEqual, a nationwide grassroots LGBT advocacy organization. We proudly protest and participate in acts of non-violent civil disobedience in an effort to gain full federal equality for our community. We have also volunteered with FreedomOhio, the organization that is seeking to repeal and replace Ohio's marriage ban.

Why are they choosing the C-Bus of Love:

We are choosing to join the C-Bus of Love because, first and foremost, we want to commit our lives to each other. And we want to do it where it will be legally recognized. We have known for some time now that we wanted to marry, but why spend our money in Ohio? We feel that being married on the steps of the Supreme Court, along with the 25 other Ohio couples participating in this event, we are sending a message; if our nation's capital says we are legally married, shouldn't our home state? We will continue to support and volunteer with FreedomOhio to bring marriage equality to all Ohioans, and when the ban in Ohio's constitution is repealed, we will be recognized here as a legally married couple.

 

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Jo & Brooke

 

 

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How the couple met:

I decided to go to find my passion and look into applying to beauty school. I called to inquire about the class on a Friday and instead of being given all the info and time to think about it I was immediately scheduled to start the following day.....wow. My life changed that day. I started beauty school and met some great friends one of which kept telling me about her best friends sister, Brooke that I should meet. Small talk here and there about this amazingly hot girl that i needed to meet continued for a couple months but never went beyond talk. All of a sudden I got a call from my friend on a Saturday before work asking me if I would be interested in meeting with her and Brooke later that night for drinks. Needless to say I flew threw my work that day and finally made it to meet for drinks. The second Brooke walked out the door I was smitten. We both were quiet and shy at first but once we started talking we never stopped. We have been inseparable since. It was definitely love at first sight for the both of us.

Why are they choosing the C-Bus of Love:

All we have wanted since we fell in love was to be married and do so with the support of those around us. Unfortunately family can't always be supportive but we have always had the support of a few great friends. Every free weekend we get we spend in Columbus. It is the one place that we have always felt accepted and not out of place. PRIDE weekend has always been "our" weekend and we celebrate from Friday afternoon until Monday morning. We would love to be able to join other couples on the C-bus and have this great opportunity to have our union recognized, supported and celebrated. And what better place to celebrate than Columbus!

 

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Todd & Bill

 

 

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How the couple met:

December 13th, 1983 at Trends/Garage in Columbus, Ohio.. I (Todd) was walking off dance floor with friends of mine and was asked to dance by Bill. I said yes, as I was leaving that night he gave me a gold chain so he would make sure he would be seeing me again. Two days later he came to visit me at my parents and within a week we were living together and have been ever since.

Why are they choosing the C-Bus of Love:

We will be celebrating our 30th year together this year, I (Todd) am coming off of a cancer scare, I had a nodule removed from lung a year ago that was cancerous, I am one year into my follow-up's without an incident, the scare made us realize that life is to precious to not seize every opportunity that arises.

 

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James & David

 

 

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How the couple met:

In 2003 a mutual friend invited David and I to what we thought was going to be a group of friends enjoying an evening of dining and a movie. When we arrived at the location we found our friend sitting in a corner booth at Tip-Top alone completely ready to be our matchmaker. When David and I sat down our friend who has since passed on introduced David and I to each other, laid tickets to the movie Dreamcatcher on the table, got up and said “I hope you two enjoy this wonderful evening I have planned for you”. We ate dinner at the Tip-Top and went to the movies. When we finished at the movies we drove back to the Short North where we walked and talked until 6am. The following date David prepared me one of the most wonderful meals followed by drive to nowhere just talking and laughing. Since the second date we both knew we would be together forever.

Why are they choosing the C-Bus of Love:

David and I look at the C-Bus as an opportunity to share with the world that our commitment, love and relationship is no different than anyone else. David and I are about to celebrate our 10th year together, we purchased a home together and we are deserve the right to feel secure and protected as any other family in Ohio. We are ready to celebrate our union with new and old friends.

 

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Frank & Cecil

 

 

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How the couple met:

We met each other online nearly four years ago and have spent evey day since May 17, 2009 together.

 

Why are they choosing the C-Bus of Love:

To solidify our union on the steps of the Supreme Court is a once in a lifetime event. A chance to also make a statement that we are equal and deserve the same rights as everyone else in this country. Our love and commitment to one another is just as strong, if not stronger, as any other commited couple and we deserve to be recognized as such.

 

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Laura & Krystal

 

 

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How the couple met:

Although we should have met time and time again years before, we were formally introduced by a friend. Years ago, we showed our horses together a couple times a week and never met. Krystal was in Laura's small town, right up the road, all the time. We had the same circle of friends for years and never crossed paths. Finally, when Krystal returned from her deployment and said she was looking for someone to hang out and have fun with. Our friend knew that Laura was in the same boat and got us together. We are forever in her debt for finally arranging for our paths to cross, but we're sure fate had it's reasons. We knew within a week of being together that we were done for, that the love bug had finally gotten us. Krystal came and never left, and we'll never be the same. It's the most amazing feeling to be so in love and be so loved.

Why are they choosing the C-Bus of Love:

We got engaged in July 2012. Our original plan was to wait until marriage was equal in the state of Ohio. But who likes such a long engagement?? Laura came across the advertisement for the C-bus of Love and very quickly knew it was perfect. We debated for a while, but finally decided to go for it. What a wonderful way to meet so many amazing people, celebrate Pride, and get married all wrapped up in one! Neither of us are the type of girls who like all the frills and lace of things, so this type of wedding is right up our alley! No drama with bridesmaids, rehearsal dinners, or the other stressors of a wedding. Plus... It's this much sooner we get to add our amazing wedding bands to our engagement rings.

 

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Angela & Cheryl

 

 

 

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How the couple met:

We met for the first time on July 4, 2006. The fireworks haven't stopped yet and we hope they never do. Prior to meeting in person, we communicated via Out in Columbus and spent hours on the phone together. We had both placed personal ads on Out in Columbus. I (Angela), responded to Cher's ad because hers was the only ad with everything spelled correctly, something we still joke about today. When we met for the first time on the 4th of July, I was severely sun burnt from spending the previous weekend at Columbus Pride, but she loved me anyway, peeling sunburned skin and all. We no longer live in the Columbus area due to changing jobs, but we still have many fond memories and it will always be a part of our lives.

 

Why are they choosing the C-Bus of Love:

We have been talking about getting married for years. Then, when we lived in Columbus, Ohio passed the constitutional amendment banning our marriage. We always knew this was wrong and hoped that one day, during our lifetimes, the situation would be remedied. Now, with the Supreme Court decision on the horizon, we have hope that one day soon, our marriage will be legal across the country. We have always talked about a huge wedding, in D.C. with lots of other couples who have been waiting for the same opportunity, the chance to marry who they love. We've always seen this as a large ceremony with the couples wearing the colors of the rainbow, as opposed to the traditional white dresses and tuxedos. We are very excited to see this dream come true and be able to participate in a huge piece of history.

 

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Nancy & Beth

 

 

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How the couple met:

Three weeks ago, on a Saturday evening, my partner Beth and I were on our way home from a dinner party. We were having a conversation about our future, finances, kids….the typical real life stuff…when all of the sudden she blurts out that she want to have a commitment ceremony….then paused, reflected, and formally asked me to join with her in such a celebration.  I was taken aback…and said YES!


I’ve never been one to want to partake in something like that (in fact, when I was married to my daughter’s father, I didn’t even want to go thru the wedding ceremony—although I think there was more to it than ceremony if you know what I mean…haha). Anyway, Beth confessed that in her previous relationship she did not want to ceremoniously commit with her partner although she knew it was something her partner had wanted to do. She said she knew it wouldn’t be right.


I asked about the change of heart…she replied she is so proud of who we are together, who I am for her, and what we represent to each other that she wants the whole world to know…..officially know! I said…they already DO know. It’s more than that, however. It’s like there is a little piece of us missing. Even though we have the emotional security, the recognition of who we are as a couple, as a unit, as a whole, adds to the foundation of who we simply are.

 

Some history: I came out a little over 2 years ago, at age 45, many years later than Beth did. Although I AM a private person, I don’t hide anything about being gay. Once I was finally out to my family, I was OUT!  Don’t get me wrong…I don’t hang out on the street corner waving a rainbow flag, but I never use words which would cause ambiguity regarding my orientation (ie. Saying things like the ‘one’ I love instead of ‘girlfriend’ or ‘partner’). I choose not to be frightened or nervous of others’ reactions.


Beth and I have both been married and we both have children. I have a 17 yr old daughter and she has a 24 yr old son and a 17 yr old daughter from her marriage and a 9 yr old son with her former partner.


We met a little over a year ago at an HRC rally in Columbus, Ohio. I was just coming out of a short term relationship and she was just starting to date following several months of staying solo. For me it was an instant attraction….she said for her it was too. We went out a couple of times and really, easily, simply connected….then she broke up with me. According to her….it was too easy and she didn’t want to “hurt me” (she still can’t explain that part…haha).  She didn’t want to miss “what was out there” and was afraid to “get into something too soon”. Then she actually added that she thought that I was “too perfect and too good for her”. I told her that last line just about made me throw up….and then I said something like fine, whatever….that when she was ready we could “meet in the middle”.


Well, apparently, I said the right thing because she called the next day and asked me to dinner or something…this was the end of February of 2012. She told me she loved me March 16, 2012 and we’ve been inseparable ever since.


Now here’s the kicker….I’ve NEVER wanted to move in with anyone. I have a dear friend who claims that I am ‘fiercely independent’. I’ve done some dating but I have not engaged in a LTR since my marriage of 11 years ended in 2005. I’ve just not been that interested. Beth has rocked my world and for that I’m forever grateful. She knows EVERTHING about me, as I do about her. We are both extremely transparent with each other.


We trust each other, we are honest with each other, we respect each other….and we love each other. I know when she needs just a little bit more and she knows when I need just a little bit less. THAT is one of the most important parts.


People we meet think we’ve been together forever…and sometimes it feels like we have. I have never REALLY thought that any relationship could be truly symbiotic…but ours is. In the short year we’ve been together we’ve dealt with many issues that would have destroyed life-long relationships. I’ll not discuss details here (although I must say that nothing we’ve worked through includes any kind of infidelity nor immorality…nor anything illegal), however, just know that all the ‘garbage’ we’ve survived has reinforced who we are together.


We laugh, we cry, and we love!!


When we publicly profess our love to each other these are the words I’ll say to my Beth:


~thank you for coming into my life.

 

~thank you for allowing me the joy of learning all about you.

 

~thank you for trusting, for opening your heart to let me in.

 

~thank you for reminding me that falling in love is a blast.

 

~and~

 

~thank you for the belief in yourself which is strong enough to believe in me.

 

~as long as we stay honest, trust, uplift, and consider each other, our world is limitless.

 

~my heart is limitless.

 

~my love is limitless.

 

Last summer, I shared something with Beth I had written when I was just coming out. When we met I just sort of knew I must have written it for her. It goes like this:

 

~the soft flutter of her mind awakened something that was long ago forgotten; a feeling from which she chose to hide, an honesty she had put away….too afraid to celebrate.

 

That flutter in her mind could no longer be ignored or stifled. That flutter in her mind released the constraints on her heart.
She was free and whole to love…and be loved.

 

Thank you. I am ridiculously excited about the possibly of participating in such a grand celebration...and thank you for offering this opportunity for all of us!!

Why are they choosing the C-Bus of Love:

It's historic! It's monumental! It's romantic! It makes a difference!

 

...and who can beat the price...

 

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Erika & Krissa

 

 

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How the couple met:

Mutual Friends introduced us and we went on a blind date and have been inseparable since the day we have met.. Def love at first sight! :D

 

Why are they choosing the C-Bus of Love:

Because it is an awesome opportunity for me and my future wife also the love of my life to join each other in our life long journey in Washington DC on one of the biggest days in History!!! When DOMA gets repealed it will change our world FOREVER!

 

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Emilia & Jessi



 

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How the couple met:

Emilia:  I've been working as a professor at the University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health at the time when, In December 2006, a friend of mine invited me out to the final evening of a local night club in Pittsburgh, PA.  I'm not usually the kind of person that goes out to clubs; I'm more of an early to bed, early to rise kind of person.    But the occasion and my friend were persuasive and I went.  It was Goth/Industrial night at the time and I can get into the music.  Inside my friend introduced me to a number of other people, one of which was a tall, leggy, blond that immediately got my attention.  I spent the rest of the night walking around the club staring at her when I wasn't trying to strike up a conversation. 

 

Jessi:  Being the closing night of a favorite joint of mine, and knowing that many of my friends were going to be there I went to the closing of the Attic.  In my usual social butterfly manner, I noticed a friend had a new person with her.  I went to them in order to be introduced to this cutie.  The music was so loud we couldn't hear a word either of us was saying, but I did catch the name and often asked our mutual friend about Emilia hoping to meet her again at some point.

 

Emilia:  After that night I started to plan how I was going to meet with Jessi again in quieter surroundings.  I involved my friends in a plan to invite

Jessi (the same friend from the club sent her the invitation) out to dinner with a small group so that we could get to know each other better.  I couldn't stay long as I needed to get home, but I've already decided that I needed to see Jessi again.

 

Jessi:  In retrospect, I didn't know Emilia's plan and I didn't usually hang out with this group.  But it was a night out with friends and it was an opportunity to get to know them better.  To my surprise Emilia was there.  After what I thought was a short evening of conversations, I continued my evening elsewhere after saying goodbye.  To my further surprise Emilia called me later and asked me out on a date.

 

Emilia:  I wanted this to be a very special night.  We went to a fancy-ish restaurant where we were the only people there.  We had a nice meal and spent the entire time talking about various things.  Even though we have taken different career paths (me going to grad school and becoming a professor, and her becoming a carpenter's apprentice and becoming a union carpenter) we were able to talk about many things. 

 

Jessi:  Not wanting the evening to end so quickly and knowing that Emilia wasn't originally from Pittsburgh, I took her to Mount Washington for the scenic view of Pittsburgh.   As I was pointing out landmarks of Pittsburgh I became cold and she put her arm around me.  And then we kissed.

 

Emilia:  We became inseparable at that point.  She would take me out to clubs on the weekend, a practice I never did on my own.  But it was the only opportunity we had to spend time together at that time.
Jessi:  At first we only saw each other on the weekends, at dance clubs on Saturday nights.  On Sundays I took her to various places around SW PA to show her the area.  Sunday evenings was back to her place for home cooked meals as she is a fine cook.  And the dreaded Sunday nights when we had to part ways until the next weekend. 

 

As a couple we became quite known not only for our relationship but for our activism as well.  We were active in the local LGBT community and involved in activities such as the establishment of Allegheny County's LGBT inclusive nondiscrimination legislation,  groups such as the Stonewall Democrats, and Emilia was very supportive of Jessi's role as Ms. Pittsburgh Leather Fetish 2011 and her bid for International Ms. Leather 2012.  Jessi also became involved in Pennsylvania's HIV Prevention Community Planning Group, an organization that Emilia introduced her to as her work involved providing that group needed information for their yearly prevention plans.

Why are they choosing the C-Bus of Love:

We've been cohabitating since 2009 in Apollo, PA and in the summer of 2012 Emilia was offered a position at Baldwin Wallace University.  We moved to Berea, Ohio along with our two dogs, three cats, and a bunny.  While Emilia is working at Baldwin Wallace, Jessi is using her carpentry skills to fix up our home.  As we are settling in we are looking to continue our activism within the Cleveland and surrounding areas.  Having lived together since 2009 we are now looking to get married.  We have been looking for the right place to do so when we found out about Marriage Evolved and their C Bus of Love.  We realized that this would be a great opportunity to combine our marriage with our desire to fight for equality for all.  We also feel the need to bring greater attention to the needs of trans couples in regards to marriage equality and other social disparities facing trans people.

 

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Heather & Jackie

 


 

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How the couple met:

We met at work, where Jackie was in a relationship at the time. I was going to be leaving the job, and when I saw her in the hallway on one of my last days there, I knew that it might be the only chance I had to tell her how beautiful she is and how she deserved to be with someone who would love her every moment and appreciate her for the great person she is. Luckily, and to my surprise, she thought that I could be that person. We've been together ever since, and I still have to catch my breath and silently thank God for how lucky I've been ever since that day.

Why are they choosing the C-Bus of Love:

We want to be able to publically display our love and commitment to eachother at one of the most historic times in History, and it seems like a pretty cool wedding story to tell our future children =)

 

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Dennis & Paul

 


 

 

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How the couple met:

We met online over seven years ago in a chat room on New Years Eve. Paul was looking for a party to crash, and Dennis was looking for meaningful conversation. Intrigued by Paul's bio, Dennis struck up a conversation. We hit it off and made arrangements to meet the following week for dinner at the Bexley Monk, followed by a viewing of the movie Sordid Lives. Although it was clear that we were very different people, we immediately recognized that we shared some commonalities, including a love for Cher, Dolly, and art (Paul making it, Dennis buying it!). We also had an undeniable chemistry. After that first date, we were eager to see each other again, and we continued to explore our similarities and share our differences with each other as our relationship deepened in the weeks and months ahead. To this day, we strive to support and nurture each other in our individual commitments to self growth--both personal and professional--while intentionally seeking meaningful ways to nurture our evolving identity as a couple.

Why are they choosing the C-Bus of Love:

We have been engaged for six of our seven years together and have dreamed of having a ceremony in the company of our friends and family to celebrate our commitment to one another. As more states have legalized marriage equality, we decided that an important step in committing ourselves to one another needs to include a legal wedding ceremony in a state that recognizes same-sex marriage. To share in that experience with other couples from Columbus on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court would be the ultimate opportunity to celebrate the growing movement of marriage equality while also achieving an important goal in our relationship! We look forward to being a part of The C-Bus of Love and demonstrating to our local as well as our national communities that marriage equality is a vital step to achieving FULL equality with our heterosexual brothers and sisters.

 

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Jenna & Jo

 

 

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How the couple met:

We met through the internet believe it or not, and not a relationship site either.  We realized we had a lot of mutual interests and started dating...

Why are they choosing the C-Bus of Love:

We have been engaged for over 5 years now and have been waiting for it to be legal, however with this opportunity we can be apart of the movement to push everything forward!

 

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Malaina & Noelle

 


 

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How the couple met:

Noelle and I met when we both decided to play for a summer softball league. It was at that point we became friends and soon fell for each other.

Why are they choosing the C-Bus of Love:

Getting married has been a subject we have both discussed for a while now. Before hearing about the C-Bus of Love, we weren't sure exactly how we wanted to get married, considering Ohio does not have legal same-sex marriage. Once we heard about the opportunity, we decided it would be a great chance for us to be a part of something that may have historical meaning. Thus, this seemed like the perfect timing to get married.

 

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Dolly & Michelle

 

 

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How the couple met:

This story is told by Kaminia about how Michelle and Kaminia met and eventually fell in love.


We met in 1993, Michelle worked with my mother in a private group home for Mentally Challenged Adults. I went to visit my mother one day where she works and she introduced me to Michelle. We exchanged pleasantries and went on with the day. I was fresh out of the Navy and I couldn't tell my mother that i thought Michelle was REALLY cute because I wasn't exactly "OUT" to my mother yet. It didn't matter anyway because Michelle was married to a man who worked there also at the time, one of those 2 gay people trying to be straight things, because her ex-husband turned out to be gay also. They did end up having 2 great children though so that is a blessing (whom I love very much BTW)! About 2 years or so passed by (I ended up coming out to my Mother sometime in there), and one day my Mother tells me that Michelle and her husband (at the time) are both gay and they are trying to do their own thing. Next thing i know Michelle and I ended up going on a couple dates. I really liked Michelle a lot but she was still living with her husband (at the time, lol) so we decided to go our separate ways. As the years went by, I found myself always wondering how Michelle was doing, asking my mother how she was often. I knew she was "the one that got away". I always wished i would have waited for her and her husband to split up. Well one day in January of 2011, I found her on facebook, she was one of my mother's friends, I found myself IMing her to see if she would talk to me and low and behold she did, she seemed very excited to talk to me!!! Well one thing led to another and we have been back together since!!!! I know she is THE one i am supposed to spend the rest the rest of my life with! I proposed to Michelle about a year ago because i have never been so sure of something in my entire life! She said yes!!!! We didn't know exactly when we could get married because of finances and such and then we came across Marriage Evolved and C-Bus of love and thought what a great way for us to be married!!!!

 

Ok this is Michelle and I too always wondered what Kaminia was up too. When my relationship broke up after 11 years with another woman my first thought was Kaminia but of course she was in a relationship...which beknown not to my knowledge was not so good. Then the story is written when she contacted me on facebook I was not happy in my current relationship and was so excited when I heard from her. Things happen for a reason and I truly believe that we were always meant to be in each other lives...faithfully, committed and loving each other..

Why are they choosing the C-Bus of Love:

We want to get married and it would be awesome to be married at this event.

 

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Kelly & Ann

 

 

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How the couple met:

We meet at work. I, Kelly, was Ann's boss. Love at first soft for Ann, but it took me another year to see the light and love of my life. Then we decided she would quit and we have been together ever since. That was October of 2005.

 

Ann and I have three kids, two girls and one boy. We are in our fourties, we love having back yard bbqs with family and friends. At our home we bought and put together ourselves. We love gardening, home improvement projects. Oh boy can I ever get Ann and I into some major projects, and she just looks at me smiles shakes her head and dives in it with me. We enjoy each others company. Our family knows we need mommy time, just to chill. Whether it b chillaxing,vacation, ball games, shopping, video games, digging in the dirt, or just sitting in peace, and we can't forget enjoying the 1000 gallon pond we did together in our back yard. We have together two dogs and four cats, we protect them like our kids. Our youngest daughter is giving us grandbabies. At this time in our lives , we r loving life together. We are most comfortable with the other around. We complete each other. This wedding will just seal what we know. We are a whole together, meant to be. What better way to show our love, but to stand up for what we believe in.

Why are they choosing the C-Bus of Love:

To show the world , we love each other, enough to promise each other our life together. And to show my wife I love her officially, lol. She is very touched emotionaly when I show her she is loved in public.

 

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Nicole & Rosie

 

 

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How the couple met:

We met while we were each dating people. Due to both of our previous relationships ending so awfully we bonded together and haven't left each others side since. Rosie proposed to me at ATlanta pride in October of 2012 She had everything arranged at the aquarium there and it was beautiful. We had already planned on getting married this year but this would be perfect.

Why are they choosing the C-Bus of Love:

Even in our small South Carolina community we are very involved LGTBQ actitities. We are members or a LGTBQ parenting group were we have play dates and activities with our children. We have also participated in supporting the Campaign for Southern Equality by silently marching with the group during demonstrations. We are two lesbian women who are yound and in love....what better reason to get married!

 

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Monica & Jeanette

 

 

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How the couple met:

We both had webtv and would regularly go to the same chat room. It was around Thanksgiving time. The first time I saw her nic I was intrigued. We would chat, mostly with everyone in the room. Then we began to go to a private chatroom and started to get to know each other. Jeanette, in Michigan, convinced me to come to visit and meet her in person. So, I did. That was Janurary 1998. I moved from Ohio to Michigan Easter weekend 1998, and the rest is history.

Why are they choosing the C-Bus of Love:

It is important that we are recognized as a real couple. We do everything that any hetero couple does, but we cannot benefit from being a life partner. It is time for change.....love is love.

 

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Alana & Patti

 

 

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How the couple met:

There are plenty of fish in the sea. Or, at least that is what the web site told us. I (Patti) had just exited a bumpy relationship, as did Alana. We were both on the same dating site, and on Sweetest Day 2011, Alana made contact. I was out with a friend at the zoo, and we were celebrating being single, and sane. I got her email while I was out, and for once I actually read through the whole thing. She was incredibly sweet, she had gone through my entire profile and touched on everything that I had said, just to prove to me she had read the entire thing. The bad part? Almost everything was completely out dated, and I hadn't been on the site in over a year, but her attempt was pretty adorable... after 5 days of talking for hours on end, some texting, an early morning phone call, and some skype calls, Alana took the day off of work and drove from Columbus Ohio to Canton Ohio to spend the afternoon with me. From that moment on, in true lesbian fashion, we have been pretty inseparable. I met and love her children, we got engaged, dealt with a lot of hardships, toughed out a long distance relationship for 7 months, and finally we moved in together (officially) in May of 2012.

Why are they choosing the C-Bus of Love:

In the past few weeks Alana and I have begun trying to conceive, and are determined to have a child together. Alana will be returning to her maiden name in May, and even though second parent adoption isn't allowed in Ohio my plan is to change my last name to her maiden before I give birth so our child can share our name. Both of us would rather change our name upon getting married, and not a moment before. As a gay couple in Ohio we are unrecognized in every way, but there is one thing that we can have together upon our marriage, a common name. We weren't planning on a family wedding until we could save up for the wedding of our dreams, hopefully within the next 2 years. This trip would allow us to become the family that we want to be, as well as allowing us to fight for equal rights.

 

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Tom & Robb

 

 

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How the couple met:

In the summer of 2010 Tom went into his local bank to complain about some charges on his account, while not typically confrontational he was pretty upset.  Robb was the lucky person that got to help him.  Tom instantly thought Robb was very attractive but walking out of the bank didn't give it a second thought because he didn't make a good first impression by yelling at him.


Sometime later, while hopelessly looking through profiles on an online dating site Tom saw Robb’s profile and sent him a message, he didn’t yet realize it was the same person he had yelled at at the bank. They began talking online and through text messages. Once Tom saw Robb’s facebook profile he realized who he was talking to, luckily Robb didn’t remember the unpleasant incident (or so he said).

 

Their first date was at a Starbucks, Robb was late but it was well worth the wait. Robb and Tom instantly hit it off and they spent almost every day for the following 2 weeks together. One night Tom finally had the nerve to ask Robb to be his boyfriend. Actually he said, “I think you should be my boyfriend,” so he didn't really ask him, he told him. They've been together since.

 

They live together in Prospect, Ohio with their 3 cats and Chihuahua. Robb works as a Senior Customer Service Representative at a bank and Tom is a Business Operations Manager for a criminal defense law firm.   They are both active with non-profit organizations and community events.

Why are they choosing the C-Bus of Love:

This is an amazing moment in GLBT history and being part of the the C-Bus of Love is truly being part of making that history.  We have discussed our plans to get married for some time and then this opportunity presented itself. Pride has been a significant event for us for the past 2 years, we've participated with different organizations that were taking part in the event.  The opportunity to celebrate the basic human right of marriage equality with other couples and then to celebrate the event at Pride is beyond words.

 

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Misty & Kristin

 

 

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How the couple met:

I was sitting in Sufficient Grounds in Toledo,OH(Kristin) working on some college homework. Misty was working there and came over to bus my table. We began talking and struck up a friendship. She actually took me to my first gay club Bretz in downtown Toledo. We were friends for a year before we began dating although she seriously pursued me during that time! We bought a house in the old west end and rehabbed it for 5 years. We had a commitment ceremony in it 5th year with all our families and friends. For our honeymoon we took a mission trip to Zimbabwe to work in Mutare Orphanage. We were working with Africa University to establish an early education program. While there it became dangerous for Americans to be there and we were made to go home and weren't able to return. After returning we realized life is to short and we need to go for our dreams. We moved to Nashville (mt Juliet) so Misty could obtain her second masters in Social Work and we could begin to build our family and work to improve the lives of children and families. So here we are 15 years later ,8 wonderful children whom we adopted through foster care. Plus a multitude of dogs,fish and other assorted pets.

Why are they choosing the C-Bus of Love:

Well it would be a wonderfully well deserved vacation sans children! We are a very quiet unassuming family who tries to live our lives as Jesus did. We are often behind the scenes and are not on the front lines. This would give us an opportunity to put our love and family out there and give another face to a family built on love. Plus stepping into the spotlight will teach our children sometimes you have to speak up for what's right and risk being judged but also risk acceptance and love.

 

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Kelly & Bree

 

 

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How the couple met:

I (Kelly) knew from the first moment I spent with Bree that she would be my forever. I met Bree out one night... which had to be fate because neither of us go out that often! We started chatting on-line and after a few days of that we decided one evening it was time to actually hang out! She came over that night and we stayed together until 530 that morning talking and watching a movie. Every night after that we would get together after she got off of work... and would wake up the next morning curled up on the couch... we would fall asleep talking!! SOOOO... here we are... and I couldn't be happier! Bree has became my whole world.. and the second mommy to our beautiful babies! My gut feeling was right... she IS my forever!

Why are they choosing the C-Bus of Love:

When Bree and I saw the application for the C-Bus of Love we knew we had to apply! We were already engaged and had been tossing around ideas of our "PERFECT" wedding but when I read about the C-Bus I knew this was our "Perfect"! Our C-Bus trip means everything to our little family! I knew that this would be the perfect way to show our children that they have to do what they feel is right no matter what people think about it! We knew that it would make our family whole, that our kids could see that they had two loving mommies and they neither of us were going anywhere! We knew that we would never be able to have this opportunity in West Virginia and we really wanted to stand up for our love

 

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April & Courtney

 

 

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How the couple met:

"Hey! I'm April, I'm 25, I live southern Ohio, Im a nurse, working in pediatric surgery... I saw this event and had to attempt this as Marrying my
partner, Courtney, would be a dream:) I would love to be a part of this celebration of marriage and have the opportunity to celebrate my love for the most amazing and beautiful person I have ever known....My life changed forever when she walked into the classroom of a college english course we were both taking to obtain nursing degrees. I still see her in my minds eye from that day almost 6 years ago and feel the same electricity and butterflies that overwhelmed me the first time I saw her. She was charismatic and friends with everyone in the room, she had this incredible smile and such bright beautiful brown eyes. I couldnt stop watching her. Coincidently she walked right up to my table, reached out her hand toward me and said , ""hey im courtney."" I have no idea what I responded with...the sound and time felt like it faded out of the room and all that existed to me, was her. After that day and a couple classes together, we were fast friends, eventually becoming best friends. I looked forward to moments with her and loved learning from her & laughing with her. She knew my life, she was also a young mom and yet there was so much confidence in her, she had the most adorable apartment and when I would come over I could tell she worked hard to make it just perfect...but wasnt sure why just yet...I had the biggest crush imaginable on this incredible woman and had no idea what to do with it. We both loved to be outside and would spend our time with our babies on a blanket in the grass or down by the river, where she worked very hard and patiently to teach me how to skip rocks (im still working on that! She tells me its in the wrist) She'd cook this incredible lemon chicken for dinners and would show me all her music with such enthusiasm. After a few months of being my best friend, we acknowledged what else had grown between us. On a cold clear night in march after a night in the ER with a sick little boy, we came home put him safely to bed and crawled out her window on to her roof looking up at a full moon, stars lit the sky behind it and it felt like id never been so close to heaven as that roof top. That night was march 16th 2007 and since then we've lived grown and loved together with our amazing children campbell and aubrey and some incredible, supportive people around us:) we've been through so much in our relationship but our love never tires. sickness health, richer, poorer, amazing days, horrible ones, mistakes, lessons learned, growth, change, improving, raising kids, obtaining nursing degrees, traveling, holidays, a million changes, moving, promises kept. My life with Courtney has been and is the most incredible blessing I have-apart from my children.


This past august she swore into the US Army and is currently completing her AIT training in Missouri, from which she graduates March 15th. I cannot wait to bring her home! weve been engaged for close to two years and I cannot wait to be her Mrs. I could not be more proud of her beautiful sacrifices or her accomplishments and this is just the beginning. I've loved watching her since the moment I met her and I am so excited to see what she'll do next. I want so much to show her Ill always be at her side regardless of where life takes us, I can't think of a more beautiful or solidifying way to communicate that to her, beyond vowing to be only hers and always faithful. We both would be so flattered to be a part of this celebration of our families, love, and equality!

Why are they choosing the C-Bus of Love:

As Courtney, my partner of 6 years is in the army, marrying her legally in DC while participating in this history making celebration of love and marriage equality after festivities in ohio would be the epitome of a dream come true for both of us!

 

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