On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States made a monumental decision, and at long last, marriage equality became the law of the land. That ruling made history, and now gay and lesbian Americans will grow up in a country where they will never be denied the right to marry the person they love.
But what about the gay men who waited and wondered all of their lives if the day would ever come when they could stand beside the person they love and say, “I do?”
Here, four accomplished authors—married gay men—offer their take on that question as they explore same-sex relationships, love, and matrimony. Men who thought legal marriage was a right they would never have. Men who, unbelievably, now stand legally joined with the men they love. With this book, they share the magic and excitement of dreams that came true—in tales of fantasy and romance with a dose of their personal experiences in the mix.
To commemorate the anniversary of full marriage equality in the US, this anthology celebrates the idea of marriage itself, and the universal truth of it that applies to us all, gay or straight.
This is a delightful collection of “average joes”. Gay men with varying beliefs about marriage and their stories that do all lead to the big event. They all touch on the impact the change in the legal status played in their decisions and how it made them feel about the institution itself.
It’s sweet, touching, fascinating and each story is unique and heart-warming. Well recommended!
Flames by J. Scott Coatsworth
Two men, Alex and Gio, lovers of a decade, argue about getting married. Alex does not want to, Gio does. On the night Gio sets to pop the question formally, the two fight and Gio ends up injured in a house fire.
This is the story of his fight back and Alex’s revision of his life without Gio and why he must do what it takes to keep the love of his life with him always.
What I liked about this story – besides the sweet HEA – is the discussion of the legalities that marriage offer a couple that are often overlooked or taken for granted. Marriage is more than just a commitment, it holds legal significance and it’s amazing that up until recently that’s been denied to all couples equally.
Jeordi and Tom by Michael Murphy
Jeordi and Tom are from a small town in Kentucky where they scrape by, financially. When the laws finally change they decide to get married but many obstacles spring up – seemingly to keep them from success. They meet a rich benefactor in the form of an older gay couple who not only help them with their wedding plans but also give them some other wonderful world experiences.
What was really lovely about this story is the sense of “family” that gets demonstrated. When your flesh and blood won’t or can’t help you, family becomes what you make of it where you can build it. It’s a really beautiful concept.
Destined by Jamie Fessenden
Jay and Wallace met several times over the years before they became a couple, they they dated for over a decade before deciding to move in together. When the laws changed they had to decide if marriage was right for them.
This is a straight out love story that covers years and years. It’s not picture perfect, but the love Jay and Wallace share is. I enjoyed the sense of “rightness” that this couple finally experienced when all the pieces fell into place.
Someday by B.G. Thomas
Lucas and Dalton have been friends forever. For Lucas, he knew Dalton was “the one” when he was in kindergarten, but Dalton took much longer to come to the same conclusion.
I love a good “friends to lovers” story and the HEA made this a wonderful story. I just love proposal stories and this was so beautiful!
Overall 4.25 of 5 stars, recommended as a fantastic look at the politics behind the romance and yet, very romantic still.
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