Last Friday I (unexpectedly) got a legal civil union!
Not the same as People's Court. No Judge Wapner in sight.
Don't worry, it was with my wife, not the pool boy. (We don't have a pool.) I'm lucky enough I got to marry this pretty girl TWICE. I win!
I'm the goober on the right who did not expect to have her picture taken and thus had her hair in a pony tail. Oops.
We had planned to go in and get our Civil Union license that day, after which we would be subject to a 24 hour waiting period before we could get unionized. For uninteresting reasons they waived the waiting period and we were able to get unionized that day. And thus our legal paperwork made a giant leap in catching up with the commitment ceremony that T and I had in October 2008.
Civil unions have been legal in Illinois since last year, but T and I are a bit lazy, so it took us a while. (T's full name edited out because she is way more googleable than I am, and I forgot to ask if she cared.)
Happily I had thought to put on my special necklace that morning, the one with the diamond from my grandma's engagement ring. I wore it at our committment ceremony in 2008, and I wanted it with me for our legal ceremony as well.
Really we just filled out paperwork, I know. We didn't invite our families or have a big party or bring anyone with us at all. Our anniversary is still October 25, 2008. But it was important paperwork that I am glad to finally have the right to fill out and file.
And even better than the paperwork - I got to say 'I do' to my dear wife again, which makes me a very lucky person, indeed.