When we began our lives together, there was no thought in our minds that marriage would ever be an option. Our relationship has survived for over thirty years primarily as a result of our commitment to each other. Without a doubt, though, the support of our families and friends has made this much easier.
The world has changed a lot in that time. Many nations now recognize same-sex marriages. While our government now recognizes us as a couple in virtually all areas (particularly where it is in their economic benefit to do so), they still refuse to view our relationship as a partnership worthy of their formal recognition.
The time has come to end this last bastion of discrimination, and give us the right to publicly celebrate our relationship through marriage.