My husband and I met in college three years ago. After about a one-year engagement, we began planning a traditional gay Jewish wedding. Dissatisfied with the expense and effort involved, we decided to elope to a same-sex marriage state and postpone our Jewish ceremony to a later date. We drove to 14 hours to Des Moines, IA, met a couple of witnesses in the t-shirt shop, and got married that day in a small claims court house. Everything was perfect. We had a reception the next month at our synagogue, attended by my sister, my new in-laws, and the warm and loving members of the congregation we have chosen to incorporate into our family.
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