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December 02, 2012


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This is so wonderful in so many ways!! As the mother of a young, gay son, I am so happy his journey with his, yet to be partner won't be anywhere near as difficult as it has been for so many, for so long!
And what a beautiful place to celebrate Love!! :)

Helen Jeude

As Kate's mother and JoIda's "second mom" I am delighted by this news! Many, many thanks to the Port Gamble S'Klallam tribe and their loving and generous offer to share their beautiful Heronswood with these twenty couples!

Kathryn Higgins

My partner JoIda and I are also very blessed to be one of the couples getting married at Heronswood. We are grateful to the Tribe for their generousity and support. Looking forward to a magical day and incredible beginning for our marriage.


This news makes me so happy on so many levels I can't even put it into words! Congrats to Maria and Dusty, and all the other couples who will be married here on the 9th, and thanks to the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe. In these literal and figurative dark days, I am so happy to live in the Pac NW where we seem to be able to see the light of day and of reason.

Sarah Reichard

Right, Val! But it does seem like a miracle because just a few years ago it seemed so impossible. And getting Heronswood back seemed impossible too. It makes me feel so hopeful for the future if two things that seemed unattainable are coming to be.

Congrats, Maria! I know it will be an extra special day because it is at Heronswood.

valerie Easton

Hi Maria,
I'm very happy for you and Dusty, and it really must feel amazing for you, after your long and rich association with Heronswood, to be married there. Why does something that should be a basic right for everyone feel like such a miracle? Well, it does, doesn't it? Congratulations....I'll think of you with all best wishes for your happiness on the 9th....thanks for letting me know...

Maria Carlos

Val, isn't this great? My partner Dusty and I have been together 25 years, and we will be one of the couples being legally married at Heronswood next Sunday. We had a big wedding and party in a Kitsap County garden last summer (which we began planning in early spring, when the Legislature made it possible.) Now, we can have our legal ceremony at my favorite garden in the world, which I thought was lost to us for a time. We are grateful to the Tribe, and to the people of Washington for this convergence of two miracles.

Dawn purser

Sunday December 9th, not Saturday

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