May 17, 2004:
Horses, ducks, pooches, pussycats, and many more hairy, feathery and
furry folk had as many stars in their eyes last night as were
shining in the sky. Why? At midnight legal NIPtuals were
begun as the new law making same sex weddings legit in Massachusetts
became a reality.
Finster, known raconteur and leading same sex NIPtual advocate in
town, was ecstatic. "Penelope and I are simply overwhelmed.
We have been waiting for this auspicious day for what seems our
whole lives," the "mature" sheepdog told us, as she and her new wife
held paws and tried to gaze into each other's eyes.
us similar scenes were taking place. Frogs croaking softly to
each other, cats rubbing noses continually, horse couples trotting with proud tails erect.
The town was so excited that the local bakers created several huge
wedding cakes, one of tuna for the feline contingent, another of dog
biscuits in pudding cake batter for pups, hay cakes for the equines,
and special bug pies for the frogs. There were bountiful bowls
of fresh water for all, and spiked cider for those who dared to be a
little wild on their special day.
moment, celebrants are throwing caution to the winds. It seems
that by marrying, many same sex couples actually may hurt their
financial lives. The federal government has laws that make
getting benefits impossible if one marries a person of the same sex
who comes from out-of-country, for example. Social security,
extending ordinarily to the spouse upon death, is not part of the
federal code in a same sex marriage, it appears. And there are
other problems that may arise for those who want to pursue this
possible drawbacks are not defeating the multitudes lined up today.
"We want the world to know of our commitment to each other, and our
deep love. That is the important tail to us," seems to be the
the revelers in their moment of sheer joy with a nip, nip hoorah!
FUPPPS Editorial Board