One Year Ago Today

by Matt on June 17, 2009


One year ago today I married Mr. Adam C. Pearson in front of crowds and cameras, tears and smiles, hugs and kisses.

One year ago today I didn’t really know what would happen to those thousands of men and women who stood up for love and dedicated their lives to each other.

One year ago today I thought we’d make progress in California.

One year ago today I never realized the progress would happen to America.

Ladies and gents, I’m not the political type. But I am the loving type. And I love people. And I know that these past twelve months have been simply amazing but also filled with a few roadblocks on our way to true equality.

And you know what? It’s gonna be OK.

I know deep in my heart that equality will prevail for everyone, no matter where you are. And I want you to know that love is love and there’s nothing to fear.

Here’s to my husband, the man I’ve waited my whole life to meet. If you look up happy, chubby, loved and satisfied in the dictionary you’ll see my picture. Thank you for taking care of me.

And here’s a big happy anniversary to the 18,000 who married in California during our quick little window of legality. Here’s to the thousands of couples, gay and straight, all across America who are saying “I Do” and making this country a happier, healthier place.

We’ll get there!

{ 85 comments… read them below or add one }

Jeanne June 17, 2009 at 5:15 am

Happy Anniversary Matt and Adam. I hope you enjoy many more!

Sara Sanders June 17, 2009 at 5:31 am

That was wonderful! You brought tears to my eyes.

Jeff June 17, 2009 at 6:02 am

Great post……. simple but powerful!

Congratulations and here’s wishing you and your husband many many more happy years!

Quing June 17, 2009 at 6:22 am

Happy Anniversary to You and Adam! A very inspiring story indeed. May you share more love and live life to the fullest!

Elyse June 17, 2009 at 6:39 am
Eric June 17, 2009 at 6:42 am

Happy Anniversary.

TruffleRose June 17, 2009 at 6:55 am

That’s wonderful!
Happy together and forever :)

Heidi June 17, 2009 at 7:07 am

Well said, Matt. Happy Anniversary!
My husband and I celerated our 9th anniversary on Monday, and I hope you’ll make it to your 9th and beyond with the “legalities” in tact. Kudos and Best Wishes.

Bri June 17, 2009 at 7:31 am

Happy anniversary to you guys! These are interesting/difficult times we live in, but I know that one day soon people will figure out that love is love, no matter the form. Hugs to you both.

Lelonopo June 17, 2009 at 7:43 am

Happy Anniversary!

Whitney June 17, 2009 at 8:34 am

Happy Anniversary!!!!!

Joe Randazzo June 17, 2009 at 9:26 am

I love both of you and wish you a Happy Anniversary.


food librarian June 17, 2009 at 9:34 am

Happy Anniversary!

Penny De Los Santos June 17, 2009 at 10:08 am

Beautiful Matt! Brought tears to my eyes. Felicidades and thank you for your powerful important words.

Uncle Beefy June 17, 2009 at 10:34 am

CONGRATS, Matt & Adam!

Dawn in CA June 17, 2009 at 10:42 am

Happy, happy anniversary! One of my favorite lines from this post: “love is love and there’s nothing to fear.” So true.

Cary Bass June 17, 2009 at 10:58 am

“happy, chubby, loved and satisfied”

I am adding this phrase to my lexicon immediately!!

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

lisa (dandysugar) June 17, 2009 at 11:09 am

Happy, happy Anniversary!! A beautiful and inspiring post and story. Congratulations!

Hope June 17, 2009 at 11:16 am

Happy Anniversary! My husband and I got married on June 17th too – we are celebrating our 8th. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and memories with us!

christie (thelooksee) June 17, 2009 at 11:18 am

I am so happy for you! Hopefully there will be a reversal of Prop 8 soon. Many congratulations and may you have many more years of happiness!

Camille June 17, 2009 at 11:27 am

Happy Anniversary! Thank you for sharing your story. I share a birthday today and so I think it’s an especially fine day to have an anniversary. Love WILL conquer fear and ignorance with time and hard work. Best wishes to you all the todays to come.

Sare June 17, 2009 at 11:39 am

Happy Anniversary! I think you may have just single-handedly restored my belief in Love! Thanks for sharing!

nanu June 17, 2009 at 11:51 am

Happy anniversary, Matt & Adam! Wishing you both love and happiness for years to come!

Tartelette - Helen June 17, 2009 at 12:00 pm

Happy Anniversary Matt and Adam and cheers to many more!

Deb June 17, 2009 at 12:18 pm


June June 17, 2009 at 12:22 pm

Happy anniversary, you cuties! Congratulations, and here’s to many more years of greatness.

Jazzy June 17, 2009 at 12:34 pm

Happy anniversary!

I am a believer too, and I know we will soon get there. I just did a post on the National Equality March this year

Teanna June 17, 2009 at 12:42 pm

Yes, you will get there! We are all disappointed with what happened in CA, but it will happen! Great post and happy anniversary!

Laura June 17, 2009 at 1:22 pm

Very deeply touching.
I wish you both a truly blissful anniversary and many more to come!

Lisa June 17, 2009 at 2:58 pm

“I’m not the political type. But I am the loving type.” I love this! Happy anniversary!

Leah Greenstein June 17, 2009 at 2:58 pm

Happy anniversary to two of the most incredible people I’ve ever met. Your love is inspiring and your relationship the kind we should all aspire to. XOXO

Nanciful June 17, 2009 at 3:08 pm

Love the picture! Happy Anniversary!!!

valisa June 17, 2009 at 3:10 pm

Love the pix! big hugs to you both. Happy Paper Anniversary!

Tea June 17, 2009 at 3:19 pm

Here’s to love, here’s to the two of you, here’s to change! I believe too. xox

kitchenbeard June 17, 2009 at 3:22 pm

Happy anniversary boys! The future is bright….

Kate @ Savour Fare June 17, 2009 at 3:40 pm

Happy anniversary! So happy you’re still married, so sad you’re one of so few in our state. But I have great optimism, because Love does conquer all, doesn’t it?

Anita / Married with dinner June 17, 2009 at 3:45 pm

Happy anniversary!

When I get pissed off about Prop 8, I try and focus on the words of Dr. King:
“Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice. ”

We’ll get there. Soon, I hope.

shauna June 17, 2009 at 4:15 pm

We adore you both!

And when people dwell in fear, instead of love, all we have to do is show them the photograph of you two. Eventually, we’ll change the minds of people who are narrow and ruled by terror. You two just keep on loving.

Happy Anniversary!

Chicken Fried Gourmet June 17, 2009 at 5:15 pm

Congratulations Matt and Adam :)

Annie June 17, 2009 at 5:29 pm

Happy Anniversary!

sarah June 17, 2009 at 7:51 pm

“the man I’ve waited my whole life to meet” – that is a beautiful thing. happy anniversary!

White On Rice Couple June 17, 2009 at 8:14 pm

“Happy Anniversary!” to two of the kindest, most talented, and dear people we know and are lucky enough to call friends. We love you guys and are so happy for you. We carry on your call for equality and hope someday soon the laws will be set straight. Actually set not just for straights! Love will prevail over the ignorance.

L June 17, 2009 at 8:51 pm

You guys are so amazing. I’m so happy for you both! Congrats & many, many more.


amy June 17, 2009 at 11:37 pm

Happy Annivarsary!!!!

sabe June 18, 2009 at 5:23 am

happy anniversary matt! thank you for the lovely post, it made me tear up over my morning tea! congrats.

Michele Morris June 18, 2009 at 6:25 am

I’m not the political type usually either but think Prop 8 is stupid – hope the folks in CA figure that out soon. Happy Anniversary!

Janice June 18, 2009 at 7:02 am

Happy Anniversary! I am so glad you found each other. I, too, am part of the 18,000 same-sex couples still married in CA. As a native Californian, I am distressed by what’s happened here, but I am so proud of what’s happened in other states as a result. Yes, love will prevail.

J. Wade June 18, 2009 at 8:31 am

Happy (day late) Anniversary! I love you guys! Woderful post Matt.

olivia June 18, 2009 at 10:54 am

Happy Anniversary Matt and Adam!

I know deep in my heart that equality will prevail for everyone, no matter where you are. And I want you to know that love is love and there’s nothing to fear.

Perfect words … congrats again!

Rosa June 18, 2009 at 12:42 pm

Happy Anniversary! I don’t even understand how Prop8 passed… I thought that California was less retrograde and more open than that!



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