Monday, March 23, 2009
Capitol Hill, WA
Seattle-area cats Cesar and Bismark, partners since 2005, traveled to Connecticut from their home in Seattle's Capitol Hill district this past weekend to become the very first gay cat couple to be married in that state.
Connecticut joined Massachusetts as only the second state in the U.S. to perform same-sex marriages on November 12, 2008. Connecticut enacted a civil union law back in 2005 that provided the same rights and responsibilities to same-sex couples as marriage.
Cesar and Bismark met at the University of Hawaii in 2005, where they both studied Oceanography. Bismark, a 12-year-old, neutered, Orange Domestic Short Hair said that when he met Bismark at Waimanalo Beach Park his heart stopped.
Fred and Henry hope to someday wed
“I saw this perfect cat, standing at surf’s edge,” recalled Cesar, “his eyes were closed and he was listening to the waves. It took my breath away.”
Bismark, a 14-year-old, neutered, Domestic Short Hair, was doing graduate research on the marine life of O’ahu. “I turned and saw Cesar. The color of the ocean was filling into deep the pools of his eyes,” said Bismark, “I walked to him that day and took his paw. We have been together ever since.”
“Oh, girl, the way they look at each other is so hot.” said partners Fred and Henry, both friends of the couple, “We hope that after they are married that the trend carries over to Seattle so we can get married too, but without the travel. We hate to fly.”
Cesar and Bismark graduated the University and currently are Certified Deep Sea Rescue Divers in Seattle. They go diving together both at work and in their free time.
“Deep Sea Diving is the only way for cats to really be in the water without really getting wet, you know?” said Cesar, “You have a suit and helmet so you never get wet.”
In 2008 they vacationed on the East Coast for a month. “Then we realized that we could be married there.” said Cesar.
Jinx said “there is somewhere for us all.”
“It was a sharply divided Connecticut Supreme Court that struck down the state’s civil union law, and it happened just this past November.” said volunteer worker and Obama supporter Jinx, a 5-year-old Domestic Short Hair. “It ruled that same-sex cat couples have a constitutional right to marry. We can only do that in Connecticut or Massachusetts, but at least there is somewhere for us all.”
On Sunday, at high noon, Cesar took Bismark to be his lawfully wedded husband and Bismark took Cesar to be the same. They are officially the first gay cat marriage in the state and indeed anywhere in the country.
The two cats are said to be happier than ever and plan to keep Seattle as their home, where they hope to adopt kittens.
Copyright Sharyn Thoma-Guay
Posted by The Kitty City Gazette at 10:31 AM