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I’m a sucker for a good love story. That’s why I thoroughly enjoyed producing, shooting and editing a series of videos in conjunction with the editorial board’s “I Do” social media campaign in support of approving Referendum 74, which would affirm the Legislature’s decision in 2012 to legalize same-sex marriage in Washington.

Please watch all four videos below and share these stories with your friends and family members.Our hope is that you’ll see and understand how approving Referendum 74 can actually strengthen our families.

I generally believe there are a lot of sad things happening in this world. Therefore, we need more love, more bravery and more authenticity in human relationships. Life is too short to settle for anything less. (Scroll down for background on the series and to read what I learned about love and marriage from these interviews.)

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1. Brandon and Vic Rapez-Betty of Spokane, WA exchanged vows on Sept. 22, 2012. They await the passage of Referendum 74 to make their union official. “I didn’t ask Victor to be my domestic partner. I asked him to be my husband,” says Brandon.

2. Dottie Neufeld and Carol Brandes of Seattle were together for 38 years and parted by death two years ago. After recounting the amount of paperwork they needed for Dottie to accompany Carol through her many health treatments, Dottie said, “When we choose someone we love and we want to share our lives with them, we want marriage. We want that to be understood as a special relationship, that it’s sacred for us as well.”

3. Chalu and Niesha “Nikki” Harris-Adams of Parkland were high school friends who reconnected years later, after Chalu’s marriage to a man ended in divorce. They raise Chalu’s two biological sons together. “I’ve never been with anyone who really just allowed me to be who I am. That’s the legacy I want my children to take forward to their children. You’re allowed to be who you are, and you can be happy being who you are,” Chalu says.

4. Col. Dr. Grethe Cammermeyer and Diane Divelbess of Whidbey Island have stayed together through tough times, including Cammermeyer’s two-year banishment from the military after she revealed she was a lesbian. “You know when somebody special has crossed your path, so you better act,” Divelbess said, recalling the early days of their 24-year relationship.

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