This is my friend Whitney. We’ve known each other since we were 12 years old. We used to leave each other BFF-love notes in our lockers in high school, and hang out watching soap operas during the summer at her mom’s house. As you can see from the AP caption on this photo, she’s carrying a big-ass box of petitions to the Maine Secretary of State’s office. These petitions were the ones submitted to put marriage on the ballot this year.  
Whitney has always been an amazing person—she’s a gifted seamstress, a talented entrepreneur, and an amazing friend. She’s one of those people who you can go months without really talking to, and then suddenly you hang out and it’s like you just saw her yesterday. She was there for me when I came out of the closet, supporting me in her quiet way and being that person who has seen me grow and become the open, proud person I am today.
This year, she and her adorable boyfriend worked tirelessly with Mainers United for Marriage, campaigning for my rights. I can safely say that now, in part because of her, I’m her legal equal. But I know that I’ve always been an equal in her eyes. I’m so lucky to have her as my friend.  And the state of Maine is lucky to have her as a citizen.  Thanks, Whitney.

This is my friend Whitney. We’ve known each other since we were 12 years old. We used to leave each other BFF-love notes in our lockers in high school, and hang out watching soap operas during the summer at her mom’s house. As you can see from the AP caption on this photo, she’s carrying a big-ass box of petitions to the Maine Secretary of State’s office. These petitions were the ones submitted to put marriage on the ballot this year.  

Whitney has always been an amazing person—she’s a gifted seamstress, a talented entrepreneur, and an amazing friend. She’s one of those people who you can go months without really talking to, and then suddenly you hang out and it’s like you just saw her yesterday. She was there for me when I came out of the closet, supporting me in her quiet way and being that person who has seen me grow and become the open, proud person I am today.

This year, she and her adorable boyfriend worked tirelessly with Mainers United for Marriage, campaigning for my rights. I can safely say that now, in part because of her, I’m her legal equal. But I know that I’ve always been an equal in her eyes. I’m so lucky to have her as my friend.  And the state of Maine is lucky to have her as a citizen.  Thanks, Whitney.