After being in a committed relationship for a quarter of a century, they were eager to take advantage of the federal benefits and protections marriage could provide.“In May 1988, when Jackie and I first got together, we never thought we’d get married,” Lambert said. ’ It just evolved.”Lambert, an attorney and openly-gay adjunct university professor, received cards of support from her students after the Windsor decision.“They expect to get married someday,” Lambert said.“The world has changed so much in these 25 years.”The couple exchanged rings several years ago, but didn’t formally celebrate their commitment until their wedding in Stowe.“When you’re heterosexual, you’re always thinking, ‘Is this the person I’m going to marry? “It’s a different world.”Lambert is working to change laws that prevent same-sex couples from enjoying the same rights as their heterosexual counterparts.I hadn’t been to Stowe in over 25 years and I was pleasantly surprised at how it kept the charm of a Vermont town, while still being one of the state’s biggest tourist attractions.”Their plans hit a snag when a misunderstanding left them scrambling to find a new venue just two months before the wedding.“We live 3,000 miles away and no one in our family was really able to pull together an emergency relocation,” Cooley said. I searched wedding planners in Stowe and an angel came to our rescue.
They traveled to Stowe with another same-sex couple who also got married but asked that their names and photos not be included in this story because they feared the repercussions they might face in their home state.
Lambert and Stanfill were surprised and touched by how well they were received in Vermont.“When I was looking for a justice of the peace and photographer, every single person was so welcoming and kind and helpful we knew we were going to the right place,” Lambert said. We didn’t meet one person who didn’t treat us better than we could have expected.
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It was amazing.”Still, as they posed for their wedding photos outside Stowe Mountain Lodge after their ceremony, it took a few moments for them to feel comfortable.“There were some nerves posing with your girlfriend,” Lambert said.
“We don’t even hold hands here (in Tennessee).”Lambert and Stanfill were vacationing in the South of France with friends and family when they learned of the Windsor decision and decided to tie the knot. I never had this thing where I thought, ‘Is this the person I’m spending the rest of my life with?The 4393 Awards will live at stowetoday.com/4393awards until next year’s contest, and printed copies will be distributed throughout Lamoille County, Stowe and Waterbury. ) is a state in the New England region of the northeastern United States. Lake Champlain forms half of Vermont's western border with the state of New York and the Green Mountains run north-south the length of the state.When Regina Lambert and Jackie Stanfill of Tennessee decided to get married last summer, they came to Stowe.“We wanted to go somewhere special and different,” Lambert said in a telephone interview.“We have friends who ski and we’d heard about Stowe.We started to talk to people who’d been there and didn’t hear a negative word.” Tennessee does not recognize same-sex marriages and Lambert and Stanfill live in an area where homosexuals often hide their relationships to avoid being ostracized.“It was such a nice experience.”After returning to Tennessee, they held a reception for their families and friends on Aug.