Lisa and Drew There are not enough superlative adjectives to describe the powerhouse duo of Drewry Nash Fennel and Lisa B. Goodman. On January 1, 2012, Lisa and Drew were the first couple to have their civil union solemnized in the State of Delaware—in front of 400 of their friends and family as well as state legislators and complete with a sermon delivered by the U.S. Senator Chris Coons and a standing ovation from the congregation at Trinity Episcopal Church. Three years ago, when we first talked, Drew and Lisa spoke passionately about the marriage rights that they someday hoped would protect their relationship and their four children. Today, they not only have those rights but even helped to create them. Their vision, hard work, and fortitude in the face of adversity helped to pass SB30, the bill providing for civil unions in the First State, and then HB75, mandating full marriage equality. Both accomplished attorneys, they met at a conference, and then found themselves working for the same law firm. Lisa is president of Equality Delaware and was a delegate to the 2012 Democratic Convention. Drew, who served as Executive Director of the Delaware ACLU for nine years, and Executive Director of the Criminal Justice Council for the State of Delaware, for three years, is now a policy advisor to Delaware Governor Jack Markell. Civil rights, the fight for justice, and their faith guide them all the way, each and every day. Over the past 10 years, both women have faced bouts with cancer, but even that challenge could not stop their pursuit of the greater good. The experience did make them all too aware of how frightening it is to live in a place where their relationship was not recognized—particularly when a hostile nurse refused to let Lisa stay in Drew’s hospital room. Home is their safe harbor from the battles they fight in their work. It is at home, surrounded by family, that they get “fueled” to go out and do more. Children, animals, activists—there is always a flurry of activity in the Goodman/Fennel household. To visit is to enter a menagerie, with several dogs; guinea fowl (two named Martha and George, after the Washingtons); a pond with many koi; beehives from which Lisa and their son David harvest honey; chickens; a resident barn owl; and a pair of nesting pileated woodpeckers. In the woods out back is a tree house. Their horse, named Prophet, resides at a local stable. The three older children from Drew’s first marriage have graduated from college and are off on their own, making strides in their own careers. The youngest, David, now in the eighth grade, is a former acolyte in the church. Lisa and Drew’s stories are humorous and heart-wrenching by turns. In one, a parent from their son’s preschool called to complain that her husband had a problem with David’s having two moms. As Drew recalls, her heart nearly jumped out of her chest as the mother continued, explaining that her son wanted “two moms” as well—and her husband was jealous. They also recall listening as one man - a minister no less - testified before the state legislature that the Twin Towers had fallen because of gay people and that his own brother had died of AIDS, totally alone, disavowed by the family because “would not repent.” And with tears in her eyes, Drew tells of the eight-year-old child of two lesbians who was torn from one of them when the couple broke up and how she and others then battled to pass a second-parent adoption law and finally returned a joyful young child to the mother she had not seen in almost a year. In Delaware, the second parent adoption bill passed on the very same day that across the hall in the Senate the anti-discrimination bill passed. That day over the stately Legislative Hall building in Dover, a rainbow appeared…and there had been no rain.