Megan and Laura They met in New Mexico when Megan was an exchange student. From the very beginning, they felt like they just knew each other. Being together was the "easiest thing." Within a few weeks they were inadvertently picking out appliances together, mostly on a whim, as they were definitely not living together and wouldn't be for many months, since Megan would be returning to the east coast after her semester. Now they live in bucolic Kennett Square, PA where they grow organic vegetables and home school their two children, Wylie 13 and Mavis 10. After 28 years of partnership, they credit their longevity to always coming back to a place of support for one another. It has always been a major priority to move beyond any conflict, difference or trouble and "just work things out." Laura claimed that their relationship is so much a part of her whole DNA. "More than half of my life has been spent with Megan and that's part of who I've become, the other part of this relationship. On the 1st anniversary of their relationship, they had their own little ceremony and made vows to each other....a way of saying "this is for real." On their tenth anniversary, during a visit back to NM, they were blessed on the steps of the State House in Santa Fe by a Navajo woman during a very "feminine snow." And rather spontaneously, they got "married" by some 7 year-olds who seemed to just understand that they needed to be married. "They were just wonderful magical kids. They prepared a beautiful aisle with rocks and sage and it went right up to the top of this mountain and they had sweet grasses and sage and they married us and did a dance." In the minds of children, there is no hate. They see no boundaries. Their vision goes straight to the heart of the matter and acknowledges where there is love. Yet despite three "ceremonies" in various locations, in their home state of Pennsylvania, Megan and Laura cannot yet be married. Megan summed it up perfectly. "The irony of it all is that you can say we can't be married and you can deny us certain rights but we are still going to grow up and live our lives and have our children and have friends over for dinner and go shopping at the market and be good community members and good neighbors and help old people and help babies and help moms who just had a baby and do all the things that good people do." Megan and Laura really are among those "good people." They live simple lives, teaching their children about growing vegetables, caring for animals, honoring the earth and inspiring them to be curious and to learn. They look for and get the support of other parents in their rural community. Megan further added, "What's really important to us now is that we have other parents to help us through this parenting thing and in our community we are accepted as married and we are accepted the same as anybody else, as a couple like any other couple. Culturally we have come so far integrating into straight society that it's not so uncommon for people to know openly gay and lesbian people and just assume that all of their rights are in place. I feel that's where the struggle really needs a to focus........ getting straight people to understand that those rights are just not there."