My wife Vanessa and I have been married for 4 years now, since this past march 17th (Yes on St. Patrick’s Day and we weren't drunk lol). I’m black and was raised in Bronx, NY, while she’s German, and Puerto Rican. We meet in 2008 while I was in the Marine Corps through a mutual friend at the time, and she decided to message me on MySpace (shows how old I am lol). After 9 months of know each other I asked her to marry me and we started our lives together. It has been tough for both of us through my deployments, and training I had to attend over the years, but she has remained faithful and by myself through it all. Once I was out of the Marine Corps and I entered the academy for the Maryland State Troopers, I was away again for 6 more months only seeing her some weekends and again she stayed by my side.
Throughout our relationship we have gotten the “looks” and stares when we are in public, but it doesn't faze us because we know who we are and how much we love each other. We have had to deal with racist people in public and on our jobs. We have moved 4 times in the past 4 years due to the military and then me getting out pursuing my dreams. She’s in school now working to become a medical transcriptionist and working for a company, while I’m out in a dangerous job fighting to make a difference. I heard about this site through my communication’s class at Salisbury University, in pursuant of getting my BA in Homeland Security. It’s great to see more people standing up to racism and being open about the ones they love regardless of skin color, religion, or background. Just like the fight our nation faces now with Gay Marriage, we too fight for the right to be treated like normal couples in love.