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March 20, 2013

We Believe in Love

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Senate Bill 11 is headed to Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper to sign, making civil unions legal in Colorado. Chris and I hope that the Governor does so, taking the next step towards full marriage for same sex couples.

We believe that people are people and that love cannot be defined or categorized. We believe that anybody has the right to live with, marry, or do what ever they like, with the person they love. If that couple is African American, Hispanic, white, Asian, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or cisgender or any combination, they have the right to be happy and be protected by the same laws that protect everybody else.

We also feel that people are entitled to their beliefs, if you disagree with civil unions that is fine with us. You also have that right. The whole point of the Constitution is that it grant rights to everybody not limits them to some. It does not give anyone the right to limit others’ freedom.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men (people) are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Aside from the gender bias of the time, the Declaration of Independence is clear. The world has changed drastically since then, but the rights that the founding fathers fought for, extend to all people. There are no asterisks!

Yes, we are biased, we love our friends and family members who are waiting for their right to be married. We also run a business that would benefit from more weddings, but even if we never get the chance to shoot a “gay wedding” we would be front and center for their rights to “make it official” As photojournalists we have always loved capturing genuine moments and true emotions in our photos; We can’t wait to shoot civil unions!

Love is Love, we won’t define it, just photograph it!

Eric Bellamy
Wedding Photojournalist at Stark Bellamy Photography
Eric Bellamy is an award-winning photojournalist whose work has appeared on the likes of ESPNHS, the New York Times, Denver Post and more. He now focuses on editorial-style wedding photography and portraiture. He lives with his wife and children, and enjoys climbing rock and ice as well as sampling good wine and food in Northern Colorado.
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