Note: In 1974 and again in 2006 the Washington State Supreme Court ruled against gay marriage. In 2007 and 2008 the legislature passed domestic partnership laws, and in 2009 passed what was called the "Everything but Marriage" law. Gay marriage was finally legalized in Washington in 2012, four years after the date of Art's letter. The 2014 US Supreme Court decision forced gay marriage in Oregon, but there is still a ban in the state's constitution, which will take effect if that decision is overturned.]
AUTHOR'S FINAL COMMENT ON THE STORY:
This story began as a lark, a two-installment throwaway. Kelly was just a generic boy when I started. He didn't even have a name yet, and I had thought of only a few hazy details to distinguish him. But as I began to write, he began to tell his story, and from then on, he was in control. New characters entered the story because Kelly needed them to be there. The fictional me began to do and say things the real me would never have done or said. I began to learn how much depth there was to Kelly. I fell in love with him somewhere around Chapter 4. I will miss him.
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