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The ‘I do’ marathon

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Newly weds, Kacey Frierson and Chwanda Nixon, were walking out of a movie theater in their new home of Jonesborough, Georgia, when they stopped dead in their tracks. A group of teenagers were writing something on the back of their minivan. Both women bolted to the car.

The couple had just arrived home from a cross-county wedding extravaganza where, after getting hitched in their native Illinois, they got re-married in New York, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Maryland, and Washington DC — all states in which same-sex marriage is legal. To commemorate the trip, they wrote “I Do Marathon” on the back window of their van surrounded by stickers that promote marriage equality. When the two ladies finally reached the car, they read the message the teenagers had left on their trunk: “YOU ROCK LADIES!”

The ladies’ met at a mutual friend’s party in January 2010. Nixon remembers talking to Frierson about their kids (Frierson has three, Nixon has four, and all seven came along on the couple’s marriage tour) in the kitchen.

“She had a big mouth,” Nixon said with a laugh. “But an intelligent mouth. I liked whatever she was saying.”

The two didn’t start dating right, but they became friends on Facebook and began exchanging messages.

“It was her words,” Frierson says of Nixon. “She’s a poet, and no matter what she sent me, I loved it.”

Later that year, Nixon offered to give Frierson a ride to the same mutual friend’s home in which they both had met. Frierson accepted and on the way, they stopped at a mall and got chocolate-covered strawberries.

“By the time we made it to [the friend’s] house we were feeding each other chocolate-covered strawberries and giggling,” Nixon remembers. Two weeks later they were officially dating.

And a year and a half later they were engaged. They got a civil union in April 2012 followed by ceremony at a non-denominational gay church in Illinois.

Soon after, Frierson and Nixon began their “I Do Marathon,” and began their plan to get married in every state that offers same-sex marriage.

“We’ll go to all of them if we can,” Frierson says. “Hopefully June will come, and by then, the Supreme Court will decide that what we’re doing is unnecessary.”

But for now, Frierson and Nixon are planning a second trip for 2014 that will include Rhode Island as well as Washington, Iowa, and any of the other seven states that may pass marriage equality bills in 2013. They’re also looking international.

“My dream is Paris,” Nixon said. “I told her, that’s somewhere she has to take me before I die.” And although they loved having their kids tag along on their road trip, if the lovebirds ever do fly over to gay Paree, the closest their seven children will ever get to the city of love with them is sitting at home eating French fries.

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