On her wedding day, Jessica Port wore a tan and black dress to match the tan button-down shirt and patterned necktie of her spouse-to-be, Virginia Anne Cowan.
They had taken a vacation from their home in Washington D.C. to a San Francisco courthouse in 2008 to get married, since California had recently begun to allow same-sex marriages.
"We were just like every other couple, we really thought that this was it," said Port, 30, who works as a counselor at a special-education school. "We had nothing to worry about. We were just focused on marriage and future."