Barbara Proud photographed Sinjoyla and Angelisa for her new book, First Comes Love.
Sinjoyla and Angelisa, who have been together for 17 years, are among several same-sex couples featured in a new book of photographs celebrating long-term LGBT relationships. The book, called First Comes Love, is by Barbara Proud and will be available September 26. The book is important of course because it is another way to document and give voice to our relationships.
Sinjoyla and Angelisa’ story is especially interesting because they were the first same-sex couple to be married in the nation’s capital. They met in 1997 in a Constitutional Law class and grew closer while working on class projects together. Angelisa bristles at the term “same-sex” marriage. A traditionalist at heart with great respect for the institution of marriage, she prefers to think of it as “human beings” getting married. “I just want the same rights that my brothers and sisters have. I don’t want anything extra so you don’t have to put ‘same-sex’ in front of it. No extra words. No extra anything. I just want to be able to live in a union that has been sanctioned by law.”