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Love is in the air | Editorial

March 6, 2013 · Updated 12:38 PM

It’s one of society’s oldest traditions: joining two lives as one.

The ideal of “happily ever after” is a prominent thread in the fabric of human culture. The legal and emotional significance of marriage is still hotly debated, as some states, like Washington, have passed laws that allow same-sex marriage.

We hope straight and gay couples choose the San Juans as their wedding destination this year. We have a bounty of services and offer a majestic background unlike any other venue. Check out the wedding shows on Orcas and San Juan this month.

As the reason for marriage has evolved over the centuries, one motivation has endured: love. Seeking and finding love is one of our greatest desires in life and marriage is the culmination of that journey. Even if you are a twice-divorced skeptic, it’s still moving to watch a flower girl throw petals on freshly mown grass or witness that first, tearful kiss between the newly betrothed. The union of marriage represents hope and faith and loyalty.

Renowned couple therapists Julie and John Gottman say that humans are a species that benefit from long-term monogamous partnerships.

“When relationships work well, studies have shown that they are a resource for health, speedier recovery from illness, longer life spans, greater wealth and improved well-being of children,” said Julie Gottman.

But we aren’t the only ones. Other species that mirror our long-term relationships are gibbons monkeys, swans, wolves, bald eagles and turtle doves.

It’s just about time for the launch of “wedding season.”  We hope you appreciate the beauty of love taking flight.

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