Dawn Ramos (Deaf) and Laurie Ovesen (Hearing) met in Sacramento, California 14 years ago. Dawn was Laurie’s ASL teacher and they began dating after the semester ended. They fell in love and in 1998, the lovebirds tied the knot in Loomis, California. Dawn took on Laurie’s last name and they began a family together a few months after their wedding. The couple have two children, Jack, age 13, and Meg, age 10, and run a canine boarding and daycare business in Maple Valley, Washington.
Today, marks an important milestone for the Ovesen family: Dawn and Laurie’s marriage is now legally recognized by the State of Washington granting them all rights, responsibilities and privileges that heterosexual couples enjoy.
“We are so thrilled that our marriage has become legal like everyone else’s!” an elated Dawn told Planet DeafQueer.
Wishing you a lifetime of happiness, Dawn and Laurie!