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Bonny felt she led a great life of abundant blessings—a life she never took for granted. She wrote “My life is full of riches—friends, family, church, interesting travel, and my beloved Jannie.” Bonny met Jan, fell in love, and entered into a 24½ year relationship with her. A devoted and loving couple, they protected their love and commitment through a Commitment Ceremony in 1992, registered as Domestic Partners in 2003, and, ultimately, fulfilled a 20-year dream when they married on October 4, 2008, in a ceremony attended by nearly 300 family members and friends.
Bonny worked for marriage equality as part of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego’s social justice activities. She also worked on the “Decline to Sign” campaign to prevent the gathering of signatures that eventually resulted in Prop 8 being placed on the ballot in November 2008. Bonny and Jan were proud to be media spokespersons for San Diego’s “No on Prop 8” campaign and were interviewed and featured on ABC’s national news series “50 States in 50 Days.” Just prior to being diagnosed with stomach cancer, Bonny portrayed Sandy Stier (a litigant in the Prop 8 case now before the Supreme Court) in a production of "8 The Play."
Memorial Page Closes: July 28, 2013