Hetero Calif. Couple Sues to Be Called Bride and Groom

'Party A,' 'Party B,' not romantic enough for lovers
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 3, 2008 12:05 PM CDT
Sal Baglieri, left, and partner of 32 years Pete Cirincione, right, pose for a photo after receiving their marriage license at City Hall in San Francisco, Tuesday, June 17, 2008.   (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
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(Newser) – A heterosexual California couple is suing the state to put the words “bride” and “groom” on their marriage license, the Sacramento Bee reports. Rachel Bird and Gideon Codding refused to sign their marriage document because they dislike the gender-neutral “Party A” and “Party B” used on forms since gay marriage became legal in California. They are suing the state for violating their rights.

"Our personal objective is to be honored and recognized by the state of California as bride and groom," said Codding. His father explains that the suit is meant “ to take back traditions that we feel like have been taken away from us. These gender-neutral terms violate the rights of the majority," he said.