The best thing you’ll read today.

17 Aug

In April of last year, I got a call from my friends at Freedom to Marry. They frequently ask me to come take photos for their events and this time they had a special request.

They were going to be interviewing an elderly gay couple that had been together for 60 years and couldn’t be married. They wanted me to come take some portraits of the couple while they were being interviewed.

This adorable elderly couple spoke at length about their war stories (and I mean literally – both men served in World War II). As they were both singers and voice teachers, they also treated us to a couple songs.

I’d write more of their beautiful story for you, but it’s been done – by the New York Times. Check it out.

The purpose of us going there was to get their story out. This was a few months before New York would pass the marriage equality law and Richard & John didn’t want to leave the state to get married. Their romance was a New York romance and they believed they should have the right to tie the knot in the state they called home.

Well, last Friday after 62 years, Richard Mace and John Dorr were married. In New York. We want to congratulate the happy couple whose only advice to me was to “Never go to bed angry.”

You can watch the Freedom to Marry video that was shot that day here:

3 Responses to “The best thing you’ll read today.”

  1. Meggy81 August 17, 2012 at 11:03 am #

    That was beautiful and I am proud to be from NY

  2. tgflux August 18, 2012 at 2:30 am #

    Post-legalization, they waited a year?! Was it they weren’t sure it would work out 😉 or that, being “young and in love” ;-p they had All The Time In The World!

    No matter: Mazel Tov, guys!

    • Jamie McGonnigal August 20, 2012 at 8:13 pm #

      Or maybe they just needed time to plan a wedding…that takes time – trust me on that 😉

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