Gay Couple in Their 80s First to Marry in Dallas County

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DALLAS — George Harris and Jack Evans have waited over 50 years for Friday, June 26.  They were hoping they would survive the wait, being that they are both in their 80s.

“We’ve waited so long for this,” Harris said.  “It’s a beautiful day.  Love rules.”

Harris joked as they were paying for their marriage license.  “Do we get a senior discount?”

The couple had a commitment ceremony last year, officiated by Methodist Minister William McElvaney.  He was suspended from his role in the church but was later reinstated.  He passed away last August.

Harris recalls the moment he got the news of the Supreme Court ruling.

“Actually I was at the doctor’s office, and I couldn’t get out of there fast enough,” Harris said. “I have to have shots in my eyes, and I couldn’t change the appointment.  I said, ‘you know, I’m going to come down here, whether I can see or not.’”

“There are lots of couples who have been waiting, anticipating the decision of the Supreme Court.  Same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states, and Dallas County, along with Travis County, Tarrant County, and several other counties have already been issuing out marriage licenses to couples,” County Clerk John Warren said.

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Judge Dennise Garcia officiated the ceremony.

“Jack and George are members of my church, and they’ve asked me to join them today and I couldn’t be more honored,” Garcia said.

Dozens looked on and cheered as Garcia married the couple.  “By the authority vested in me, by the Constitution of the United States, I pronounce you spouses for life.”

“By the authority vested in me, by the Constitution of the United States, I pronounce you spouses for life!”

Evans raised a rainbow-colored flag and waved it.

“It’s not just a big day for us, it’s a big day for everybody,” Evans said.

“We finally made it,” Harris added.

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