Jack Evans, 85, and George Harris, 82. "We've been together for 54 years, so we thought we'd make it legal."
Dang it. I'm tearing up already.
Make sure you have a tissue nearby if you have any kind of human empathy, because you are gonna need it. Dallas' first same-sex marriage was performed today for Jack Evans and George Harris, a couple whose commitment to each other was matched by their faith that one day their home state of Texas would let them marry.
This couple in their 80s just arrived to the Records Bldg in #Dallas. They're here 2 get a marriage license. #Scotus pic.twitter.com/6syxFucght
— Stella M. Chávez (@stellamchavez) June 26, 2015
"We waited for Texas," said George, "a lot of our friends have gone to other states to marry, and to Canada, but we wanted to hold out for Texas." Added Jack, "You couldn't have imagined this 10 years ago. It wasn't even in the realm of possibilities."
Jack and George had previously been featured in a D magazine article about their long wait for marriage. They were featured again today, of course, but for a much better reason. And in honor of just how long they've been waiting, they were able to receive their marriage on the same day as their license, and were pushed to the front of the line.
Dallas County Clerk will personally issue the first marriage license to Jack and George.— Chris Williams (@amboy00) June 26, 2015
Theirs wasn't the only heartwarming story, of course. They also appear in this video, alongside many couples from Dallas whose love was legalized today.
"It's probably the highlight of our lives," said the 82-year-old George. That's saying a lot.
Hate if you want, but I feel really, really sorry for you if you do.