John M. Becker

Gay Grandfathers: Together 46 Years, Married at Last

Filed By John M. Becker | January 17, 2014 3:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Living, Marriage Equality
Tags: gay marriage, grandparents, marriage equality, same-sex marriage, tear-jerker, wedding, wedding video

Here's a beautiful love story to make you smile on this Friday afternoon.

Mr. Lewis Duckett and Dr. Billy Jones have been a couple for a long time. When they met through a mutual friend more than 46 years ago, the idea of marriage equality was unheard of.

Billy was sent off to fight in the Vietnam War, and during his deployment, the two wrote letters to each other nearly every day. But since homosexuality was grounds for dishonorable discharge from the Army, the letters had to be in code, "to make sure that nothing could be interpreted that -- there's a new word that wasn't out back then -- 'out' him," Lewis explained.

When Billy returned from the war, Lewis was waiting for him. They went on to adopt a baby boy, who grew up to have a child of his own.

Then last year, after close to half a century together, Lewis and Billy were married at Riverside Church in Harlem, New York -- formalizing what had already existed in their hearts and in their family for these many years.

"Where you go, I will go, for we will never, ever walk alone," the couple said in their wedding vows to each other. "When you die, there I will die also."

The New York Times produced a beautiful video about the couple's life, love, and marriage.

Watch, after the jump.

h/t: David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement

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