A sad loss for the LGBT community. Thank God, things are changing largely due to the efforts and courage of people like him. RIP
A great guy may his partner be consoled to know that so many owe a lot to his pioneering efforts.
I read an in-depth article about Mr. Adams and had a good cry. He and that county clerk in Colorado were pioneers. I felt a bit of shame for being so unaware of his historic struggle and sad that his death came before his marriage would be recognized.
I had the pleasure of meeting Richard and Tony a few times over the years. Richard was the “quiet one” of the couple, but also a great raconteur with a quick, flashing wit, and a heart as big as Los Angeles county.
Just a lovely, lovely couple. “Adams v. Howerton” (the decision denying “spousal status” to foreign-born partners) will remain a notable low point in American legal history. It is shameful that Tony has been left to join the enormous ranks of “gay widows,” who were “never married” under the present system of inequitable laws, but I believe he will continue the fight with renewed energy.