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This incredible Texas couple waited 55 years for their right to marry

Nick Duffy January 26, 2016
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After 55 years together, a Texas couple have finally tied the knot… and they couldn’t be happier.

Jack Evans, 85, met his sweetheart George Harris, 82, way back in 1961, when gay people were actively persecuted by the government.

The pair have stuck together through thick and thin – and made history after the Supreme Court ruling last summer, when they became the first to tie the knot in Dallas County, Texas.

The pair, who waited over half a century for their right to marry, opened up about their journey in an ad for Sweethearts (the US equivalent of Love Hearts) this month.

George recalled: “When I first met Jack was January 19, 1961. He gave me his card, and we were going to get together.

“His card said ‘Evans Jewellers, New York’… and I thought oh lord, I’ve met a diamond merchant!

“Little did I know that he was starving to death, selling costume jewellery door-to-door! It were just awful.

“I knew when I met Jack that was who I was looking for, who I spent all of my life looking for. If that’s not love, I don’t know what is.”

Jack added: “If he’s not there, I can’t go to sleep. If he’s not around, I don’t know what to do.”

The pair explained that they “wept” following the Supreme Court announcement, before heading off to tie the knot.
This incredible Texas couple waited 55 years for their right to marry

However, they are still adjusting to the new dynamic in their relationship – after 55 years of being denied their rights.

Jack joked: “I don’t know whether to call him my husband or my wife!”

Related topics: dallas county, Gay, LGBT, ruling, Sexuality, supreme court, Texas, US

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