DALLAS (WFAA) - When many people marry, they wonder if it will last. But
when Jack Evans and George Harris took their vows at Midway Hills
Christian Church on Saturday, their love had already withstood the test
of time and discrimination.
It was the day they had dreamed of, and after 53 years, it was a day they never thought they'd see.
"Not in a million years," Harris said.
"Four years ago, it was something that was not fathomable at all," Evans added. "There was no hint that this could come about."
Their commitment ceremony won't be recognized as a legal marriage in
the State of Texas, but it's significant because it happened the same
week a federal judge struck down the state's law banning same-sex
"And it's just so incredible that everything nationwide... everything
in Austin has all come together in such a short period of time," Evans
It also comes at a time churches across the country are re-examining their stance on same-sex marriage.
Saturday's ceremony was performed by the Rev. Bill McElvaney,
a retired United Methodist Church pastor who risks losing his pension
and credentials because the church does not condone gay marriage.
"It means the world to me to be in this historic event," said Fran
McElvaney, the pastor's wife. "I have waited for this day to come."
"You often wonder what you are doing here... what's your purpose?
And we talked about that for a long time, and maybe this is it," Harris
Evans and Harris added they were pleased to see that so many guest
ministers attended their ceremony. They said it was encouraging and made
them feel secure that they did the right thing.
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