Gay Couple of 53 Years to Wed in Texas Church — And Everyone’s Invited
Jack Evans and George Harris were at their United Methodist church on Jan. 19, the 53rd anniversary of their relationship, when Rev. Bill McElvaney made an announcement they never expected to hear in their home city of Dallas
The congregation stood and applauded as McElvaney told them he would now be performing same-sex weddings. Though the United Methodist Church doesn’t officially sanction such unions, he said it was on the wrong side of the gospel and that he would perform the unions off-site.
“We tried to send out invitations, but it got so that people we didn’t know were wanting to come,” Harris said. “So we just said anybody who wants to come can come. I don’t mind. We’re doing this not only for ourselves but for the community. We’re doing this not only for ourselves but for the community. We’ve been in this community for so long.”
On Saturday, the couple will add to the list of advancements they’ve made in the Dallas LGBT community.
“This marriage is our finale,” Evans said. “It may be the last thing that we’ll take on.”
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