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Gay Oregon Couple Together For 60 Years Goes To Washington To Get Married: AUDIO


As same-sex marriage becomes legal in more and more states across the country, gay and lesbian couples from neighboring states that prohibit same-sex marriage often pour in to nearby LGBT-friendly states to say, "I do." One such couple, Eric Marcoux and Eugene Woodworth of Portland, Oregon, who we told you about almost a year ago, have finally decided to tie the knot after 60 years together. Though Oregon has a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, the couple travelled to nearby Washington state that just last year legalized same-sex marriage. The couple didn't rush to the altar once the Evergreen state made equality the law of the land, preferring to have their wedding in Oregon once it became legal there. However, Woodworth has recently been diagnosed with congestive heart failure and, according to doctors, only has weeks to live. He wants to marry his longtime partner now because he hopes Marcoux will be able to inherit his social security survivor benefits. From Oregon Public Radio:

Eric Marcoux and Eugene Woodworth have been together since they the day they met in Chicago in 1953. “I am here today to be legally married to Eugene Woodworth, with whom I have had an intimate deeply committed relationship for a little over sixty years,” Marcoux says. Marcoux is 83 years old and Woodworth is 85...

“We’ve observed federal government extending privileges. Then it occurred to us, ‘Well, maybe we’ll be able to transfer his social security, which is significantly greater than mine, to me,” says Marcoux. “And although it’s a modest one, it will make an enormous difference in the kind of life that I will be able to leave – live! – and leave.”

“He deserves it after living with me for sixty years,” Woodworth says.

“Maybe we should unpack that,” Marcoux jokes.

After the couple was legally married, Woodworth told the Judge who officiated,

“We’ve been married twice before in religious ceremonies...But we met sixty years ago, and this is the first legal thing. It’s such a pity that we had to wait that long.”

After signing the marriage documents, the two make their way out to their car for the 20-minute drive home to Oregon.

Marcoux gets in the car and shuts the door.

“We made it,” he says with a sigh. “Wonderful! We made it.”

You can also check out an audio clip on the adorable couple's big day AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Beautiful!

    Posted by: Leroy Laflamme | Dec 29, 2013 4:14:25 PM

  2. Really getting impatient with Oregon and pissed off that they put these two lovely men through this crap. This is supposed to be a liberal state, and to put established constitutional rights up for a vote is disgusting. Get it done, Oregon! NOW!

    Posted by: Kip | Dec 29, 2013 4:29:38 PM

  3. You must have missed the sad news. He died yesterday. ;(

    Posted by: David | Dec 29, 2013 5:03:46 PM

  4. It's a crime that same-sex civil marriages can't be performed here in Oregon, but I'm convinced we WILL get it done in 2014. And in the meantime, at least same-sex marriages performed out of state are legally recognized here.

    Posted by: Matt | Dec 29, 2013 5:06:13 PM

  5. True love.
    @David, I read it, EW. So sad.

    Posted by: Matt27 | Dec 29, 2013 5:10:19 PM

  6. Marriage equality opponents don't want to see these two. They want it to be all anonymous stereotypes & hypotheticals because in the abstract we can be painted as monsters. But when the reality is shown and it's happy loving everyday people it is no longer an abstract. That's the beauty of putting real faces to the oppression. Making it personal ... here are the people you hurt.

    In the Desert News articles quite often commenters made reference to 'look at who we've been hurting'. It was one of the best aspects of the Utah ruling.

    Congratulations Eric & Eugene!

    Posted by: SERIOUSLY | Dec 29, 2013 5:13:16 PM

  7. @Kip, Oregon is only a liberal state in the Nortwestern corner from Portland down to Eugene. (And I'm not even sure I'd include Linn and Marion counties in that.) Thank god that's where the majority of the population lives. When I lived in Eugene there were religious fanatics and neo-Nazi types right outside the city lines. My sister lives in Clackamas and she's always running into wilderness rednecks. Oh yeah, they're liberal enough to smoke pot, but they're not very tolerant when it comes to diversity.

    Posted by: Fox | Dec 29, 2013 5:14:55 PM

  8. Story is a little outdated. Eugene died on Dec. 21.

    Posted by: David | Dec 29, 2013 5:27:12 PM

  9. You're damn right this is outdated...published posthumously, for heaven's sake!

    DAVID - so when did they get married?

    And where's the story from earlier in the day about the NFL footballer who's boyfriend told on him? That was a hell of a story!

    Posted by: UFFDA | Dec 29, 2013 6:07:48 PM

  10. Saddens me that long-term gay couples have to go through this kind of stress to get the benefits that heterosexual married couples automatically get. This should be a federal issue, resolved once and for all at a federal level.

    Posted by: dumbnhung | Dec 29, 2013 7:29:29 PM

  11. Neither one of us is expecting to die anytime soon, but this is one of the reasons that my partner and I are going across the river next month to get married after being together for 23 years. We wanted to wait for Oregon to legalize it, but we decided the benefits outweighed any desire to be married in our home state. It helps that Oregon has chosen to recognize same-sex marriages from other states. We figure we will go have a simple ceremony at a friends house and then later we can have a big reception here in Portland.

    Posted by: Patrick | Dec 29, 2013 8:10:09 PM

  12. I'll take the blame for this article not having the updated info about Eugene's death. It came across my desk without a date & I sent it on to Towleroad. Apologies to Andy & Sean.

    Heartfelt condolences to Eric.

    Posted by: SERIOUSLY | Dec 29, 2013 10:08:24 PM

  13. Oregon State gives recognition to equal marriages performed in other states but not from their own. Eric will have his deserved rights.

    Posted by: Greggdw | Dec 30, 2013 12:08:14 AM

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