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…