They booked plane tickets to California, where months earlier, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down a voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage.
But a week before they were supposed to leave, Woodard sprained his ankle and could not travel. Not long after that, his overall health started to go downhill.
Woodard died July 23, before he and Custer could marry, before any of the gay or lesbian couples in Oklahoma had a chance to do what many have waited a long time for: to make it official.