“We are best friends,” Smith said. “If you're not friends, then it's not going to work with any relationship. We are just two guys with two poodles and we love each other.”
The two said it's really nice to see how far Oklahoma City has come in accepting the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
“Oklahoma City has opened their arms,” John said. “Pride used to be limited to 39th Street and now we are doing stuff downtown and everything is so much more open. Oklahoma City has come a long way.”
Becci Madden and Heather Maxwell couldn't keep their tears from falling as they said the pledge together. The two have been together for six years after they met at work.
Madden, who is originally from Oklahoma City, said she and Maxwell immediately clicked and she knew that she had found the person she wanted to be with forever.
“We want to stand up for what we believe and know that we deserve the same rights as everyone else,” she said. “People are listening, and people are coming out and speaking their feelings. There is growth across the state, everywhere it's growing.”