Share “Couples pledge their love as part of Pride...”

Couples pledge their love as part of Pride Fest

More than two dozen couples participated in the Love is Love marriage equality rally on Saturday morning at the Myriad Gardens. The rally was the kickoff event for the 2013 Pride Festival.
by Adam Kemp Published: May 19, 2013
Advertisement

As they stood together, hand in hand, Jack Smith started to make faces at his best friend.

He wasn't trying to make his partner laugh as much as he was trying to keep him from crying.

Smith, 75, and his partner, Dan John, 65, have been together for the past 45 years.

On Saturday, they pledged their love to each other in front of more than 100 people and said these words: “I give you these words for eternity, I love you, take me into your arms.”

“We never really cared about getting married,” Smith said. “But we love seeing all the others here in support of each other and in support of love.”

Smith and John were one of more than two dozen couples who participated in the Love is Love marriage equality rally on Saturday morning at the Myriad Gardens. The rally was the kickoff event for the 2013 Pride Festival.

Pastor Neill Spurgin of Expressions Church led the service, explaining all the ups and downs of marriage and how the best way to weather the roughest patches of a relationship is to be patient with each other.

“Remember today and remember your commitments to each other,” he told the crowd. “Don't let the hard times, the speed bumps, mess you up. It is you that makes the rest of us proud to be who they are.”

Smith and John were introduced through a mutual friend. Originally, John was supposed to be in town a few days to visit Smith on his way to California; he ended up never leaving.

Continue reading this story on the...

by Adam Kemp
Enterprise Reporter
Adam Kemp is an enterprise reporter and videographer for the Oklahoman and Newsok.com. Kemp grew up in Oklahoma City before attending Oklahoma State University. Kemp has interned for the Oklahoman, the Oklahoma Gazette and covered Oklahoma State...
+ show more


Trending Now


AROUND THE WEB

  1. 1
    Education Department budget request includes $2,500 salary bump for teachers
  2. 2
    Oklahoma Union Football coach resigns amid hazing investigation
  3. 3
    NTSB: Perry Inhofe 'did not appropiately manage' engine shutdown before fatal crash
  4. 4
    Report: Mack Brown offered $4 million per year to coach SMU
  5. 5
    Football program's season ends amid allegations of waterboarding
+ show more