Lewis Duckett and Billy Jones met 46 years ago — long before they could ever dream of getting legally married in the US.
But now that the US Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex marriage is legal across the land, the couple has finally decided to settle down and tie the knot.
The romance began when Jones was sent over to Vietnam to fight in the war. Duckett and Jones would write coded love letters to one another — they couldn’t risk being caught in the days of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
The couple adopted a child during their long relationship, and now they’re grandparents.
The ceremony took place in October at Harlem’s Riverside Church.
They don’t think of this as a new chapter, per se. Rather, they define marriage as “an enhancement to the relationship we had.”
The couple was prominetly featured in a documentary posted to The New York Times website.
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