New York City Couple of 61 Years Wants to Marry

It’s always been a hallmark of the same-sex marriage effort: the pictures of older couples who have stayed together for years and now want recognition of their commitment.  The first couple married in California, for instance, were Del Martin, 83, and Phyllis Lyon, 79, who had been together 51 years.

John Mace, 91, and Richard Adrian Dorr, 83, who have been together 61 years, have them beat by a decade.  These two New Yorkers were featured in a May 11, 2011, New York Times article entitled, “After 60 Years, an Unfaded Desire to Make It ‘Legal’.”  Both voice teachers, the two have “taught the likes of Bette Midler, Vanessa Redgrave, Natasha Richardson, Kim Basinger and Marsha Mason,” and are still teaching.  They’ve joined with Freedom to Marry to help advocate for legalized gay marriage.

They’ve been urged b y friends to travel to another state to get married, but Mace says, “…[W]e’ve always been New Yorkers, and after 61 years of togetherness, we feel we have a right to be married in New York.”

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