Richard Adrian Dorr and John Mace, New Yorkers who have been together for 61 years, are prevented from getting married under New York’s current laws. The couple, 84 and 91 respectively, say that while they could marry in a handful of other states they don’t want to because New York is their home and it is where they want to have their relationship formally recognized.
Having met at Juilliard School of Music in 1948 Dorr and Mace are both voice teachers and work in Manhattan.
They are part of a Freedom to Marry campaign video in support of efforts to ensure New York legislators pass a marriage equality bill this year.
Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry, said on the video: “Richard and John are the quintessential New York couple. They met at Juilliard and have spent most of their lives together here.
“They are still obviously so deeply in love after 61 years and yet after all those years of commitment, being there for one another through the ups and downs of life, they are still being denied the one thing they want most – the freedom to marry in New York. It is time to change that. After 61 years together, haven’t they waited long enough?”
Watch the video below:
Legislators are expected to take up a marriage equality bill in the next few weeks.
For past coverage of marriage equality efforts in NY, please click here.