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(NPR)   A tender love story of two vets who met 25 years ago, fell in love, and got married in the veterans home. If you're reading this on Fark, you know there's a twist   ( npr.org) divider line
    More: Sappy, John, Jerry, Closeted, Coming out, veterans home, Sexual orientation, hardly wedding food, World War II  
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2018-02-09 09:35:06 AM  
17 votes:
Meh.  Veterans and gay people get married every day.

The best man at my wedding's father is gay.  He was a Captain US Army, 2 tours in Vietnam 1St. Air Cav.  Says he was always faithful to my friend's mom (I believe him) until she died.  He decided to come out of the closet Christmas eve about 10 years ago.  Came down the steps with a packed bag saying " I can't live a lie anymore, I got a hotel room".  We proceed to tell him we ALL knew for about 5 years, drop his shiat, and come have a drink.

We all laughed about it.  He thought we were going to think less of him.  This guy saw unspeakable horrors and faced dangers I would run from, and I'm supposed to think less of him because of that?  Rubbish.

Sad that society makes him think that way.
2018-02-09 08:55:53 AM  
16 votes:
I heard this story on my way into work this morning. Pretty much one of those "made my day" kind of stories. I know this 46 year old, straight, white dude had tears rolling down his cheek.
2018-02-09 08:55:27 AM  
14 votes:
Well that is a sweet story.  I have actually met morons who say there have only been gay people since the 60's sexual revolution...like I said morons.
2018-02-09 08:53:29 AM  
11 votes:

MrBallou: I think the shocking part is the 28 year age difference. Old John is kind of a pedo, relatively speaking.


Half his age plus 7 is his limit. He's 100 so 100 / 50 + 7 = 57. His partner is 72. He's fine.
2018-02-09 09:02:36 AM  
10 votes:
If they're happy, I'm happy for them.  Rock on dudes.
2018-02-09 09:01:15 AM  
8 votes:
I don't know why but there's something about old gay dudes in love that tugs my heart-strings.
2018-02-09 10:09:27 AM  
6 votes:

Thingster: ArcadianRefugee: Both are veterans, having served in World War II

The GreatestGayest Generation?

Uhhh, something isn't jiving.  At 72, he wasn't born until 1946.

/DRTFA


The 72 year old served in Vietnam.  His husband is the WW2 get and he's 100.

Hell, I'm just impressed that a 75 year old found love so late in life and has been fortunate enough to have at least another 25 years to enjoy it.

Good for them both.  Sweet story. :)
2018-02-09 09:52:09 AM  
6 votes:

Nurglitch: I don't know why but there's something about old gay dudes in love that tugs my heart-strings.


Same here, and I think it's because they are from a generation where they felt the most pressure to stay closeted, as they'd face merciless and nearly universal persecution for their "lifestyle" if they ever dared come out.  Finding themselves now in a climate where they are not only orders of magnitude more accepted, but they can actually get legally married, must have felt like a dream come true that they never thought would.
2018-02-09 09:24:42 AM  
5 votes:
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2018-02-09 09:02:40 AM  
5 votes:
 'If You Came To See The Bride, You're Out Of Luck'

What if I came for the free booze?
2018-02-09 10:07:39 AM  
3 votes:

Cdr.Murdock: Meh.  Veterans and gay people get married every day.

The best man at my wedding's father is gay.  He was a Captain US Army, 2 tours in Vietnam 1St. Air Cav.  Says he was always faithful to my friend's mom (I believe him) until she died.  He decided to come out of the closet Christmas eve about 10 years ago.  Came down the steps with a packed bag saying " I can't live a lie anymore, I got a hotel room".  We proceed to tell him we ALL knew for about 5 years, drop his shiat, and come have a drink.

We all laughed about it.  He thought we were going to think less of him.  This guy saw unspeakable horrors and faced dangers I would run from, and I'm supposed to think less of him because of that?  Rubbish.

Sad that society makes him think that way.


Some of society, not even close to all of society.  We've made a lot of progress in the last 40 years.
2018-02-09 09:36:29 AM  
3 votes:
Little did they know that serving in WWII would be the second-bravest thing they ever did.

/hats off to you both, wish you well.
2018-02-09 09:23:37 AM  
3 votes:
"Yes, of course," John says. The two indulge in the memory of a casual wedding - a frank display, if you will, of their unabashed love - featuring hot dogs as a main course, which, John says, "is hardly wedding food."

Heh. I'd just like to point out that they didn't need to spend 25k on a wedding. The only things missing are the beer and music. Congratulations to the couple.
2018-02-09 09:43:42 AM  
2 votes:

ArcadianRefugee: Both are veterans, having served in World War II

The GreatestGayest Generation?


Uhhh, something isn't jiving.  At 72, he wasn't born until 1946.

/DRTFA
2018-02-09 09:34:27 AM  
2 votes:

nekom: If they're happy, I'm happy for them.  Rock on dudes.


This
2018-02-09 09:24:24 AM  
2 votes:

fuzzybacchus: "You know, Jerry, I'm old enough to be your dad!"

"I know, John.  I know.... I just hope your kids come to accept me, if not like a parent, then hopefully like that cool roomate, or cousin, they never knew they had..."


"uncle"
2018-02-09 09:13:26 AM  
2 votes:

johndalek: Hot dogs?


Isn't that a traditional gay wedding dish?
2018-02-09 08:42:50 AM  
2 votes:
I think the shocking part is the 28 year age difference. Old John is kind of a pedo, relatively speaking.
2018-02-09 02:56:28 PM  
1 vote:
When Mass legalized same sex marriage, seeing the older couples who had been together for decades was always the coolest thing to see. Folks who had resigned themselves to never being able to have the legal standing, but were together for so long that it was obviously forever for them.

Good on 'em.
2018-02-09 12:27:07 PM  
1 vote:

orbister: Stories like this are moving and also wonderful for boosting support for equal marriage, as they emphasise that it's all about love. Take that, fundies.


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2018-02-09 11:57:32 AM  
1 vote:
Stories like this are moving and also wonderful for boosting support for equal marriage, as they emphasise that it's all about love. Take that, fundies.
2018-02-09 11:18:53 AM  
1 vote:
Please tell me there is no honeymoon sex video out there.
2018-02-09 10:15:36 AM  
1 vote:

gopher321: [img.fark.net image 520x520]


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2018-02-09 09:40:55 AM  
1 vote:

tom baker's scarf: [img.fark.net image 850x557]/too obscure?


I always found that show sad, just for the "all those lost years" angle. Damn fine cast, though.
2018-02-09 09:21:55 AM  
1 vote:
"You know, Jerry, I'm old enough to be your dad!"

"I know, John.  I know.... I just hope your kids come to accept me, if not like a parent, then hopefully like that cool roomate, or cousin, they never knew they had..."
2018-02-09 09:14:34 AM  
1 vote:

ArcadianRefugee: Both are veterans, having served in World War II


physt: His partner is 72.


One of you guys DNRTFA.

/DNRTFA
2018-02-09 09:14:27 AM  
1 vote:

johndalek: Hot dogs?


a "frank" display of their love.
snerk
2018-02-09 09:12:29 AM  
1 vote:
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2018-02-09 08:59:06 AM  
1 vote:
Foxhole gay?
2018-02-09 08:58:44 AM  
1 vote:
One was German and the other North Vietnamese?
2018-02-09 08:25:53 AM  
1 vote:
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