Appendix G: Watch A Couple In Their 80s Get Married In Dallas County’s First Same-Sex Ceremony Video Transcription

Officiant: Do you want me to call you Jack and George, or…? Okay.

Officiant: We are gathered here today to celebrate the rights of matrimony between Jack and George. Marriage is a solemn occasion to be entered into soberly and seriously, participants should be prepared to pledge without reservation to each other their love, faith, and fidelity. If Jack or George has reservation or condition why they should not be joined in marriage, they should state the reasons.

Officiant: You, Jack, wish to go forward to pledge your love to George?

Jack: Yes.

Officiant: You, George, wish to go forward to pledge your love to Jack?

George: Yes.

Officiant: Jack, will you have George to be your lawful wedded husband, will you love, honor, and comfort him in sickness and in health, until death do you part?

Jack: I do.

Officiant: George, will you have Jack to be your lawful wedded husband, will you love, honor, and comfort him in sickness and in health, until death do you part?

George: I do and I will.

Officiant: In this much have Jack and George have covenanted together in holy wedlock, and have witnessed the same before this company, and have pledged their love and faith together by joining hands. By the power vested in me by the Constitution of the United States, I pronounce you spouses for life.

*Cheering*

George: We’ve waited a long time for this moment.

Jack: Obviously, it’s not just a big day for us but it’s a big day for everybody.

George: Everybody.

Jack: Everybody has been waiting for this.

George: Love rules.

Photographer: Yes, yes you are right.

Officiant: Who would you like to witness this?

George: Would you?

Officiant: Well, I already have for the ceremony…

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