- Two men who are both members of a brotherhood guild say I do
- They reportedly met in a gay fraternity in college 10 years ago
- For same-sex couples, there were so many barriers. How did they overcome them?
Fraternity brothers who have been dating for nearly a decade finally say I do to become husband and husband in a colourful wedding ceremony attended by friends and relatives.
Adrian Homer, 31, and Harrison Guy, 40, both from Texas, accepted each other’s hand in marriage as husband and husband in a colourful wedding ceremony held at the University of Houston's A.D. Bruce Religion Center in front of some 250 guests. But they probably never saw this day coming.
"We were both doing community-service work through our fraternity, Delta Phi Upsilon. It's a gay fraternity. Our initial encounter was at Prairie View A&M University in 2007 and it wasn’t a romantic one," says Guy, founder and creative director of Urban Souls Dance Company.
Owing to their nine-year age gap, Guy says he initially wasn’t sure Homer, who is currently a vocational rehabilitation counselor, was going to consider a romantic relationship between them. But surprisingly, he was the first to make a move.
"I gathered courage and pursued him first. He showed interest back, and then it was history from there. The relationship grew from that point onward," says Homer.
Their dates were generally characterised by a lot of eating out and feasting, as they discovered they both had strange love for food.
"Most of our time was spent around eating. We ate out a lot. We still eat out a lot and it never gets old," says Guy.
However, it was an accident, and not food, that really accelerated and strengthened the couple’s love and romance and paved way for exchange of vows.
"I was involved in a car crash very early on in our dating. Adrian was already back in Prairie View and quickly drove to Houston. That's when I actually realised how much we meant for each other," Guy recalls.
A decade later, their relationship has never hit any major bump, with the exception of the common challenges that most gay couples face.
"For same-sex marriages, there were just so many barriers. I just figured that it would never happen and that we'd never get legal documents to have the same rights as a married couple," says Homer.
But his now husband Guy never lost faith in their relationship and he never gave up even for a day. They are now happily married.
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