Couple Marries After 44 Years Together
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CREATED Jul. 2, 2013
Wedding bells were ringing across the valley Monday, as same sex marriages resumed here in the desert.
We first met Henry Stern and Steve Black nearly three years ago.
It was just after a federal court judge over-turned Prop 8 in 2010; they went to the county clerk's office hoping to get a marriage license.
They had to wait several years, but Monday was their day.
"It's exciting, I mean you can just feel the buzz in the room right now," said Steve.
Henry and Steve have waited for this day for 44 years.
"And anxious to get through the process so we can go on and get married," said Henry.
We met Henry and Steve in 2010 when they first stood in line at the county clerk's office, hoping to wed.
Nearly three years later, they returned arriving early, and remembering their journey to get here.
"I started flashing on the night I met Henry, years and years ago in New York in 1969," said Steve.
At Palm Springs city hall before the mayor, they recited their vows.
"To be my husband, my partner in life, my best friend, and my one true love," said Steve.
"I give you my hand, my heart and my love, from this day forward, as long as we both shall live," said Henry.
Rings in hand, Henry and Steve finally said "I will."
"Joy, euphoria actually, I mean I'm ecstatic, it's something that I never thought would happen in my lifetime, and here it is," said Henry.
"I now present Henry Stern and Steven Black, lawfully united in marriage, please kiss your spouse," said Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet.
So what's in store for these newlyweds?
"We hope as much happiness as the past 44 years. It really is, it's about love and having fun and laughing, we laugh a lot at our house, even when it's raining," said Steve.
Henry and Steve were the second couple Monday married by Mayor Pougnet.