2 Iowa women marry after 72 years together
More than seven decades after beginning their relationship, Vivian Boyack and Alice “Nonie” Dubes have gotten married.
Boyack, 91, and Dubes, 90, sat next to each other during a weekend ceremony, the Quad City Times reported.
“This is a celebration of something that should have happened a very long time ago,” the Rev. Linda Hunsaker told the small group of close friends and family who attended.
The women met in their hometown of Yale, Iowa, while growing up. Then they moved to Davenport in 1947 where Boyack taught school and Dubes did payroll work.
Dubes said the two have enjoyed their life together and over the years they have traveled to all 50 states, all the provinces of Canada, and to England twice.
“We’ve had a good time,” Dubes said.
Boyack said it takes a lot of love and work to keep a relationship going for 72 years.
Longtime friend Jerry Yeast, 73, said he got to know the couple when he worked in their yard as a teenager.
“I’ve known these two women all my life, and I can tell you, they are special,” Yeast said.
The two women say it is never too late for a new chapter in life.
Iowa legalized same-sex marriage in 2009. Same-sex couples can legally marry in 18 other states and the District of Columbia. Campaigns are underway to overturn marriage bans in the other states, with a number of cases, including one from Wisconsin, pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Many experts expect the high court to take up marriage equality next spring, with a decision on the validity of state bans on same-sex marriage coming in late June.