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Same-sex couple holds marriage ceremony

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Two local men who have spent decades together held a marriage ceremony on Saturday.  Even though it's not recognized by the state, it's meaningful to them.  Especially just days after a federal judge ruled that Texas' gay marriage ban is unconstitutional.

The two men, Jack Evans and George Harris, have been together 53 years and on Saturday they were pronounced life partners by Rev. Bill McElvaney.

The service was not without controversy, however.  They had hoped to be married at Northaven United Methodist Church, where they had been members for many years.  But they were forced to change the venue because of the Methodist Church's official position that same-sex marriages aren't compatible with Christian teachings.

Rev. McElvaney is a retired Methodist Minister and the couple's former pastor at Northaven and opposes the Methodist church's view on same-sex marriage.  And even though the wedding was ceremonial and not legal, supporters didn't seem to care.

Texas' ban on same-sex marriages is still in place for now pending an appeal filed by state Attorney General Greg Abbott.

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