My dear John,
One year ago today! I am remembering the birth of my greatest and most complete happiness on this day. I am the happiest and most grateful man. I have tried to tell you at so many times and so many ways, and I must say it again, today, that the joy I have known in being your friend has never been surpassed, and it brightens every prospect for the future. I can only wish, fervently, that all these future days we can celebrate together and weld our affections in an ever-strengthening bond.
John, I think of you and can’t wait to be with you.
MTW [more than ever],
This is the letter Bill sent John in 1957, a year after they met. They remained together for more than half a century. Their stirring story illustrates everything that’s wrong with denying gay and lesbian couples the freedom to marry.
Wait until the last few seconds and try not to reach for the Kleenex.
Pair with Dan Savage on what marriage equality really means.