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Same-sex marriage: Kenny & Bo wait no more

As photographs and information from the Oklahoma County Courthouse made their way to the newsroom Monday afternoon, I wasn’t surprised to see pictures of a certain couple at the county clerk’s office preparing to get their marriage license.

Kenny Wright, left,  and Bo Bass are a gay couple who are waiting for the Oklahoma's same-sex marriage ban to be overturned. The men have been together 17 years and had a ceremony blessing their relationship in 2002 at the  Church of the Open Arms in Oklahoma City. They posed for photos on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014.  Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman
Kenny Wright, left, and Bo Bass are a gay couple who are waiting for the Oklahoma's same-sex marriage ban to be overturned. The men have been together 17 years and had a ceremony blessing their relationship in 2002 at the Church of the Open Arms in Oklahoma City. They posed for photos on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman

Kenny Wright and Barry “Bo” Bass were the focus of my April story “Waiting to Wed” (shown above in a photograph that ran with my earlier article) and I knew from their conversation with me then that they’d likely be one of the first gay couples in line to receive their license to marry in Oklahoma once they could do so.

Wright and Bass wait no more.

The two obtained their marriage license and they were among the 14 gay couples who married in a large celebration held Monday night at Mayflower Congregational Church in northwest Oklahoma City.

When I interviewed them in the spring, the couple told me they had a wonderful blessing ceremony in August 1996 at their longtime church, Church of the Open Arms. The pair said they wore black tuxedos with purple accessories as they proclaimed their love for one another before family and friends.

Still, they longed to be legally wed.

"It's a big thing for me just to have the legal rights that everyone else has," Bass said at the time. "We're not illegal aliens or anything -- we were born in this country. I feel like everyone should have equal rights."

Barry Bass and Kenny Wright walk down the aisle after their marriage at Mayflower Congregational Church, 3901 NW 63, Monday, October 6, 2014. Photo by David McDaniel
Barry Bass and Kenny Wright walk down the aisle after their marriage at Mayflower Congregational Church, 3901 NW 63, Monday, October 6, 2014. Photo by David McDaniel

According to many reports, very few gay couples in Oklahoma anticipated that the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision effectively legalizing gay marriage would happen on Monday, but many, like Wright and Bass, seized the opportunity to legalize their unions in the state as soon as possible.

Like that happy couple, they quickly realized they didn’t have to wait any more.

(Photo 1: Kenny Wright and Barry “Bo” Bass pose for a photo near the stained glass windows in the sanctuary of the house of worship, Church of the Open Arms. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman)

(Photo 2: Barry “Bo” Bass and Kenny Wright walk down the aisle after their wedding on Monday at Mayflower Congregational Church UCC. Photo by David McDaniel, The Oklahoman)

 

Carla Hinton

Religion Editor

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 Kenny Wright, left,  and Bo Bass are a gay couple who are waiting for the Oklahoma's same-sex marriage ban to be overturned. The men have been together 17 years and had a ceremony blessing their relationship in 2002 at the  Church of the Open Arms in Oklahoma City. They posed for photos on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014.  Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman

Kenny Wright, left, and Bo Bass are a gay couple who are waiting for the Oklahoma's same-sex marriage ban to be overturned. The men have been together 17 years and had a ceremony blessing their relationship in 2002 at the Church of the Open Arms in Oklahoma City. They posed for photos on...

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Carla Hinton

Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide... Read more ›

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