Virginia couple Frank and Jerry marry on their 20th anniversary in DC
April 09, 2013
The traditional 20th anniversary present between spouses may be fine china - or, in more modern incarnations, platinum - but this weekend, Frank Roberts and Jerry Cook celebrated with something far more special: A wedding. After two decades together, the couple married on April 7, 2013 in Georgetown in the District of Columbia.
Frank and Jerry live together in Burke, Virginia, where Frank works in design and Jerry works as a staff nurse at Walter Reed Bethesda Hospital after serving himself in the U.S. Army for 16 years as a 1st Class Sgt. Last year, Frank proposed to Jerry, saying that he would love to marry the love of his life on the 20th anniversary of them meeting for the first time.
They were thrilled to spend their wedding day surrounded by family and friends at the Old Stone House in Georgetown, where they enjoyed a wonderful, touching ceremony fitting of their 20 years together. "It was so great to have the support of our family," Frank said. "Our day was so beautiful."
Frank and Jerry are excited to finally be a married couple after so many years of love and commitment. Along with hundreds of thousands of other loving same-sex couples across the country, they look forward to the Supreme Court's decision on two landmark marriage cases - legal challenges to California's Prop 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act. They hope that the Supreme Court stands on the Right Side of History by ending federal marriage discrimination and extending the freedom to marry to same-sex couples across the United States - including in Virginia, where they've made their home.
"We hope someday soon our marriage will be legal in the state where we have lived, worked and paid taxes since 1986," Frank said. "As Americans, we feel that the right to be married to the person you love should be a given right that comes with being an American citizen." As a reminder of this aspiration, Frank and Jerry have hung up a painting from Frank's sister on the wall of their home - a painting commemorating their wedding date, their wedding venue, and all of the happiness of their day that was 20 years in the making.