More than seven decades after beginning their relationship, Vivian Boyack and Alice â€œNonieâ€ Dubes got married.
Boyack, 91, and Dubes, 90, sat next to each other during Saturdayâ€™s ceremony, the Quad City Times reports.
â€œThis is a celebration of something that should have happened a very long time ago,â€ 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.
The secret to their decades-spanning relationship? â€œWeâ€™ve had a good time,â€ Dubes said.
Boyack said it takes a lot of love and work to keep a relationship going for 72 years.
Iowa began allowing gay marriage in 2009. The two women say it is never too late for a new chapter in life.
Gay marriages in the US have risen due to its legality in 19 states, namely California, Connecticut, Oregon and Pennsylvania,among others.
The unnatural relationship is strictly taboo in many cultures around the world, but seems to gain a popular following by A-list celebrities.
In fact, newly-married Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt famously declared that they won’t get married until the homosexuals have the same equal rights to do so. MYNEWSHUB/QUAD CITY TIMES