Septuagenarian Couple Leaves Virginia for Maryland, Weds

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Tibby Middleton, left, and Barbara Kenny
Tibby Middleton, left, and Barbara Kenny

If you want further proof that marriage equality in the Free State is making a difference in people’s lives, here is another couple who recently legally affirmed their long-term relationship thanks to Maryland’s Civil Marriage Protection Act.

Barbara Kenny and Tibby Middleton made headlines in 2005 when Virginia’s anti-gay Affirmation of Marriage Act forced the two leave their beloved, 17-year Fredericksburg home and start a new life Frederick, Md. Having gotten on years and staring down a brain-aneurysm scare — a false alarm — Kenny and Middleton didn’t trust Virginia to recognize their rights as a couple, should something happen. So, with heavy hearts, they moved.

Now, after 47 years together, they were legally wed at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick. Legal marriage wasn’t necessarily a long-standing desire for the couple. But in December, with Kenny recovering from knee surgery, Middleton was suddenly struck by the idea: “I remember thinking to myself, ‘I love you. I’m just in love with you.’ And then I began thinking, ‘I want to marry you.’ ”

Read more about Kenny and Middleton’s unique love story (which began in a Mormon community in Utah!) in the Washington Post article.



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