90 y.o. gay newlyweds on falling in love 72 years ago (video)

I wrote the other day about Vivian Boyack and Nonie Dubes of Iowa, ages 91 and 90, getting married the other day after 72 years of being a couple.



Well, the women did an interview with the Des Moines Register.


(Sorry, the Des Moines Register apparently thinks the year is 1999, and that it’s “nifty” to have the video below automatically auto-play because, you know, you’re too dumb to figure out how to push the play button. If anyone knows how to turn off the auto-play option, I’m listening.)

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9 Responses to “90 y.o. gay newlyweds on falling in love 72 years ago (video)”

  1. ldfrmc says:

    Our 40th next year, ladies. You show there is always much to look forward to and back on. Thank you and congratulations.

    Yelling? Only over a loud commercial, if we can’t find the remote.

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  3. HelenRainier says:

    This is truly heartwarming!

  4. gratuitous says:

    That was so sweet it made my teeth hurt. “Don’t you start yellin’ at me just because we’re married now.”

  5. HeartlandLiberal says:

    Rabid dingos only begins to describe them.

    Our son is a homeless alcoholic living on the street. He had a student loan to go to a cooking school. He defaulted. He does not live here. We are not responsible for his debts.He is 47 years old, for $DEITY’s sake. The company that bought the loan would call us every week, and harass my wife, who usually answered the phone. No number of times telling them not to call, he was not here, etc, did any good. They would even try to threaten us with legal consequences for not helping them, implying we legally had to.

    My wife filed a formal complaint with the Indiana Attorney General, who proceeded to whack them up side the head. The calls stopped. I have to admit, that is one nice thing about living in this state, the Attorney General takes this stuff seriously. Recently I got a notice from their office that two junk faxers I had filed complaints about with full documentation got fined for several thousand dollars for faxing me multiple times. Made my day.

  6. BeccaM says:

    I heard this movement referred to as the Debt Jubilee. Turns out that most delinquent debt obligations can be bought for pennies on the dollar — which explains why it’s the lowest of the low who end up being the ones harassing people to pay up.

    By time you start getting the calls, whatever you owed your original creditor has already been sold to one of these sleazy debt collection companies. They know only a fraction of what they bought will result in money, but that’s why they go at it like a pack of rabid dingoes.

    Anyway, someone got the bright idea: If, let’s say, $10k in debt can be bought for a few hundred dollars, why don’t we just do that, and then simply forgive it. At that point, the person who originally owed the money is free and clear. Originally, they seemed to be going mainly for medical debt, but it apparently they’ve bridged out into delinquent student loans, too.

    BTW, this works precisely because the system is structured so that you can’t buy your own debt and do this. But any unrelated stranger or company can.

  7. I hadn’t heard about that. That really. Is interesting.

  8. SkippyFlipjack says:

    Really nice!

    On another topic entirely — Check it out, Occupy Wall Street grew up! Tired of endless (but innovative!) group communication and playing camp-til-you-stink in urban settings, an offshoot group just banded together to raise funds to buy (and forgive) a small chunk of student loan debt. Awesome.

    Some 40 million Americans collectively owe nearly $1.3 trillion on their student loans. On Wednesday, a small group of volunteers announced they helped reduce unpaid student bills by a smidgen, thanks to public donations and a desire to help Americans live debt-free.

    Strike Debt, a group of anti-debt activists born out of the Occupy Wall Street movement, said it purchased $3.9 million in delinquent private student debt and immediately canceled it.
    Our long term goal is to end student debt, along with other forms of predatory lending. Access to vital common goods, like education and health care, must be available for free, as they are in almost every other wealthy country. To achieve this goal, debtors need to be able to organize together and use their debts as leverage.”


  9. bkmn says:

    Lovely ladies and lovely video.

    Happy for them but at the same time sad for those who are/were not so fortunate to see legal recognition of their relationships during their lifetimes.

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