After 72 years of keeping their love private, Vivian Boyack and Nonie Dubes, who are both women, got married in Iowa early this September.
It was love at first sight when Dubes saw Boyack when they were still students at the Iowa State teachers College back in 1942.
Boyack said, the hand of God was in play and they fell in love with each other.
Their love was in clandestine ever since they fell in love 72 years ago. They lived like a real married couple, but to the eyes of an outsider they looked like two lady roommates.
Even after same-sex marriage was legalized in Iowa back in 2009, they still lived the same.
It was their friend Jerry Yeast who talked them into getting married, after all, they lived in Iowa.
They were in their wheelchair when they got married, and only 30 people were there to attend. They got married in a local church through a solemn ceremony.
Besides the ring and the legalities, they typically live their lives the same way.
Boyack said the only difference now is, their companionship is legal and “nobody can do anything about it.”