Richard and John are New York’s Cutest Couple

Richard and John met in 1948, at Juilliard. “I want to sing for you,” Richard told John, and the rest is incredibly adorable history. After 61 years, for heaven’s sake, why is New York still denying these men their marriage?

Freedom to Marry produced the delightful interview to promote the state’s upcoming marriage blitz. With more legislators and a powerful Governor on their side, a big coalition of LGBT groups are optimistic that this is the year they can finally make marriage legal. Won’t you join them?

Richard, for his part, offers a bit of advice for couples seeking to replicate their longevity. “Never go to sleep on an argument,” he counsels. Good advice! Maybe that’s why so many Republicans get divorced — they always seem to be fighting about something, from leaving the toilet seat up to washing the dishes to cruising undercover cops in the airport bathroom.

By the way, we couldn’t help but notice that the video isn’t closed-captioned. Boo! Deaf people want to support marriage equality, too, and now YouTube makes it nice and easy to add captions: you just have to write a transcript and then it algorithmically fits the text to the dialogue. Get on it, Freedom to Marry!