Lewis Duckett and Billy Jones have been together for over 46 years. After they got married, the New York Times produced this beautiful video for the “Vows” section.
The couple met through a mutual friend.
“We just sort of clicked and enjoyed being with each other, and I guess before either one of us knew it, we were actually in love,” Dr. Jones, a psychiatrist, told the Times.
The couple explained that when Jones was in the Army in Vietnam, they would write daily to each other, but in code, lest Jones be kicked out of the military. “Using codes, changing genders, to make sure that nothing could be interpreted that –there’s a new word that wasn’t out back then — ‘out’ him,” Duckett said.
“When I did come back, to all of our friends, it was always, ‘Billy and Lewis.’ It’s almost as if we were considered, one,” Jones said. “For most of our 46 years together, it’s been, I don’t know where I stop and he begins.”
The couple adopted a baby boy, and later became grandfathers. They say their marriage is “an enhancement to the relationship that we had.”
“Where you go, I will go,” they said in their wedding vows last year, at the Riverside Church in Harlem, New York. “when you die, there I will die also.”
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