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[Mark Phariss and Vic Holmes, Outrageous Oral]

Description: Video of Mark Phariss and Vic Holmes speaking at Outrageous Oral. Longtime partners Phariss and Holmes share the story of how they met and talk about their excitement about being able to marry due to a hoped-for favorable decision in Obergefell v. Hodges before the Supreme Court of the United States. The couple's careers (in the Air Force and as a corporate lawyer) forced them to stay closeted professionally; they discuss how they developed codes in order to express affection to each other without "outing" themselves.
Date: June 25, 2015
Creator: The Dallas Way
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Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Durward Watson and Michael Kaufman, Outrageous Oral]

Description: Video of Durward Watson and Michael Kaufman speaking at Outrageous Oral. Husbands Watson and Kaufman share important moments in their relationship including how they met through the Turtle Creek Chorale group, and their early on-again-off-again relationship that led to a long-lasting relationship and eventual marriage in 2004 in Vancouver, Canada; the ceremony was held in Stanley Park.
Date: June 25, 2015
Creator: The Dallas Way
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Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Peggy Evans and Stella Hess, Outrageous Oral]

Description: Video of Peggy Evans and Stella Hess speaking at Outrageous Oral. The couple, who had been together for 19 years when this video was recorded, share stories from their relationship, including the story of how they met on a women's softball team, Between the Sheets. When Hess was diagnosed with breast cancer, the couple struggled to navigate the medical and legal systems because of their unmarried status, given that same-sex couples could not marry in Texas at that time (mid-1960s). The couple, who flew to San Francisco to marry in January 2014, express how much being married means to them.
Date: June 25, 2015
Creator: The Dallas Way
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Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Mike Grossman, Outrageous Oral]

Description: Video of Mike Grossman, the Program Chairman of The Dallas Way, speaking at Outrageous Oral. Grossman performed a reading of the vows that were spoken at his wedding to George Amerson in the District of Columbia on April 20, 2013. In them he recounts the life they shared together before being married - raising their children and spending time with grandchildren. Grossman also mentions his hopes and others, including Vic Holmes and Mark Phariss, that marriage between same-sex couples will be legalized by the Supreme Court.
Date: June 25, 2015
Creator: The Dallas Way
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Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections