Meet Mecklenburg’s happy couples

Check out our full Oct. 24-Nov. 6 print edition commemorating the historic moments as marriage equality came to North Carolina.

by Cameron Joyce and Lainey Millen, compiled by Matt Comer

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Glenda Lawson & Julie Treadway

Glenda Lawson and Julie Treadway have been together for five years. A formal ceremony in 2011, though, was no match for their legal wedding on Oct. 13. They’d thought of going out of state to legally wed, but decided against it. “Our kids wouldn’t have been able to be a part of it,” Treadway said. The couple’s son, Dustin, and daughter, Jayda, were with them on Oct. 13, along with a friend, Kayla. “We never thought this would have happened in our lifetime ever never,” said Lawson. (C.J.) Photo Credit: Ryan Sumer (Fenix Photography)

Glenda Lawson and Julie Treadway have been together for five years. A formal ceremony in 2011, though, was no match for their legal wedding on Oct. 13. They’d thought of going out of state to legally wed, but decided against it. “Our kids wouldn’t have been able to be a part of it,” Treadway said. The couple’s son, Dustin, and daughter, Jayda, were with them on Oct. 13, along with a friend, Kayla. “We never thought this would have happened in our lifetime ever never,” said Lawson. (C.J.)
Photo Credit: Ryan Sumer (Fenix Photography)

Amanda Eaves Scott & Christina Ann Corvin

Amanda Eaves Scott, originally from Columbia, S.C., and Christina Ann Corvin from Maimi, both in their 20s, said they couldn’t wait any longer to wed. “We were going to have a wedding in a year, but we wanted to legalize it just in case hatred comes into play — if they take it from us,” Scott said. The couple will hold a formal ceremony next year. At their legal ceremony on Oct. 12, Scott’s father was absent as her mother and friends acted as witnesses. “It was really hard for me to come out,” Scott said. “My dad doesn’t talk to me hardly and I’m just so proud that my mom stands by me.” (C.J.) Photo Credit: Cameron Joyce

Amanda Eaves Scott, originally from Columbia, S.C., and Christina Ann Corvin from Miami, both in their 20s, said they couldn’t wait any longer to wed. “We were going to have a wedding in a year, but we wanted to legalize it just in case hatred comes into play — if they take it from us,” Scott said. The couple will hold a formal ceremony next year. At their legal ceremony on Oct. 12, Scott’s father was absent as her mother and friends acted as witnesses. “It was really hard for me to come out,” Scott said. “My dad doesn’t talk to me hardly and I’m just so proud that my mom stands by me.” (C.J.)
Photo Credit: Cameron Joyce

Kim Pearl & Karen Millman

Kim Pearl and Karen Millman met when they both worked at Winn-Dixie in December 1997. Seven years later, the couple had marked their relationship with a blessing at Temple Beth El. And, on Oct. 17, they were finally able to make it official with a fully legal wedding at the temple, performed under the same chupah (canopy) they’d had made for their commitment ceremony a decade ago. (L.M.) Photo Credit: Wendy Thiesen-Halsey

Kim Pearl and Karen Millman met when they both worked at Winn-Dixie in December 1997. Seven years later, the couple had marked their relationship with a blessing at Temple Beth El. And, on Oct. 17, they were finally able to make it official with a fully legal wedding at the temple, performed under the same chupah (canopy) they’d had made for their commitment ceremony a decade ago. (L.M.)
Photo Credit: Wendy Thiesen-Halsey

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Reiko Welch & Brandon Goings

Reiko Welch and Brandon Goings have been together for eight years. They’d talked about going to Maryland or Washington, D.C., but decided to hold out for legal marriage here in their home state. It finally happened on Oct. 10. They were among the first in line to receive marriage licenses on Oct. 13 and wed the same day. (C.J.) Photo Credit: Jennifer Hogan (hoganimaging.com)

Reiko Welch and Brandon Goings have been together for eight years. They’d talked about going to Maryland or Washington, D.C., but decided to hold out for legal marriage here in their home state. It finally happened on Oct. 10. They were among the first in line to receive marriage licenses on Oct. 13 and wed the same day. (C.J.)
Photo Credit: Jennifer Hogan (hoganimaging.com)

Terrence Hall & Christopher DeCaria

Terrence Hall and Christopher DeCaria were first in line at the Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds on Oct. 13. They hadn’t planned on it. They wanted to be early, but thought others would have gotten there before they did. Together for five years, the couple didn’t want to wait any longer. “It was love at first sight,” they said of when they met. “We’re just ready to do this.” (C.J.) Photo Credit: Ryan Sumer (Fenix Photograph

Terrence Hall and Christopher DeCaria were first in line at the Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds on Oct. 13. They hadn’t planned on it. They wanted to be early, but thought others would have gotten there before they did. Together for five years, the couple didn’t want to wait any longer. “It was love at first sight,” they said of when they met. “We’re just ready to do this.” (C.J.)
Photo Credit: Ryan Sumer (Fenix Photography)

Jannet HInce & Donna Travis

Both in their 60s, Jannet Hince and Donna Travis have been together for 35 years, waiting for the day when their home state might finally and legally recognize their relationship. Like others, they’d considered going out of state, but had been “dragging our feet hoping this would happen,” Hince said. Unfortunate events over the weekend forced their hands the morning of Oct. 13. “A friend of ours unexpectedly died Saturday night and it made us realize we don’t want to wait,” Hince said. “We’ve waited 38 years. It’s time.” Travis added: “We deserve it after all these years.” (C.J.) Photo Credit: Cameron Joyce

Both in their 60s, Jannet Hince and Donna Travis have been together for 35 years, waiting for the day when their home state might finally and legally recognize their relationship. Like others, they’d considered going out of state, but had been “dragging our feet hoping this would happen,” Hince said. Unfortunate events over the weekend forced their hands the morning of Oct. 13. “A friend of ours unexpectedly died Saturday night and it made us realize we don’t want to wait,” Hince said. “We’ve waited 38 years. It’s time.” Travis added: “We deserve it after all these years.” (C.J.)
Photo Credit: Cameron Joyce

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