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5 comments | Friday, August 14, 2009

If you'd asked HIV/AIDS activist Justin Smith a few years ago if he'd ever imagined that he'd one day get married his response would have probably been a very confident no. Well that all changed last week as Smith and his partner of over three years Dr. Phillip B. Terry legally wed on a beautiful beach in Massachusetts.

Many of you may be familiar with Smith from his popular YouTube channel chronicling his life as a person living with HIV or from the numerous times his courageous activism has been featured on this blog. In a post on his blog he explains beautifully how his husband changed his life and convinced him to love again.

"I have truly found someone that loves me unconditionally. Through all my trial and tribulations he has been there to help me through the rough waters we call life. Philip asked me to marry him on Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend of 2009. When he asked I didn’t know what to say, so I looked inside my heart and opened my mouth and joyously said, “Yes”.

Ever since then we’ve had disagreements like most couples but it never took away from the love that I have and will always have for him. This man has breathed life into me, my heart, my soul and my mind. When I didn’t want to be loved; he opened my heart, when I didn’t want to have a spiritual awakening; he opened my soul and when I didn’t want to go to school; he opened my mind, when I didn’t want to love."

The happy couple will reside in the D.C. area where their marriage will be fully recognized after the D.C. City Council voted earlier this year to recognize marriages in the district performed elsewhere.

Congratulations Justin & Phillip! You're a beautiful example that marriage equality isn't just important or reserved for a specific group of people and if desired it's truly attainable.

View Justin & Phillip's wedding video below:


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OMG! i cried. I've always wanted to see to brothas getting married.i've never seen one but this here -- this rite here touched me and made me cry. awww.Just ystday i was asking my friends if a sunset ending is attainable or its just a fairy tale. After this i really think anyone can get their fairy tale ending.
...ok i'm gonna stop rumbling.

Congradulations Justin & Phillip.

August 14, 2009 5:45 AM

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August 14, 2009 8:49 AM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

Justin really deserved this. He deserves to be happy for a lifetime. He has dealt with so much, and has given so much to the gay community. I am sincerely happy for him.

August 14, 2009 11:28 AM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

seeing this gives me hope.god bless them.i wish them all the best.god is good!!!

August 14, 2009 8:06 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

It is absolutely amazing to see an openly HIV-positive, openly gay black man can find love, commitment and marriage with another black gay man.

August 17, 2009 6:54 AM


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