By: DeoVonte “Deo” Means
It seems like just yesterday. Two years before the historic 2015 ruling in which Justice Anthony Kennedy cast the deciding vote in the Obergefell v Hodges case making same-sex marriage legal across the entirety of the United States; the internet was abuzz with the story of two men from Memphis, Tenn. that traveled to Washington D.C. to marry in front of the Lincoln Memorial. David Harris and Tre’Darrius Anderson rose to internet fame after their heartwarming story went viral. At only 19-years-old, they were the youngest black gay couple in America to get married. This act in 2013 pushed them to the forefront of the fight and made them an international symbol of what true love not only means but what Thomas Jefferson meant when he wrote in the Declaration of Independence, “we hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
This heroic act, placed them in the unenviable position that many “first” experience. Their age alone garnered numerous questions and doubts about God’s ordination of their relationship from not only those opposed to the plight, but those that favored the issue as well. Even in their youthful state, David and Tre’Darrius persevered and continued. What has been most respected by me, is that in an age where most others hedonistically seek a few followers to further promote self-aggrandizement, these two continued to use their massive platform to solely promote other LGBT causes. In four years they were the topic of several interviews, articles and awards. The couple were honorees of the 2014 Gentlemen of Promise award given by The Gentlemen’s Foundation. Where most other relationships/marriages announced at their starting time faltered and failed, till the hour of death David and Tre’Darrius were still married and going strong. This exemplifies “Till Death Do Us Part” and sets an everlasting example of true love. We mourn the loss of our fallen brother and our prayers and condolences are with his husband David and the family….The Flyy-Life…
Editors Note: Scroll below to visit the GoFundMe page set up in honor of this remarkable young man.