Audrey Smaltz and Gail Marquis

Allow me to introduce you to an adorable, affectionate couple full of life, love and a million anecdotal relationship stories that will make your heart melt. Audrey Smaltz and Gail Marquis got married in a delightful outdoor wedding in Central Park after 12 years of dating. They were fortunate in a sense to live in New York, a state that allows gay marriage as of 2011.

Freedom to Marry, an organization that is fighting for marriage equality, has chosen Audrey and Gail’s story as one that highlights the beauty and everyday life of LGBT relationships. Today, that fight for marriage equality is making it’s way to the U.S. Supreme Court in the form of arguments to repeal California’s Proposition 8, a ban on same-sex marriage.  Freedom to Marry uses the stories of couples like Audrey and Gail to make the case for equality.

Believe it our not, Audrey (the energetic, short-haired dynamo) is in her 70s. Good lovin’ must keep those years off of your face because the former model looks at least 20 years younger than that. Gail, a silver medal-winning Olympian (basketball) is more reserved than her Audrey and seems truly engaged in her wife’s every word.

But beyond charm of seeing Audrey’s bubbly personality mash up with Gail’s measured, laid-back demeanor, there’s a certain energy that they share as a couple that is undeniable and smile-inducing.

The way they look at each other and respond to each other’s stories is inspiring. I’m pretty sure this is what real love looks like.

So many quotables from this pair, but what’s your favorite quote from this piece?

Demetria Irwin is a New York City-based freelance writer/editor. Follow her on Twitter,@Love_Is_Dope.

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