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Dallas retailers reopened their store — after they got married

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Dallas retailers reopened their store — after they got married

There were myriad questions raised Friday in the immediate aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark marriage-rights ruling, but we know the answer to at least one of them: the two Dallas retailers who closed their comic store so they could head to the courthouse were able to tie the knot.

Although they weren’t certain the justices would issue their ruling on Friday, Kenneth Denson and Gabriel Mendez, co-owners of Red Pegasus Comics & Games, decided to take a chance, and posted a sign on the door explaining to costumers that the store might open late, because, “we’re waiting at the courthouse to see if the Supreme Court is going to let us get married.” A photo of the sign quickly went viral.

Denson told Business Insider that while they arrived at the courthouse an hour before the ruling, where they waited with other anxious couples hoping to secure marriage licenses. “After about an hour of waiting, somebody yelled, ‘We got it!’ and the whole place just went nuts,” he said.

After two hours of anticipation, Denson and Mendez were legally married by a judge. “It was completely exciting,” Denson said. “We’d already waited for years, so what difference was another hour at that point?”

Two other Dallas retailers, Richard Neal and Chris Williams of Zeus Comics, also wed on Friday after being together for 12 years. Here they are with 85-year-old Jack Evans and 82-yr-old George Harris, the first same-sex couple to receive a marriage license in Dallas County:

“Chris sees getting married as our civic duty to participate in what we’ve been fighting for,” Neal told the Dallas Voice. “For me, it’s the validation for LGBT individuals and in particular LGBT youth to know that they can have real and whole relationships.”

Among their well-wishers: writers Kelly Sue DeConnick and Matt Fraction, who sent flowers to both newlywed couples.

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