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May 13, 2013

Doctor, hospital help gay couple marry

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The marriage license legalizes a relationship that has existed many years, Latour said.

“We were as married as anybody,’’ he said.

On Wednesday afternoon in the hospital’s board room, the focus was on the official public commitment ceremony.

“It’s like any wedding — it’s about the couple getting married,’’ More said. 

Gaitan, wearing a light-colored suit instead of a white physician’s coat, walked quickly along the hallway, checking to see if arrangements were complete and if the couple was en route to the 1 p.m. service.

“I’m very happy for them,’’ he said. 

More led the service in the hospital board room, which was decorated with a big sign that said “Congratulations.’’ Latour, wearing black pants and a cherry red shirt, stood next to a wheelchair carrying Warren, who wore an off-white shirt trimmed in red-and-blue cross-stitch. 

“Are you two ready for this?’’ More asked the couple before him.

“I’ve got a good man,’’ Warren said. 

Several times, Latour stroked the back of Warren’s head. 

More asked if they would love, honor and cherish each other.

“I sure will,” Latour said.

“You have found the gift and the grace to share together and to be together,’’ More said. “I just think it’s remarkable and amazing that the two of you have found each other and stayed with each other.’’ 

The couple has lived in Roseboom since the early 1990s, though they had visited the area for a decade before settling there. They previously lived in New York City, where they had a wallpapering and painting business. 

“Anyone who knew us, knew we were a committed couple,’’ Warren said. 

On Wednesday, the party toasted the couple with punch. Marble cake trimmed with blue frosting and other sweets were served.

“It is wonderful to see Bill and Renard have the right to commit legally on paper,’’ said Bob Whiteman, a friend from Cherry Valley. 

O’Connor Hospital, a critical access hospital licensed for 23 beds, is part of the Bassett Healthcare Network.

William Schaumloffel said he was hospitalized recently and shared a room with Warren. Schumloffel and his wife, Rosemary, returned Wednesday for the wedding.

“History was made in Delhi today,’’ Schaumloffel said.

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