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"For me, it was overwhelming he was actually able to marry his high school sweetheart after waiting a very long time," she said. "It was wonderful to be able to see the joy and the love they share, and have it recognized by the state they live in."
Barry Gomberg, who works as the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity director at Weber State University, was perhaps more prepared than many parents when his daughter Marina came out.
"My first comment was, ‘Who’s the lucky girl?’" he said. "It was more of a relief to realize that what had perhaps been making Marina so unhappy was the artificial life she’d had to lead up until then."
Marina and her now-wife Elenor Heyborne had a commitment ceremony four and a half years ago, but the legal weight of the official marriage changed things.
"It just wasn’t quite the same thing," he said. "It did not hit me how different it would feel to be able to say Elenor was my daughter-in-law."
And, like parents of newlyweds the world over, it’s also got him thinking about the possibility of more grandchildren.
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