Vintage gay

Photos: Ross William Hamilton/The Oregonian

The photo above is of Eric Marcoux and Eugene Woodworth who first met in Chicago in 1953. Woodworth was a ballet dancer, and Marcoux was just leaving a Trappist monastery. The couple is probably best known for Woodworth marrying his longtime companion after he had been diagnosed with congestive heart failure and given only weeks to live. At the time Oregon didn’t recognize same sex marriages so they married in Washington at Clark County Courthouse.

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