“A loving partner can be a difficult thing to find, once you do you must protect it and nurture it.”
Nick Cardello, 54, and Kurt English, 52, met at a church in 1992 and have been together ever since. The following year, the couple was among the one million people who attended the March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay, and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation, and a friend took their photo on the Mall.
In honor of their 25th anniversary, Cardello and English, who now reside in Florida and were legally married in Boston in 2008, attended last weekend’s Equality March in Washington, D.C. They had a family member, who also marched, snap an identical photo.
Cardello first shared the side-by-side comparison on Facebook on June 11 at the suggestion of a friend, and it didn’t take long before the moving snapshots went viral, earning upwards of 25,000 shares on Facebook and nearly 9,000 likes. According to Cardello, a photographer, the sweet story has spread across the globe and he’s spoken to media outlets in at least nine countries.
“We could never have imaged the incredible response to this that we received. We were deeply touched by people’s personal stories and comments from around the world about the challenges that they experience in their personal lives and in their particular cultures,” Cardello told A Plus via email, noting that his comments would be similar to those he had made to other outlets. “Many times we have been moved to tears by reading the comments.”
Though the couple was by no means trying to go viral, Cardello says the general reaction has been “amazing.”
“There have been so many supportive comments on the post,” he wrote in the email. “The comments made us keenly aware we cannot take what we have for granted. A loving partner can be a difficult thing to find, once you do you must protect it and nurture it.”