A well known and respected Washington, DC couple, Bob Davis and Henry Schalizki (both 89 years old) got married by Rev. John Detaeye over the weekend after being together for 64 years! They met in Rhode Island in 1942. In an interview they joked, “It was a long engagement,” and “we wanted to make sure.” Bob Davis is a retired WGMS Radio Announcer and Henry is from H.A. Gill & Son Realtors. They talked about their experience up to the current date and the progression of human rights.
One thing that I found really interesting is that Henry said that the two of them have never ever gone to a gay bar. They have had no interest – they said they had each other and their circle of friends, and that’s all they needed.
One of their secrets to longevity is “I’m always right and he gets his way.” Hilarious. You should watch the video of their interview and snippets of the ceremony. My eyes started to water a little when they put the rings on each others fingers and held each other’s hands, and were pronounced to be married after over sixty years together, surviving through decades and decades of the fight for equality and even just being in a relationship. They are two incredible people and I myself want more gay couples like this to look up to. It’s really touching and very encouraging.
Thank you for sharing your story, and congratulations Bob & Henry. Check out their interview below.