Connells county’s first same-sex couple to wed

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By David Kapitan

Staff Writer - 

WILLS POINT – July 8, 2015, became a milestone day in Van Zandt County. Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Herbert Dunn officiated the wedding of Jerry Rosengartner and Paul Connell.

With the ceremony, Rosengartner and Connell became the first couple to be married in Van Zandt County since the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling June 26 gave same-sex pair the right to legally wed.

Connell, 48, has been a resident of the Wills Point area for the past 15 years. Rosengartner, 24, has here six years. They have been a couple for the past six years.

Rosengartner, who said he will take the last name Connell, spoke with the Van Zandt News shortly after the wedding ceremony. He gave some details about the couple, as well as his thoughts on the Supreme Court’s decision and making history as the first same-sex couple in the county to exchange wedding vows.

The Supreme Court’s decision to allow same-sex couple’s to legally marry will have a positive impact on the Rosengartner-Connell family, the new Mr. Connell said.  “I thought it was great!,” he said. “I mean, it opened up a lot of windows for us. We really didn’t have any windows when we were shut down right there. I couldn’t get him on my insurance or anything like that. I couldn’t take care of him like I should be. It’s just opened up a lot of windows for us and I’m very appreciative.”

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