What Real Love Looks Like

by Demetria Irwin

Audrey Smaltz and Gail Marquis

Allow me to introduce you to an adorable, affectionate couple full of life, love and a million anecdotal relationship stories that will make your heart melt. Audrey Smaltz and Gail Marquis got married in a delightful outdoor wedding in Central Park after 12 years of dating. They were fortunate in a sense to live in New York, a state that allows gay marriage as of 2011.

Freedom to Marry, an organization that is fighting for marriage equality, has chosen Audrey and Gail’s story as one that highlights the beauty and everyday life of LGBT relationships. Today, that fight for marriage equality is making it’s way to the U.S. Supreme Court in the form of arguments to repeal California’s Proposition 8, a ban on same-sex marriage.  Freedom to Marry uses the stories of couples like Audrey and Gail to make the case for equality.

Believe it our not, Audrey (the energetic, short-haired dynamo) is in her 70s. Good lovin’ must keep those years off of your face because the former model looks at least 20 years younger than that. Gail, a silver medal-winning Olympian (basketball) is more reserved than her Audrey and seems truly engaged in her wife’s every word.

But beyond charm of seeing Audrey’s bubbly personality mash up with Gail’s measured, laid-back demeanor, there’s a certain energy that they share as a couple that is undeniable and smile-inducing.

The way they look at each other and respond to each other’s stories is inspiring. I’m pretty sure this is what real love looks like.

So many quotables from this pair, but what’s your favorite quote from this piece?

Demetria Irwin is a New York City-based freelance writer/editor. Follow her on Twitter,@Love_Is_Dope.

  • seritatheresa

    Thank you. My mood has been going South all day.

  • K

    i love them they are adorable!! God Bless ‘em may they live out the rest of their lives in peace and joy

  • Worldly

    Beautiful couple!! I’m so happy for them.

  • Rose

    Precious !!!

  • http://ladyngo.blogspot.com Lady Ngo

    These are just two awesomely amazing women

  • Jaslene

    I remember reading about them in Essence a few years ago. Great story.

  • Allie

    Me too! I was amazed to see them in there since the magazine is heteronormative.

  • Wanda

    Audrey is a fashion industry legend!

  • recola

    YES!! I love them!!
    My mentor is an amazing person and GIVES LIFE!! And Gayle is very nice too! LOVE IS LOVE… no matter what!

  • Worldly

    I only see women, but carry on you troll.

  • dirtychai

    Right? This definitely put a smile on my face.

  • justanotheropinion

    REAL love is always good no matter the packaging. We should all be so lucky.

  • http://gravatar.com/esicnarf esicnarf

    Me to I only see two women.

  • adia

    If we live in a free society all citizens should have the same rights it is not one rule for some + another rule for another this advocates tolerance which is for the greater good for society which in turn promotes harmony + peace.

  • MC

    Love seeing the amazing and legendary Audrey Smaltz here with her wife! Audrey is a mentor and friend to me and I’m so happy for her! Love is real!

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