Mark Phariss and Victor Holmes tied the
knot on Saturday in Frisco, Texas.
The men were among the plaintiffs who
challenged Texas' ban on gay marriage. They won at the district
court level but the decision was stayed as the state appealed.
According to The New York Times,
Charles A. Gonzalez, a former Democratic congressman from Texas,
presided over the couple's ceremony, which took place at the Westin
Stonebriar Hotel & Golf Club.
The couple met in 1997 while attending
the birthday party of a friend.
Phariss, 55, is an assistant general
counsel at Expert Global Solutions, while Holmes, 45, is an assistant
professor of physician-assisted studies at the University of North
Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth.
Phariss and Holmes were first denied a
marriage license in 2013.