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They Finally Got Their ‘Happily Ever After’

  • July 30, 2021

On a summer evening in a previous century, Garrett Foster, then 27, summoned up his courage and entered a gay bar for the first time. At the Brook in Westport, Conn., which, until it closed, was the oldest continually operating gay bar in the country, he laid eyes on Brian Murray, then 31. Mr. Murray had once been a regular, but that was his first night there in a while. Their connection was immediate.

“I knew I was going to spend my life with this man,” Mr. Foster said. What he couldn’t have guessed, was that he would legally marry him someday.

Mr. Foster had already won a Daytime Emmy Award for soap opera writing for “As the World Turns” and “Guiding Light,” and then was the editor in chief of Soap Opera Magazine. Now 58, he is an interfaith minister. Mr. Murray, 62, is a retired small-business owner (one was a store that sold ice cream and tropical gifts and the other was a paint-your-own pottery studio).

Within the first six months of meeting each other on July 13, 1990, they moved in together, living in the basement apartment of Mr. Murray’s sister’s home. After a year, they settled in Delray Beach, Fla.

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