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The Story of us

Making a marriage work takes work. A relationship is also a partnership - the beginning of thinking of yourselves as members of a team, not just separate individuals. Two long-term married couples reveal to Peter Dunne that, like anything else, the more you put into a marriage, the more you get back. Marlon and John’ s photo by Una Williams, Helen and Philippa’ s provided by the couple.

Marlon Jimenez-Compton

For Marlon Jimenez-Compton (he jokingly pronounces the ‘double barrel’ as he says his second names) the love of a good dance almost got in the way of the love of a good man.

15 years ago in 2004, on a night out with friends, Marlon spotted John Compton across the dance floor of Dublin’s The George nightclub. There were immediate sparks. Not shy in the slightest, Marlon made a beeline for John and the pair got to chatting. Proving to be no shrinking violet himself, John asked if Marlon would like to leave with him. “And said ‘no’ because wanted to dance,” Marlon smiles. “So went back to my friends and my friends asked me ‘What happened?! Why did you walk away from him!?’ and said, ‘He’s going home. And want to dance.’”

That was almost that, but about a month later, the pair spotted each other on the online dating site Gaydar. They continued chatting, until, as Marlon shared, “On July 15, he invited me to his house for dinner.” Marlon remembers the date clearly, as “the next day was my birthday, July 16.” Clearly it went well, as Marlon followed, “So now we celebrate both my birthday and our wedding anniversary on that date.”

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Welcome to our ninth annual Wedding Issue! In this issue, we look at the full spectrum of marriage, from proposals, to the ceremony and beyond. Four couples let us in on their wedding journey and all the planning and dreaming that goes into creating the perfect day, while long-term married pairings give the lowdown on how to keep a relationship strong. For those not into all this wedding malarkey, there’s a couple perfectly happy not to walk down the aisle. On the culture side, we have a pair of interviews with two wonderful musical acts - the iconic Indigo Girls and the thrilling Cub Sport. We discuss the cold facts that families of same-sex parents aren’t as equal as their straight counterparts, and that our family in the North still battle for the right to love. Our cover image is by the artist Joe Caslin. He speaks inside about art as activism and the power of solidarity, something that our whole community can very much agree with. The North Is Next.