Never Too Late: Aging Lesbians Marry In Nursing Home

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by Newscenter Staff

Posted: April 24, 2008 – 3:00 pm ET

(Victoria, British Columbia) Ruth Pogson, 83, and Beth Aime, 79, have proved you are never to old to marry.

Pogson and Aime were married this week in a civil wedding ceremony as relatives, friends and other residents of the Island View nursing home looked on.

Both women are retired Anglican priests. They have been in a committed relationship since 1995.

Pogson, who has a number of health problems and is confined to a wheelchair, is a resident of the home. Friday she is scheduled to be moved to a Vancouver facility. Aime already has an apartment in Vancouver.

Once Pogson is settled in her new nursing home the couple hope to have their union blessed by a priest at Vancouver’s Christ Church Cathedral, which is in the New Westminster diocese, one of a handful in Canada which were allowed to perform blessings for same-sex couples before a moratorium was imposed by the Canadian House of Bishops.

“I’m happy they’re getting married. I’m happy they found happiness with each other. Isn’t this what life is all about?” Peter Elliott, dean of the cathedral told the Times Colonist newspaper.

“There’s nothing new about gay and lesbian people living in committed partnerships. The difference in Canada, and I thank God for it, is that we can live openly and we can receive the support of our community and church, and that makes a huge difference in the quality of life.”

Pogson had been involved in the fight for women clergy and became of the first women to become a priest in the Anglican Church. Aime noted that Pogson is still feisty.

“Here she is again. She’s 83 and she’s still at it,” Aime said at a champagne reception at the nursing home.

“This for us is a rite of passage,” said Pogson. “It’s a whole new stage of life. It changes everything.”

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