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As same-sex marriage becomes reality, local couple to wed after 26 years

By DON SHIPMAN

SHARON SPRINGS, N.Y. (WKTV) - With same-sex marriage in New York State set to become a reality this weekend, one Sharon Springs couple who has waited 26 years to to get married is preparing to tie the knot.

Doug Plummer and Garth Roberts reminisced about when they first moved to the tiny Schoharie County Village of Sharon Springs, back when they owned a small café in the 1990s. Currently, the couple runs the iconic American Hotel in Sharon Springs..

The two moved to the area nearly 20-years ago from New York City, where they both worked in theater - Doug as an actor and Garth as a musician. That's where the two met, although some of the details they still disagree on.

"I was turning 24?" Garth asked during the interview.

"It was the day of your 24th birthday," Doug reminded him.

"Okay, it's fine. Does it really matter? That was close enough." Garth retorted to his partner.

"After 26 years, somebody has to remember all these things," Doug responded.

"Don't fix all of my mistakes," Garth said laughing.

Despite any disagreements about their recollections, there was no mistake that their first encounter was a chance meeting. Both say it was clear from the beginning that they were meant for each other.

"It was kind of like, 'Where have you been? Lets go, you're late,'" Doug said recalling the encounter. "Like, we met, joined hands and that was it."

Fast forward 26 years and a historic moment in Albany last month as the New York State Legislature passed marriage equality.

A proposal came literally minutes later.

"I said, 'will you marry me?' He said, 'did it pass?'" Doug said recalling that night. "Then we laughed, we screamed, we laughed, we cried. Then he said 'did you call my mother?'"

Now, the two are busy planning their September wedding, one they say their glad they can finally do in they're home state.

"It's one thing to wish for something," Garth said. "And it's another thing for it to actually come true."

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