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On Tuesday, January 6, 2015, Florida became the 36th state to legalize gay marriage, shortly following Miami's legislation. Just Married is a series of portraits of couples taken immediately after they've tied the knot.
Marriage was once just a thought in the minds of Christian Roth and Eric Domege, the eyewear designer duo we interviewed last April. Just four days after Miami legalized gay marriage, the CFDA-award winning duo proudly said "I do," at Miami Beach City Hall, solidifying their 32 year partnership, and showing that love can wait, but it shouldn't have to.
How did you both meet?
Eric Domege: We met through a common friend in Paris when we were just students. And we met again by coincidence in the streets of New York in May of 1983. We looked at each other and we dated...
Christian Roth: Since the day after.
You've been together 32 years. Why choose to get married now?
ED: Because of our lifestyle. We lived like nomads, so we lived between Monte Carlo and also Miami but we traveled a lot. My situation, for example, I'm an American alien citizen and Christian is a resident of Monaco.
CR: Where we lived before, the last 20 years, we could not marry.
ED: So we always picked a state or country where marriage was not possible, but it didn't matter. We didn't move and we didn't want to do it somewhere because [what's the point] if where you live your marriage isn't recognized. But we were a little bit jealous of all the people...
CR: Who were able to do the union over the last couple of years.
ED: We knew something was brewing in the state of Florida. On December 19th we left for Europe and spent the holiday with our family. We came back on January 1st and we heard the news that something could happen on the night of the 5th to the 6th. That is Christian's birthday, so if the law passed, we would do the marriage license on his birthday. Thank you Florida, and thank you United States because we were able to do that. And it's done!
Talk to me about what you're wearing.
CR: I'm wearing Armani.
ED: And I'm wearing a custom-made suit inspired by Helmut Lang when Helmut Lang was doing his own suit collection in the 80s and 90s. I keep having the suit reinterpreted by a tailor in Hong Kong.
So what are you guys going to do next?
CR: We are going to change clothes and go in the ocean. Then we are going to have a nice lunch. We have not much planned!
How do you both feel right now?
CR: In heaven.
ED: It was something unexpected, and now it's just starting to sink in.
CR: Maybe it's not how we thought we would get married, but then again we never thought we would never get married.
ED: When we met it was not even a question. 32 years ago, even 20 years ago, we didn't have a choice. So that is really something fantastic.
· Christian Roth: The Local Label That Invented Designer Shades [Racked Miami]
· How to Have the Perfect Gay Wedding in Miami [Racked Miami]
· Weddings Week 2014 [Racked Miami]