Whether you’re married, in a relationship, or looking for love, many people still long for a deep connection that lasts for years. Finding that certain someone who you’ll love forever and ever, and who’ll love you back, isn’t always easy, so if you need some inspiration on #relationshipgoals, meet Nick Cardello and Kurt English.
The two have been together for 25 years, reports Buzzfeed, and the couple celebrated their anniversary by attending the Equality March in Washington, D.C. last week. It was there that they recreated their photo from the 1993 March on Washington, ultimately proving that love always wins.
The photo was simply meant to capture their long-lasting relationship, but the Internet found a whole new meaning — not just for the LGBTQ community but for anyone hoping for that same kind of love.
A tweet of their photo with the best caption EVER kick-started it all.
”it’s just a phase” pic.twitter.com/WlkgiHDnh9
— mh (@tagyourheathen) June 18, 2017
And inspired others to comment with their support and share their stories.
They’ve been marching for so long they actually witnessed gay marriage being legalized in all states pic.twitter.com/nOwlSGg1OH
— ً (@Durrrah) June 19, 2017
Iconic. I aspire for this long lasting love https://t.co/YNTbczvhuG
— Alluring Ivy🌿 (@Drebae_) June 19, 2017
If you don’t think that this sort of love is the most pure thing on earth, I don’t understand you. https://t.co/ij5VgDjL22
— Julia Smiley (@Gulia_Julia0) June 20, 2017
This is so necessary. For young gays to see old gays happy, in love, and proud. Thank you for giving me a bit of hope for the future
— Quinn (@intelfrog) June 19, 2017
I used to be intensely homophobic, then I grew up and realized love is love. I’m not homosexual, but I will stand up for anyone who is.
— Mike Something (@SlaveToBoredom) June 19, 2017
Cardello (the kisser in the photos, not the kissee) told Buzzfeed he understands that some people get a little sensitive to seeing images of gay men kissing. “I needed time to feel comfortable posting those photos, and people needed time to see them.”
Cardello added, “What’s interesting to see from the photos that have gone viral is the comments from the youth. They don’t see many photos of gay couples getting old together.”
His goal is that more people come out. “Being more public, it becomes not such a big deal,” said Cardello. “My concern is with LGBTQ suicide rates. If they can’t relate to people, they feel isolated. It’s important for these images to be out there.”
A beautiful way to send a message across AND a beautiful couple to behold. We’re not crying, you’re crying. Fine, whatever. We’re ALL crying.