LGBTQ couples face endless obstacles in life and in India the relationship is banned under law. Many gay men in India are forced to get married in India which ultimately leads to an unhappy marriage and ruining a woman’s life for no cause of her own. However, the most irritating fact is when their love and emotions not taken seriously and countered as ‘just a phase’. That was one of the biggest reasons that Nick Cardello and his husband Kurt English decided to tell the world that they have been going strong for 25 years now. They shared an adorable photo of them attending the Equality March in Washington, D.C. last week. The photo was a recreation of the photo that they took together way back in 1993 at the same event. The two men have been married since 2008 and live in Tampa, Florida. They first met at an LGBTQ-friendly church in 1992. Their photos reveal the fact that LGBTQ love is not a phase but the real thing!

They decided to recreate one of their first photos together near the Washington Monument because of Nick Cardello’s desire to celebrate their love publicly. Nick Cardello and Kurt English kept away from social media and did not celebrate their love like any normal couple because they thought it might offend people’s sensibilities but later on realized that it was another way of being in the closet. He shared his photos with husband Kurt English on his Facebook page which has since then gone viral.  He told New York Daily News, “I realized that this was just another closet we had to come out of. We need to get more images like this out there so the youth today can have positive role models.” This 4-year-old little girl’s viral video of singing Moana’s How Far I’ll Go will leave you awestruck (Watch)

The social media were overjoyed by their photos and the pure love that they showed in the pictures. They were far from being ‘uncomfortable’ and the netizens showered love and praise on the two men. Nick Cardello’s original post has over 24,000 shares but his photos have created a furor online and have turned up on numerous international websites. Nick Cardello was pleasantly surprised at the response his photos have got and said, “We could never have imagined the incredible response to this that we’ve received.” Check out their photos below:

Nick Cardello, left and his now-husband, Kurt English at the 1993 Equality March in Washington, D.C.

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The recreated photo of Nick Cardello and Kurt English at the same event in 2017.

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A few more photos of the handsome couple:

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Their post on social media has received tremendous response and people are tweeting their support. Sample some tweets below:

Nick Cardello and Kurt English’s love is not only a testimony to the LGBTQ love but also can be seen and emulated by straight people. In a world where people are getting disillusioned by marriage and marital vows their love stands to reason that with love, patience and understanding one can find true love and keep it for a lifetime as well.