Anticipating the Supreme Court ruling that marriage rights extend to American citizens equally, regardless of a couple's gender composition, two Texas men closed their comic book shop on Friday morning. When they returned to work, the pair were legally married, Business Insider reports.
Kenneth Denson and Gabriel Mendez, co-owners of Red Pegasus Games & Comics, posted the following sign outside of their store early Friday, declaring their intention to go to the courthouse, possibly get married, and then come back to hawk comics:
We'll be opening a little lay today, but we'll keep you updated #SCOTUSMarriage http://t.co/GIqmfT2PF0— Red Pegasus Comics (@Red Pegasus Comics)1435326684.0
"We had a feeling [Friday] was going to be the day, so we headed to the courthouse an hour before the ruling," Denson tells Business Inisder.
Denson and Mendez were right. By the end of the day, the couple posted a picture of their marriage certificate online.
It's OFFICIAL!!! Thank you all for the sweet and kind words. We certainly feel the love. #LoveWins http://t.co/aI5tSelfSx— Red Pegasus Comics (@Red Pegasus Comics)1435352960.0
Newlywed and business-minded, Denson and Mendez returned to Red Pegasus and shared their joy on Twitter.
#LoveWins we're open! http://t.co/kh1UXR1hIF— Red Pegasus Comics (@Red Pegasus Comics)1435353278.0
People in the community stopped by the comic store bearing wedding gifts.
Thanks for all the love from the 'hood! We are swimming in champagne & cupcakes! #LoveWins http://t.co/itWn3CIwtH— Red Pegasus Comics (@Red Pegasus Comics)1435359904.0
On Saturday, Denson and Mendez's photograph was featured on the front page of the New York Times, along with pictures of other same-sex couples and an article on the Supreme Court's historic ruling on marriage.
.@gotbluetoes .@nytimes it turns out that we were in fact on the cover of the New York Times. http://t.co/ZwHhTD7QVc.ever.— Red Pegasus Comics (@Red Pegasus Comics)1435467326.0
On Sunday, the owners of Red Pegasus took to Twitter to share the love, so to speak:
We'd like to thank the world for all the positivity and love flowing into our inbox. We are Team Red Pegasus and now SO ARE YOU!— Red Pegasus Comics (@Red Pegasus Comics)1435514036.0
According to the Red Pegasus website, the business began in pop-up form in November 2014. Since April of this year, the storefront operation sells "comic books, graphic novels, board games, role playing games, toys, and collectibles" to customers in the greater Dallas region.