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DALLAS -- It is a moment Jack Evans, 84, and George Harris, 80, are happy to share.

They first met in Dallas in 1961, at a time and place when being gay was absolutely not accepted. And while their fight for acceptance in church and legal terms are still on-going, they've decided to take the plunge.

'It's going to be very simple, but very effective,' Evans said about the commitment service planned for March 1.

Jack and George have been together for five decades -- 53 years to be exact. There are flowers all around their home from friends and family wishing them well on their special day.

'I'll tell you how it works; he made the money and I kept the checkbook,' Harris laughed as he talked about the secret to their longevity.

They've only had three weeks to prepare for the commitment service. In an ideal world, it would be at their North Haven Methodist Church, but that fight continues.

Harris said they've been fighting for doctrinal changes at Methodist churches to accept same-sex marriages.

'But it's bringing it closer. Who would've thought we'd come this far?' Evans and Harris said.

A similar fight is being fought at the state level, where this week a judge ruled the same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional. That case is still up for review by the appellate courts.

Jack and George were happy to see the latest developments on the legal front, but admit they never planned for it to happen so close to their commitment ceremony. In fact, they call it a mere 'coincidence.'

They both know that Texas does not recognize their union or even their ceremony. Evans and Harris say the commitment ceremony is not just for them, but for the entire community.

They hope people will share and learn something.

'That all people are equal, and we made it easier for those to follow us,' Evans said.

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