Bob Witeck, a longtime LGBT rights advocate and president of Witeck Communications, and Bob Connelly Jr., a senior researcher for the National Geographic Channel and an adjunct professor at American University, were married on Wednesday, Oct. 1, in Washington.
U.S. Tax Court Judge Joseph Gale, a friend of the couple, performed the marriage ceremony in his chambers on the 20th anniversary of the date when Witeck and Connelly first met at a Human Rights Campaign dinner in Washington.
“We had our honeymoon in Europe in August,” said Witeck, where he and Connelly took a cruise from Amsterdam to Prague. The honeymoon came at a time when Connelly was free from his teaching duties prior to the start of the fall semester at A.U., where he teaches a course on LGBT issues.
“My husband and I had 10 days together in Europe. That was very special,” Witeck said. “When you’ve lived together for 20 years, your honeymoon is whenever you can make it.”
Witeck and Connelly have lived in Arlington since the time they became a couple. Both work in D.C. Although they regret they could not marry in their home state, Witeck said the two are hopeful that pending court cases challenging Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban will result in the ban being overturned in the near future.
“I hope I get my marriage recognized soon,” said Witeck. “Every night when I leave my office in the nation’s capital I cross the bridge where my marriage is no longer recognized.”