After they got their license Friday morning, they picked up red-rose boutonnieres and went down to Falls Park. They wore pin-striped suits and exchanged gold bands, that they said were a token of love, faith and loyalty.
He and his husband Sonny Southerlin used it today when they were married at Falls Park on Friday, November 21, 2014.
The conversation at First Baptist Church Greenville took place well before the U. Supreme Court’s decision this summer to legalize same-sex marriages.
They spent 25 years living in Orlando, where Tarpley worked in the hotel business before joining Southerlin in the real estate business.
Two years ago they moved to Travelers Rest to help Southerlin's mother."From Day 1 we always combined everything," said Tarpley.
The dialogue was bold — particularly for one of downtown Greenville’s influential legacy churches that in its earliest years served as a birthplace for revered Southern Baptist institutions. In an evangelical church born in the antebellum South?