SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) – A wedding reception like no other took place over the weekend in Salt Lake City when a 74-year-old woman got her chance to celebrate her marriage to her partner, who died three months ago.
Bonnie Foerster met Beverly Grossaint in New York in January of 1968. For 50 years they were inseparable until Beverly died on May 27th. Even after same sex marriage because legal in 2013, the two never tied the knot because of Beverly’s declining health.
Their attorney Roger Hoole suggested that Bonnie petition the 3rd District Court to declare them legally married retroactively.
On August 21st, Judge Patrick Corum did just that and Bonnie held a celebration with her friends and family, in just the way Beverly would have wanted.
“She would be surprised that a judge declared us legally married on August 21st after she passed away she would be shocked,” said Bonnie. “She’s probably looking down and she’s taking the tears out of my heart and drying them with her love.”
While this is rare, it is not unprecedented the judge said. This is the second post mortem same sex marriage in Utah. Another woman recently had her marriage recognized after her partner died in a car crash.