Kevin grew up twenty miles away in Northampton but moved
here to be closer to a job opportunity. Rick lived in Maine, where the two of
them met at a party. After four months of long distance dating, Rick moved to
Springfield. They were among the first couples in the city to get their
marriage license on the historic day of May 17, 2004. Both work at a major
manufacturer a few miles from their home.
Kevin feels that Springfield is less expensive compared to
the suburbs, with more municipal services than can be found elsewhere. Besides
nearby cultural events such as the Mattoon Street Arts Festival, in which they
exhibit, and art openings at the Indian Orchard Mills, they also like
Springfield’s easy drive to getaways such as Provincetown and Montreal, which
they regularly visit.
They love the neighborhood in which they live, “where we
know our neighbors and watch out for and care about each other” as well as “the
wonderful welcoming gay community that resides here in the city.”
Kevin and Rick live in the East Forest Park neighborhood