Harry and Tommy
“My spouse and I were the first same-sex couple to be married in the Chapel (an historic event to be sure). I know the Chapel has seen several “firsts” over the years, and Tommy and I are proud to be a part of that history.” -Harry
When the US Supreme Court upheld the Marriage Equality Act on June 26, 2015, it was just two months later that Mr. Harry L. Winn and Mr. Tommy L. Howell were married in the TWU Little Chapel-in-the-Woods. Holding the position of program coordinator for the Department of Family Sciences for the past eight years, Harry started making plans earlier that year in anticipation of the nation’s high court ruling by asking Mr. Michael Elias, ordained Lutheran minister, Department of Psychology academic adviser, and family sciences doctoral candidate to officiate the ceremony. The ceremony was held on Thursday, August 27th at eleven o’clock in the morning before a small gathering of family, friends, and coworkers.