Jack Evans and George Harris on their wedding day. (Photo by Danny Fulgencio)

Jack Evans and George Harris on their wedding day. (Photo by Danny Fulgencio)

Almost a year to the day after he and longtime partner George Harris tied the knot in a celebration that was covered all over the country, Jack Evans has died. He was 86 years old.

Northaven United Methodist Church, where the couple held a marriage ceremony before they could legally wed, posted on its Facebook page that Evans died last night at Baylor Hospital.

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Evans and Harris married just hours after the Supreme Court made it a legal right for all same-sex couples. They spent more than 50 years together, and were first in line to obtain a marriage certificate. Their legal marriage took place in the Records Building at City Hall on June 26, 2015. But before that, they held a church service (check out the photos) overseen by Rev. Bill McElvaney at Northaven United Methodist Church, to protest the church’s vow not to conduct same-sex weddings.

“These inhumane actions by the UMC, favoring law over love, the Book of Discipline over the Book of Discipleship — that is, the New Testament — cruelty over compassion, constitute the Methodist version of Inquisition in the 20th and 21st centuries,” McElvaney told the Northaven congregation when he announced his plans to begin officiating same-sex marriages despite the Methodist law against it.

Funeral arrangements have not been announced yet, but this story will be updated when that information becomes available.