Rev. Elder Darlene Garner and Rev. Candy Holmes met in church – Darlene, at the time a local pastor for Metropolitan Community Church of Northern Virginia, and Rev. Candy, a gospel choir director at Metropolitan Community Church of Washington DC. “Our paths crossed often until one day our hearts met. We say of our life together that our hearts have journeyed together for a long time -- from 1996 to being happily married now. Being able to freely acknowledge our love through marriage is a dream come true and is a joy that has no bounds.” Both are now within the leadership of the Metropolitan Community Church. Candy and Darlene were one of the first same-gender couples to marry in Washington, DC in 2010, and they reside in Maryland.