|Marrying men: When Trevor Harper, 36, (left) decided to propose to Davis Covin, 30, (right), he knew that he wanted to pop the question in front of their church family|
A Texas man gave his boyfriend a proposal to remember when he got down on one knee in front of the entire congregation at their local Methodist Church – receiving a standing ovation in the process. Trevor Harper, 36, and Davis Covin, 30, who live in Austin, have been dating since 2006 and have been proud and active members of the First United Methodist Church of Austin for the past two years.
Mr Harper said the support they have received has been a huge blessing to their relationship, especially as a gay couple in Texas. 'That church has been, for us, really the first time we have really been able to live out loud as a couple,' he told BuzzFeed News.
|Loved up: Mr Harper and Mr Covin have been dating since 2006 and are proud and active members of the First United Methodist Church of Austin, Texas|
Mr Harper admitted, however, that Mr Covin doesn’t really like attention, so he was a little overwhelmed at the public nature of the proposal - luckily, he accepted.
'I knew going into this that I was pushing it,' Mr Harper said with a laugh. Their church immediately got to their feet and gave them a standing ovation. Mr Harper said that he began planning the proposal a few months ago with the help of his pastor, Reverend John Wright.
|Speaking out: Mr Harper said that he began planning the proposal a few months ago with the help of his pastor, Reverand John Wright|
|Religious rules: Mr Harper thought that the proposal was an especially good idea because although the men would love to get married at their house of worship, The United Methodist Church forbids same-sex ceremonies|
He added: 'You cant let your sexuality define your right to walk a spiritual walk.'
The couple is also hoping that by the time they plan to get married in 2016, they will be allowed to marry in their church. 'We would love to walk down that aisle,' Mr Harper said.
|Celebrating love: The couple is hoping that by the time they plan to get married in 2016, they will be allowed to make it official in their church|
|Long history: Mr Harper and Mr Covin have been dating since 2006|
Today we were blessed to tell our faith story to our entire congregation. It was an important opportunity to change hearts and minds and the perfect chance to do this. He has been my better half for 9 years and now I'm thrilled to make him my husband. So thankful for our church family!! (And that he said YES) 👍🏻❤️