These Grooms Bonded Over Faith and Football


One Monday in 2014, Christopher Justin Hanson sat down for a job interview on the headquarters of Covington & Burling, a regulation firm in Washington. 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residence dwelling residence dwelling residence dwelling residence dwelling dwelling residence dwelling dwelling residence dwelling residence residence dwelling residence residence residence residence residence dwelling residence home residence home windows overlooking Pennsylvania Avenue, thumbed by Mr. Hanson’s résumé, he seen that Mr. Hanson didn’t have any expertise in Washington. Mr. Hanson lived in Wisconsin on the time. Why, the interviewer requested, did Mr. Hanson need to begin working all by the route of in Washington?

“Well,” talked about Mr. Hanson, “I read in The New York Times that it’s the No. 1 place to live, if you’re a gay man, to meet people. That’s why I’m applying here.”

It was a candid, nonchalant reply. Mr. Hanson remembered the hiring accomplice being “a little flabbergasted” by it — although, he added, “they definitely appreciated my frankness.”

He bought the job. Four years later, the place change paid off handsomely.

When William Blake Hoffman, an architect and designer at Architecture, Incorporated in Reston, Va., matched with Mr. Hanson on Tinder in September 2018, he didn’t have grand visions of romance. Mr. Hoffman had moved to Washington pretty only a few years earlier, for what he meant to be just a few years. He didn’t plan to plant roots. So he quick to Mr. Hanson that they meet for a drink at a beer yard positioned acceptable on Mr. Hoffman’s methodology dwelling from work. It was a Wednesday night time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time.

“I literally thought it was going to be a two-drink ‘hi, nice to meet you,’ like so many other dates,” Mr. Hoffman talked about.

Mr. Hoffman was speaking on his cellphone when Mr. Hanson arrived. He saved speaking on the cellphone after Mr. Hanson sat down. Five minutes handed by. Then 10. Mr. Hoffman was nonetheless on the cellphone. Mr. Hanson waited.

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completely completely completely completely completely completely completely different circumstances, this cell prelude would possibly need been interpreted as a slight. 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along with his dad and mom (which Mr. Hanson interpreted as an indication that Mr. Hoffman made household a precedence) and, judging by their dialogue of a Clemson University soccer recreation, he was a collegiate soccer devotee (so was Mr. Hanson).

After practically 15 minutes, Mr. Hoffman hung up. As the 2 started speaking, that that they’d been shocked to search around one completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely 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completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely different similarity: They’re each Presbyterian. Neither had included that information of their Tinder profiles.

“You don’t meet a lot of people in D.C. — especially young people — that speak openly about their faith,” Mr. Hanson talked about. “So that was just incredibly shocking for both of us to find that commonality.”

They talked till spherical midnight. Mr. Hanson invited Mr. Hoffman to Sunday service on the Georgetown Presbyterian Church pretty only a few weeks later.

So started a string of months spent bonding over religion and soccer. Mr. Hoffman launched Mr. Hanson in administration on his alma mater’s group, the Clemson Tigers. Mr. Hanson did the equal, getting Mr. Hoffman acquainted with the Yale and Harvard soccer groups. (Mr. Hanson, a graduate of each universities, shall be seen briefly all by ESPN2’s broadcast of the 2018 Harvard-Yale soccer recreation, dancing enthusiastically subsequent to a seated, mildly embarrassed Mr. Hoffman.)

Mr. Hoffman’s plans to depart Washington evaporated. He and Mr. Hanson grew to develop to be members of Georgetown Presbyterian. By the suitable of 2019, that that they’d been engaged.

On Dec. 12, 2020, Mr. Hanson, 38, and Mr. Hoffman, 33, had been married by the Rev. Dr. Camille Cook on the Georgetown Presbyterian.

The day was momentous for each the newlyweds and the church: Mr. Hanson and Mr. Hoffman’s marriage ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony 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ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony was the church’s first for a same-sex couple since its founding in 1780. It was solely after they started making preparations for the marriage that Mr. Hanson and Mr. Hoffman had been educated of that.

“The pastor brought it up and said, “Hey, FYI, this has never happened here,” Mr. Hoffman talked about.

He and Mr. Hanson had been shocked, they talked about, attributable to there are completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely 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completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely different out members of the church, and attributable to same-sex marriage has been licensed in Washington for elevated than a decade.

They had been nonchalant referring to the pioneering nature of their marriage ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony 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ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony. “That 100 percent was not important to us,” Mr. Hoffman talked about. “But it was a fascinating little tidbit to learn.”



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