True Love for 54 Years

Posted on Jun 14 2013 - 10:19pm by Katelyn Connor


This past Wednesday, Freedom to Marry released a video telling the 54 year love story of New York residents William Campbell and John Hilton.

Their romance began back in 1957, when Hilton was drafted for the war and sent to Europe. The two exchanged love letters during Hilton’s time of service, and Campbell couldn’t wait for him to come home to begin their life together. When Hilton returned, he worked full time and went to school at night while Campbell did all the cooking, cleaning, and laundry.

“When I was getting ready to graduate and I got my degree I told Bill he will never, ever, as long as we live, do the laundry again, and that was in 1971,” Hilton said. “And so he has never, ever done the laundry since.”

Towards the end of their time together, Campbell developed Parkinson’s disease and lost the use of his vocal chords. Hilton sees this as his turn to take care of Campbell, when Campbell looked after him while he was away at war and going to school. In May 2011 Campbell passed, only two months before marriage equality was established in New York.

To see the full video and the love story from their eyes, click here.

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