Harlan Gardner’s Story
We were so excited to see the public education ad from GLAD and Why Marriage Matters Maine air during the opening ceremony of the Olympics!
The one-minute ad features the personal story of ninety-year-old retiree and World War II Marine, Harlan H. Gardner of Machias, along with four generations of his family who support a “Yes” vote allowing marriage licenses for same-sex couples in the state of Maine.
Harlan and his family beautifully explain the importance of marriage for all loving committed couples. Their story underscores the types of testimonies we’ve seen and heard in conversations around the state.
“Marriage is too precious a thing not to share,” said Harlan.
Harlan served as a Marine Corps torpedo bomber in the last battle of World War II. He returned to Marshfield, where he was born, to deliver mail for the U.S. Postal Service during the remainder of his working life.
Harlan’s granddaughter Katie Kurz works for the University of Maine at Machias. Her partner, Alexandria Patel, works at Husson University and also has a private therapy practice. They have been together for seven years.
Harlan’s wife, Dorothy, worked for the Registry of Deeds in Machias. The two have been married for 59 years.
“This isn’t about politics, it’s about family, and how we as people treat one another,” said Harlan.
Visit www.glad.org for more information about Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders.
Visit www.whymarriagemattersmaine.com for more about the Why Marriage Matters Maine project.
Vote Yes on Question 1! Marriage matters to ALL Maine families!