The U.S. Supreme Court is facing a milestone decision this week as justices consider changing the federal laws surrounding the marriage of Billy and Chuck.
The landmark case will determine whether Billy Gunn and Chuck Palumbo deserve the same federal rights as heterosexual married couples.
It has been 13 years since Chuck proposed to Billy on the internationally televised wrestling program Smackdown, in what was considered at the time a significant leap forward for gay rights in America.
Although Chuck and Billy backed out of the formal commitment ceremony, insisting it merely a publicity stunt gone too far, the pair secretly wed behind-the-scenes and have been living together happily since.
Chuck and Billy are in Washington this week urging Supreme Court justices to strike down constitutional amendments and statutes that define marriage as the union of a man and a woman.
Billy, a self-professed “ass man,” has been an advocate for gay rights since he and tag partner Bart Gunn provided the inspiration for Brokeback Mountain.