Juan (Toby) and Michael They don't look a day over 21, but Juan "Toby" and Michael have been together for 17 years. "It's the light and the dark; it's what keeps us together." Toby, raised Catholic, and Michael, raised Mormon, met in New Orleans at a time when one of them was living in Utah and the other in Texas. "It was so natural for us to be seeing each other so we dated long distance at first, and like any other relationship, when it's meant to be, it just is." They don't see how their relationship is different from anyone else. "I'd say that we're just like everybody. We're just like our neighbors across the street who have a set of dogs, and they walk to the park everyday just like we do. You know, everybody has their ups and downs. Everybody has a home, responsibility, work, job, life. I guess we just do it together. I don't think we are any different than anybody else. They romantically exchanged rings at the top of the Empire State Building on Valentine's Day, much like the intended rendezvous in "An Affair to Remember." On their 10th anniversary, they exchanged new rings at the Rainbow Room, also in NYC and in 2011 they were able to register as Domestic Partners in their home city and the nation's capital, Washington, DC. Even coming from different religious backgrounds, Michael and Toby both enjoy the support of their families. "I take Michael home for the holidays and I go to his family for the holidays. My Grandmother loves to talk to Michael and she's always asking me how he is doing and all that kind of stuff. So it's really nice. I think we are very fortunate. We have seen a lot of other people who you know get kicked out of their homes, or their parents don't want anything to do with them. So it's really nice for us that our families on both sides are really welcoming." When asked about religion, their response was that they "live the tenants without the formal structure of an organized religion or church." Toby explained, "We do community outreach, and donate to charities and all those different types of things we try to do, but obviously there a lot of things in the Bible or whatever text that you are looking at that can be taken out of context or twisted and turned to however you want people to interpret them. So I think it is a little unfortunate that people use that as something that is divisive when the underlying message is really to come together and love one another and to work together as one community one humanity . My favorite little quote was the one that says the Bible contains like 7 admonishments against homosexuals and like 457 against heterosexuals. It doesn't mean that heterosexuals are worse. It means they need more guidance....... something like that" Michael concludes, " We are here to stay. We are not going anywhere. We'll still be good neighbors tomorrow. We are still going to walk our dogs every day down to the park and do things that everybody else does."