Bobbi and Sandi Cote-Whitacre have been together for nearly 40 years.

The two met when they were very young. As Bobbi asked her partner recently, “Do you remember what it was like when we were 19 and totally in love—and couldn’t tell anyone?”

While the couple knew immediately that they would spend the rest of their lives together, the people around them weren’t so accepting.

Cote_WhitacreOriginally aired October 6, 2006, on NPR’s Morning Edition.