Mac and Jeff met on a blind date seventeen years ago set up by their hair stylist at a restaurant that no longer exists, Strictly Southwest. Chemistry must have overcome food because Jeff later learned that Mac doesn’t even like spicy, southwestern cuisine. Their second discovery was that they sometimes cancel each other out at the ballot box come Election Day.
Jeff, born and raised in Virginia Beach, while Mac was born and raised in Richmond, have been together for seventeen years. They had a union ceremony in Richmond on New Year’s Eve 1999 and were officially married on New Year’s Eve 2009 in Boston.
Marriage equality is important to them because they believe that their marriage is as legitimate and legal as any other and should be recognized as such. Jeff’s parents were married for 49 years before his father died and Mac’s parents for 50 years before his father died. Those married couples were their models. “We are living our marriage just as they did,” Jeff says simply.
Native sons of Virginia, they enjoy the geographic diversity of the state, such as the mountains and the ocean within easy drive, and the central location to DC and NYC. Jeff went to Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, and law school at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, so they both feel like their roots are here. Mac attended Furman College in SC.
Jeff is a member of the Virginia Bar and was formerly an attorney with the federal courts here in Richmond. Jeff is now the Innkeeper of their bed and breakfast, Maury Place at Monument. Mac is the President and CEO of Pence Auto Group on Midlothian Turnpike in Richmond.