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Memorial held for Ark. gay-rights activist

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - A memorial service was held in Conway on Saturday for a well-known gay pride pioneer.

The Conway community and surrounding areas joined together to remember the life of Robert Loyd on Saturday, Jan. 16. Loyd was the founder of the Conway Gay Pride Parade and owner of the famous "Teach Tolerance Pink House."

He and now-husband John Schenk served as plaintiffs in Arkansas' version of the same-sex marriage case that was decided by the Supreme Court last year. The Vietnam veteran was also celebrated for his service and his years as a foster parent.

"He never met a child in need that he didn't help...gay or straight. And we were lucky enough to get guardianship of four of them," said Schenk.

Schenck and Loyd were together for 41 years and married in Canada in 2004, which was also the first year of Conway's parade. They joined the Arkansas lawsuit to get that marriage recognized in Arkansas.