REDLANDS, Calif.—After spending nearly a half-century as husband and wife, Bob and Norma Clark are finally married.

The couple from Redlands east of Los Angeles celebrated their 48th anniversary in August, and in November sought a copy of their marriage license for Social Security.

The Redlands Daily Facts ( reports that San Mateo County in Northern California could find no evidence the union was ever filed.

The Clarks' church had a record of the 1964 ceremony, and several of the original witnesses were about to arrive for Thanksgiving, so on Nov. 21 they made their marriage legitimate, obtaining their license at the San Bernardino County Hall of Records.

Bob Clark brought a bouquet for Norma, and at the urging of family and friends kissed the bride to seal the deal.


Information from: Redlands Daily Facts,