Galveston Daily News, Nov. 19, 2006 David Aguilar, 29, and Ernie Aguilar, 34, turn and smile, surrounded by friends and family in an ornate church. Their vows to each other are beautiful and heartfelt, but same-sex ceremonies are not something most people are familiar with. After they dated for a while, Ernie interviewed for the doctoral program in medical humanities at the University of Texas Medical Branch and loved the area and people.