From there, they constructed a platonic relationship that lasted for just a few years. They privately knew that some romantic emotions remained, however they ignored them for the sake of preserving the friendship. They didn’t converse a lot about their previous romance.
A turning level got here in 2017. On the day of the presidential inauguration of Donald J. Trump, Ms. Stackl and Mr. Campbell every took half in protests across the National Mall. They attended individually. At one level, although, they noticed one another throughout a sea of individuals. The pair locked eyes for just a few moments — it was a gentle and supportive gaze in an in any other case deeply unsure state of affairs.
“I remember he gave me this gentle, affirming smile,” Ms. Stackl mentioned.
They began speaking increasingly after that day. By the tip of that summer season, they had been again collectively. Soon after, Mr. Campbell left for a yearlong examine interval in Buenos Aires, throughout which period the couple traveled round South America collectively. Ms. Stackl launched Mr. Campbell to her prolonged household in Chile. When Mr. Campbell returned from his research, the couple moved in collectively.
Mr. Campbell proposed within the fall of 2019.
Ms. Stackl, 35, a senior communications specialist for Greenpeace USA, and Mr. Campbell, 33, a coverage adviser for Representative Jesús G. García, Democrat of Illinois, had been married March 20 within the bride’s mom’s yard in Silver Spring, Md. The ceremony was led by Kathleen Brower, a good friend of the couple who’s a nondenominational minister.
Ms. Stackl and Mr. Campbell identified that their work in environmental and labor activism — each generations-long points that decision for day-to-day struggles in service of a long-term aim — have, in an oblique manner, ready them effectively for marriage.
“We know, realistically, that a relationship is not always going to be easy,” Ms. Stackl mentioned. “There are going to be hard days, there are going to be hard months, even. But we are willing to fight for the relationship — for each other.”