While normally not a story that would turn heads, one of the NBA’s most respected referees is finally getting to marry her partner of twenty years. While she refers to her as “my wife of twenty years” even now, something about the officiality of the act is important to Palmer, as it is to many same-sex couples striving for true equality.
Her wife’s name is Tanya Stine, famed hair stylist. Despite not being open of her sexuality until nearly ten years into her career, Palmer says that she never tried to hide anything. “The guys that I was close with on the staff…they knew.” The couple had a long-running joke that if they were together for twenty years, they would get married. It’s time to eat those words and break yet another barrier for Palmer, who was worked most of her life in fields almost entirely dominated by males.
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