On January 20th, Gospel music guru Kirk Franklin celebrated 20 years of marriage with his wife Tammy. 20 years ago, Franklin married his long-time friend Tammy Collins. When they wedded, they each had one child from previous relationships: Kirk's son Kerrion, born in 1988, and Tammy's daughter Carrington (who she legally adopted), born in 1989. As a couple, they have two children together. Carrington became engaged to Maxx Nakwaasah in October 2015
On Facebook, Franklin rejoices: "Today I celebrate 20 years with this woman! We were young, I was dumb, she came from a good family, I had NO family, but she was patient; not stupid. A prime example of how a good woman can change a man without breaking him down. My past was sketchy...she knew that. She didn't compromise her standard but helped me reach it. Every song you've heard over the last 20 years, she wrote it. She was every lyric, every key change spelled her name. We've seen dark days together, but we saw them, TOGETHER. Men can be dumb at times, and want what's newer, fresher, or what our other "head" thinks is better... But to fail Tammy, is to fail God. To cheat on tammy is to cheat on the kingdom, my children, and even you... Those who trust me to chase Christ with everything I got. I'm not perfect, but I'm still in love...with Tammy. Happy 20th anniversary baby! (See bae I did it without saying something nasty)."
Fans have also submitted their congratulations: "Congratulations and happy anniversary to you both. My husband and I have been married for 30 years and have been together since elementary school. He is my best friend and my king. In this day and time it it wonderful to see marriages thriving and real commitment. May God bless your marriage and your family. Blessings."
"Our prayer is that the good Lord continue to make new your wine! With the support of Tammy you have turned out to be one of Gods finest Generals! Salute the Professor of modern Gospel music!"
"Kirk I'm so happy for you and your wife. Indeed a good woman can always make a difference to a man who's willing to rest in her arms and find change. God continue to bless your marriage and the love you share. Happy Anniversary, I love you both."