ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The coveted Robert Goulet Memorial Mustached American of the Year award is being shared for 2013.
The tongue-in-cheek American Mustache Institute says Montgomery County, Pa., Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes and St. Louis woodworker David Stine are co-winners. Each received 24 percent of nearly 1.5 million votes cast. The duo beat out better-known men with hairy upper lips, including fictional newsman Ron Burgundy.
Hanes says he is proud to live in a country where he has the same rights as clean-shaven folks. Mister Hanes became famous when he started issuing same sex marriage liceses in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.
Stine builds tables and wooden furniture from sustainably harvested trees on his family's 1,000-acre property. He calls the Goulet award a "pinnacle moment" in his life.