Tuesday, March 2, 2010

A mass gay wedding to break the record?

Unless opponents succeed in blocking same-sex marriages (see related post), LGBT couples will be able to marry tomorrow in Washington, DC. Digital Journal is reporting that on March 20 up to 400 same-sex couples will gather to get married both to celebrate and to break the current Guinness World Record for a mass wedding.

Mike Wilkinson, Director of Wedding Services for Event Emissary and one of the planners, noted, "The GLBT community has always found strength in numbers when it comes to advocating for equality.  Now we can finally stand together to affirm our love and have it recognized legally by the District of Columbia."

According to Digital Journal:
One of the couples, Drew Parker and Dalin Holyoak, who plan to be at the event have already wed. They couldn't wait for DC to legalize marriage but are glad that now the city they reside in recognizes their union. "We signed up to be part of the mass ceremony as soon as we could. We celebrated our personal vows nearly two years ago, but we know the importance of this day to our status as fully equal citizens of the District of Columbia," Parker said. "We are so thankful for the people that sacrificed to make this day a reality, and can only hope that one day the entire nation will follow." 
Standing Proud Together will be the centerpiece of the day long event. It will be a non-denominational, contemporary service and will be led in a manner that will solidify the unions of long-term partners as well as commemorate the marriages of those who are more recently engaged.
I'll be sure to post the photos!


  1. Actually, they'll be able to get their marriage license, but won't be able to marry until the 9th.

  2. Thanks for the information. This was the same as Massachusetts. There was a 3 day waiting period, although some judges -- given the occasion -- granted a dispensation to get married immediately.