In October 2009, I attended the March for Equality in Washington, DC.
Being in an interracial marriage reminded me of the many parallels between the current fight for marriage equality in the LGBT community and that fought by interracial couples of generations past. As the child of an interracial marriage, I watched my parents go through many of these same struggles.
So, to show support, I made a sign that read "Our Marriage Was Once Illegal, Too!"
To be honest, I really didn't think anyone would get it. Boy, was I wrong!!!
The response from the other marchers was overwhelming and quite moving. I couldn't count how many came out of the crowd to talk and tell me their stories, hug and sometimes cry, take a picture, or just plain stop and say "Hi!"
Some even stopped to show us tweets, Facebook, and various blog postings about the sign that were happening right then... during the march! How cool!
I went home that day very tired, a little shell-shocked, but very encouraged. The message I was trying to get across hit home. People "got it" after all!
Then came the next morning. I awoke to the emails from my friends...
"Google your sign!!!" some of them said.
"Have you seen the front page of reddit?"
"You're on Digg!"
"Check out Facebook!"
Much to my surprise, some of the photos taken at the march had gone viral on the internet overnight, opening up the conversation to an even wider audience.Wonderful!!!
Iattending another rally in support of same-sex marriage several months later. It was then that I decided I needed to do something more.
So, in the Spring of 2010, I began performing wedding ceremonies in Washington D.C. for couples of all backgrounds, including gay and same-sex partners.
To date, I have had the priviledge to perform these ceremonies for over +1500 couples!
Including a mass ceremony in front of The Supreme Court of the United States!
I am available for ceremonies of all sizes at your scheduled, permitted venue within the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.
I respect and work to understand the needs of the couples I wed. It is your day, after all. And each special day is just that... special.
Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have.