One of the Largest Mass Weddings Ever
Ohio Marriage Equality Rally & Mass Weddings
I had the privilege of attending what may be the largest “illegal” mass wedding in U.S. history on March 24, 2012. Following a powerful rally at the footsteps of Cleveland City Hall, over 200 couples were married at once time at the Galleria at Erieview.
Seeing this rally was really important to me. I can’t understand a group of people who would deny rights to people because of who they are in love with. Being there, amongst those who this affects the most, I got a glimpse of what it feels like to fight for civil rights. I would have thought we lived in an era where we understood the inherent flaws in “separate but equal”. It’s a lesson I learned in social studies in grade school and easily understood why it’s morally wrong.
That said, this rally and mass wedding was about joy and optimism. Here was a group of people personally affected by these unjust laws and they were unified, positive, and optimistic. I found myself angry, sad, and disappointed in our law makers. I was uplifted when I had a chance to witness the excitement of all these couples and their friends and family.
In my opinion, this is a human rights issue. If that doesn’t move you than look at it like this…the impact legal same sex marriage would have on the event industry and the economy in general would be very positive. If your heart doesn’t move you to do something…maybe your wallet will!
This Huffington Post Article states that an amendment to Ohio Marriage laws are on the way.
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