Blame the Moonies for the fact that mass weddings seem, well, creepy. But in two weeks, Baltimore will play host to group nuptials that promise to be heart-warming (and cult-free!) as Baltimore Pride celebrates the first year of marriage equality in the state with a mass wedding in Druid Hill Park — with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake officiating.
Since Maryland passed a referendum legalizing same-sex marriage last year, there have been a flurry of same-sex weddings. Many took place on January 1, the day the law went into effect, but for those who’ve waited, Baltimore Pride (which begins on Friday, June 14) offers a chance to celebrate with the whole city watching. According to organizer Carrietta Hiers, couples from Philadelphia and Atlanta have expressed interest in participating, too. Couples interested in participating have until June 6 to register, and need to fill out the requisite marriage license paperwork beforehand.
And the public is most definitely invited to the 2:30 pm ceremony, which will take place on a stage in Druid Hill Park. If you were bummed that “Chris & Shawn’s Big Gay Public Maryland Wedding” in April ended up being closed to the public due to inclement weather, now you’ve got another chance to celebrate equality — and love.
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