With all the new states that have passed marriage equality legislation since last summer, what on Earth are they going to do with their Pride celebrations? A happy Pride is an equal Pride, and Maryland is the first to announce a mass wedding to mark the occasion and celebrate their hard work this year.
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was the first to marry same-sex couples once legislation allowed it just after midnight on January 1, but for Pride, she’s going big.
This week, Rawlings-Blake announced that she’ll preside over a mass same-sex wedding ceremony at Druid Hill Park on June 16, which will reportedly draw people in from as far away as Atlanta.
“After doing so much work on this — on the ballot initiative — we thought, how do we really celebrate this?” said organizer Carrietta Hiers, who also plans to marry at the ceremony. “She’s [Rawlings-Blake] been an advocate for us all along.”
Baltimore Pride organizers have also named Rawlings-Blake the grand marshal for her LGBT support this year, so it’s safe to say she’ll be the most famous heterosexual woman for miles. Hooray for straight allies!