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Hundreds participate in mass ‘illegal’ gay weddings at Cleveland rally

Saturday, March 24, 2012

CLEVELAND, Ohio – More than 200 gay and lesbian couples from across the state of Ohio gathered in traditional wedding attire on Saturday to participate in what organizers called the “largest illegal mass wedding ever held.”

WKYC-TV

The event was organized to highlight discrimination faced by same-sex couples in Ohio, one of 30 U.S. states with constitutional bans on same-sex marriage.

“With recent (marriage equality) victories in New York, Washington, and Maryland, the momentum for marriage equality has never been more powerful,” said Ed Mullen of Equality Ohio.

Hundreds of friends and relatives of the brides and grooms joined the celebration as eight priests and ministers recited marriage vows to couples of all ages, reported the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

The afternoon ceremony followed more than an hour of speeches by activists on the steps of Cleveland City Hall, where a gay pride flag flew under the American flag.

The rally was spearheaded on Facebook by “Support Gay Marriage in Ohio,” which has over 200,000 fans.The page is the brainchild of Adam Hoover, a 17-year old from Harrison, Ohio, who has organized previous rallies in Cincinnati and Columbus.

“I want every person to be able to be who they are. We want the same things as all couples do — to settle down, to commit our lives to the person we love, and to raise children,” said Hoover. “Marriage should not be a privilege available to some but not all.”

In 2004, 62 percent of Ohio voters approved a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. The amendment also prohibited the state from creating or recognizing any other legal status that would “approximate the design, qualities, significance or effect of marriage,” such as civil unions.

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17 more reader comments:

  1. luv it!

    Posted on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 5:27pm
  2. It was wonderful. So happy to have been able to attend.

    Posted on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 5:27pm
  3. Come to Canada!

    Posted on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 5:29pm
  4. Wish it had be able to be for real

    Posted on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 5:33pm
  5. Gay marriages are not illegal… just not recognized….

    Posted on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 5:35pm
  6. come to fresno

    Posted on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 5:37pm
  7. If lovin’ is wrong, I don’t wanna be right!

    Posted on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 5:54pm
  8. come on up here to canada anytime peeps :)

    Posted on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 5:57pm
  9. I am surprised they weren’t pepper sprayed.

    Posted on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 5:57pm
  10. awesome for them! Who cares what the religious people think about our rights, the government can’t legally stop someone from getting married based on gender or religon…it’s a hate crime!!!

    Posted on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 5:57pm
  11. You know isnt this supposed to be the country for freedom of religion? Where we as AMERICANS have the right to beleive in what we want? Where no one is supposed to judge! Cause if you go back to when the white man and woman ( yes I said woman) came to thise country and made it USA that was for one of our rights. Because over in England we were not aloud to practice what we wanted to practice. Hmmmmmm really makes you wonder. People need to stop worring what others do and worry about themelves. Screw them all!

    Posted on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 6:28pm
  12. hell yeah! we want to get Married in Denver Too. Intersex

    Posted on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 6:35pm
  13. nice

    Posted on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 6:50pm
  14. me 2 in fl

    Posted on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 6:57pm
  15. I wish something like that would happen in Utah…

    Posted on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 10:33pm
  16. The thumbnail makes the man on the right look like Geordi LaForge.

    Posted on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 11:41pm
  17. took years for it to happen in Cleveland, still no rights and needs popular vote to reverse discrimination. Good luck Utah, times are a changing!

    Posted on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 5:12am