Election Day: Jumping for Joy for Marriage Equality: The Comic Book Store Wedding #MidtownComics #RevAndrew #MarriageEquality
The next wedding, on June 20, 2012, I was involved in, was one that I didn't officiate or really even plan - I consulted with Midtown Comics on a big celebration that they had to coincide with the one year anniversary of the passing of Marriage Equality in NY State as well as the wedding issue of two gay male super heros getting married in the pages of X Men. It was quite a fun morning. A couple from Ohio had won the free ceremony and had driven down the day before. I'd arranged to have a special cake from Empire Cakes airbrushed with scenes from Marvel comics. All in all, it was one of those "this is just totally random and somewhat bizarre" types of things that happen probably in very few places but happen in New York with some regularity.
As it also happened, June 20 was a big day - I spent the morning managing the wedding and then spent the evening receiving an award from the Anti-Violence Project for the money I'd raised for them over years (somewhere in the neighborhood close to $20,000). It was pretty amazing and perfect - because of earlier physical abuse issues by a family member when I was growing up, the Anti Violence Project has always held a special place in my heart. The work that they do with hate crimes victims is literally life saving. If you have a few extra dollars, please consider donating to further their cause! (Seen here to the right with ED at the time, Sharon Stapel).