The Best Thing to Happen to Illinois Since That Sufjan Stevens Album

Well here is something I never thought I’d say: I just went to a mass wedding.

Forty couples, one ceremony, endless awesome.

I like all weddings, but you know, sometimes you attend one and feel like the day is about an event as opposed to, you know, marriage. Not that I care. I still get free cake and booze so I’m cool either way. But, there’s a certain kind of vibe that comes off the wedding of people who desperately, and deservedly, want to spend the rest of their lives together. That’s what I saw last Sunday, the first day of June, which was also the first day same-sex marriage became legal across the state of Illinois. 

Conceptually, a gay wedding ought o be the same as any other wedding –it’s two people who love each other and want to seal that bond in front of a higher authority. That’s it. Happens every day. But unlike any other wedding I have ever attended, these brides and grooms had to fight for the right to walk down the aisle with the person they loved. Some of these couples have been together longer than I have been alive. Some of them could not count on their own families to attend, so they were that much happier to be surrounded by people who wished them well, even if that meant being surrounded by strangers like me.

I feel so fortunate to be able to say that I was there.
I feel so proud to say I live in a state that recognizes people as…people.

This is easily the best thing to happen to Illinois since that Sufjan Stevens album.

PS: Glitter snaps to Unity in Chicago for being such a badass church group and for orchestrating this event in the first place. These people know how to party!



  1. Anonymous says

    This is beautiful! Thanks for sharing it with us!

  2. Sarah says

    Congratulations to all 80 of these wonderful people. May they enjoy all the happiness they can stand!

  3. says

    Smiling ear to ear and doing a happy dance for these newlyweds. Mazel tov!

  4. says

    Congrats to all those happy couples! And thanks Illinois for following the 14th Amendment by treating all citizens equally.

  5. Deb in Oklahoma says

    Awww, what a special thing for you to be able to attend! You will never forget it, either. That’s very cool.

  6. says

    Yeah, we finally did something right during a time when not much else in the state is working. It looks like an amazing time and, having been at weddings that were designed as a piece of theater and not a celebration, it had to have been very moving.

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