Posted by Human Rights Campaign to YouTube:
Tuesday, March 9th marks the first day that same-sex couples in the District of Columbia were able to marry. The Human Rights Campaign is hosted three ceremonies at our DC headquarters building.
Angelisa Young and Sinjoyla Townsend
Officiant: Rev. David K. North, Pastor of Holy Redeemer of Metropolitan Community Churches, College Park, MD
About the Couple: Angelisa and Sinjoyla, both African-American women who reside in Ward 8 of the District, were the first in line to register for a marriage license, and will be the first lesbian couple to legally wed in the nations capital. Angelisa (age 47) and Sinjoyla (age 41) have been together for 12 years and have two children.
Reginald (Reggie) Stanley and Rocky Galloway
Officiant: Rev Sylvia E. Sumter, Pastor of Unity of Washington, DC
About the Couple: Reggie and Rocky, both African-American, are long-time residents of the District. They are both 50 years old and have two children. Reggie and Rocky will be married immediately following Angelisa and Sinjoyla. Participating in their ceremony will be Jim Cullion (the best man) and Cherrie McCoy (the best woman).
Rev. Elder Darlene Garner and Rev. Lorilyn Candy Holmes
Officiant: Rev. Dwayne Johnson, Pastor of Metropolitan Community Churches, Washington, DC
About the Couple: Rev. Elder Darlene and Rev. Candy, both African-American, were both born in D.C. and are currently residents of Laurel, MD. Each serve in leadership roles in the MCC Church and have been active in the D.C. community for more than 20 years. Darlene (61) and Candy (53), are mothers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers, and will celebrate their legal wedding ceremony immediately following Reggie and Rocky.