BY STEVE ROTHAUS, srothaus@MiamiHerald.com
Oakland Park Vice Mayor Anthony Niedwiecki and his husband, gay activist Waymon Hudson, have announced they’re leaving breezy South Florida for the Windy City.
“I am happy and excited to report that I have been offered and I have accepted a high level administrative and faculty position at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois,” Niedwiecki posted Wednesday night on his Facebook page. “My position will put me in charge of one of the best legal skills program in the nation, as it was recently ranked number 4 by US News and World Report.”
Niedwiecki, 43, a law professor at Nova Southeastern University, and Hudson became instant local celebrities and activists in 2007 after a skycap broadcast an anti-gay Bible message over a loudspeaker at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
"We heard over the PA system that a man who lies with a man as he would a woman will be subject to death, " Niedwiecki told me shortly after the incident.
Both men then became well-known activists in the Fort Lauderdale area, starting a gay-rights group called Fight OUT Loud. Hudson, 31, also has become a nationally known blogger, frequently writing for The Bilerico Project.
In 2008, the couple married in California.
In 2009, Niedwiecki won a seat on the Oakland Park commission. He currently is vice mayor and plans to resign effective June 1.
Photo of Waymon Hudson, left, and Anthony Niedwiecki by Bob Eighmie / Miami Herald file