And then we had a game-changer. This afternoon the Supreme Court announced that it would decide if all 50 states should allow same-sex marriage. More from the New York Times, which seems cautiously optimistic about a ruling in our favor.
Mural Arts‘ annual Love Train is gearing up to embark on its fifth and final journey on February 8th. The trek is a slow-speed, privately chartered tour of Steve Powers’ now-iconic Love Letter project on the Market-Frankford Line, and, as always, organizers are choosing one lucky local couple to be married on the tour. This year, however, there’s a little twist: To celebrate the first year of marriage equality in Pennsylvania, that lucky couple will be same-sex.
Gay wedding bells will be ding-donging at City Hall this week, when Mayor Michael Nutter officiates the wedding of Elad Strohmayer, deputy consul general of Israel to the Mid-Atlantic Region, and his fiancé, Oren Ben-Yosef, in an intimate ceremony in the Mayor’s Reception Room.
Strohmayer and Ben-Yosef are both Israeli citizens who will be living in Philadelphia throughout the former’s appointment at the Consulate.
“It is only appropriate that our marriage takes place in the beautiful structure that houses the seat of government of the City of Brotherly Love, that has come to be a second home since my appointment to the Consulate in 2012,” says Strohmayer in a press release sent out this afternoon.“We are honored to be joined in marriage by Mayor Nutter, who has done excellent work to promote Israeli and LGBT interests in Philadelphia. We look forward to sharing this special day with so many people who have made us feel at home in this city.”
Every Tuesday, we feature a gay or lesbian couple who have walked down the aisle. Today, we have special guests: Broadway’s Jesse Warren-Nager, currently starring in Philly’s Motown: The Musical, and his husband, Jacob Warren-Nager, share the story of their wedding day.
Names: Jesse Warren-Nager and Jacob Warren-Nager
How long have you been together as a couple before you got married?: We were together a little under two years before we got married.
When did you get married?: We got married February 12th, 2010. It will be 5 years this year.
Describe the experience of your wedding. Where did you get married? Who was there? What was the most memorable part?: Our wedding was very small: just Jacob, myself, and my mother. It was in an old colonial home in Connecticut, a few blocks form the town hall where the paperwork was done. The most memorable part were the vows. Even though it was pretty much just Jacob and me, saying how we felt outright and our goals to make each other happy was pretty profound.
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Songbird: Josh Schonewolf’s Philly singing competition that births local celebrities, a few jaded hearts … and now holy matrimony!
Wednesday night, contestant Robert Alexander took to the stage to sing his song, Rascal Flatt’s “God Bless the Broken Road,” when he stopped in the middle to propose to his boyfriend, Justin Torres. The crowd erupted in cheers and, well, it’s best if Alexander explains:
It’s Thanksgiving Week! That means — it addition to some well-deserved time off for most of us — it’s time to actually contemplate what makes us thankful. Let me offer five suggestions for Philadelphia in 2014:
Most Tuesdays, we feature a recently wed Philadelphia-area LGBT couple. Today: the adorable Joncarl Lachman and Bob Moysan, who got married last night on East Passyunk Avenue. Joncarl is the owner and head chef of Noord, the fantastic Dutch restaurant on East Passyunk that G Philly named Best BYOB in 2013.