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4 comments | Monday, March 22, 2010

Yesterday I had the privilege of witnessing the beautiful union between Damien & Seanmichael Rodgers in New York City. It goes without saying that this was a momentous occasion in their lives, but it was also special for me as this was the very first same-sex ceremony I'd ever attended and it also marked the culmination of some of the best coverage I believe I've ever written on a black same-gender loving couple.

Damien & Seanmichael graciously accepted my offer to participate in our Coupled Up series last September as well as serve as the centerpiece for the popular and controversial AOL Black Voices piece: Damian & Seanmichael: An Untold Black Love Story.

The ceremony was officiated by Rev. Kevin E. Taylor of the LGBT affirming Unity Fellowship Church in New Brunswick, NJ. The amazing and anointed Ken Alston Jr. (Three Mo' Tenors) serenaded the couple vocally before a standing room only audience who gathered to celebrate their union.

Since I never leave home without my camera, I captured a few photos and video footage of the ceremony for you to experience. It's next to impossible to watch the video without crying tears of joy.

Congratulations to the happy couple!


<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

I got a little teary-eyed when I saw this post. Words can't describe how happy I am for Damien & Seanmichael. You'd think I knew them personally by my reaction to the news of their wedding. The pictures are wonderful and the ceremony was beautiful. This has made my day after a not-so-good day.

March 22, 2010 3:29 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

god is good!!!! black gay love from the heart is the best thing the eyes can see on any given day.i wish them all the best

March 22, 2010 7:44 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

AWESOME!!!! I am so happy for them. They couldn't have picked a better singer! Ken is amazing.

March 23, 2010 8:38 AM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

Thanks Darian for sharing Damien & Seanmichael's ceremony. It brought back memories of one that I attended about 13 years ago in L.A. of two male friends who are still together. I appreaciate you and your blog for always keeping us aware of the many facets of the black LGBT community. You are always right on top of it...

March 24, 2010 11:12 PM


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