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3 comments | Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Washington D.C.-based comedian and activist and friend to loldarian.com Sampson McCormick brings the beautiful nuptials of Rev. Aaron Wade and Job Jones to our attention. The couple were legally married last Saturday at The Community Church of Washington, DC after four years together in front of a packed church filled with family and friends.

McCormick went behind the scenes of their special day for his YouTube show Sampson TV and interviewed the two grooms who shared the keys to the success of their relationship.

"Communication is the key," says Rev. Wade. "If you're going to be with a person forever you've gotta be able to say, look this is how I feel, or hey I like it when you do this. Most folks don't even communicate what they like or don't like. Communication really is the key to a successful relationship, even when your partner is getting on your nerves. Communication is the key."

Rev. Wade's younger brother, who was a part of the wedding party and identifies as heterosexual was also on hand to share his thoughts on his older brother's coming out and marriage.

"Growing up it was difficult, but after he broke it down to me about how he felt and why it happened this way and why he feels this way, it was like...wow. How can you not accept it?" It feels amazing to watch my big brother coming down the aisle."

It was even more amazing to see a community of African-American folks show up to support the love of these two amazing same-gender loving people.

"For folks who are not necessarily in favor of same-gender loving people you have to give them time to come in to you coming out, says Rev. Wade.

This is another example of the diversity and acceptance of LGBT people within the black community that is rarely on display and a side of black love that often goes unreported, this blog being the exception. Congrats to the happy couple!

Watch Sampson McCormick's A Celebration of Black Men In Love: A Gay Wedding below:

You can also watch the full wedding ceremony via UStream here.


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It's always good to see a video of a wedding when you're not there and only hear about it. It was very moving to me, tears flowed, not only because its a wedding but a gay wedding of two African-American men.

I liked having the newly married couple to be interviewed on how they met and talk about what sustains their relationship. It was also a nice touch to interview Rev. Wade's heterosexual brother and know he was part of the wedding party. He was not just trying to being accomdating but authentic and wanting to be a part of his brother's celebration!

My hope is with more visibility of Black couples being highlighted through this blog and Darian's book "When Love Takes Over" more single men will be thinking about settling down whether they can legally marry or not.

Congratulations to Rev & Mr Aaron Wade & Job Jones!

July 13, 2011 9:22 AM

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July 13, 2011 3:52 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

I am soo full of hope and optimism after seeing this video. They are indeed a beautiful couple and I wish them a lifetime of health and happiness together.

They make me not want to give up hope!

July 24, 2011 10:45 PM


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