There is a beautiful postscript to the story of Seanmichael Rodgers and Damien Ramsey (aka singer-songwriter Dy'Ari), first seen on R20 at the National Equality March and later in AOL/BlackVoices. Seanmichael and Damien were joined in a beautiful wedding ceremony in New York City last weekend.
The ceremony was held at The Monkey on West 26th Street and attended by about 80 guests. The ceremony was officiated by the Rev. Kevin E. Taylor, the New Jersey-based pastor, activist and author with Unity Fellowship Church in New Brunswick. Says Rev Kev: "It was so wonderful to be a part of a ceremony where so many people—coworkers, a mother, a pair of sisters, friends in droves—who were so invested in the couples love."
Leslie "ButtaFly Soul" Taylor delivered spoken word and Ken Alston Jr. (Three Mo' Tenors) serenaded the couple before a standing room only audience. Atlanta-based blogger Darian Aaron writes: "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. It also marked the culmination of some of the best coverage I believe I've written on a black same-gender loving couple," he adds, referring to an interview in his popular "Coupled Up" series which lead to a profile of the couple at AOL BlackVoices. This was the first same-sex couple profiled at the black news and lifestyle portal.
Nathan James, the New York City-based writer and activist, is seen below with the couple. Nathan tells Rod 2.0: "To see two young men, passionately in love with each other, sharing their joy with us, was amazing. It's a sad indictment of American society that, for now at least, their marriage ends at the Hudson River. We've still got far to go. But for tonight, we had a shining moment of the best we can be as a community, coming together to celebrate."