Cambridge, Massachusetts Mayor E. Denise Simmons made history last year when she became became the first black openly lesbian mayor of an American city. Simmons has also been on television lately during the media feeding frenzy after the arrest of Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. Simmons again makes the news next weekend as she marries her longtime partner Mattie B. Hayes.
The wedding will take place on Sunday, Aug. 30 at the historic St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Cambridge, which has "been serving Cambridge’s African-American community for over 100 years." Simmons believes "this may be the very first" mainstream African-American church "to hold a same gender wedding, and that’s something that just wouldn’t have happened years ago. But times are changing [and] people are becoming more accepting of their fellow citizens."