Mass same-sex wedding ceremony conducted during Baltimore Pride Festival

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Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake officiated at a mass same-sex wedding ceremony Sunday in Druid Hill Park during the Baltimore Pride Festival.

Mass same-sex wedding at Pride celebration ‘a long time coming’

By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun
8:30 p.m. EDT, June 16, 2013

Lorie Young, her white veil neatly pulled over her eyes, tucked a handwritten note into the bouquet of blue and purple flowers she clutched as she waited for the ceremony to begin.

Written on it were her wedding vows, the promises of a shared future with her partner, Latasha Dinkins. Behind them was the 11-hour drive the Atlanta couple made to Baltimore, four years of dating and raising their two daughters, and the moment last New Year’s Eve when they decided they should get married.

“I’m nervous as hell,” said Young, 28, who plans to officially change her name to Dinkins. “I’m thinking, Lord, please help me get through this. I don’t want to cry.”

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