As We Wait to Hear About DOMA, Let's Celebrate Love


On the eve of the hopeful repeal of the hateful Defense of Marriage Act by the Supreme Court of the United States, let’s read all about the gorgeous wedding of Antonio Douthit and Kirven Boyd. The men met while dancing at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and their friendship grew into love.

As for deciding to tie the knot:

“We had been talking about marriage for a while, and we knew years ago that we would be together forever, but about six months ago we just decided to go ahead and get married,” says Kirven, who has been bonded to Antonio for eight years. “We don’t have a cute little engagement story, or anything. There was no bended-knee proposal, or doves released, or any of that. Next time someone asks me, I might make up a story though.”

I think that’s a really wonderful way to do things. Like, I want to marry you, you want to marry me, let’s do this.

On big day jitters:

“Kirven was already crying this morning,” notes Antonio as their time nears. “I was a little anxious in the car on the way here because we were stuck in traffic and I didn’t want to be late, but I’m not nervous or anything. I’m marrying my best friend.”

Oh, man. That is not water on my face, those are tears. Now, if you need to cry some more about how love is the freaking best, the couple’s first dance was to Oleta Adams’ Get Here. I am listening along as I reread their story and ALL THE TEARS.

Come on, SCOTUS; don’t let us all down.

[The Grio]

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