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LAS VEGAS -- To increase momentum for the state and national movement toward marriage equality, The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada and The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas are holding an event consisting of 36 LGBTQ and straight ally couples having a ceremony every five minutes for three hours at the resort’s Pop-Up Wedding Chapel on Thursday, May 2.
The broad range of couples, each holding a commitment ceremony, vow renewal ceremony or faux-ceremony, will be reading vows in support of marriage equality.
The first couple includes Candice Nichols, The Center’s Senior Director of Programs and Community Partnerships, who will commit to her partner and be available for interviews to speak on behalf of The Center.
Before the first wedding ceremony, The Cosmopolitan’s Vice President of People, Daniel Espino, will be announcing a sizable donation to support The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada, which assists the local community with efforts including a variety of social and support groups and events for all ages, cultural and diversity trainings, free HIV and STD testing and much more. The Center’s Board President, Raymond Wilmer, is expected to be present to accept the donation.
The event is being held in light of the recent passage of SJR13 by the Nevada Senate, a bill that would allow for marriage equality statewide, The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada and The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas are keeping the momentum going with a unique event supporting marriage equality.
While none of the ceremonies being held at the event are legally binding, each will represent a unique perspective and are a testament to the cultural shift in attitudes about marriage equality.
The Pop-Up Wedding Chapel at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is located on the casino floor in the southeast corner of the resort at 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. South.