Last night (Thursday, May 2), The Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada and The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas held an event at the resorts Pop-Up Wedding Chapel consisting of 36 LGBTQ and straight ally couples having commitment, vow renewal and faux ceremonies in support of marriage equality.
Before the event, The Cosmopolitan announced a generous donation of $50,000 to The Center, which recently opened its new facility to better serve the local community through a variety of efforts including social and support groups for all ages, cultural and diversity trainings, free HIV and STD testing and much more. This donation announcement was just the most recent demonstration in The Cosmopolitan’s history of supporting The Center since the resort opened its doors in December 2010.
Given the recent passage of SJR13 by the Nevada Senate, a bill that would allow for marriage equality statewide, The Center and The Cosmopolitan kept momentum going yesterday by hosting this spirited and often moving event. For three hours, all 36 couples read vows reflecting a powerful message of solidarity for an equal and just future. While none of the ceremonies were legally binding, each represented a unique perspective and were a testament to the cultural shift in attitudes about marriage equality.