Washington, DC -- The world's largest-ever celebration of same-sex marriage will be one of the highlights of the Millennium March on Washington for Equality in April of 2000, one of the world's first human rights marches of the new millennium.
Recent setbacks in the last elections in Alaska and Hawaii have fueled a new emphasis on same-sex marriage rights, according to the Rev. Troy D. Perry, founder and moderator of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches (UFMCC). UFMCC is the world's largest and oldest spiritual organization offering positive affirming spirituality to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered communities.
"The setbacks in the last election were only temporary setbacks in a long journey toward full civil rights for all people," said veteran human rights activist Perry. "We're going to continue to raise the visibility of this issue over the next two years."
As part of that strategy, Perry has announced plans for "The Wedding: Now More Than Ever," a public celebration and blessing of same-sex marriage. Perry conducted "The Wedding" for 2600 couples at the 1993 March on Washington. That event stands as the largest same-sex wedding celebration in history.
"Based on early response, I anticipate that more than 5000 couples will take part in "The Wedding: Now More Than Ever," said Perry.
"Participants will not only be able to celebrate their love and commitment in a memorable event, but we're going to make a powerful statement to the world and we're going to make history," added Perry.
"The Wedding: Now More Than Ever" will take place in front of the Internal Revenue Service Building in Washington, DC on Saturday, April 29. The event is open to all couples who wish to publicly make their wedding vows or wish to renew their wedding vows.
For a $25 registration fee, couples' names will be registered in a permanent historical archive of "The Wedding: Now More Than Ever" and a limited edition, personalized certificate of participation suitable for framing will be prepared. There is no charge for those who wish to participate without registering for the archive and certificate.
For more information on "The Wedding," or to register on-line for this historic event, visit "The Wedding" website at http://www.ufmcc.com/wedding1.htm.
For additional details, contact UFMCC by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or write to UFMCC, 8704 Santa Monica Boulevard, 2nd Floor, West Hollywood, CA 98869.