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Local minister, mayor to wed same-sex couples in honor of Motor City Pride

By |2018-01-16T03:26:42-05:00May 5th, 2005|Uncategorized|

FERNDALE – On Saturday, June 4 at 2 p.m., Detroit Metropolitan Community Church pastor Reverend Mark Bidwell and Ferndale Mayor Robert Porter will officiate at a group wedding of same-sex couples. The act of civil disobedience is in honor of Motor City Pride and in recognition of the discrimination against same-sex partners that is now a part of Michigan’s Constitution.
According to Rev. Bidwell, “God recognizes our relationships and blesses them even when our own governments do not.”
A giant wedding cake and bouquets for the couples will be provided. While the city is unable to give wedding licenses to participating couples, they will receive a certificate signed by both Bidwell and Porter.
Couples interested in participating must pre-register for the ceremony and will be required to attend two meetings, on May 14 and May 21 from 9 a.m. to noon at M.C.C. Detroit in Ferndale to plan the ceremony and learn about the legal issues affecting same-gender couples. There is a $100 fee to cover costs, with proceeds above costs going to Motor City Pride.

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