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Churches are a common place for people to commit. But Stilettos is shaking it up.
“The benefit of doing it at Stilettos instead of a church is (one can have) the reception right there, too,” said the Rev. Lucy Pagenkopf, who will lead the ceremony. “No hiring a DJ or bartenders. No having to decorate the reception hall. Just walk down the aisle, say your ‘I do’s’ and the party is underway.”
Stilettos in Inkster will host the Red Party, featuring a Mass Commitment Ceremony at 10 p.m. on Feb. 16. Couples are encouraged to renew their vows or commit to each other for the first time.
“We decided to do this in support of our right to marry lifelong partners even if they happen to be of the same sex,” said Alana Faulk, owner of Stilettos. “Call it a protest if you will, or call it support to those who have been scorned for doing it or considering getting married. I know it isn’t legal, but it is a symbol of love and commitment and something which should be seen by as many people as possible so that maybe they will come to understand how much these couples love one another.”
Proud of Stilettos accomplishments in the gay community, Pagenkopf, of Chicago-based Universal Ministries, immediately fell in love with the idea pitched by Faulk.
“Stilettos is such a friendly and fun atmosphere, and I wanted to give something back to both Stilettos and the community,” Pagenkopf said.
Faulk thinks hosting commitment ceremonies at her bar is a step in the right direction.
“Perhaps just witnessing a ceremony may change even one mind, and then another, and another,” she said.
Those interested in participating in the Mass Commitment Ceremony must be present at 9:30 p.m at Stilettos and dressed appropriately. For more information or to participate, contact Alana Faulk at email@example.com.
10 p.m. Feb. 16
Another commitment opportunity:
Annual Freedom to Marry and Civil Disobedience demonstration hosted by Divine Peace Metropolitan Community Church that kicks off the journey into the Court House to apply for a Marriage License. Upon denial of the marriage licenses, attendees will walk outside the courthouse and the Pastor’s will bless the relationships of any participating couples. There will also be holding a prayer vigil for LGBT rights. 8:45-10 a.m., Feb. 14. Oakland County Court House, 1200 Telegraph Road.