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Arizona Couple Faces Homophobia on Wedding Day

Posted on: October 2, 2014

One gay couple faced overt homophobia last month when a bystander began shouting slurs during their outdoor wedding ceremony. According to The Huffington Post, “Oscar De Las Salas and Gary Jackson decided to have their wedding beside the water at Centennial Park dear San Diego, California,” of the Arizona couple’s California wedding ceremony. “What should have been a dreamy ceremony turned into a nightmare when an individual began yelling anti-gay slurs like ‘homos’ and ‘go home, fags’ from a nearby luxury condominium complex.”

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The couple, surrounded by supportive friends and family on their special day, was shocked that such blatant homophobia would be present in their ceremony. “It’s just sad that that is now ingrained for the rest of our lives in our wedding day,” Jackson told a local news outlet. “That person took a chunk of what should have been a beautiful day and turned it into something nasty and full of hate.”

After the wedding, De Las Salas penned an article for Gay San Diego about the unfortunate incident. The recently published article sought to rally the LGBT community and its allies in an effort to raise awareness about the need for change and tolerance of all people. After the article was published, the story was picked up my various local media outlets and quickly went viral.

Happily, despite the homophobia the couple faced on their wedding day, the outpouring of love and support for De Las Salas and Jackson since their story was shared has been overwhelming. People from all over the country have written to the newlyweds in hopes of raising their spirits and standing in solidarity with them. Some have even offered to throw them another wedding ceremony as a way to reclaim the moments that were stolen from them on their wedding day.

This incident proves that homophobia is still present even in more progressive states like California that have paved the way for marriage equality. It is inspiring to see De Las Salas and Jackson standing strong and proud beside many allies who hope to eradicate homophobia and create social change.

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