D.C. Mayor Officiates Same-Sex Wedding Ceremony

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    Mayor Vincent Gray performed his first same-sex wedding ceremony Tuesday. News4's Tom Sherwood has the story. (Published Tuesday, Nov 19, 2013)

    Mayor Vincent Gray performed his first marriage ceremony Tuesday, officiating the wedding of a gay couple from D.C. at the John A. Wilson Building.

    A law recently passed by the D.C. Council allows the mayor and council members to officiate weddings without a member of the clergy or courthouse present.

    Before the ceremony began, Gray admitted he was nervous.

    "This is the first wedding I have ever performed... Are you alright guys? I may need you to hold me up," Gray joked. 

    The marriage was momentous not only for the newly wedded couple, Carlos Taylor and Rob Robertson, but for the gay community in D.C., which saw the legalization of same-sex marriage in 2009.

    "It's really the fulfillment of something that has been very important to me," Gray said, mentioning he's looking forward to many more.

    D.C., Maryland and 13 other states have legalized same-sex marriage.