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D.C. Says "First" to Digital Gay Weddings

It's not about "Skype sex" it's about "Skype love"



    D.C. Says "First" to Digital Gay Weddings

    History was made this week when Thomas Mark Reed and Dante Karl Walkup logged on to Skype and tied the knot, making them the first to participate in a "digital gay wedding" across state lines.

    Their “Skype” wedding, which took place in Dallas, Texas, was officiated via teleconference from Washington, D.C., where same-sex marriage is legal. The “e-marriage,” is traditionally held when one party can’t be physically present such as in the case where a spouse is in the military and stationed overseas.  However, this digital ceremony was about creatively addressing same-sex marriage restrictions.

    Marriage quality activist Sheila Alexander-Reid officiated the ceremony from the W hotel in D.C.

    “When we walked down the aisle, as soon as we reached the front, she comes on the screen like The Wizard of Oz,” Reed said to the Dallas Voice. “It was beautiful. It wasn’t make-believe. It was like she was really there.

    “It’s like the more equal we can get through creative ways, we’re going to do it. It’s just important to do anything we can to find creative ways around inequality.”

    The couple knows that D.C.’s marriage law has no provision against e-marriage, and the validity of the procedure could soon be challenged in court.