Post submitted by Maureen McCarty, former HRC Deputy Director of Marketing

Over the last ten years, HRC’s national headquarters has played host to celebrities, elected officials, ambassadors and musicians, yet nothing gives us more joy than when loving, committed same-sex couples choose to exchange their vows at our building. 

In 2004 in North Carolina, Stephanie Anderson and Melissa Ayscue met and fell in love. About a year ago, they decided to tie the knot, but because same-sex marriage is banned in their home state, the two HRC supporters turned their sights to Washington, D.C. 

“I guess a small part of us felt like we were joining the fight for equality by having our union take place at HRC,” said Stephanie.

On October 12, Stephanie and Melissa exchanged vows before a large group of family and friends. For Stephanie, their marriage was more than just a celebration of love.

“Here we were in the nation's capital, at the nation's headquarters for LGBT equality; a place that is paving the way for couples like us to have national recognition of our marriage,” said Stephanie. “It meant freedom to be ourselves. It meant celebration in an open, accepting environment.”   

Ever optimistic, Stephanie and Melissa look forward to a future in which all loving, committed same-sex couples can marry in their home state.  

"I have only love and hope that the world can look past gender and see that "all you need is love,'" said Stephanie.

Couples like Stephanie and Melissa are a testament to the power of love and the reason why we continue to fight to ensure full equality nationwide.

Congratulations, Stephanie and Melissa!

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