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Photos: Gay Couple in Dallas Wed Over Skype in 'E-Marriage'


Rick Kamel of the 'Legal E-marriage Project' contacted Towleroad with photos and a report from what he's calling "the first digital gay wedding ever to take place in Dallas, Texas and indeed the nation." 

Kamel writes: "Digital matrimony history was made when Thomas Mark Reed and Dante Karl Walkup, after 10 years as partners, were wed in Dallas. Duly authorized officiant, Shelia Alexander-Reid, administered the vows via Skype from the District of Columbia."

Reed talked to the Dallas Voice about the wedding:

“When we walked down the aisle, as soon as we reached the front, [Sheila Alexander-Reid] comes on the screen like The Wizard of Oz. It was beautiful. It wasn’t make-believe. It was like she was really there."

The Voice adds

"Although Reed and Walkup were able to hold their ceremony in Dallas, they had to go to D.C. beforehand to register. And Reed said while D.C.’s marriage law has no provision against e-marriage, the validity of the procedure could theoretically be challenged in court. That’s why the couple is now working with legal experts and legislators from states where same-sex marriage is legal to draft statutes that would solidify the practice. Reed and Walkup traveled this week to Michigan for a symposium on e-marriage. While the couple has no intention of using their case to challenge Texas’ bans on same-sex marriage, Reed said they want to make it more convenient and less expensive for same-sex couples to legally wed."

Marriage certificate and video, AFTER THE JUMP...



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  1. "Digital matrimony history was made"

    That's not tacky at all.

    Posted by: TANK | Nov 11, 2010 2:20:45 PM

  2. I really hate to belittle someone's wedding ceremony, but they video-conferenced in there officiant... and that's like Wizard of Oz? This couple is doomed if they find out about Chat Roulette.

    Anyways, congrats!

    Posted by: crispy | Nov 11, 2010 2:24:04 PM

  3. I think it is a good idea! Well done and all the best for the guys.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Nov 11, 2010 2:31:54 PM

  4. Marriage is not a state's issue. It's a federal issue. The IRS made it that way. Get ready for the next wave lawsuits because we're gonna make it happen. Since my fierce advocate isn't making ANY headway with DOMA, we're gonna have to take it to the courts.

    Posted by: wtf | Nov 11, 2010 2:35:05 PM

  5. Thanks, guys, for fulfilling the dreams of the religious right.

    This poke in their eye gains us nothing and just fans the flames of bigotry.

    Posted by: BobN | Nov 11, 2010 3:23:50 PM

  6. LOL! BOBN, er, ruckus, you're pathetic.

    Posted by: TANK | Nov 11, 2010 3:32:41 PM

  7. Based on your comment, BOBN, I wonder if you understand what it means to reside in the land of the free and the home of the brave, for if you're not brave enough to be free, then you have no business calling yourself an American, and you might as well apologize to your country for being gay and welcome yourself back in the closet (just don't forget to close the door on your way in).

    Posted by: SFNATIVE | Nov 11, 2010 5:44:45 PM

  8. that is so gay

    Posted by: mike | Nov 11, 2010 11:07:49 PM

  9. BOBN, great men make great enemies. My marriage to my husband is primarily about us as a couple, but it's also a contract with the community. And if it pisses off social conservatives, so much the better!
    A win-win!

    Posted by: Paul | Nov 12, 2010 1:07:23 PM

  10. Gringos are so vulgar, gimicky, attention-seeking and exibitionist!

    Posted by: Sqqueak | Nov 12, 2010 2:31:50 PM

  11. lame. tacky. super lame and ultra tacky.

    Posted by: nickbilz | Nov 12, 2010 4:08:31 PM

  12. This is awesome. If ever there were a clearer argument for the 14th amendment protection of marriage, this is it! Kudos, guys, and congratulations on your ceremony!

    Posted by: Gig | Nov 12, 2010 10:46:35 PM

  13. Whoa, I like this...I can live in D.C., and get an Arizona concealed weapons permit by Skype! Why mess with these silly things like jurisdiction, and restricting the reach of local laws when they can go viral, go national, and let us all be free! Log on today, pack heat tomorrow. I'm lovin it....

    Posted by: Ranger G | Nov 23, 2010 3:37:07 PM

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