Gay Congressional Candidate Carl Sciortino Marries Partner


Massachusetts State Representative Carl Sciortino (above right), 35, married his partner of over five years, Pem Brown, 29, on Saturday at the Old South Meeting House in Boston. The wedding comes in the finals days of Sciortino's primary bid for Massachusetts's 5th congressional seat. Sciortino spoke to The Washington Blade about how much things have changed for gay couples since he first took office, especially following the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark ruling in United States v. Windsor:

"I think the fact that I can get married as a congressional candidate in
a middle of the election, and it’s not a big deal, not a controversy,
is a sign of how far we’ve come in the last 10 years,” Sciortino said. "When I first ran for office in 2004 at the height of the marriage
debate here, it was inconceivable then that I could 10 years later be
getting married, and have it be recognized not only by the State of
Massachusetts, but the federal government."

The location of the wedding, at Boston's Old South Meeting House, was also significant for Sciortino and Brown as it was the place where the LGBT community came to celebrate the 2003 state supreme court ruling that cleared the way for marriage equality in Massachusetts. Marc Solomon, national campaign director for Freedom to Marry, officiated the wedding and spoke of the symmetry of Carl's wedding and that red letter day almost a decade ago:

"Carl had been in that building just about 10 years ago on the day of
that decision," Solomon said. "It was really cool, exciting and moving
to be back there for the ceremony. It’s a place where lots of social
movements and resistance movements had taken off, from the Boston Tea
Party onwards."

Last month, Sciortino released a web ad where he came out to his Tea Party Republican father…as a proud Massachusetts liberal. Though he faces an uphill battle in the upcoming October 15 primary, according to The Washington Blade, the ad has had tremendous impact. One poll from The Progressive Change Campaign Committee shows Sciortino up by 29% among those who had seen the ad.

In case you missed it, you can check the ad out HERE.


(Photos by Glenn Livermore Photography)


  1. norseman says

    Once again Massachusetts leads the way and the sky hasn’t fallen.

    Ease up on the presence of the ladies, guys, they can be “attendants” or “ushers” just as much as the dudes can. We can throw the “bridesmaids” label away when the circumstances warrant…

  2. bernard says

    Nothing against this couple and I wish them the best, but I also wish there were more reports on this website of same-sex weddings between people of color and/or people of lower socioeconomic status.

  3. jim says

    Bernard isnt wrong…

    The group photo bothers me a little. I think the photographer could’ve intertwined the ladies a bit more to help them look a bit less separate. alas…

  4. jarago says

    Congratulation boys you make an adorable couple. The photographer should have placed the married couple in the center it would have made a more pleasing photo.

  5. Frank says

    Completely adorable couple. Dare I say *twinkish*? And I mean that in the most positive way!

  6. robroy says

    I think the photographer probably arranged that shot by colors & height. The couple is all the way to the right in light suits and standing. Male attendants seated & raised in the center. Female attendants all the way to the left/seated/in the only colored outfits and with big bouquets. My guess is this was an aesthetic decision. And I have a sneaking suspicion one of the girls is very tall and several of the guys are obviously not.

    If they all stood the one groom would look like a 12 year old.

  7. John in Iowa says

    This is in no way meant to be negative, but I am curious as to why they decided to dress in identical outfits.

  8. L says

    Congrats to the couple!

    Also have to agree with Bernard here. Love the activity, just wish we saw some folks that didn’t all look the same.

  9. Profe Sancho Panza says

    Is the criticism here implying that Towleroad is deliberately ignoring people of color’s weddings? If those weddings aren’t anywhere else on the media radar, I don’t see how Towleroad can be faulted for not magically knowing about them.

    Hopefully, any of us who are invited to or hear about such weddings will let Andy know, so they can be included here.

  10. jarago says

    Bernard does have a point- I understand why some gay weddings would get more publicity- but your marital posting should be more inclusive- we are not all white and rich

  11. Hagatha says

    You racists have apparently ignored the actual ethnic texture in the proposal/wedding vids. Working just from memory there have been pictures of blacks, jews, latinos, orientals, Scots, Irish, English, French, Spanish, Italian, etc…

    So what is your complaint? That there haven’t been any all-black groups?

  12. GreatLakeSailor says

    They’re cuties.

    About Carl’s political ad I actually wrote to a colleague:

    In short, the family model of amicable coexistant generational disagreement is a symbolic analog of pragmatic progressivism v idealistic conservatism and is worth consideration. The framing is really quite affective.


  13. joe says

    Gross, Only is Massachusetts would someone be proud of being such a weirdo. Your parents sure did a number on you. Was mom the boss in the house.