Vermont Governor Presides Over Lesbians’ Marriage

JOHN CURRAN, Associated Press

  • Ann, right, and Michelle Beck hold hands during their wedding vows in the governor's office as Gov. Peter Shumlin presides on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011 in Montpelier, Vt.  Shumlin kept a campaign promise to the couple who asked him to marry them. Photo: AP / AP
    Ann, right, and Michelle Beck hold hands during their wedding vows in the governor’s office as Gov. Peter Shumlin presides on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011 in Montpelier, Vt. Shumlin kept a campaign promise to the couple who asked him to marry them. Photo: AP / AP

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Making good on a campaign promise, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin married a lesbian couple in a small ceremony in his office.

The first-term Democrat presided over the marriage Wednesday of 55-year-old Michele “Mitch” Beck and 56-year-old Ann Beck, of Royalton. Shumlin led the push to legalize same-sex weddings in Vermont as a state lawmaker in 2009.

Shumlin met the couple at a campaign event when he was running for governor last summer and told them he’d be happy to perform their wedding ceremony if he were elected.

He paid $100 to the Secretary of State’s office to be certified as a “temporary officiant,” donned a crisp navy suit and did the honors.

Via Seattle PI

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~ by The 1955 Hudson on August 17, 2011.

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