Celebrity Chef Art Smith toasted about 40 couples who came to exchange or renew at the InterContinental Hotel in Buckhead Sunday, two days after the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states.
“It’s been a long road,” said Smith, whose restaurant empire includes Southern Art, the restaurant in the InterContinental lobby. Sunday’s event was the third “101 Gay Weddings” event Smith has hosted, and planning took a few months. He could never have known the event would take place two days after the historic ruling.
“God shined his light on us,” Smith said.
Retired MLB player Billy Bean, one of the first pro baseball players to come out publicly, served as officiant following a nondenominational prayer offered by author and spiritual teacher David Ault and comments from Georgia Equality executive director Jeff Graham.
“Welcome to your wedding day,” said Graham, who read from Justice Anthony Kennedy’s majority opinion legalizing gay marriage throughout the United States: “They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law and the Constitution grants them that right.”
Here are some photos from the event: