25 Same-Sex Couples Will Marry On Steps Of The U.S. Supreme Court
A group of same-sex couples plan to get married on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday.
Their trip may coincide with the high court's ruling on gay marriage, which could come on Thursday or Monday.
The 25 couples are traveling to the Capital on the "C-bus of Love".
Paul Richmond and Dennis Niekro have been together for more than seven years.
Within a year, Richmond was ready to make the ultimate commitment.
"The reasons why we want to get married are no different than why anyone else would," Richmond said. "We want to make a lifelong commitment to each other."
They have the rings, the well-wishes, and gifts from friends. The only thing they lack is a state that will recognize their vows.
That's where Josh and Stephen Snyder-Hill come in. They were married two years ago in Washington D.C. while Stephen was on leave from the Army.
"This ring on my finger means more to me than anything that the government could ever provide me," said Stephen.
"It feels amazing to say we're married," said Josh.
Early this year, Josh came up with an idea to help other gay couples tie the knot and make a statement at the same time.
"I thought, 'what if you took individuals who live in states that don't support marriage equality, and kind of almost take the business of their marriage elsewhere?' "
The idea become "C-Bus of Love".
25 gay couples will leave Columbus on a bus bound for Washington D.C. Friday morning. They will be legally married on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court and be back in Columbus in time to march in Saturday's Pride parade.
Richmond and Niekro will be among them. They say it is both personal and political.
"To make a statement to each other, a statement to our community," said Niekro.
They believe it's only a matter of time until they can marry without hopping a bus and leaving the state.
"There is a momentum building, and to be a part of that is very exciting," Niekro said.
After marching in the Pride parade, the 25 newlywed couples will have a cake-cutting and first dance during the Pride festival Saturday at Goodale Park.
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The Cbus of Love wedding will be live-streamed at 1:30 p.m. on Friday. Watch it here: http://www.cbusoflove.com/index.html