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posted Friday, December 21, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 51

Marrying the Harts
Ceasar and Kelsey tie the knot at Neighbours

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

It's not every day that you get to do something for friends that will change their lives, and the lives of the people around them, in a positive way, forever. So when I was presented with the opportunity to do so I took the bull by the horns and married the Harts - Ceasar and Kelsey - at exactly 12:01 a.m. on December 9.

The only catch was, the Harts were married in front of 300 to 400 of their closest friends, late Saturday night into early Sunday morning at Neighbours Seattle, a popular Gay nightclub in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. And the club was not just the venue - from the ownership on down through the management and staff, no detail was left unattended to, as this was to be one of the first official same-sex weddings performed in the state of Washington.

I only acted as host - the wedding officiant was, in fact, Sister Yuriko Lomein of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, The Abbey of Saint Joan. The nightclub's general manager, Steve Tracy, saw to it that the two women had a wedding cake, confetti cannons, balloon drop, and photo and video services provided.

Neighbours Seattle clubbers loved being witness to the Harts' matrimony. Some cried, others snapped photos, while others cheered and recorded video of the historic marriage.

Both Ceasar and Kelsey are founding committee members of Social Outreach Seattle (SOSea), a social justice nonprofit organization that formed in July of this year. In addition, Ceasar is one of the nation's most recognizable drag kings, as well as a strong advocate for the LGBTQ and Allied communities and the current reigning Mr. Neighbours Seattle 2012-13. Kelsey Hart runs the LGBTQ club at Green River Community College.

The Harts' marriage was just one of more than 150 performed in Seattle and the state of Washington on December 9 - the day that marriage equality finally became the law of the land.



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