Sometimes we need to take breaks from our everyday draining and negative struggles to celebrate the more positive aspects of the Black LGBT experience. The video above captures the beauty of same gender love, and the story behind this video is quite endearing.
About 2 years ago I received a message from Jeff Robertson, a young black ad executive from Houston, TX, asking if I could post a video featuring his surprise marriage proposal to his now husband Jeremiah Pyant.Set in Quianta Roo, Mexico, on the beautiful beach of the El Dorado Royale Resort, we see Jeff (in the magenta shirt) and Jeremiah (in light blue) prepare for a romantic stroll on the beach. Jeremiah, a Houston, TX flight attendant, gets a surprise with a marriage proposal under a flowing cabana. Jeremiah’s reaction is priceless!
Unfortunately I was a year too late before I discovered Jeff’s message and video, which has now garnered over 93,000 views. As a result, it stayed on my mind for some time, and I wanted to do something special to honor their union.
Recently, I followed up with Jeff to ask about the status of him and Jeremiah’s nuptials. Jeff was more than happy to explain the details behind this video:
Hi Kevin, Thanks so much!! here is a little info about us. Us and 5 other couples in the U.S won the ACLU’s my Big Gay Illegal National Wedding Contest. Over 200,000 votes were cast. The contest gave us $5000 to cross the state line (from TX into the state of New Mexico) in a creative way to legally get married ( our marriage is not legally recognized by the state of TX). We crossed the state line from El Paso,Tx into New Mexico and got married in the air via helicopter ride. – Jeff Robertson
It was delightful to find out things went well after the proposal. Married in the air? Sounds amazing! Also, I applaud the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) for launching the contest. As a result, it led to a memorable proposal and marriage for Jeff and Jeremiah, as well as 4 other winners. The contest made national news and headlines, and it even landed a feature on Ebony.com’s Love and Sex section!
|All winners of the ACLU’s my Big Gay Illegal National Wedding Contest|
The couple legally wedded on April 29th, 2014 in New Mexico. Since a lot of Jeff and Jeremiah’s friends and family couldn’t make the wedding, the couple plan to have a big reception celebration in August of this year in Jeff’s home state of Milwaukee, WI.
Truly an amazing love story, I thank Jeff and Jeremiah for sharing this with me. I wish them both much success, happiness, and love. I hope that their story inspires many of us in the LGBT community looking for love to never give up. Whether you aspire for marriage or not, we should have the choice. Love can happen!
Yet, we still live in a world where marriage equality is not fully realized and accepted. In Jeff and Jeremiah’s case, Houston, Texas doesn’t recognize same-sex marriage. Not only did their win solidify a memorable moment in time, it also brings awareness about marriage inequality.
It’s a shame that LGBT couples in Texas can’t celebrate a marriage with cake since it’s banned, but the Texas state capitol can happily celebrate their same-sex marriage ban with their “hate cake” – love Jon Stewart!
With that said, please take action and sign the pledge, so that everyone knows Texas, as well as other states, are ready for Marriage Equality by clicking the photo below.
Marriage is not for everyone, but everyone should have the right to marry. Congratulations Jeff and Jeremiah for fighting for your right to marry! I hope that others will one day have that same opportunity on a larger scale. Much love to you both and your (il)LEGAL union!
(All photos courtesy of Jeff Robertson’s Facebook Page)