Portraits of Marriage Equality

Got married in another state or country? Have friends who recently did and you want to commemorate? It's time to celebrate in the name of love.

That's right. ArtsUnited, a Fort Lauderdale nonprofit LGBT group, presents a celebratory reception in honor of same-sex marriage on Wednesday, June 4. The evening will bring together artists, marriage equality advocates, friends and recently married gay couples to toast and mingle. In conjunction with Gay Pride Month, the event will feature "We Do, Too," a photography exhibition consisting of more than 30 images of LGBT couples who took the plunge and said their 'I dos.'

The show reflects on that special bond between two individuals. But since Florida defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman, as it was voted on Amendment 2 in 2008, the "We Do, Too" project was inspired to bring light to the issue. All the couples captured in the images are Florida residents who had to leave the state to get married elsewhere. The photographs are accompanied with statements from the couples.

"Our goal is through pictures and words to showcase how important marriage equality is to the LGBT community," wrote Guy Le Houx of ArtsUnited in press materials. "The pictures are interesting and the words are moving."

Wednesday's gathering is open to the public and will include appetizers, drinks, dessert and live entertainment.

Learn more about ArtsUnited by visiting artsunitedflorida.com.

"We Do, Too" show runs from June 3 through June 30. The art and social reception takes place 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 4 at Gallery Six on the sixth floor inside the Broward County Main Library, 100 South Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale. No cover.

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