Ocracoke's first gay wedding was ‘historical and hysterical’
and Mickey Baker made Ocracoke and Hyde County history when they were
married on Tuesday, Dec.2, in their home on Ocracoke Island by Hyde
County Magistrate Gene Ballance.
They are the
first gay couple to be legally married on the island and in the
county. Marriage equality became legal in North Carolina on Oct. 10.
after the mid-term elections to just do it,” Mickey said.
30-year residents and business owners on Ocracoke and have been
together for 45 years.
Edie Windsor to thank for the privilege of a legal marriage,”
lawsuit against the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which banned
same-sex marriage, went all the way to the Supreme Court where she
argued her case March 27, 2013. The Supreme Court decided in her
favor on June 26, 2013.
visit www.ediewindsor.com to
learn more about the woman, her relationship with Thea Spyer and her
Supreme Court fight.
Mickey and Carmie’s ceremony were close friends Cynthia Mitchell
and Pat Garber.
afternoon ceremony, many well-wishers stopped by or called as word
spread. Cynthia and Pat had prepared a
splendid dinner in which the
main course was the famous spinach lasagna from the Cafe Atlantic
Cookbook, which over the years was the women’s favorite dish.
festivities continued the following day.
like to thank, along with Cynthia and Pat, our friends Scott Bradley,
Kelley Shinn, Jude Wheeler and Silas Trethewey, who ceremoniously
took it upon themselves to lovingly and riotously decorate our beach
car, drive us through town in a celebratory parade only to end up on
the beach for a champagne sunset!” said Mickey and Carmie.
A dinner was
then prepared by Kelley at her home.
“The wedding events were both
historical and hysterical……and enjoyed by all,” Mickey said.
“We would like to also thank this community of Ocracoke for all the
love and warm wishes we have received."
(Read more about Ocracoke
Island at www.ocracokeobserver.com.
Reprinted with permission.)