City welcomes LGBTQ couples to marry, renew vows for National Coming Out Day

The free OUT in Love event takes place at Love Park.

Rachel Kurland
October 03, 2018 - 8:15 pm
Love Park statue

Credit: Pat Loeb

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Looking for somewhere to get married within the next week? Look no further. 

The Mayor's Office of LGBT Affairs — in collaboration with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, the Fairmount Park Conservancy and the Office of the City Representative — is looking for LGBTQ+ couples to participate in a free wedding event in Love Park.

The event, OUT in Love, is giving couples the opportunity to be married or renew their wedding vows at the LOVE sculpture in honor of the 30th anniversary of National Coming Out Day.

Mayor Jim Kenney will deliver remarks at the event on Oct. 11, which takes place between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., while LGBTQ+ judges will officiate. Afterward, guests are invited to a reception in the park with food trucks and live music.

"Being queer and in love is a profound, radical act," said Amber Hikes, director for the Office of LGBT Affairs. "It is an act that tears down all social boundaries, an act of choosing to be with the person you love in a world where your commitment is challenged every day, and it is the act of choosing to honor, respect, and stand beside the person you love as you both walk in your truth. On this National Coming Out Day, we are celebrating the love we have for ourselves and our community with this wedding and vow renewal ceremony for LGBTQ+ Philadelphians."

Couples interested in getting married at Love Park should contact [email protected] to reserve a spot. They must obtain also a marriage license in advance and email a copy to [email protected] by Oct. 8.