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Couple Gets Second Chance at Wedding After First Marred by Antigay Slurs

Couple Gets Second Chance at Wedding After First Marred by Antigay Slurs


Residents and business owners are rallying around a gay couple whose wedding was disrupted by a homophobic onlooker.

Residents and business owners on San Diego's Coronado Island have banded together to give a gay couple another shot at their dream wedding, just weeks after their initial ceremony was disrupted by someone shouting homophobic slurs.

Oscar de Las Salas and Gary Jackson are Arizonans who visit the San Diego area frequently, and they chose to wed at Centennial Park on Coronado August 17. As the ceremony went on, the couple and their guests heard slurs coming from the balcony of one of the condos overlooking the park. The person shouting could not be seen and has not been identified.

De Las Salas, however, says the new ceremony, scheduled for October 11, should provide a "happy ending," San Diego's Union-Tribune reports.

Four Coronado women have spearheaded the planning for the event, which will take place at Loews Coronado Bay Resort and will be catered by Blue Bridge Hospitality, Vigilucci's Ristorante, and Coronado Cupcakery.

"It's insane how much they're donating," Alisa Kerr, who is planning the event with Rita Alipour, Kate Blumenthal, and Cerissa McPartlin Kieffer, told the U-T. "I mean a Loews wedding on a Saturday -- I have no idea how much that would cost."

Mayor Casey Tanaka is scheduled to officiate the ceremony next week. She said she was "happy our city has a chance to make things right."

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