MARYLAND: Baltimore Mayor To Officiate Mass Gay Wedding At Pride Event

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake will officiate at a mass gay wedding ceremony during her city’s gay pride event.

The GLBT Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland is hosting the annual parade and block party in Mount Vernon and festival at Druid Hill Park — the largest gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender gathering in the state — on June 15 and 16. The mass wedding will take place in the park at 2:30 p.m. June 16. Ryan O’Doherty, a spokesman for Rawlings-Blake, confirmed that the mayor will officiate marriages and speak at the event. Rawlings-Blake also performed marriages at City Hall for several couples just after midnight Jan. 1, when the law went into effect. Last week, Baltimore Pride organizers announced Rawlings-Blake would serve as grand marshal in recognition of her support of gay rights.