Cincinnati’s Catholic Mayor Performs Same-Sex Wedding Ceremonies on Fountain Square
The first Cincinnati wedding ceremonies for two men and two women took place in the Hamilton County Courthouse Friday, just hours after the Supreme Court’s decision that “marriage” can mean anything people want it to mean. About an hour later, Cincinnati’s Catholic Mayor, John Cranley, officiated at what WLWT News called a “mass wedding.”
“Anybody in the mood for a wedding?” he asked the crowd — many of whom had come to the square in couples, with a minister or other officiant — and then performed the ceremony for five couples.
It wasn’t exactly a “mass wedding,” as the reporter claimed, but then, Fountain Square wasn’t “transformed into an altar” either (another bit of journalistic embellishment). “By the power granted to me by the Constitution,” Mayor Cranley said with relish, “I now pronounce all of you married.”
There were tears and cheers, and (even in the television news celebratory stories) some bewildered looks from children. Rainbow flags and flowers abounded. Anyone dismayed by the Supreme Court’s declaration that reality is not constitutional stayed at home.
Mayor Cranley is a graduate of St. William Elementary School, St. Xavier High School, and John Carroll University, and holds a masters degree from Harvard Divinity School as well as a JD from Harvard Law School. When last asked by The Catholic Beat, he said he attends Bellarmine Chapel.
Like most Democrats he has been a supporter of same-sex marriage. Earlier this year he led an official send-off for Supreme Court litigant Jim Obergefell, namesake of Friday’s decision, with Ohio state representative Denise Driehaus (also Catholic) and Vice Mayor David Mann.
Both Driehaus and Mann marched in the city’s annual Pride Parade Saturday, but Mayor Cranley did not. The parade, billed as family friendly, featured groups in matching t-shirts from local and national companies including Kroger, US Bank, Procter & Gamble, and Delta; but also sexually suggestive entries including drag queen acts, a float featuring four men in silver metallic Speedos, and a float of shirtless and leather-clad “macho man” participants billing themselves as “50 Shades of Gay.”
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