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Marriage Announcements

By Ernest McCarley, Jr.



In the winter 2013 issue of SWERV we featured our first 3 couples in the Marriage Announcements.  At that time New Jersey had become the 13th state to legalize same-sex marriage and we were excited. Thanks to the persistence of some unyielding LGBTQ activist, the leadership of President Barak Obama, and an enlightened U.S. Supreme Court, same-sex marriage is a reality throughout the entire nation.  Four years later, we are over joyed to announce that this issue features our 50th and 51st couples in SWERV’s Marriage Announcements. These are our Golden announcements.

We would like to take this time to wish a Happy Anniversary to 3 of our couples: Jabari Burton-Barrett & Robert Barrett (October 30, 2010), Leman Mitchell & Erick Hines (December 4, 2008), and Melvin M. Childs & Sean Randolph-Childs (December 15, 2013). I would also like to wish a happy anniversary to my dear spouse John Kendrick-McCarley (October 22, 2016) as well as our dear friends Dr. David and James Harris (October 18, 2014).

Our two Golden couples met in two different spaces and reside hundreds of miles across the country , but have both ended up in the same special place of Holy Matrimony. A champagne toast to all of our couples. Cheers!

Rev. Vanessa M. Brown, MDIV & Rev. Twanna T. Gause

Rev. Vanessa M. Brown, MDIV & Rev. Twanna T. Gause
Mrs. & Mrs. Brown were married on August 24, 2017. The ordained couple reside in East Orange, New Jersey and have been together for 12 years. They met as fate would have it in church.






Kevin Anderson & Roderick Coleman


Kevin Anderson & Roderick Coleman were married on September 28, 2017. Kevin is an Artist/Advocate and Founder/CEO of The T.R.U.T.H. Project, Inc., and Roderick is a Service Director. They reside in Houston, Texas and have been together for 9 years. They met on good ole Adam 4 Adam.



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