This year’s Capital Pride Parade in Washington, D.C., is going to be one for the history books.
While on the precipice of the Supreme Court’s decision to make same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states, the parade’s sponsor, Marriott, is going to be hosting the wedding of George Carrancho and Sean Franklin during the Pride parade on Saturday, June 13.
For over 25 years, Marriott International has been working towards marriage equality and with their #LoveTravels campaign, that encourages travelers to explore their personal passions and celebrate their inspiring stories.
It’s no surprise that Marriott picked this couple to get married at Capital Pride. Carrancho and Franklin met in 2007 in Texas. In 2011, Carrancho’s job at American Airlines transferred him to New York City and Franklin joined him. A year later, they traveled to the U.K. where Franklin was in for the surprise of his life.
“We were at Manchester Pride in 2012,” Carrancho says. “We were right behind the grand marshal and before the parade started, I asked Sean to marry me.”
The couple has been planning their wedding for almost three years now, but timing has never been on their side.
“Our main priority was always to have our families at our weddings,” Carrancho explains. “Both of our families love and support us and we want them to celebrate this special day with us.”
With the help of Marriott, Carrancho and Franklin’s wishes to have to their families at their wedding have come true. Marriott will help the couple’s families travel to Washington DC for the nuptials.
“It just means so much to us to have our families at our wedding,” Franklin says.
With the help of Marriott, Carrancho and Franklin were able to plan their dream wedding. “Marriott told us to tell them what we want and they’ll make it happen,” Carrancho says. “It’s been a stressful three weeks, but it’s all going to be worth it on Saturday.”
With the impending Supreme Court decision still to be made, Carrancho and Franklin are hoping that they will be able to have a second reception in the place that they truly call home: Texas. Their home state of Texas is one of the 13 remaining states in the US where same-sex marriage is not legal yet. Later this month, the Supreme Court is expected to vote on legalizing same-sex marriage throughout the country.
“We want to be able to celebrate our marriage with the rest of our families and friends in Texas,” Carrancho says.
If the Supreme Court votes to legalize same-sex marriage, The United States will become the 21st country in the world that allows gay and lesbian couples to marry, following most recently Ireland back in May.
When Marriott approached Mathews to officiate Carrancho and Franklin’s wedding, Mathews immediately accepted this responsibility.
“It was a no brainer,” according to Mathews: “Marriott has been on the forefront of gay rights and welcoming people all over the world in their hotels…I’m going to go there [to DC] to spread the #LoveTravels social movement which encourage the travelers to explore their personal passions and celebrate their unique stories and we’re going to marry this incredible couple, in the parade, on a float sponsored by Marriott Internationals- it’s going to be amazing.”
Mathews, Carrancho, Franklin, and Marriott are hoping to make this statement big enough to get the members of the Supreme Court to rule in favor of same-sex marriage and to make history.
“I hope they’re [the Supreme Court members] are looking out their windows as we drive by,” Mathews says. “And they see the joy in George and Sean’s eyes on their wedding day. I hope that while they’re in the midsts of making their decisions they see the tens of thousands of people that come out in Washington, D.C., to celebrate equality, and pride, and LGBT rights and I hope they see that huge corporations like Marriott are on the right side of history right along with us and that shouldn’t be overlooked.”