Just as Madrid, Spain was getting ready to host WorldPride this week, Tinian unintentionally jumped the gun by marrying its first gay couple.
Tinian Mayor Joey P. San Nicolas officiated his first gay marriage last Saturday, June 24, 2017, at 6:30pm at the Tinian Kammer Beach main pavilion, during which he performed marriage rites for Jonathan C. San Nicolas and Raymond B. Sablan.
The mayor was joined at the ceremony by the couple’s family and friends in a very intimate ceremony on the shores of Tinian’s Kammer Beach.
San Nicolas expressed appreciation and honor to have been asked to officiate Tinian’s first gay marriage as it emphasized an important step in equality for members of Tinian’s LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community.
“I am honored to be officiating this wedding ceremony as it is also a historic event for our beautiful island. It gives me great pleasure to be here in support of the newlyweds and the right for all couples to be joined in marriage. This is truly a huge step for our LGBT community members. We are happy for our newly married couple and their families and wish them a beautiful new life together,” said San Nicolas.