On Monday, June 2, the Museum of Contemporary Art hosted their first same-sex ceremonies and accompanying receptions. In response to Illinois’ legislation to guarantee the rights of same-sex couples to marry, the MCA partnered with Equality Illinois to host an event called A Celebration of Marriage Equality. Of more than a hundred applications, fourteen couples were chosen to participate in complimentary private wedding ceremonies and accompanying receptions on the museum’s Kern Terrace. An officiant was provided for the ceremony, and the reception included a wedding portrait by Fandl Photography and refreshments by Wolfgang Puck Catering.
In an article in the Chicago Phoenix several weeks ago, the MCA’s media relations manager explained the selection process, “[The panel was] focused on selecting a group that reflects the diverse fabric of Chicago and Illinois,” she said. “The hardest part was narrowing selections, but the panel selected a strong group of couples—one of whom has been together for fifty-one years—who are looking forward to full legal recognition of their relationship.”
The MCA’s building has been host to private rental wedding ceremonies since their move into their current building in 1996. (Matt Morris)