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Wedding vendors hope marriage equality brings more business

Beth and Rachael were married at the Biloxi Visitor's Center and McGrury helped plan their ceremony (Image Source: WLOX News) Beth and Rachael were married at the Biloxi Visitor's Center and McGrury helped plan their ceremony (Image Source: WLOX News)
TheBiloxi Visitor's Center has allowed same-sex ceremonies for years (Image Source: WLOX News) TheBiloxi Visitor's Center has allowed same-sex ceremonies for years (Image Source: WLOX News)
McGrury says she is excited about the possibility of planning more same-sex weddings on the coast (Image Source: WLOX News) McGrury says she is excited about the possibility of planning more same-sex weddings on the coast (Image Source: WLOX News)
SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) -

Since last Friday, cameras have captured gay and lesbian couples getting married on the very steps where they got their marriage licenses. Now, local wedding vendors are hoping that same-sex couples will seek their help to plan the big day.

Jean McGrury owns After the Proposal Weddings and Events. She has helped plan hundreds of weddings across South Mississippi. Now that the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of marriage equality, she looks forward to planning many more.

“I want everybody to know there are a lot of people in this industry that are very excited to be able to have this opportunity,” said McGrury.

McGrury has helped plan same-sex ceremonies in the past, where the couple legally married out of state, but held a celebration here on the Coast. She has even officiated some of those herself.

“I'm actually an ordained minister. Even though at the time it was not legal here in the State of Mississippi, but I felt like everybody should have their happily ever after,” said McGrury.

Though some vendors may not agree to offer their services to same-sex couples, the Biloxi Visitor's Center has opened its doors to same-sex couples for years.

“We have anywhere from 60 to 70 weddings a year, and quite frankly, we've already had three or four same-sex ceremonies,” said Biloxi spokesman Vincent Creel.

City leaders say they are happy to rent the historic venue to any couple that wants to use it.

“We provide this venue without regard to race, sexual orientation or creed. It's here for everybody to use,” said Creel.

Several other Biloxi wedding venues, like the Redding House, have opened their doors to same-sex couples over the years. McGrury hopes to help more couples take advantage of the historic ruling by helping them plan the wedding of their dreams.

“I'm a straight female, but I think that God loves all his children. I also think we are all unique and we all want the same thing. Somebody to protect us, to love us and to honor us and that everybody should have their happily ever after,” said McGrury.

Monday, the Harrison County Circuit Clerk's Office issued the first marriage licenses to same-sex couples since the ruling was handed down last week.

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