Meet our Winning Couple
October 5, 2010
Freedom2wed is thrilled to announce that Darin and Carl received the most votes and are the winners of our dream wedding contest.
We congratulate all of our contest finalists and applaud their amazing efforts and courage to enlighten others about marriage equality.
Meet all of our finalists.
- Darin Henderson & Carl Cox
- Holly Nye & Alyson Ling
- Kareem Murphy & DeWayne Davis
- Melissa Pisarra & Ana Quinones
- Robert Heffernan & Richard Cesa
- Tonya Agnew & Amy Crampton
Holly Nye & Alyson Ling — together 5 ½ years
“Alyson is my icing. She doesn’t make me who I am; she’s not the cake. She is secure enough to allow me to be that on my own. But she is the thing that makes me better. My icing.”
Kareem Murphy & DeWayne Davis — together 19 years
“The truth is, we didn’t have much more than each other. Our families either didn’t understand our relationship or did not approve of it. We’re proud to be a part of a church (Metropolitan Community Churches) that has been celebrating same-sex Holy Unions since 1969. It’s a great life when you can incorporate all of your life’s passions and interest into everything you do.”
Melissa Pisarra & Ana Quinones — together almost 4 years
“Through all of the trials that life has given us, we have survived together. Sharing the love we have with friends and family would mean everything to us.
Robert Heffernan & Richard Cesa — together 10 years
“We’ve both experienced the heavy, hidden burden of being gay and would like to be an example to other gay couples: a gay relationship is an honorable commitment.”
Tonya Agnew & Amy Crampton — together nearly 12 years
“How do we explain to our six year-old son that the State of Indiana won’t allow us to legally wed because we are the same sex? Raising a family in the Midwest as a lesbian couple is challenging but regardless, we’re visible. While Indiana can regulate our ability to obtain a marriage license, the state can’t regulate our love. Our relationship is solid and certain and we can’t wait for the day when we can say, “I do.”
Darin Henderson & Carl Cox — together 4 years
“We realized early on that while individually imperfect, our strengths complement one another. Couple that with the love we share…we are twice as strong. But at long last, as the direct result of decades of activism and a groundswell of community support, we feel blessed, grateful and are thoroughly excited to be engaged and preparing for marriage.”