Unique Father-Son Wedding for GLAAD’s Damon Romine and Trevor Project’s Charles Robbins
Palm Springs, CA, Nov. 2, 2008 — Charles Robbins, executive director of The Trevor Project, the nation’s suicide prevention helpline for gay youth, and Damon Romine, director of entertainment media of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), wed Sunday in Palm Springs in a unique double ceremony. The couple have been together nine years and were wed alongside Romine’s father, David Romine and his partner Larry Barrett, of Topeka, KS, who have been together for 16 years.
This is believed to be the first double wedding ceremony in California shared by a father and son since marriage equality took effect in June. The couples were featured in Sunday’s New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/02/fashion/weddings/02romine.html?_r=1&oref=slogin Rev. Kevin Johnson of Palm Springs’ Bloom in the Desert Ministries officiated.
Heroes and Star Trek actor George Takei and his new husband were among the two dozen family and friends who attended the weddings at the Viceroy Palm Springs. During the ceremony, guests participated in a flower ceremony where they stepped forward to place individual roses in a vase for each couple creating beautiful wedding bouquets. Guests were served a Tuscan-style lunch and had their choice of four flavors of wedding cakes.
Following the ceremony, the newlyweds — both pairs — were the guests of actor Leslie Jordan at his one-man show My Life on the Pink Carpet. Romine and Robbins will honeymoon in Hawaii.
From left, Damon Romine, Director of Entertainment Media at GLAAD, Charles Robbins, Executive Director of The Trevor Project, with wedding guests and newlyweds George Takei and Brad Altman. Photo by David A. Lee
Guests such as George Takei took part in a flower ceremony where guests stepped forward to place individual roses in a vase to create a floral wedding bouquet for each couple. Photo by David A. Lee
Romine and Robbins took the ceremonial first cut into one of the four specialty cakes made for the double ceremony.
An illustration by Tim Jones was created for the wedding invitation to represent the couples in Palm Springs, where each live part-time.
From left, Charles Robbins, Executive Director of The Trevor Project, Damon Romine, Director of Entertainment Media at GLAAD, his father, David Romine and Larry Barrett. Photo by David A. Lee