Saturday, October 26, 2013, was another milestone in Visalia’s LGBTQ history. On one level, it was simply a wedding, mostly of interest to the happy couple, their family and friends. On another, it served as a significant signpost on the journey towards equality for a rapidly changing nation. Jennifer McGuire and Joan Davis were wed at the Visalia Veteran’s Memorial Hall, in a ceremony attended by family from across the country, friends, and notable locals such as Visalia’s Mayor Amy Shuklian and her partner Mary Randol, as well as many prominent members of the LGBTQ community.
You may remember some of the recent incidents reported here at QueerLandia regarding gay rights issues in this reddest-of-red portion of California. Visalia itself has been good, but only 35 miles away in the same county, Porterville has been another issue. The differences in response to marriage equality have been stark. You’d be amazed the two cities are in the same state, let alone only miles apart in the same county!
This blog is not about that controversy, however. It’s about a big gay wedding!