Same-sex couple in Texas gets married via Skype

Molly Wood Nov 18, 2010

Pulling this off meant flying to Washington to obtain a marriage license, then flying back to Dallas to hold the wedding among family and friends at the W Hotel in Dallas. An officiant in Washington was at the W Hotel there, connected by Skype to the Dallas site, and she appeared on a big screen TV to perform the ceremony. We talk to Mark Reed and Dante Walkup about their unusual wedding.

The wedding, which took place October 10th, is getting a lot of attention lately. That’s partially because the two men managed to circumvent state law and at least kind of get married in Texas. But it also points to the complexities that go along with our rapidly evolving technology. Given how easy it’s becoming to “virtually” travel somewhere through the internet and video technologies, weddings like Mark and Dante’s may become a lot more common.

A symposium was held last week at Michigan State University to dig in to issues that surround what is being called “e-marriage”. A handful of states allow proxy marriages, where one person doesn’t have to be physically present. Montana actually has a double proxy law. We talk to one of the organizers of the symposium, Mae Kuykendall, a professor at Michigan State’s law school. She’s pressing for states and local jurisdictions to start crafting their policy about marriage by proxy now so everyone knows what the law is.

Also in this program, video game writer David Martin Davies joins us to review Rock Band 3. It’s the latest in the popular series and the first to feature a keyboard. David says it’s a lot of fun although we do get to hear him struggle to keep up with “Imagine.”

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