Do over for gay couple heckled during 1st weddingPosted: Updated:
CORONADO, Calif. (AP) -- The first wedding of Oscar de Las Salas and Gary Jackson was interrupted by a heckler yelling homophobic slurs.
About two months later, the renewal of their vows was attended by some 300 strangers at an exclusive waterfront hotel near San Diego.
In August, the couple from Phoenix was married at a small park in Coronado. During the ceremony, someone shouted insults from a nearby balcony.
The do-over ceremony happened Saturday, when de Las Salas and Jackson returned to Coronado not really knowing what to expect.
It was the idea of Coronado attorney Alisa Kerr, who felt moved to do something after hearing about the original ceremony.
So she emailed de Las Salas and invited the couple back.
U-T San Diego reports that for the ceremony, de Las Salas and Jackson found several hundred attendees on a terrace of the Loews Coronado Bay Resort - and not a heckler in sight.
"It's not about publicity or gay marriage," Kerr told the newspaper. "It's about being kind to everyone, which I think Coronado residents generally demonstrate."
Most of the guests either donated a gift or service, or offered to help. Donations included the venue, food and a popular cover band.
"Crazy, wonderful," Jackson said before the sunset ceremony. "Coming out here now is a reaffirmation. It's a strong message, and it says a lot about the community."
Jackson, 52, and de Las Salas, 45, brought about two dozen friends who could not come in August.
"We're two men in love," de Las Salas said. "That's all."
Noted Rob Crenshaw, who brought his wife, Laura, to the party: "A wedding is supposed to be the happiest event of your life."
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