PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - With the COVID-19 pandemic and a rocky political climate, one company decided to offer free marriages for the LGBTQIA+ community in Portland.

A "marriage-athon" was held at the Evergreen in southeast Portland on Sunday. Flowers, music, food, and an officiant were all taken care of for couples who wanted to get married.

Keen Events, a wedding planning company, helped organize the socially distant event. According to the company's website, the "marriage-athon was conceived due to the uncertainty of marriage equality."

"We were already planning our wedding, but then this came up, and we've had a rough year so it just felt appropriate this time," said Catie Hannigan, who married her partner Laura Tran on Sunday.

The exact number of couples who tied the knot has not been released.

Witnesses were not allowed at the event due to COVID-19 restrictions, but each couple got a free photography session to capture the moment for them and their loved ones.

Copyright 2020 KPTV-KPDX Broadcasting Corporation. All rights reserved.


Recommended for you

(1) comment

Worst PDX Mayor Ever

Wait..so if a STRAIGHT couple decided to take advantage, they would be denied? This was ONLY for LBGTQRSTUVWXYZ couples? Well, I'm no legal expert, but sounds a little it to me like discrimination, and a potential civil rights violation.

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.