Congratulations and my warmest wishes to the newlyweds recently married at York's first ever Equality Fest. As well, congratulations to those married couples who renewed their commitment and vows to each other. What a wonderful and truly inspirational ceremony and event.

My sincerest thank you and gratitude to Ms. Carla Christopher and Mr. James Sawor, our event hosts and planners. These two individuals pulled together, in a mere 10 weeks, what amounted to a historic day that celebrated love, people and York, Pa. Thank you to all of the Equality Fest volunteers, planning committee, sponsors, partner organizations, entertainers, participants and attendees. Thank you as well to LUX Night Lounge for hosting Saturday evening's pre-party kick off and event fundraiser. I am especially grateful to my staff, which helped in planning and served as event emcees, and my good friend and colleague, state Rep. Brian Sims for making the trip from Philadelphia to participate and celebrate.

Mayor Kim Bracey's marriage service was particularly heartwarming, and many attendees were overcome with positive emotion. Thank you to the York City Council for its proclamation and to Councilman Michael Helfrich for delivering it. District Judge Joel Toluba topped off the ceremony with a fine toast to the couples. It was also very nice to hear the warm wishes extended by Mrs. Frances Wolf on behalf of the Wolf family.

Altogether, Equality Fest was a fine celebration of life and love in York. I am proud to have shared in the spirit of togetherness that bore forth from Cherry Lane. John Lennon once said, "Love is the answer, and you know that for sure; Love is a flower, you've got to let it grow." Cheers to all of those involved in Equality Fest — one more reason to smile about our York.



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