More than 40 restaurants and businesses in Eureka Springs, Ark. contributed to an event described by one local TV station as the first “mass gay wedding reception in the Bible Belt.”
After the Arkansas anti-marriage amendment was declared unconstitutional, about 500 same-sex couples married in the state before a judge placed a stay on the decision.
The reception was held in Eureka Springs to honor those couples that married.
According to another local TV station, the Eureka Springs City Council called on the Arkansas to offer marriage equality.
Michael Walsh put together the event he titled Married to Equality.
“In addition to being the first city in Arkansas where gay people could get married, we’re the first city in Arkansas to throw them a wedding reception,” Walsh told Arkansas Matters.