OUTLaw hosts third Marry-In event
By Maggie Powers
OUTLaw, the University of Florida Levin College of Law’s Gay-Straight Alliance group, held its third annual Marry-In event in the Marcia Whitney Schott Courtyard Tuesday.
The event aimed to bring awareness to marriage inequality by holding symbolic marriage ceremonies between people who wanted to show support.
The event welcomed anyone to marry, regardless of gender or sexual orientation, said OUTLaw President Max Wihnyk (2L), and took place from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. with the “marriage” of seven couples. Wihnyk acted as officiator and participants exchanged Ring Pops and Hersey’s Kisses as representations of traditional wedding tokens.
Wihnyk said he thinks the traditions of the legal community influence professionals’ ability to openly be part of the LGBT community. As an openly gay man, he said he wants to work at a place where he can be himself. He emphasized the importance of addressing the imbalance of rights immediately.
“We need to make sure that the issue of equality is getting raised here-and-now when we’re learning the law and ethics of being an attorney or representing somebody,” he said. “It’s important to get that down now.”
Best friends and 3Ls Christina Vilaseca and Amy Levenberg symbolically married each other to express their distaste for martial inequality. Both women are straight and they believe that members of the LGBT community should have the same martial rights that they enjoy. The two have participated in the event every year since its beginning.
“It is a deprivation of rights, and our country is founded on upholding those rights,” Vilaseca said. “It’s really frustrating.”
Levenberg had similar sentiments.
“I think it’s a disgrace that our political system treats certain people as inferior,” she said.