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Couples pledge their love as part of Pride Fest

More than two dozen couples participated in the Love is Love marriage equality rally on Saturday morning at the Myriad Gardens. The rally was the kickoff event for the 2013 Pride Festival.
by Adam Kemp Published: May 19, 2013

“We are best friends,” Smith said. “If you're not friends, then it's not going to work with any relationship. We are just two guys with two poodles and we love each other.”

The two said it's really nice to see how far Oklahoma City has come in accepting the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

“Oklahoma City has opened their arms,” John said. “Pride used to be limited to 39th Street and now we are doing stuff downtown and everything is so much more open. Oklahoma City has come a long way.”

Becci Madden and Heather Maxwell couldn't keep their tears from falling as they said the pledge together. The two have been together for six years after they met at work.

Madden, who is originally from Oklahoma City, said she and Maxwell immediately clicked and she knew that she had found the person she wanted to be with forever.

“We want to stand up for what we believe and know that we deserve the same rights as everyone else,” she said. “People are listening, and people are coming out and speaking their feelings. There is growth across the state, everywhere it's growing.”

by Adam Kemp
Enterprise Reporter
Adam Kemp is an enterprise reporter and videographer for the Oklahoman and Kemp grew up in Oklahoma City before attending Oklahoma State University. Kemp has interned for the Oklahoman, the Oklahoma Gazette and covered Oklahoma State...
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