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Local arts group offers free same-sex wedding in celebration of Supreme Court decision


June 29, 2015 By Michael Florio

A local arts group is offering a free wedding to a same-sex couple in celebration of the Supreme Court’s decision last week to legalize gay marriage.

Local Project, a non-profit that provides gallery space to artists, announced over the weekend that it is holding a giveaway “called Love in LIC” in which one same sex couple’s wedding will be free of charge in its gallery.

Local Project, which is located at 11-27 44th Road, is offering the prize to show its solidarity with the gay community.

“We support all diversity and this is a big win for human rights,” said Carolina Penafiel, director of Local Project.

The free wedding is likely to take place at the end of July.

Penafiel said that those couples who want to enter for the free wedding need to send her an e-mail at and like the group’s Facebook page.

The winner will be selected at random.

She said that there is a possibility that there might be more than one winning couple.

“If we get a lot of responses we may be able to give away more than one wedding,” she said. “It would depend on the availability of the couples and the gallery.”

A winner will be announced by the middle of July at the latest, but could be announced by the end of this week if the organization receives enough entrants, Penafiel said.

“We hope a couple sees this and thinks this is their sign to get married,” she said.

Penafiel is unsure if a reception following the ceremony will be included in the deal, but said if it is it would have to be small.

“It would have to be an intimate event with some close friends,” she said.

Since announcing the contest, The Lily Pad Agency, which represents photographers, said that it would donate the services of a photographer. A DJ has also donated his services, Penafiel said.

“We have the minister, the space, the DJ and the photographer all for free at Local Project,” she said.

Art will also be displayed in the gallery during the ceremony.

As of now, food and drinks would have to be provided by the couple if a reception is held at the gallery.



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Hi Astoria resident, this is not advertisement we been doing programs for the past 13 years in LIC Queens, I invite you to get more informed about our programs and visit us! We are real 😉


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