Disneyland has been offering Fairy Tale Weddings for decades, but wow the Happiest Place on Earth broke new ground last week with Mat Wood and Eric Ross’s wedding celebration.
In 1998, LGBTs in Southern California organized the first Gay Days at Disneyland in Anaheim, following in the footsteps of Gay Days in Orlando, Florida. Rev. Pat Robertson freaked out, claiming on his Religious Right 700 Club that the event would cause hurricanes and tornedos…But last week – something that must be sizzling Pat Robertson’s dark soul – the official Disney FAIRY TALE Weddings & Honeymoons EVER AFTER BLOG reported on the real fairy tale wedding of a gay couple
Mat and Eric have been coming to Disneyland since their first date in 2007, so a Fairy Tale Wedding in the Rose Court Garden was the perfect location, and their moms arrived in the Cinderella Coach to walk them down the aisle.
Marriage equality is still pending in California, so the couple, who are in a domestic partnership, legally changed their last names to Rosswood to mark their union. Eric told us in email:
Unfortunately we were not one of the 18,000 couples who got married in CA when it was still legal. We were only dating for a year at that point, and didn’t want to rush to get married just because we could. We actually put a lot of time into planning our wedding to make sure it was just right. Mat is British, and all of his family lives in the UK. We wanted to make sure that both families could be present for the big event, which takes a lot of planning and saving. Even though we are only in a Domestic Partnership in the state’s eyes, we still consider ourselves married regardless of what the government thinks. We had a wedding ceremony. Period. When CA finally catches up, we’ll have two dates to celebrate: a wedding date and a marriage date.
Eric, the author of the children’s book, My Uncle’s Wedding, is a chapter leader with Marriage Equality USA, and a board member for SF Pride. California Senator Mark Leno said about My Uncle’s Wedding:
As one of the few children’s books that address LGBT issues, it serves as a conduit by which to bolster understanding in our community. The book plays a vital role in creating a brighter future for our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth and their parents.
Photos: Beverly Hills Photography, used with permission of Eric & Mat Rosswood