Marriott International’s #LoveTravels Social Movement is Full of PRIDE with Pop-Up Wedding in Washington, D.C. Officiated by TV Personality Ross Mathews
Bethesda, Maryland — June 9, 2015— Marriott International is continuing its #LoveTravels campaign, sharing inspiring stories of notable and every day travelers. #LoveTravels not only encourages travelers to explore their personal passions, but celebrates their unique stories. Marriott, the official sponsor of the Capital Pride Parade, will bring #LoveTravels to life with TV personality Ross Mathews, who will officiate a very special marriage ceremony with George Carrancho and Sean Franklin, a couple of nearly ten years, who met in their home state of Texas and now reside in New York. [Photo: Sean Franklin (L) and George Carrancho.]
“Capital Pride welcomes thousands of visitors each year in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities and allies,” said Stacey Milne, VP Portfolio Marketing Strategy + Planning from Marriott International. “With our dedication to Pride and this year’s amazing parade, we can’t think of a better way to express how #LoveTravels than through the wedding vows of honored guests like George and Sean. Many couples like George and Sean still cannot be married in states they call home; however, we can all celebrate their marriage here in our nation’s capital as the nation awaits the historic Supreme Court decision. This unique occasion allows us to make their ceremony poignant and meaningful for all Americans and all our visitors.”
“As a public figure and member of the LGBT community, I could not be more proud to partner with Marriott and spread the meaning behind #LoveTravels,” said Ross Mathews. “This is such a special time for equal rights and there is no better way to celebrate, than by officiating this beautiful couple, in one of the biggest Pride parades in the country.”
“The love that will be in the nation’s capital during Pride will be a testament to the historic change in the nation. Although we reside in New York, we continue to wait to be married in our home state of Texas,” said George and Sean. “We’re overwhelmed that we have been chosen by Marriott to celebrate our union with thousands more along the parade route, and we are thrilled to travel to D.C. for this monumental moment.”
Mariott has also enlisted social media ambassadors with millions of followers on YouTube and Instagram to spread the #LoveTravels message including Alex Wassabi, Bria and Chrissy, RJ Aguiar, Olga Kay, Michael John Buckley and Miles Jai.
The #LoveTravels social movement that kicked off with Jason Collins, Geena Rocero, Tim Howard and Angela Simmons in 2014 will continue to roll out with new ambassador stories throughout the summer with new inspiring stories of notable travelers.
To join the conversation, travelers can visit www.lovetravelswithme.com or Facebook/Instagram (@LoveTravelsWithMe) and Twitter (@LoveTravelsWMe) and use the hashtag #LoveTravels.
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