Alberta premier officiates cabinet minister’s historic same-sex wedding

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Premier Rachel Notley officiated a historic Alberta wedding on Friday.

Calgary-Cross MLA Ricardo Miranda, who is also the minister of culture and tourism, became the province’s first cabinet minister to be married in a same-sex wedding.

Miranda and his partner Christopher Brown tied the knot at Calgary’s Glenbow Museum Friday.

Notley thanked the couple for inviting her to be a part of their special day, tweeting « What a great day to celebrate the love. »

« It was a beautiful day filled with love, joy and family, » Miranda tweeted.

Miranda came to Canada as a refugee when he was 10-years-old, from war-torn Nicaragua. He was the first openly gay, Jewish, Hispanic person elected to the legislature in 2015.

He met Brown, who works from Children’s Services Minister Danielle Larivee, at a constituency event earlier this year.

Miranda said he and Brown decided to share news about the engagement and wedding because visibility is an important way to advance LGBTQ rights.

« We’ve seen, unfortunately, even here in the province, a rise in hate crimes. And it takes us back to a time I don’t want to go back to, » he told CBC Edmonton earlier this month.

« We could have … easily done this without anybody finding out. But I’ve always been open and forthcoming and honest about my life, and this didn’t seem like the time to actually hide. »

There wasn’t a dry eye in the house, MLA Sandra Jansen tweeted. 

The couple plan to host a second reception in Ontario in the new year, where Brown’s family is from.

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