Arizona couple Oscar De Las Salas and Gary Jackson are returning to the resort town of Coronado in California to get married – again.
But this time, they don’t that expect any anonymous anti-gay hecklers will try and disrupt things.
That’s because residents, merchants and leaders of the San Diego-area tourist destination have banded together for the 11 October event and they are footing the bill $15,000 – 20,000 bill.
‘The people of Coronado, who said they wouldn’t tolerate what happened to us, have created a happy ending,’ de Las Salas tells the Union-Tribune. ‘We never expected this. It’s incredible.’
The couple had flown in approximately 30 guests for their August wedding in Coronado’s Centennial Park.
But as they walked in, music playing, and took their positions in the grassy spot, they began hearing shouting. Phone footage captures the couple saying their vows, with someone in the background shouting ‘homos’, ‘go home homos’, and ‘go home faggots’.
It appears the shouting came from the balcony of a nearby condo complex, but the wedding party was unable to spot who was saying the hateful slurs.
As news of the incident began to spread, local attorney Alisa Kerr and three of her friends spearheaded and effort to give the couple a do-over wedding.
‘Their wedding being marred by some jerk is such an inaccurate reflection of the community and the kindness we have here for everybody,’ Kerr told the newspaper.
Mayor Casey Tanaka is scheduled to officiate next week’s do-over wedding which will take place at a 300-seat venue donated by Loews Coronado Bay Resort. The food, cake and champagne is also being donated.
‘The hateful shouts of one person should not serve as a representation of how our community as a whole behaves,’ Tanaka says. ‘I’m happy our city has a chance to make things right.’