I should have suspected something when I received an invitation to a reception at the Delancey Street Foundation on the Embarcadero honoring Tom Ammiano that didn’t ask for money or have a beneficiary. While I enjoy a good mystery, I’ll never be a Sherlock Holmes I don’t pick up on the subtle cues.
Carolis Deal and Tom Ammiano with Tom’s sisters, Mary and Joanne
I should have known when his family – biological, found, political – all showed up that it was more than a tribute to his record of “passion, courage and integrity in the California State Assembly.”
Fellow state legislators join with Tom (in purple) and Carolis (in white suit jacket) after their marriage.
I even mentioned to a friend during the reception that I had heard at the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club dinner that Tom was going to get married in September, but that I hadn’t heard whether he had or not.
Harry Britt presides over the marriage of Tom Ammiano and Carolis Deal
So after several songs from jazz singer Paula West starting out with “Thanks for the Memories” and including “Anything Goes” and “Night and Day” both by Cole Porter, there was a video of Tom accomplishments as a political leader at the Board of Supervisors and at the State legislature. After his response to the video Tom introduced Harry Britt and announced that Harry would preside over his wedding to Carolis Deal
The exchange of rings
After exchanging both vows and rings Tom and Carolis were pronounced “spouses for live.”
I wasn’t the only one taking pictures at Tom’s wedding.