Ravi K. Perry, an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Mississippi State University, doesn’t understand the hoopla surround the so-called “gay Kappa wedding” video footage that has circulated quickly around social media.
As an openly gay member of Kappa Alpha Psi, Perry wrote in an op-ed to Ebony magazine it should not surprise anyone “that some member of historically Black fraternities and sororities are same gender-loving individuals.”
Perry even mentioned he knows at least two other members of his fraternity that are in “same gender-loving marriages with their husbands.”
“The grooms, themselves, indicate that their beautiful wedding was not a Kappa wedding and clarifies that one of the grooms is in our fraternity,” he wrote in a comment on TheRoot.com. “However, that should not matter anyway. As a openly gay married Kappa man myself, the vitriol is and inaccuracies are sad. Why can’t we just be thrilled and joyful for the couple.”
The two happy grooms, Robert Brown and Nathanael Gay, held their crimson-and-cream themed ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 8 in Lexington, KY.
Gay called in to The Tom Joyner Morning Show to clarify misconceptions surrounding his viral wedding ceremony footage.
There was much confusion over whether both partners were members of the historically African-American male greek letter organization. Gay clarified he is the only member of the fraternity and that his wedding was not “Kappa” themed.
“There was no affiliation whatsoever to Kappa at my wedding. This was not a Kappa wedding,” Gay said in an interview with TJMS. “My husband’s not a Kappa. He’s not Greek. Our colors weren’t based off the Kappa colors like most of the articles mentioned. The only affiliation to Kappa was my sands being there in support.”
Me and my sands took two pictures throwing up the “Yo” and a media outlet chose to take our video and run with it, he added.
Head over to Ebony Magazine to read Perry’s op-ed in full by clicking here.
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