Art Smith, known as the former personal chef of Oprah Winfrey, organized an enormous mass gay wedding on Miami Beach.
The chef decided to hold the ceremony, after hearing the ban on same-sex marriage was lifted in January in Florida. Smith organized the wedding party with the help of Twitter using the hashtag #101gayweddings.
Special thank you to JH Royal Palm,Holly,Monica,Monica,Marie,Chef Billy,Pablo from #101GayWeddings @JamesHotels pic.twitter.com/b1K6Itji1o— Chef Art Smith (@ChefArtSmith) February 25, 2015
Smith confessed that the event was inspired by the film "101 Dalmatians." Notably, this was a favorite film of Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who campaigned against legalizing same-sex marriages.
The mass same-sex wedding in Florida was attended by many celebrated chefs including Duff Goldman and Ted Allen. Guy Fieri, a host of the popular Food Network show 'Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives' officiated the 101 weddings ceremony, held on the courtyard of the James Royal Palm Hotel.
Chi Chi LaRue, a popular Miami DJ was responsible for the music. Food included fried chicken, crab-stuffed avocados, grilled lamb, and a seven-tiered wedding cake made by Goldman.
In August 2014 a federal judge, Robert Hinkle, declared that the state's ban on same-sex marriages was unconstitutional. Florida appealed the decision in the United States Court of Appeals causing its postponement. In January 2015, Judge Hinkle's ruling came into effect and same-sex marriage became legal in the state. However, the court trial is still in progress.