Celebrating Lesbian Marriage


Suzanne Westenhoefer and Jennifer Houston (September 6, 2008)

Photo by Beck Starr

Comedian Suzanne Westenhoefer and marketing executive Jennifer Houston were married at the Hollywood Chapel in Los Angeles on September 6th.

Westenhoefer, a stand-up comic since the early 1990s, was the first lesbian
comedian to have her own HBO Comedy Special, and was the first openly gay comedian
to appear
on Late Night with David Letterman, in 2003.

"We had a ceremony for our families back in November 2006," Westenhoefer said in a statement
announcing her engagement, "but they make gay people get married again and again and again. I guess we have to prove we really mean it."

Suzanne, who had previously not wanted to get married, told The
after the wedding, “I think maybe I was settling. Making
an excuse, like, ‘Oh, I’m above marriage,’ is easy to say
if you can’t have it. It’s like saying, ‘I don’t want
to live in that beautiful palace that sits up on top of the hill. Wouldn’t
it be awful to take care of that?’

The couple held a small private ceremony, because, "We wanted to make
sure we could get married before November, which didn’t give us a lot of time
to plan."

They’re still in shock that Proposition 8 actually passed. To Jennifer, this
just highlights the need for gays and lesbians to get together behind a single

Instead of holding many individual protests around the country, she
says, "we need to come together to protest this."

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