Kerry-Anne and Michael Gordon tied the knot on Saturday amid the city's protest in the wake of George Floyd's death.

By PEOPLE
June 07, 2020
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As thousands of protestors marched the streets of Philadelphia on Saturday to combat racial injustice and police brutality in the wake of George Floyd's death, Kerry-Anne, 35, and Michael Gordon, 42, stood out for a very special reason.

After tying the knot inside the Logan Hotel, Kerry-Anne and Michael came outside to huge cheers and applause from the thousands of participating demonstrators. At one moment, the crowd parted for the newlywed couple as they held hands and kissed in the middle of the street.

"It ended up being a very powerful moment," Kerry-Anne told ABC News. "Not only are we feeling the movement of the people, but I'm meeting my husband, on our wedding day, as a strong black man and a good representative of who we are as people, what our men are like, what our culture is like. It was just a very, very empowering moment for us considering all of this is happening at one moment in one time."

Kerry-Anne and Michael postponed their wedding plans to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. But the pair still wanted to be married, and though the protests were occurring in the city, they went forward with the nuptials.

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Michael, who is of Caribbean descent while Kerry-Anne was born in Jamaica, said that getting married while being involved in the protests over Floyd's death made their wedding day "more memorable."

"We all see this injustice. We all want to see this needle shift away from the status quo and that made this day more memorable in ways," he said.

Michael also shared that he was glad the message behind Saturday's protest, which remained entirely peaceful, was amplified thanks to the online attention on their wedding.

"That's what the entire event out there was about. Of course, there was police and National Guard, but it was a peaceful protest. Everyone was so nice," he said. "That in itself showed what the movement can be and for us to be a part of that, it's a positive thing."

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