Aspen Gay Ski Week, the nation’s largest and oldest gay ski event, will celebrate equality with “All For Love,” a group civil union ceremony in downtown Aspen on Jan. 18.
Organizers say they hope the event will be among the biggest turnouts for gay civil unions ever, or at least the highest elevation group ceremony since it will be at 7,908 feet above sea level.
“Colorado recently passed a law in May 2013, recognizing civil unions, and it’s only a matter of time before gay marriage is legal as well,” said Todd Heimel, president of Roaring Fork Gay and Lesbian Community Fund, the beneficiary of Aspen Gay Ski Week which promotes tolerance, understanding and diversity through education, community action and service. “We want to celebrate the progress that has been made and continue to promote equality for all.”
The group ceremony, open to all same-sex couples, will be held at 11 a.m. in Wagner Park, which is at 300 S. Monarch St. In addition to couples willing to make the commitment officially, other same-sex couples are encouraged to participate ceremonially in order to show support for marriage equality.
Partners can visit the Pitkin County Clerk’s office for official paperwork to make it legal.
A champagne and cake reception will follow the ceremony at The Limelight Hotel, a partner in the event and the host hotel for Aspen Gay Ski Week. A honeymoon package is available from the hotel, which includes a bottle of champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries, as well as complimentary lift tickets up the Silver Queen Gondola to the top of iconic Aspen Mountain.
One lucky couple will receive a dream honeymoon at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa in California, including a three-night stay with breakfast daily, dinner at the hotel’s signature restaurant and a couples’ massage.