For three couples, Annapolis Pride was more than a parade. Crystal Dove and Tammy Collins were married, and two couples — Amena Johnson and Nikki Brooks, and Joy Campbell and Monica Campbell — renewed their vows during the Pride parade and festival on Saturday.

Officiated by Anne Arundel County Clerk of the Court Scott Poyer, the ceremonies happened within minutes of each other to a delighted crowd there to celebrate love, queerness and their right to marry.

Maryland voters approved a referendum legalizing same-sex marriage in November 2012, and it took effect at the start of 2013. On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed all state bans on same-sex marriage and required states to honor out-of-state same-sex marriage licenses in the case Obergefell v. Hodges.

Poyer said his office has about 2,500 weddings each year, with one in every 20 being a same-sex marriage. “This is wonderful. It’s one of the happiest times of the year,” he said.

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Crystal Dove, 39, and Tammy Collins, 40, were married during Annapolis Pride. (Kaitlin Newman/The Baltimore Banner)
Crystal Dove, 39, and Tammy Collins, 40 were married during Annapolis Pride by Arundel County Clerk of the Court Scott Poyer on June 3, 2023.
Crystal Dove, 39, and Tammy Collins, 40, were married during Annapolis Pride. (Kaitlin Newman/The Baltimore Banner)
Crystal Dove, 39, hugs a loved one after getting married at Annapolis Pride. (Kaitlin Newman/The Baltimore Banner)

Collins and Dove were originally set to be married this October. They met in high school and have been a couple since 2020. Collins proposed last August at City Dock. When the couple received an email a few weeks ago about the opportunity to get married at Pride, they jumped on it.

“We love Pride, the acceptance, the unity. Tammy was like, ‘You wanna do it?’ and I was like, ‘Let’s do it!’ Dove said. The couple plan to go on their honeymoon to St. Petersburg, Florida, this October.

Arundel County Clerk of the Court Scott Poyer speaks before marrying a couple during Annapolis Pride. (Kaitlin Newman/The Baltimore Banner)
Amena Johnson, 48, and wife Nikki Brooks, 47, renewed their vows during Annapolis Pride by Arundel County Clerk of the Court Scott Poyer on June 3, 2023.
Amena Johnson, 48, and Nikki Brooks, 47, renewed their vows during Annapolis Pride. (Kaitlin Newman/The Baltimore Banner)
Joy Campbell, 51, and Monica Campbell, 47, renewed their vows during Annapolis Pride. (Kaitlin Newman/The Baltimore Banner)

Joy Campbell and Monica Campbell came to renew vows Saturday, inspired by friends Johnson and Brooks, who were at the festival to do the same.

Brooks is an artist who created the logo on the Pride T-shirts. It was also Brooks’ first Pride parade.

“It’s cool. I like it a lot,” Brooks said. “I feel free being here.”

kaitlin.newman@thebaltimorebanner.com

Kaitlin Newman is a photojournalist specializing in multimedia coverage. Her main areas of focus are politics, conflict, feature and breaking news. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and a Master’s Degree in Professional Writing from Towson University, which is where she is also the professor of photojournalism.

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