R&B superstar/diva Monifah Carter and her wife Terez Thorpe were married on the season finale of R&B Divas of Atlanta. The wedding was performed by openly lesbian Bishop Allyson Nelson Abrams. TVOne aired the high profile and high fasion wedding. The wedding took place on February 8, 2014 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Bishop Abrams, a social justice advocate and lesbian woman of color herself who has worked with GLAAD to promote LGBT equality in the Christian church, had earlier resigned from her position as Baptist Bishop in Detroit, MI after she and her wife got married in 2013. She is now the pastor of Empowerment Liberation Cathedral, an LGBT inclusive church in Silver Springs, MD. She was asked by out superstar Monifah to officiate the couple's wedding and help make television history.
"I was honored to be able to contribute to such a historical event by officiating the ceremony of these two people who are very much in love and feel what I feel and experience every day," said Bishop Abrams. "As a married openly lesbian bishop, I was thankful that Monifah and Terez were willing to share their lives with the world and allow me to share it with them. It was a great moment in history and a tremendous victory for human rights!"
Monifah recently spoke with out journalist Clay Cane in a candid interview on BET.com as part of the website's video series featuring LGBT people of color in the media for Pride month.
Congratulations to Monifah, wife Terez Thorpe, and Bishop Abrams! Tune in to R&B Divas of Atlanta every Wednesday at 10PM ET on TVOne.