Pride Fest Kicks Off In Fort Wayne


Published 07/25 2014 08:52PM

Updated 07/25 2014 10:53PM

 Last month the state-wide ban on Gay Marriage was lifted by a Federal Judge's ruling. The Indiana Attorney General quickly fought that, and there is a stay on gay marriages here in Indiana. Despite the political controversy, the 18th annual Pride Fest here in the Summit City kicked off Friday night. Fort Wayne Pride is the 2nd largest Pride Festival in the state.

Friday night begins the 18th annual Pride fest here in Fort Wayne, and Nikki Fultz, Director of Fort Wayne Pride said she’s been doing this for 14 years.

"Each year its been greater and greater to be able to experience our community to be able to come together one time a year and really celebrate who we are and celebrate all the differences we have to offer,” said Fultz.

A Federal Judge ruled that banning gay marriage was unconstitutional, however an Appeals Court is now deciding the ultimate fate of that law.

Fultz said, "Our community has always overcome any of the hardships we been thrown so this is just one more battle we’re facing to find equality. Pride has always been just a celebration were here to just look at the positives and focus on the great things that happen in our community.”

Amanda Spiller, Events Coordinator agreed with Fultz and hoped this festival brings acceptance to the LGBT community.

“We hope this helps bring the community more together so that in the future we can kind of ban together and works towards having everything be legal,” said Spiller.

Spiller, who is recently engaged, said she has faith in the legal system.

“We’re giving it plenty of time to get through and I’m sure it will um its just the process that things go in and how long it takes but uh I have faith in due time well be fine."

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