By Kelsey Burr
Photo courtesy of Sharon Chrust
A Fishers, Ind. same-sex couple is celebrating almost a week of marriage, after they got married at the Grammy’s Sunday Jan. 26.
Sharon Chrust, 69, and Caroline Martin, 71, joined 32 other couples at the live award show for a mass wedding that took place during Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ song “Same Love.”
It was a “once in a lifetime experience” for the couple. An experience that Chrust said “represents change and hope for a new future.”
“It cut to commercial, so the TV audience didn’t get to see thousands people rising to their feet in unison. A crazy amount of people gave their blessings,” Chrust said.
“To be on the floor and see thousands of people cheering and crying…it was a powerful thing.”
The two women, who have been together for 23 years, didn’t always think marriage would be possible.
“We’ve grown up in a time where the idea of getting married (as a gay or lesbian person) was never an option,” Chrust said.
The timing of their televised wedding wasn’t lost on the couple. Back in their home state of Indiana, HJR-3, a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage, is on its way to the Indiana Senate. The Indiana House passed the amended proposal Tuesday with a 57-40 vote.
“The timing couldn’t have been better to make a statement about marriage. Eventually they’ll have to join the 21 century,” Martin said.
Martin and Chrust have thought about moving to a different state, but said their kids are here, so they’ve stayed. They also have a combined 14 grandchildren and great grandchildren and just moved into a new house.
“We’ve had a lot of fun together,” Martin said.
That fun translated to their wedding day. As the two walked back down the aisle at the Grammy’s, Martin got a hug and a kiss from country artist Keith Urban and from Beatles legend Paul McCartney.
Backstage, Queen Latifah signed the marriage licenses for all the couples. Chrust and Martin were officially married.
But their marriage is not recognized in Indiana. Chrust said she hopes Indiana will someday come around.