The Woman in the Rainbow Dress

I’ve emphasized her words that stood out to me.

News outlets and wire services simply referred to her as “a woman in a rainbow dress.”

“A woman in a rainbow dress officiated.”

“…the officiant wore a rainbow-colored dress.”

“A woman in a rainbow dress officiated their marriage ceremony…”

That woman is Laura Phillips, an ordained minister and nurse from Fayetteville, Ark., who rushed to the Carroll County Courthouse early Saturday morning to assist some of the first same-sex couples in legally marrying there after an Arkansas judge ruled on Friday that its ban on such marriages is unconstitutional.

“I wanted to make sure that there was someone there to officiate,” Phillips told BuzzFeed. “I’m on the board of directors for the Northwest Arkansas Center for Equality, and I wanted to be there in case anything went wrong.”

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