SALT LAKE CITY -- Two same-sex couples from Utah took their marriage vows in front of millions worldwide during the live broadcast of the Grammys. Queen Latifa officiated the ceremony at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Even Madonna made an appearance. Dustin and Spencer Reeser-Stout opened up to Fox 13 about how they were chosen to take part in the historic event. They also shared what their LDS family had to say about their nuptials.
Dustin and Spencer were the same-sex couple who got engaged at a Home Depot in Salt Lake City. The proposal, seen by more than 11 million on YouTube captured the attention of a casting agent. That's how their road to the Grammys began.
"We got a phone call from a gentlemen who said, ‘hey are you the Home Depot boys?’ That's what they call us now, the Home Depot boys," said Dustin and Spencer during a Skype interview with Fox 13. Spencer proposed to Dustin during a flash mob at a Salt Lake City Home Depot in August last year. Less than 6 months later, they became one of two same-sex couples from Utah to take their vows on national TV. They were also among the 33 gay and straight couples to get married in front of the Grammy audience.
"It was incredible," Spencer said.
"It was really powerful. I mean you hear that behind you as you say ‘I do,’ this thing that you thought was never even a possibility in your lifetime is suddenly is and you have 20,000 staring at you and screaming at you in support, I can't describe it," Dustin said.
The Utah couple originally planned to wed in San Diego and when Utah's ban on same-sex marriage was overturned before The Supreme Court issued a stay, they had mixed emotions.
"I think for us it's been a very emotional, even just an emotional month in Utah. When the Judge came down with the ruling our first feeling was ‘wow we feel validated, this is incredible, this is momentous,’" Spencer said.
While both of their families are what they describe as conservative LDS, they're still supported. Spencer says, "They tend to follow LDS tradition and a lot of them oppose gay marriage, but they love and support us."
"Yeah, there's a lot of respect there still. They respect us, they treat us very kindly and lovingly and the conversations we've had to have, have only been good conversations," Dustin said.
Dustin and Spencer say despite their families’ beliefs, both of their parents watched them get married on live TV Sunday night, and plan to attend their reception on Saturday.