When Spencer Jones and Tyler Barrick, who married in San Francisco in June 2008, went to publish an announcement for their formal wedding reception in their hometown newspaper The Spectrum in St. George, Utah, the publisher declined to accept their paid announcement. Well, first he accepted the announcement but stipulated no photo; when Spencer and Tyler and their families balked at such a condition, the publisher decided against running the announcement at all! He called it “a business decision.”
The reception, scheduled to be held on August 22, 2009, will go on as planned. In an effort to spread the word to all Spencer and Tyler’s friends, and to mark their celebration with a formal newspaper filing, The Daily Horse has decided to run a Weddings and Celebrations Announcements Page for any member of the GLBT nation who wishes to publicize such events. We’re calling it a business decision. We will begin by reprinting what The Spectrum refused. (With major thanks to GLADD for publishing this story first).
Tyler Jerome Barrick and Spencer Kent Jones will celebrate their marriage in a ceremony on September 6, 2009, at the Rio Villa Resort on the banks of the Russian River in Sonoma County, California. An open house and reception will be held in their honor on August 22, 2009, at 7PM, at 908 Madison Heights in Washington, Utah.
Spencer is the son of Leon and Cherie Jones, currently of Stansbury Park, Utah, and formerly of St. George, Utah. Tyler is the son of Steven and Linda Stay of Washington, Utah.
The grooms met in St. George, Utah, in 2001, while Spencer was home on winter break from Dartmouth College and Tyler was attending Dixie State College. The couple has subsequently lived together in Washington, DC, Tokyo, Japan, and San Francisco, California. Spencer graduated with a B.A. in government and history from Dartmouth in 2002, subsequently obtained a Juris Doctorate from Stanford Law School in 2007, and currently works as a litigation associate for the international law firm of O’Melveny & Myers LLP in San Francisco. Tyler graduated with a B.S. in nursing from the University of San Francisco in 2007, and he currently works as a cardiac R.N. at the UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco. Tyler and Spencer were among the first dozen same-sex couples to legally obtain their marriage license in San Francisco last year, on June 17, 2008. The couple has made their home in San Francisco, where they reside with their dog Cooper.