Chef Art Smith Plans Mass Same-Sex Wedding in Atlanta

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Posted at 4:09 PM, Jun 26, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-26 16:09:00-04

CHICAGO (AP) - Celebrity chef Art Smith of Chicago was planning to throw a massive wedding ceremony Sunday in Atlanta. He says it will become a celebration of the Supreme Court's historic ruling.

Smith says the court's decision Friday means America "truly is the land of the free."

Smith's "101 Gay Weddings" event will be at the Intercontinental Hotel in the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta. He held a similar event in February in Miami Beach.

Smith married his husband, Jesus Salgueiro (Sahl-GAIR'-ee-oh), on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. A Chicago resident, Smith is known as Oprah Winfrey's chef and owner of the Chicago restaurant Table 52.

He says his events are a form of "polite protest." He says food is a common thread and can help "change the world."