After a ten year friendship including a three year courtship that only strengthened during a global pandemic, David Grant and Brad Button celebrated their love and devotion by tying the knot.
The ceremony was officiated by Mr. Button’s father John, the former mayor of Moorestown, a leafy Burlington County town in the Philly burbs.
After some patchy weather early on the day, roughly 150 guests gathered in the early autumn splendor of Brewster, Massachusetts to watch the pair swap “I do’s.’ The ceremony took place on a bluff overlooking Cape Cod’s scenic bayside, close to where Mr. Button vacationed with his family as a child.
Mr. Grant took to the altar in a perfectly tailored trend-setting grey three-piece suit. It was an ideal contrast to Mr. Button’s light blue three-piece number, also tailored to perfection on their special day. They wore matching pinkish ties and white rose boutonnieres.
NJ Governor Phil Murphy, a durable ally to NJ’s LGBTQ community, was among the first to send his best wishes.
“Congratulations to David Grant and Brad Button on their marriage,” said Governor Phil Murphy. “I wish them nothing but the best as they embark on a new chapter of their lives together.”
Mr. Button, a South Jersey native and realtor extraordinaire, currently serves on the board of the LGBT Chamber of Commerce for the the Greater Philadelphia Area.
Mr. Grant, a Florida native with strong Bergen County ties, is a founding member of the NJ Democratic State Committee’s LGBTQ caucus. Currently the Deputy Strategist and Client Specialist for XenoPsi, a national political consulting firm with Jersey roots, Mr. Grant also has close ties to US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.
Mr. Grant was previously chief of staff for Assemblyman Tim Eustace, one of only two openly Gay state lawmakers in New Jersey’s centuries-long history. During his time in Trenton, David Grant did more than just about anyone to set the table for marriage equality in New Jersey and nationwide.
And today, David and his new husband Brad, will feast on equality’s bounty.
“David worked tirelessly in my office on policy and public outreach,” Mr. Eustace told InsiderNJ. “He was in the mix as we fought to reach some of the goals that New Jersey has achieved for LGBTQ equality. I couldn’t be happier for David and Brad, they deserve the happiness they obviously give to each other and I wish them many years of happiness and peace.”
In many ways, gay wedding are just like the straight ones: there’s cake, a honeymoon, etc. But today, we celebrate two men, Mr. Grant and Mr. Button, who had to work really hard for a very long time just for the right just to be here.
That’s what makes this particular gay wedding different and special.
And that calls for a little toast to Mr. Button and Mr. Grant.🥂🍻
The newly married duo will make their home in Philadelphia, PA with their dog Dolly and Jack the cat.
Jay Lassiter is a veteran NJ political columnist based in Cherry Hill. A zealous Oxford comma fanatic, Mr. Lassiter is thrilled to see three-piece suits have made a comeback.