With recent arrests, HRC dinners and gay adoration behind them, basketball lesbians Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson got married on Friday, weeks after one trip home to Houston and one to jail.
The wedding took place on a mountaintop outside Phoenix, where Griner plays for the WNBA team the Phoenix Mercury. She posted her reaction to the day on Instagram (top photo).
I don't care if the world was ending at this moment! Nothing could of kept me from my wife. I think I cried the whole day until I saw her walking down that [aisle]. Then in [an] instant I was calm and full of love and all the tears turned into huge smiles and a joy that no one can explain unless you have found and married your soulmate.
Johnson, a forward with the Tulsa Shock, wore a full-length, strapless champagne gown with a small train by Matthew Christopher that she selected from Bridals by Lori in Atlanta on an episode of TLC's “Say Yes to the Dress.”
After the ceremony, they celebrated with a sit-down dinner on the resort's Falls Terrace, followed by a tiered cake dessert that combined Griner's favorite, white cake, with Johnson's favorite, red velvet.
But it wasn’t all tweets and sweets as recently as two-and-a-half weeks before the wedding. The couple made headlines of a different kind when police responded to a 911 call from Griner and Johnson’s home on April 22. Both were arrested for assault, and Griner accepted a plea deal to enter domestic violence counseling. Johnson volunteered to enter the program too.
Days earlier, Griner accepted the HRC Visibility Awards at the HRC Houston Gala. Days before that, she was named to the Out Power 50. The Houston native and hometown favorite’s status as a role model weighs heavily in a prepared statement that Griner released through her attorney to address the domestic incident.
“It is never OK for an argument to turn physical,” Griner said in a statement released through her attorney. “This will never happen again, and I take my relationship and my responsibility as a role model seriously.”
“I am committed to making positive changes and I plan to use what I have learned to set a good example and help make a difference in the world around me.”