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Ryan Lowry And Mitch Lee Win Their Dream Wedding

Ryan M. Lowry & Mitchell J. Lee from Nebraska are the lucky gay couple to win the ultimate dream wedding contest. The couple met, dated and now have been together 7 years. Congrats to the happy couple!

The Journal Star reports:

Eighty-eight couples entered their stories in the online contest, which invited people to vote for their favorite. More than 44,000 votes were cast.

And Monday, Lee, 30, and Lowry, 32, won with 4,223 votes, more than 2,000 more than the next couple, which had 1,982.

They attribute their win to what they call a surprising amount of support, 56 percent of it via Facebook.

HRC has the couple’s statement:

Three weeks ago, my partner Mitch and I entered a contest through our local newspaper in Lincoln, NE to win a wedding package. When we entered, we had no idea the kind of response we would get. What started as a local effort to get our friends and family to vote for us turned into a national (and even international) outpouring of support.

The contest ended on July 18th, and I am thrilled to say that out of nearly 90 couples who entered, we received the highest number of votes and won! We want to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone who followed our story and showed thier support. As the contest progressed, and the comments came in, we realized it was no longer about us or the prize. Instead it was about standing up for equal rights and that even in some of the most conservative parts of the country, people are willing to show their support for same-sex marriage.

Click HERE to read the list of prices they won.

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