Chely Wright Marries Gay Activist Lauren Blitzer in Connecticut
Chely Wright and gay activist Lauren Blitzer were married Saturday (Aug. 20) during a private ceremony at Blitzer's aunt's home in Connecticut, one of several states recognizing marriages between same-sex couples. The ceremony was presided by a minister and a rabbi because Wright is Christian and Blitzer is Jewish. The couple met in 2010 shortly after Wright announced she was a lesbian with the release of an album, Lifted Off the Ground, and memoir, Like Me: Confessions of a Heartland Country Singer. Blitzer is development director for Faith in America, a nonprofit organization established to end bigotry against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Wright had a No. 1 country hit with "Single White Female" in 1999. The couple reside in the New York City area.