06/26/2013 03:24 pm ET

Gay Marriage: Alvin Ailey Dancers Marry As DOMA, Prop 8 Deliberated


As the U.S. Supreme Court deliberated the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8, dancers Antonio Douthit and Kirven Boyd made their union official.

Douthit and Boyd, who fell in love eight years ago after they joined the prestigious Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, became the company's first pair of same-sex dancers to marry when they tied the knot at the New York City Clerk's Office earlier this month, The Grio reported Tuesday.

After a small ceremony at the clerk's office, the newlyweds held a reception at the Alvin Ailey Center. They said they plan to eventually hyphenate their names, becoming Mr. and Mr. Douthit-Boyd.

Watch performances by Douthit here and Boyd here.

The Supreme Court struck down both Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in California, and the Defense of Marriage Act, which denied same-sex couples the same federal marriage benefits as straight couples, on Wednesday. After the landmark rulings, Proposition 8 plaintiffs Jeff Zarrillo and Paul Katami got engaged on the steps of the Supreme Court.

Read politicians' reactions to the court's rulings in the slideshow below.

Politicians React To Prop 8 And Defense Of Marriage Decisions

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