D.C. Council member and mayoral candidate Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) performed his first same-sex marriage on Dec. 14 when he joined Logan Circle residents John Lazar and J. Edward Jarvis at a ceremony at the couple’s home.
Evans performed the ceremony under authority given to him by the D.C. Marriage Officiant Act of 2013, which, among other things, empowers the mayor and all 13 City Council members to perform marriages in the District of Columbia.
“We are honored to have Jack officiate at our marriage, and it’s so appropriate since he has been politically supportive of our community for 22 years,” Lazar said in a statement.
Lazar told the Blade that he and Jarvis met and began a relationship in 1993 in New York City where the two lived at the time and have been a couple ever since. Lazar currently serves as senior vice president of the American Cancer Society’s Mid-Atlantic Region. Jarvis is an executive compensation consultant and principal at Mercer & Company, a D.C. area consulting firm.
“Ed and I are just thrilled to see this opportunity arise within our own lifetimes,” Lazar said. “Ten years ago we really didn’t think we would see marriage equality and we’re just delighted.”