Reprinted with permission from the Bay Area Reporter.
By Roger Brigham
Last March, Australian Olympic gold medal diver Matthew Mitcham announced he was engaged to his partner, Luke Rutherford. In early February, the couple made it official with a legal ceremony in Great Britain, followed last week with a public ceremony in Belgium and a honeymoon in Amsterdam.
Matthew Mitcham, left, kissed his husband, Luke Rutherford, during the couple's public ceremony in Belgium. Photo: Courtesy Instagram
"Basking in the afterglow of the best week of my life," Mitcham posted on Instagram. "I'm so lucky to have such a beautiful bunch of family and friends."
Ahhh — if only NBC Sports had been there to capture a photograph of their kiss. (Famously, the network cut away from Mitcham kissing his former partner after his gold medal dive at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.)
Mitcham, who won that medal just months after coming out, will be inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in April.
Congratulations to Matthew Mitcham. To read more about this wedding, other news about Gay Games XII, and updates on anti-transgender legislation in various United States jurisdictions, click HERE.