Out Comic Fortune Feimster Weds, Cites Supreme Court Uncertainty

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Monday October 26, 2020

Fortune Feimler and her wife, Jacquelyn Smith
Fortune Feimler and her wife, Jacquelyn Smith  (Source:Fortune Feimler / Instagram)

Out comedian Fortune Feimster and her fiancée, Jacquelyn Smith, married in a small ceremony on Oct. 23, reports People magazine, which published exclusive photos of the happy occasion. The couple had initially planned to have a larger ceremony but opted for the more intimate occasion due to the ongoing COVIDF-19 pandemic.

Feimster, famed for her role on "The Mindy Project," told People that one of the reasons they pressed forward was uncertainty around what might happen to marriage equality when Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed to the Supreme Court.

In that event, People noted, "the court would have a 6-3 conservative majority. And earlier this month, Justice Clarence Thomas and Justice Samuel Alito said the 2015 same-sex marriage ruling Obergefell v. Hodges continues to have 'ruinous consequences' for religious liberty. Their statement worried many Americans about the right to same-sex marriage being overturned."

It was a worry Feimler admitted to sharing.

"On the first day of their session, two of the justices brought up gay marriage," she said, calling the way that attention instantly focused on marriage equality when Ruth Bader Ginsberg died "nerve-wracking."

"Who knows what will happen," Feimler added. "Hopefully, marriage equality is here to stay. But we wanted to be more proactive and get married while we know we can."

Saying that the celebration "was never going to be a traditional wedding per se," Feimster told People that the couple "only had a couple of good friends there. We all had COVID tests. We purposefully kept it small for the reasons of it being during a pandemic."

The ceremony took place in a rented house overlooking the ocean in Malibu, California, the People report said. The couple had initially announced their engagement in January of 2018 and had expected that the ceremony would take place this past summer. But, Feimster told the magazine, the couple "were starting to look at venues and stuff, and then COVID hit. So then we were like, 'I guess that big thing is not happening.' "

This past June 27, on the fifth anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling that found that gay and lesbian Americans have the same right to marry that heterosexuals have, Feimster posted on Instagram:

I was waiting til today to say I never thought I'd A) find someone that I wanted to marry and B) legally be allowed to. But five years ago today, the day after marriage equality passed, I went to pride in Chicago and immediately met Jax. She appeared out of nowhere and it felt like I'd known her forever.

Taking to Instagram, Feimler shared the happy news with her fans, reported E! Online.

"Jax and I decided to forgo the big wedding we planned to have due to the pandemic and decided fairly last minute to do a tiny ceremony on the beach," the comic posted. "We'll celebrate with friends and family in a year when it's safer to do so."

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Assistant Arts Editor. He also reviews theater for WBUR. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.

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