Save the date: Miranda is engaged
Alberta’s first openly gay cabinet minister announced he is getting married MORE AT THESTAR.COM/ EDMONTON
ber NDP convention in Edmonton, Alberta’s Minister of Culture and Tourism Ricardo Miranda was preparing to table a proposal … one that he wasn’t expecting to backfire.
In his Edmonton apartment, and joined by his partner Christopher Brown, a man he had met only a few months before and then fell deeply in love with, Miranda was gearing up to pop the question.
“And then he asked me to stop,” Miranda said. “He said, ‘We shouldn’t have this conversation right now.’ I was a little bit upset about that because I thought things were going well, but it turned out that he was the one that wanted to propose to me, and he just didn’t have the ring yet.”
And so, on Saturday, Oct. 27, when the convention was in full swing, and after the two retired to the minister’s apartment again between events, Brown turned the tables and bounced the question back.
“I had it all planned out,” said Brown, a resident of
Faust, Alta., about 300 kilometres north of Edmonton. “Love is tricky like that. You think you’re going to plan it one way, and then it goes the opposite way. There were still things I wanted to do, but it didn’t fall through. It just got pushed up.”
“And, of course, I said, ‘Yes,’” Miranda added.
On Wednesday morning,
the minister shared news of the nuptials in the most modern way possible — by changing his Facebook status and kicking off a trending hashtag (#loveislove) that took the province by storm, a speed that the two have learned to embrace in recent months.
“We just got caught up in this almost whirlwind romance and here we are,”
Brown, formerly a journalist and now a communications co-ordinator for the Town of Slave Lake, quickly hit it off with Miranda at a fundraiser for Lesser Slave Lake MLA Danielle Larivee on July 4, and then began dating shortly after. On Dec. 28, the two plan to tie the knot at Calgary’s Glenbow Museum.
Alberta Minister of Culture and Tourism Ricardo Miranda, right, and his fiancé, Christopher Brown, left, announced they will be getting married after just a short few months of dating. They will tie the knot at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary later in the month.