Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski married her fiance, Betty Iverson Sunday, Aug. 14.
“Yesterday our family was brought together by marriage,” read a post added to Biskupski’s Facebook page the morning of Aug. 15.
“We have always been bonded by love, but now we are joined by law. As our dear friend Kate Kendell highlighted while performing the ceremony, our family and all families like ours have come so far to make joyous days like this possible. We truly are stronger together. #love.”
Biskupski, 50, met Iverson, 55, in the 90s and they kept in contact with each other since. Last year, the two reconnected while they happened to see each other while walking the halls of the Utah State Capitol Building.
Biskupski was running her mayoral campaign through much of their renewed courtship, but when the pair vacationed after the election, Iverson surprised Biskupski with a marriage proposal on a California beach.
Biskupski adopted her son, Archie, in 2009. He is now 6 years old. Right about the time she resigned from the legislature in 2011, she had hoped to adopt a second child, but the birth mother changed her mind.
Iverson was living in Denver with her 11-year-old son, Jack, whom she adopted in Guatemala when he was 8 months old. She traveled to Utah regularly for business.
The pair got married at Log Haven Restaurant. Both wore similar white wedding gowns and the boys wore black tuxedos with red bowties.
Kendell, Biskupski’s long-time friend and executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, performed the ceremony. Kendell now lives in San Francisco, but grew up in Utah and graduated from the University of Utah College of Law in 1988. Q
Photo: Cat Palmer