A security company is offering same-sex and other couples armed guards for their weddings.
Teja Foster, spokeswoman for GuardNow, which is based in Los Angeles and has a franchise covering San Francisco, said the outfit has already been providing guards to help protect couples against unruly, drunken guests and gift thieves.
But with the U.S. Supreme Court announcing Wednesday (June 26) that it is ordering the dismissal of California’s Proposition 8 same-sex marriage ban, couples may have additional concerns.
“These are worries that are going to come up,” Foster said. “The crazed people that are unhappy about the legalization going on,” as well as members of the press showing up to get a glimpse of same-sex couples getting married.
Hiring an unarmed guard for the minimal four hours costs $249. Getting a guard with a gun costs $299. For those who prefer, guards may be equipped with Tasers rather than guns. Until the end of September, GuardNow is offering newly engaged and soon-to-be-married couples 15 percent off their entire wedding order.
The company was already busy with LGBTs before Wednesday’s announcements.
“For weddings, probably about 70 percent of our calls are for same-sex marriages,” Foster said. Los Angeles and San Francisco are the company’s two busiest areas, and the firm also gets “a lot of calls” from New York, she said. She expects the business to increase.