Norwalk: Who's on first?
Lionel Ignacio, 54, a massage therapist who became a volunteer wedding officiant in Norwalk for the day, stood solemnly before David Resendez, 45, a train operator from Rancho Dominguez, and Jaime Pineda, 42, who works for Macy's in Rancho Dominguez.
Perhaps caught up in the excitement of the moment, and confused by his couple's identical black outfits and rainbow scarves, Ignacio started the vows by looking at Jaime and intoning, "David, repeat after me: Take this ring as a sign of my love and fidelity."
Jaime blinked, confused, but gamely said his vow.
Ignacio looked at David and intoned, "Jaime -- "
"I'm David," said David, interrupting the officiant.
Ignacio corrected himself, but moments later was off course again.
"David -- " said Ignacio.
"Jaime," said Jaime.
In the end, though, David and Jaime were finally legally married. They kissed. Beaming, Resendez grabbed Pineda in a bear hug and exhaled with relief.
The couple met 18 years ago in Santa Monica when Resendez was a bus driver. "He got on my bus and never got off," Resendez said of Pineda.
Photo: Jaime Pineda, left, receives a wedding ring from his partner David Resendez.
Photo credit: Spencer Weiner/Los Angeles Times
(They met 18 years ago in Santa Monica when Resendez was a bus driver. "He got on my bus and never got off," said Resendez.)