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If the Supreme Court should rule that gay marriage bans are un-Constitutional, there’s a place in San Antonio that expects to be a focal point for change.  That place is one of San Antonio’s not-so-common Islands.

“Marriage Island is a small island on the River Walk in San Antonio,” said William Sanders, co-owner of Marriage Island. “It’s popular for marriages due to the fact that it was blessed by Mexican priests sometime after the Mexican Revolution. It’s a small island. We do groups of about twenty-five there.”

Nathan Cone

Guitarist Ted Martinez works alone, but it wasn’t always supposed to be that way. Originally, he planned to work with a musical partner, hence his now alter-ego name, “This Is Where Two Oceans Meet.” Things didn’t work out that way, and now Martinez creates multi-layered soundscapes using a variety of electronic looping devices, pedals, and percussion. The effect is like hearing up to three or four people perform at once.

“I have a reliable band partner now,” Martinez jokes.

Any day now, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to decide whether or not states have the constitutional right to ban same-sex marriage. Whichever way the court goes, this ruling could create a murky legal situation for several states that allow same sex marriage, as well as several states that prohibit it.

In between the Bach, Elgar, and Aaron Copland, Youth Orchestras of San Antonio (YOSA) occasionally finds time to perform arrangements of popular songs. You can see some of their videos on YouTube.

Page Graham / YOSA

A sold-out crowd enjoyed YOSA (Youth Orchestras of San Antonio) on May 17, 2015 at the Tobin Center for a massive performance of Carl Orff's "scenic cantata," Carmina Burana. San Antonio's premier youth orchestra was joined by the Children's Chorus of San Antonio, the UIW Cardinal Chorale, the San Antonio Choral Society, and solosits Jamie-Rose Guarrine, Ryland Angel, and Zachary Gordin. 

You can see video of the performance below:

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