Beginning tomorrow, Vermont will be known for more than its maple syrup, as gay marriage becomes legal and pushes out that staid civil union thing. Except while other states are clamoring for same-sex marriage rights, Vermont is posed to welcome the new rights with a yawn
But don’t expect the hullabaloo that came with 2000’s civil marriages: “The Associated Press surveyed several town clerks and found only a handful of licenses have been issued for gay marriages in the month of September, nothing like the rush seen around civil unions in 2000. But gay marriage advocates say there’s an easy explanation for that.”
ZOMG! Do Vermont gays, despite having their own gay ice cream, not want to get gay married?!
Actually, they do. They just don’t want to muck up their anniversaries. “Greg Trulson, a Duxbury Justice of the Peace who says he has several gay marriages lined up, said, ‘What I have found, that a lot of the gay marriages that I’m officiating now starting after September first are other civil unions that I have officiated in the past. And they’re coming back to get married — and what we’re finding is they’re coming back on the day of their civil union, to keep the same day for their marriage.'”
But what about the weddings and receptions? Will Vermont’s law taking effect tomorrow bring big money to the wedding biz this year? Sorry, no; Vermont’s gays already had their big parties, and budgets are thin, y’all.
Great for Vermont! Yet Maine and New York need your help NOW! Things you can do:
* Participate in phonebanks
* Make youtube videos in support of Maine’s marriage equality
* Write emails to Maine newspapers
* Talk to your friends and family
* Donate to Equality Maine
New York also needs your attention. Contact NY state senators and encourage them to vote Yes to marriage equality. We need marriage equality passed before November. It would be the best marriage equality ad Maine could get to secure gay people’s rights.
After we win marriage equality, yawn, we need to support sex, gender, sexuality, and health education nationally.
We also need to legalize assisted suicide. I can’t think of anything more intrusive than the government telling me that I must live.
You’ve forgotten: the Westboro Baptist Church will rear its ugly head tomorrow. Not only are they protesting at the State House in Montpelier, but they’re going to come up to Burlington to protest at a synagogue… for some reason. I’ll give them your love.
Maybe Reverend Phelps will trip and accidentally fall into a vat of maple syrup while there in Vermont?
MediaCurves.com just conducted a study with 851 viewers of an ad by Truth and Hope supporting gay marriages. The results showed that Democrats and Independents reported ‘happiness’ and ‘inspiration’ as the emotions they felt most during the ad while Republicans reported ‘disturbed’ and ‘happiness’ as the emotions they felt most while viewing the ad. The study also found that 83% of Democrats, 77% of Independents, and 58% of Republicans indicated that the ad was effective. For more in-depth results, please visit http://www.mediacurves.com/Culture/J7517-Truth-and-Hope/Index.cfm
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