Unless your space ship just landed in Fargo, or you’re one of the few who never picks up a newspaper or watches tv, you’ve been made aware of the controversy surrounding The Forum’s refusal to print the announcement of the upcoming marriage of two local women in New York.
My understanding is that the story got picked up virtually world wide, and the paper was filled with letters on both sides of the controversy.
The Gay Agenda even had its second most read blog post in nearly three years.
Clearly the public has strong opinions on which couples in long term, committed relationships should be allowed the benefit of existing laws that protect them, their assets, and provide certain tax advantages.
In my opinion, straight people should be allowed one marriage only, and after that they never again get to receive the legal benefits of marriage.
However, they can have as many church weddings as they can afford, and that the ladies aide is willing to clean up after.
But I disgress.
It is impossible for me to believe The Forum has never had a request to publish a same-gender marriage announcement. Mainly because Ricky and I were declined 6 years ago. Probably still have the e-mail, knowing Ricky.
Again, I digress.
All that being said, I wholeheartedly support The Forum’s new policy on printing marriage announcements. While I find commitment ceremonies endearing, and civil unions ‘marriage lite’ I agree that there are now enough opportunities for couples to get legally married that those who want to do it, can. As an enthusiastic supporter of marriage, I applaud those who are willing to sign the contract and make it legal.
Six years ago, Ricky and I chose Winnipeg over London simply because our friends and families could more easily join us in Winnipeg, and we could use the travel resources required for an English extravaganza to throw a big back-yard bash when we got home.
BTW, Canadian law states that either Ricky or I would have to become a Canadian citizen for one year before we could divorce. I wonder how many ‘preserve traditional marriage’ types would be willing to go forward with their marriage knowing they’d have to move to a foreign country for one year before they could get divorced?
Thanks Fargo Forum, for stepping up and doing the right thing. Finally.
Today’s Gay Agenda: Get “I never delete anything” Ricky to find that old e-mail declining our announcement and let The Forum know someone in the Celebrations department has been pissing off lots of gay couples over the years without their knowledge.