Last night as I stayed up awaiting the results of Colorado’s Senate Bill 2 aka Civil Union Act, I tried to maintain a glimmer of hope that it would pass. However, conservative members of the House did their best to filibuster the bill and unfortunately at 11:00 pm both parties announced that the bill was dead and they had reached an impasse. I’m angry and heartbroken all at the same time. Angry that “the Republican leadership called the recess after Democrats and two members of the Republican caucus formed an effective majority, and offered a motion to halt a Republican filibuster in order to force a debate on the bill.” -http://outfrontcolorado.com/ofcblog/news/dead-civil-union-act-dies-after-it-fails-to-have-debate/. Brokenhearted for my friends and loved ones who are unable to declare their love and commitment in an equal fashion as a heterosexual couple.
In this country, we have a constitutional separation of church and state. Unfortunately, there are many in our government and our country who choose to ignore it and force their religious definitions of marriage on the rest of us. In my opinion, when governments started charging to marry, the religious notion of marriage no longer applied. However, we have many in this country who ignore equal protection under the law and the separation of church and state. Why should you care who someone marries?
My disappointment and anger over this issue almost prompted me to make the blog black today and not post the board I worked on last week. It just so happens that my inspiration board, has a picture of two gorgeous brides. I had not planned on making an issue of it, just publishing a yellow shabby chic wedding inspiration board that just happened to have a same sex couple in it. However, I realized that today I could stand in support of the GLBTIQ community and demand EQUALITY!
Here is a link to prior posts on marriage equality, which include links to marriage equality statements that you can include in your programs or have read at your own wedding.
Today I stand with my GLBTIQ community and demand equality! Demand the separation of church and state! Demand that our government provide equal protection under the law!
With that said, here is the inspiration board I planned for today. It’s not a political statement and was never intended to be so. In my opinion, marriage is marriage and there wasn’t a need to make a special point that instead of one bride and a groom, I chose to include a pic of two brides. LOVE IS LOVE!
Before I jump in to Wedding Wednesday, I want to address the reader who initiated me in to the world of hate mail. Yep, I have officially arrived as I got my first bit of hate mail regarding the blog and regarding my stance on marriage equality in particular. If you do not like my stance on marriage equality, I’m not holding you hostage nor am I changing my business or personal opinions to reflect your bigotry and hate. I will continue to support my community and fight for equal rights for those I care about and love. If you don’t like it, move along. I return you to my regularly scheduled post.
On today’s Wedding Wednesday, is a jeweler that I became aware of back when “First Comes Love” debuted on Logo a few years ago, Love and Pride. “Love and Pride is the first high-end designer jewelry online destination for people who believe in equality, diversity and tolerance. Our jewelry collections include engagement, commitment, wedding and anniversary rings, necklaces, pendants, earrings, watches and other accessories for women and men. Sometimes romantic, sometimes serious, sometimes whimsical…always captivating.” -http://www.loveandpride.com/Home/OurCompany.aspx
Love and Pride has beautiful jewelry no matter your sexual orientation or gender identity. It’s stylish, well executed, and by purchasing from Love and Pride, you can make a difference as Love and Pride donates proceeds from their sales to organizations such as the Matthew Shepard Foundation and the Human Rights Campaign. -http://www.loveandpride.com/Home/MakeaDifference.aspx
The first board shows a sample of Love and Pride’s wedding jewelry. The second are pieces that make a statement and for many of them, the proceeds go to support specific charitable organizations and campaigns. The last board is just a few of my personal favorites. Please visit and support Love and Pride.
Tonight I watched history being made with 45,000 plus other people watching online coverage of the New York Senate’s vote for marriage equality. As you may know, the bill passed and marriage equality came to the people of New York. Tonight I pray that the history in New York will signal our White House and our country that equal rights are for everyone. I am so very proud of the GLBTIQ community, our freedom fighters, and our allies. I shed many tears of joy tonight and I rejoice with New York. The fight is not won yet and I encourage and pray that America will choose love and equality.
With the call for civil rights for the GLBT (Gay, Lesiban, Bisexual, and Transgender) community, heterosexual allies have begun to make a statement as part of their weddings on Marriage Equality. If you are thinking of doing the same, here are some links to really great Marriage Equality Statments and ways to incorporate Marriage Equality in to your ceremony: