Tuesday, June 23, 2015

In the real world Southern wedding vendors gear up for universal marriage equality

According to GPB Charleston event planner Toni Reale says that marriage equality been great for her business. Before the ruling in South Carolina she didn’t make any money from gay ceremonies, but now … “It’s ten percent of our business. We’ve seen a direct economic impact to our small business.”

In Savannah, Rev. Steve Schulte said that he looks forward to holding ceremonies for same-sex couples.
I have created a website called mygaysavannahwedding.com. I have a Facebook page and I have posted on there about the upcoming ruling whenever that is, that I will do weddings for gay and lesbian couples that day for free as a way of saying yes this is the right thing that should be done and it should have been done a long time ago.
Schulte said same-sex couples are lining up to marry in this town known for its historic beauty.

Over the last five years or so, about a half-dozen wedding vendors throughout the United States have made a decision to demonstrate their disapproval of gay and lesbian couples by refusing to provide service for their weddings. In doing so they have violated non-discrimination laws and are paying the price for discrimination. We know their names. These are the florist, a couple of bakers, a photographer and a caterer or two who have become the centerpiece of Christian opposition to same-sex marriage. More accurately, they are at the center of fund raising efforts by Christian groups opposing same-sex marriage.

The half-dozen recalcitrants make a great deal more noise than the hundreds (if not thousands) of wedding vendors who appreciate our patronage. Even in Dixie.

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