Saturday, June 29, 2013

Those big gay weddings

Just in case you missed it, the Fabulous Beekman Boys (Brent, left, and Josh) tied the knot officially yesterday at the Beekman 1802 farm near Sharon Springs, New York. Martha, of course, was there. She brought, among other things, multi-colored hard-boiled eggs from her Bedford farm.

The photos here are taken from Andrew Ritchie's mildly obsessive "Martha Moments" blog. Follow the link to see more --- if interested. I love Martha --- the boys, too. We do love our divas, and divos, you know. 

This wedding, as might be expected in the Beekman/Stewart universe, had been in the planning stage for months --- so its scheduling two days after the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling that gutted the Defense of Marriage Act and extended federal recognition to same-sex marriages in states like New York and Iowa was coincidental. But kind of fun.

Out in California, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals moved quickly on Friday to lift the stay it had imposed on same-sex marriages more than four years ago as the other big gay marriage case moved through the court system. The plaintiffs in that case were married soon thereafter: Kris Perry and Sandy Stier in San Francisco by California Attorney General Kamala Harris and Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo in Los Angeles by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. 


One of the better (brief) unpackings of this week's rulings came from gay blogger Andrew Sullivan and Freedom to Marry Executive Director Evan Wolfson on Anderson Cooper 360. Both Sullivan and Wolfson began advocating for marriage equality at a time when other activists considered such things  beyond reach.

The Christian response to Wednesday's rulings has continued as expected --- The vocal right meaner than a skilletful of rattlesnakes; the "we're-not-like-that" other side, substantially less vocal.

"They will know we are Christians by our love ...." ROFLMAO.

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