It is unutterably delightful to me that this is IEA’s 1,000th blog post. :)
Reports from around the state, nation, and world today about the flashmob wedding at Bloomington’s PRIDE Film Festival! Mayor Mark Kruzan and a host of local political and religious figures presided yesterday evening over a group wedding in protest of HJR-6. Below are some links I’ve rounded up – if you have more, send ‘em in and don’t forget to buy your ticket to PRIDE’s weekend of festivities!
13 gay and lesbian couples ‘marry’ in ceremony led by Bloomington mayor (pdf) | Indianapolis Star, Kristine Guerra
“People ask us why we’re doing this…It’s about equality and opportunity,” Kruzan said. “History simply will not smile kindly upon those who advocated against equality. It’s time that same-sex marriage be recognized by all.”
A Message To Lawmakers: A Dozen Gay Marriages In Bloomington | Indiana Public Media, Stan Jastrzebski
Kruzan says he’s under no illusions about the legality of the proceedings, even if he believes he’s in an expanding minority of elected leaders.
“It is symbolic and it’s not power that’s vested in me as the mayor of Bloomington but I think it’s important for people to realize that there are a lot of people who depend on votes willing to stand up and say ‘This is what we would like to have the power to do.’”
‘I pronounce you partners in life’: Mayor conducts symbolic ceremonies for local gay and lesbian couples (pdf) | Bloomington Herald Times, Jon Blau
Joining a dozen other gay and lesbian couples in taking symbolic vows, [Abby] Henkel, 26, and [Sarah] Perfetti, 28, made a statement for marriage equality, because if Perfetti didn’t have insurance through Indiana University, which recognized domestic partnerships, Henkel would be uninsured. It was also their statement, and the statement of local political officials and clergy who stood witness, that they do not agree with a proposed amendment to the Indiana Constitution that would define marriage as between a man and a woman.
“I am honored to bear witness to this wedding ceremony and lend my voice to a rising chorus in Indiana and around the country in support of essential civil rights and in opposition to the proposed constitutional amendment to outlaw gay marriage,” Monroe County Councilor Rick Dietz said in a news release.
US: Mayor holds ‘wedding’ for 13 gay couples to protest against proposed equal marriage ban | PinkNews.co.uk, Joseph Patrick McCormick
At the ceremony, Mayor Kruzan said: “By the power not yet invested in me by the state of Indiana, I pronounce you partners in life.”