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06/11/2009

CT: Where the weddings are not just Martha/Stewart

by Jeremy Hooper

This weekend, this NY-based writer and his fiancé will head to Connecticut to wed. That situational reality makes this New York Times story feel not only professionally newsworthy, but also personally appropriate:

GREENWICH, Conn. — They wanted a New York wedding. “Our lives are here; our friends are here,” said Janis Castaldi, 56, who lives in Westchester County with Lizz Endrich, the woman she married on May 21.

But New York has not approved same-sex marriage. “It got to the point where it doesn’t look 100 percent good right now. When you have Greenwich, Conn., 20 minutes away, I said, ‘Why are we waiting?’

Gay New Yorkers Head to Greenwich for Weddings [NYT]

You're losing out, New York. Since you recognize us on the state level yet refuse to perform our 200906111027-1unions here at home, you are doing nothing but exporting the karmic and financial windfalls that equality could bring to the state.

Connecticut gets the happiness. Connecticut vendors get the commissions. And what does New York get out of the deal? Annoyed LGBT people who are forced to put a few more miles on their car and a little more annoyance on their schedule, but who will never -- NEVER! -- allow inequality to permeate their hearts. Our deal-minded brains may be more than Bridgeport than Wall Street, but this tradeoff hardly seems like a good bargain!

The time to correct the inequity is now, New York. We are seeking equality for gays and lesbians, not just equality for gays in Lisbon.

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Your thoughts

Jeremy,

Congrats on your forthcoming nuptials! I wish you both all the best.

Marc

Posted by: marc | Jun 11, 2009 11:56:04 AM

Had to share this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQJvSzkVfRg

Posted by: Alonzo | Jun 11, 2009 8:19:58 PM

Besides contributing to the local economy by having flowers, wonderful food, a lovely location, you are also probably contributing to the State of CT coffers with a healthy sales tax contribution. Give the condition of most state's budgetary income, "See, NY what you are missing!"

Posted by: Bob Miller | Jun 11, 2009 11:27:49 PM

Hey I know some Lesbians in Lisbon! Congrats on getting married. Hope you enjoy your time in our fair state.

Posted by: Sonia | Jun 13, 2009 10:43:22 PM

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