Month: December 2014

Rainbow Weddings Will Make it Rain “Green” on the State Economy

For five years the Pride gift shop in the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center has carried same-gender couple cake toppers for wedding cakes. Some of that merchandise has been on the shelves the whole five years. That all changed on Monday morning, October 6, 2014, when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the Oklahoma marriage equality lawsuit and similar lawsuits from other states. The Oklahoma case was on appeal from the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Colorado, which had upheld U.S. District Judge Terence Kern’s January 14, 2014, decision striking down Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriage.  The minute the announcement was made that marriage licenses could be issued to same-sex couples at court clerk’s offices across the state, the phone calls started coming in on the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center’s LGBT helpline requesting cake toppers for gay weddings and officiants to perform the ceremonies.

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