The Tampa Tribune reports that gay rights supporters in Florida plan to gather outside the governor's wedding to protest his hypocrisy or--to put it more positively--"celebrate [his] fundamental right to marry," according to Lorna Bracewell of Impact-Florida.
The governor endorsed Amendment 2--a same-sex marriage ban--prior to it becoming part of the state Constitution.
The gay-rights supporters will gather in pink T-shirts outside First United Methodist Church of St. Petersburg on December 12 and will continue outside the reception site at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort (see photo above) Afterwards, there will be a candlight vigil close to the Vinoy in downtown St. Pete to mourn the gross inequality.
The fact that not all people in our country have the right to marry still eats away at me. A friend of mine argues that I'm a hypocrite because I went ahead and took advantage of my heterosexual right to marry. He argues that I should have boycotted marriage out of solidarity for those who cannot legally marry.
He believes that if heterosexual couples boycott marriage, their more conservative parents will eventually start voting yes to legalizing gay marriage. The argument goes: conservatives care more about seeing their heterosexual children marry than they do about keeping same-sex couples from marrying.
I tend to think boycotts are most successful when they're tied to economics. The Montgomery Bus Boycott, for example, cost the Montgomery public bus company more than $750,000 according to a PBS article. If heterosexuals boycott marriage, the biggest entity to be affected would be the Wedding Industrial Complex.
And while the Wedding Industrial Complex rules over millions of brides, I'm not sure it has any political sway.
But maybe I'm just trying to justify my marriage and make myself feel less guilty.
What are your thoughts? What should heterosexuals do to advocate for same-sex marriage? Should they boycott marriage?