Lesbian weds male stranger in protest
Posted on Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 04:13 PM
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Irish American lesbian Kitty Lambert (pictured above center) and her longtime partner Cheryl attempted to apply for a marriage license in Buffalo, New York yesterday.
When her request was denied, Lambert turned to the crowd that had gathered.
With news cameras rolling, Kitty asked for any male who would be willing to get married to her. A gay man named Ed, a total stranger to her, stepped forward and volunteered. They briefly exchanged information and presented the appropriate documents along with $40.
City staff verified the information, and proceeded to give them a marriage license. Kitty’s point in approaching the City Clerk for a marriage license is that there is no religious basis for marriage, and it serves only as a legally binding contract in our society.
Instead of being offered the ability to receive a license with her long-term partner, she was able to secure a license with a total stranger, strictly based on their gender.
So there you have it. You don't have to be gay to see how discriminatory and insupportable the denial of equality to gay people has become. This was not an act of civil disobedience here. The whole point, in fact, is that she was being obedient to the law.
Most people have made on their minds on this issue and this action won't change it. But it will make the discrimination a good deal more insupportable.
View the video by clicking HERE.