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Apr 8, 2007

Disney as an equal opportunity wedding planner

News reports say the "Happiest Place on Earth" has changed its policy and is now selling "fairy tale weddings" to same-sex couples. Gays and lesbians were previously allowed to exchange their vows at rented rooms, but they were barred from using Disney's wedding ceremony package or holding the event at locations at Disneyland and Disney World.

Of course, Disney has no authority to marry anyone--at least not in any way that is legally recognized. But for a price (about $8,000 or more), Disney could let you ride the Cinderella coach to your wedding, arrive to the sound of trumpets, and have Mickey and Minnie Mouse as your wedding guests.

A Disney official has been quoted as saying the change is "consistent with our policy of creating a welcoming, respectful and inclusive environment for all of our guests." It is probably more like "consistent with our policy of generating profit as the key objective."

Nevertheless, it is brave of "family oriented" Disney to take this stand on the controversial subject of gay marriage. It deserves the pride of the gay community.

5 comments:

The Saipan Blogger said...

Disney has been a leader on breaking down barriers...which is why the ultra conservative Southern Baptist Church has been boycotting them for the last decade.

Anonymous said...

actually, the southern baptists already gave up in 2005, probably due to pressure from their kids.

Anonymous said...

A little SLOWWWWWWWWWW don't you think, I mean two states CA with Disney Land and FL with Disney World (two states with large GLBT communities) and it's 2007 ....like WHAT EVER Disney!

The Saipan Blogger said...

There are more gay cowboys in Texas than anywhere else in the US. It had to be said.

Anonymous said...

yee haw giddy up! ;0)

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