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Kitty Lambert and her longtime partner Cheryl attempted to apply for a marriage license yesterday in Buffalo, New York. When she was denied, she turned to the crowd:

"With news cameras rolling, Kitty then turned to the crowd and asked for any male who would be willing to get married to her. A gay man named Ed 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 virtual stranger, strictly based on their gender."


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  1. This is F*CKING BRILLIANT!!

    An extremely effective way to make the point.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Feb 11, 2010 1:33:58 PM

  2. FANTASTIC!!!!

    Posted by: Tralfaz | Feb 11, 2010 1:37:06 PM

  3. Maybe it's just me, but this kind of demonstration seems much more effective than, say, a kiss-in or a candlelight vigil.

    Posted by: MusicBoy | Feb 11, 2010 1:38:10 PM

  4. I LOVE it!

    Posted by: Mousie | Feb 11, 2010 1:48:15 PM

  5. WOW!

    Posted by: IAWrangler | Feb 11, 2010 1:51:26 PM

  6. I've been to some of these marriage licence turn-downs, and that's the brilliant strategy that has been missing. Kudos! (And I hope they have a wonderful life together!)

    Posted by: Zlick | Feb 11, 2010 1:53:03 PM

  7. This country is fucked up.

    Posted by: Matt | Feb 11, 2010 1:55:59 PM

  8. My heart goes out to the lesbians... to hear it from your mouth makes me so very very sad. It's not right. Thank you for this.

    Posted by: Hollywood, CA | Feb 11, 2010 2:00:34 PM

  9. The main substance of this is about 58 seconds long. Which means that it could be turned into a 60 second commercial. How about running it a few times in a few key markets? It's a better statement than most of the pro-marriage ads so far.

    btw, if this was staged in any way, then don't use it.

    Posted by: gr8guyca | Feb 11, 2010 2:03:03 PM

  10. So smart

    Posted by: Name | Feb 11, 2010 2:13:30 PM

  11. Great "action" and I think the staging of it is the whole point to show how arbitrary the law is.


    Posted by: DEREK WASHINGTON | Feb 11, 2010 2:24:18 PM

  12. I completely agree...make it into a commercial and use it across the country.
    This is the best way to show the unfairness and absurdity of denying us equal rights!!

    Posted by: Hunter | Feb 11, 2010 2:29:55 PM

  13. It's great that cameras were rolling, but they really needed to have mainstream media present to drive the point home more effectively.

    Otherwise, this was powerful and effective civil disobedience. Kudos!

    Posted by: Dave | Feb 11, 2010 2:36:18 PM

  14. Post this on your Facebook pages!!!!!

    Posted by: dc-20008 | Feb 11, 2010 2:36:38 PM

  15. the last sentence of the statement need to read: "strictly based on their sex" not "gender". those are 2 very different concepts.

    Posted by: LD | Feb 11, 2010 2:46:12 PM

  16. Mazel tov!

    Posted by: crispy | Feb 11, 2010 2:46:15 PM

  17. Per comment above: There really was no civil disobedience here. The whole point, in fact, is that she was being obedient to the law.

    I agree -- it's brilliant, and one of the most amazing videos I've seen re marriage equality. (And only 1 minute 12 seconds!)

    It's love how the male is younger, wearing shades, very very casual -- and Kitty Lambert can get married to *that* person on the spot!!!!!

    I'm going to pass the vid onto a bunch of people right now....

    Posted by: Mike | Feb 11, 2010 2:52:37 PM

  18. meant "I love..." (not It's love...)

    Posted by: Mike | Feb 11, 2010 2:53:22 PM

  19. Sorry to be the party pooper, but when I step back and think, here's my conclusion: I'm as outraged as anyone over being denied the right to marry, but I don't support acts like this. I suspect they are more likely to merely fuel the fires of those vocal opponents of gay marriage. This is giving them a reason to say, "gay people really just want to ridicule our marriage laws; they don't really want fair access to them." In fact, the smart conservatives will come back and say, "Hey, thanks for the heads, up. So, we'll institute a waiting period for straight marriage, or some other objective standard to determine the couple is serious, and then everyone is happy! They'll say "the abuse of current laws (whether by Britney Spears or the above couple)is no reason to grant gays marriage rights." I'm in favor of focusing on the happy and successful gay marriages that exist today in many states, and the many committed longtime partners out there. Acts like the above will only anger the conservative base and give them reason to paint us as insincere, flighty and disrespectful of marriage.

    Posted by: patrick | Feb 11, 2010 2:57:34 PM

  20. Patrick, assimilation is not the answer. It only tells Them that They were right in the first place.

    Posted by: Shaun | Feb 11, 2010 3:05:23 PM

  21. Brilliant. I agree, run it as an ad.

    Posted by: ichabod | Feb 11, 2010 3:06:29 PM

  22. Yes, yes, yes! Keep it up, people!

    Posted by: JeffRob | Feb 11, 2010 3:08:13 PM

  23. if this was part of the Queer Rising protest, then more power to Queer Rising. If not, QR look and learn.

    go, Kitty!

    civil unions/marriage for all, get religion out of it.

    Posted by: zeta | Feb 11, 2010 3:09:13 PM

  24. Brilliant!

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Feb 11, 2010 3:17:57 PM

  25. Incredibly dumb. Heterosexuals already made up their minds, this won't change a thing.

    Posted by: Bill | Feb 11, 2010 3:43:08 PM

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