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ACLU Paying for 5 Gay Couples to Have Outrageous Weddings Across State Lines: VIDEO


Today, the ACLU is launching a campaign and contest fronted by Project Runway's Tim Gunn meant to draw attention to the patchwork of unequal state laws regarding same-sex marriage. They're giving $5,000 to couples with the best ideas for how they'll cross state lines to get married.

Watch the video, AFTER THE JUMP...

The ACLU writes: 2_aclu

Friends, family, and supporters can vote for their favorite couple to win the Big, Gay (Il)legal Wedding of their dreams. The ACLU will help five, same-sex couples go the extra mile down the aisle—whether it’s kayaking across a river or riding a hot air balloon—into a state where it is legal to marry. The campaign will capture the stories and struggles each couple faces, highlighting the current inequalities that exist between neighboring states.

"This campaign is about basic fairness and ensuring that same-sex couples can protect their families and care for one another like other married couples," said ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero. "The ACLU will not rest until all 50 states allow everyone to marry the person they love."

StatesAfter the winning couples are announced, allies and proponents of this freedom to marry initiative can also enter the "Wedding Crashers Sweepstakes" for the chance to win a VIP trip to "crash" the marquee "My Big Gay (Il)legal Wedding” reception in New York City in the Spring of 2014.  Participants enter the sweepstakes by signing the winning couples’ wedding “guestbook," which will then be delivered to the governor of the couples’ home state as a petition calling for the freedom to marry.

Watch the video, AFTER THE JUMP...

And find out more about the campaign HERE.

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  1. This is going to be fun but may also be an unintended parody of those many who have struggled through the far more real agony of an escape to freedom. Last time I heard no one is going to shoot a limping man who has sacrificed everything to cross into Washington State so that he can marry his boyfriend. Oppression? We know nothing.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Dec 10, 2013 9:01:13 AM

  2. Couples in Wisconsin are not eligible to enter.... I think it is because there something in Wisconsin law regarding leaving the state to circumvent laws in Wisconsin.

    Posted by: Christopher | Dec 10, 2013 9:11:14 AM

  3. Andy, Can you name the originator of that excellent map? I would like to publish it alongside a law journal article I am writing and I need attribution and permission.

    Posted by: John | Dec 10, 2013 9:33:03 AM

  4. Very nice, very sweet and I'm sure it will be a good TV show. But yet again, those of us who had to leave the country and live in exile are forgotten. You want real oppression and hardship, try including us who are trying financially and legally to return to the states just to participate in in the gay American dream.

    Posted by: Rob | Dec 10, 2013 10:43:14 AM

  5. @Rob: Perhaps you should do some research about the ACLU before condemning them. They have long supported immigration reform. And, as far back as 2001, they advocated that LGBT people be treated equally when it comes to immigration issues.

    Many of us have no desire to get married. But, you won't hear us complaining that the ACLU isn't including us in their campaign/contest.

    Regardless, have you stopped to think that this might actually help you? Publicizing the fact that our civil rights vary by state might actually help advance the cause at the federal level. That would help you because immigration is a federal issue.

    Posted by: alex | Dec 10, 2013 11:17:03 PM

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