Big, fat gay wedding reception planned in Eureka Springs | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Big, fat gay wedding reception planned in Eureka Springs

Posted By on Wed, Jul 2, 2014 at 9:51 AM

click to enlarge GUESTS OF HONOR: Kristen Seaton and Jennifer Rambo. - GRAV WELDON
  • Grav Weldon
  • GUESTS OF HONOR: Kristen Seaton and Jennifer Rambo.
Michael Walsh, who produces the Out in Eureka Springs website to encourage tourism in the city, tells me of a big party the website is sponsoring.

It's called Married to Equality. As Walsh says, it's a "big, fat gay no-cover-charge public wedding reception." It will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 2, a highlight of the city's Summer Diversity Weekend.

It's a public rebuke to those in Carroll County who wanted to shut down issuance of marriage licenses in Eureka in the immediate aftermath of Circuit Judge Chris Piazza's marriage equality ruling. Guests of honor include Jennifer Rambo and Kristen Seaton, the couple first to be married in Arkansas. They'll get free lodging and meals and other perks the celebratory weekend Aug. 1-3.

Also to be honored is Deputy County Clerk Jane Osborn, who stepped in to issue licenses when resistance arose that momentous Saturday morning. Cheryl Maples, the attorney who filed the state lawsuit against the same-sex marriage ban, also will be a guest of honor. According to the release:

...  the reception will be hosted by one of the resort town’s newest restaurants, Farm to Table Fresh. “Eureka Springs has long been known as the ‘Wedding Capitol of the South’,” restaurateur Ken Ketelsen said. “This will be a special event for the celebration of marriage and a time to congratulate all couples who of have embarked on that journey together.” 

Artists, shops, galleries and individuals are donating gifts, flowers, decorations and more. Other restaurants will provide appetizers for the reception and multiple bakers will provide wedding cakes.

Writes Walsh:

Many of us here feel as if Eureka’s reputation as a progressive, inclusive and LGBT-friendly community was tarnished by the behavior of county officials in May. In part, the reception is intended to send them a message: We’re proud of our in- and out-of-town gay newlyweds and they deserve better than they got from you.

Eureka Springs has long been known for its welcome to LGBT people. It has a domestic partnership registry, which carries only symbolic value. But many couples have visited the city to sign up. Then, May 10, it became the site of the first legal same-sex marriage in Arkansas. Piazza's ruling has been stayed by the Arkansas Supreme Court, but not before nearly 500 couples were married mostly in Pulaski, Carroll and Washington counties.

Tags: , , , , ,

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments (2)

Showing 1-2 of 2

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-2 of 2

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • IHOP coming down, but .....

    I always scan the Little Rock City Board for items of interest this week and this one caught my eye: A zoning measure required by a proposal to tear down the IHOP at Markham and University.
    • Apr 30, 2016
  • LR speakers blast state board for double standard

    A series of speakers, beginning with Sen. Joyce Elliott, denounced what they saw as a hidden agenda favoring charter schools at the state Department of Education and asked the state Board of Education for return of local control.
    • May 12, 2016
  • Kenneth Starr: A comment from Betsey Wright

    Betsey Wright, former President Bill Clinton's chief of staff when he was Arkansas governor, responds bitterly to a New York Times article today quoting Whitewater Prosecutor Kenneth Starr's warm words about Clinton. She can't forget the lives Starr ruined in Arkansas.
    • May 24, 2016

Most Shared

  • Guest Playlist: Flap Jones of "Not Necessarily Nashville" schools us on real country music

    "Not Necessarily Nashville," which airs on KUAR-FM 89.1 every Saturday, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., celebrates three decades of the "best of the rest of country music" Saturday, October 21 at the White Water Tavern with Brad Williams of The Salty Dogs & The Creek Rocks, and we asked host Flap Jones to curate a playlist for us ahead of that anniversary celebration.
  • Discussion: State killing of the mentally ill

    The Arkansas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty and others will have a forum on mental illness and the death penalty at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Bowen School of Law's Friday Courtroom.

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation