Wedding contest canceled after rule excluding gay couples generates protest

A proposed constitutional amendment to legalize gay marriage in Ohio won’t be on the ballot this November.
Jessica Cuffman
Aug 19, 2013

Organizers have said it could have a shot in November 2014, but the end game remains to be seen. For now, state law prevents gay couples from being legally married in Ohio, a rule that extends to the northern shoreline and Cedar Point.

Thus, the rules cited by the park in a shortly advertised — then canceled — contest for 13 couples to get married on the grounds during Friday the 13th for the opening of HalloWeekends. When Akron couple Scott Kenimond, 37, and Eric Morrison, 28, saw the original posting on the park’s blog, OnPoint, they thought they’d found their dream wedding — or at least ceremony, since they can’t legally be married in Ohio.

“He was elated. He was beside himself so happy,” Morrison said, in describing his partner’s demeanor. They’ve been engaged for a few months after meeting online, bonding over their love for roller coasters then dating for a year.
“It was one of the things that made me message him. First I thought, ‘He looks cute,’” Morrison said.

“My username was WickedTwister. He knew right away I was a fan,” he said.

The couple had been considering a Cedar Point wedding anyway. At first, the blog post was a sign. Then they read the fine print: Due to marriage laws in Ohio, weddings are limited to male-female couples only.

The post had advertised wedding ceremonies and a chance for already married couples to renew their vows, so the disclaimer didn’t make sense to Morrison and Kenimond. “It doesn’t matter if it’s legal or not,” Morrison said. “You should be able to have a commitment ceremony. For God’s sakes, you’re getting married by a zombie.”

So they decided to take on the challenge, asking friends and strangers to Tweet at Cedar Point to allow gay couples to apply. Morrison made postings on two coaster blogs and reddit, and the response took off.

After some brief communication with park officials, however, it was over. Cedar Point simply decided to cancel the contest.

In response to questions for this story, the park offered a brief statement, clarifying there was no negative intent for the contest and it was meant to generate excitement for the kickoff of HalloWeekends. “When the promotion logistics started to take on political undertones, as indicated by several guests who gave us feedback, it was decided that now is not the best time for this event,” read a statement issued by park spokesman Bryan Edwards. “Cedar Point does not take any official stance on political issues,” it said. The park does offer opportunities outside of promotions for couples to have weddings, commitment ceremonies and other events at the park, he said.

“We encourage guests to contact us if they’re interested in planning such an event,” he said.

As someone who works in marketing, Morrison said he understood the strategy from a business standpoint — but he was disappointed by it. “For them, this was not a political commotion. It was simply to drum up interest for HalloWeekends and they had a stance where they chose not to choose a stance,” he said.

“I’m disappointed they would choose to go that way rather than stand behind their LGBT community,” he said. “Ultimately, they’re playing it safe. But it’s a cowardly choice.”

Comments

Huron_1969

"Cowardly choice"? Bullspit
CP is a family oriented amusement park and it makes perfect sense they would not get involved with any social issues.

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The Hero Zone

I agree. While I am happy he understood the true intention of the event as an apolitical way to market Halloweekends, that last statement of his did a lot to (in my opinion) backtrack the otherwise professional assessment he made prior. Expecting others to stand up FOR you as his quote suggests will leave you waiting a very long time with much disappointment.

dorothy gale

Marriage is a "family oriented" issue.

Free Man

lotsa man on man loving during bike weak

thinkagain

These are not the natural affections God created men and women to have for one another. God did not create any human being as a homosexual. They are not born that way.

coasterfan

Actually Thinkagain, empirical and scientific evidence strongly suggests that sexual orientation is not a choice but is inborn. If you don't believe so, ask yourself this question: when did you decide to become heterosexual? The answer for you is likely the same as for homosexual people: you didn't decide to be hetero, you just ARE. They didn't decide to be gay, they just ARE.

This is why the Exodus International, the church-sponsored group that promised to "cure" gayness at their various camps, finally gave up and disbanded earlier this year. You can't cure something that can't be changed, and doesn't need to be cured to begin with.

Discrimination - the kind you practice - would be a far better example of something undesirable that people aren't born with. Bigotry must be learned, and I'm pretty sure the Christian God doesn't approve of that.

The Big Dog's back

neverthinks, if God can create someone like you, surely he can create homosexuals.

deertracker

@BD
LMAO!

thinkagain

Scientists have been searching for decades for some distinguishing cause of homosexuality and have failed to find one.

The causes of homosexuality are attributable to man's sinful nature, nurture and environment.

Heterosexuality is not a so-called "sexual orientation". It is the way God created humans to function.

Romans 1:27

ladydye_5

IF you believe God created man.

deertracker

Good point ladydye!

The Answer Person

Yes and you would know because that is why He gave you a tongue to use and enjoy.

Trekkydotty

Wow! That's what she said!

happyfeet64

Hey thinkagain-think again.My God doesn't make mistakes -does yours?

44846GWP

Who died and put you in charge of morality?

Unassumer

Many will beg to differ. And I would like to know how you know so well what God intended for us or created us for. For all we know we could be an alien experiment. No one has met God (save for a few maybe with near death experiences) and no the bible is not the go to book for God's intentions.

Huron_1969

The topic is "Religion and Sexuality" ? Opps, my mistake, I thought it was about someone expecting a business to bend to their personal preferences

JudgeMeNot

First legalized abortion and now gay marriage. God won't be mocked. The decline of the United States seems to be accelerating.

coasterfan

As long as there are people who think they should be able to discriminate, pass judgement on others, and tell them how they should/shouldn't live their lives, we have a FAR bigger problem than abortion and gay marriage.

Or, to put it in terms that you might understand: Americans are split when it comes to abortion and gay marriage, but the vast majority are NOT in favor of discrimination.

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The Hero Zone

Thank you, coaster, that was well put.

thinkagain

Opposition to homosexual marriage has nothing to do with discrimination. Christians oppose same sex marriage because the Bible, the Word of the God, who created male and female and also created marriage, clearly and distinctly says that marriage is between one man and one woman.

Thousands of women brutally mutilated and dismembered their unborn children today. To a liberal, no big deal…

There was no mass media coverage, no close-ups of blood stained bodies, and no call for remembrance for the loss of innocents.

The slaughter of the unborn is and always will be the cornerstone of American progressivism.

The Answer Person

And don't forget to not eat meats, mixed fiber fabrics and cutting your hair. You be goin to hail! Gotta keep up with the Bibble.

dorothy gale

What about all the accounts IN THE BIBLE that talk about a man and his more than one wife?

44846GWP

forgottothink, the bible says NOTHING about marriage.

JudgeMeNot

Nobody is being discriminated against. I dont know why you think its like that. Are you narrowminded? Democrats are more apt to support same-sex marriage.

happyfeet64

Hear hear,coaster :-)

deertracker

@coaster
Agreed!

The Answer Person

WAIT! You forgot fornication outside of marriage (hetero) and interracial marriage too while you're on you hate'em soap box honey! Don't forget the out of control divorce rates. Those were ALL created by those gays as any fundy knows! Makes the same perfect sense!

44846GWP

JudgeMeNot,but its ok for you to judge? No.

Free Man

not legal? wow lotsa man on man loving @ napa slumbrook. hope they don't get in trouble.

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