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.”

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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

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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!

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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.

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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.

CAST THE FIRST STONE

so tired of this being front page news every day. i dont care who you sleep with.

My Opinion is...

I've said it before and I'll say it again - "Christians" who judge and discriminate against others are basing their ignorance on a book that was written almost 2,000 years ago, and ignoring the parts that don't jive with their agenda(love thy neighbor, judge not, etc.). Let me state the obvious - things change. Where in the Bible does it talk about the car you drive, or the computer you used to comment? As Americans we condemn countries who still practice the barbaric forms of punishment used in the Bible (stoning, whips, etc.). You can't pick and choose what parts you want to pattern your life after or try to force other people to obey.
If the Holy Spirit inspired someone today to write a new chapter or two to the Bible to "update" it if you will, the word "Heresy" would be used and whatever was writen would be automatically scorned. For all we know, the Holy Spirit has inspired several updates over the past few centuries and the poor suckers who wrote them got sent to the looney bin because they hear voices. Prove me wrong.

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thinkagain

^Ramblings of a typical biblical illiterate.^

My Opinion is...

Instead of just writing me off as a "rambling biblical illiterate", why don't you address my statements? Does questioning your beliefs scare you? Can you not explain why you believe what you do without using the term "because the Bible tells me so"? It's okay, keep those blinders on and ignore anyone or anything that makes you think for yourself.

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thinkagain

” Where in the Bible does it talk about the car you drive, or the computer you used to comment?”

Sorry bro, I’ve read your comment several times now and I’m not getting the gist of your statements.

Gather your thoughts and post a lucid, coherent question, I’ll be happy to answer you.

Meanwhile, I’ll attempt to answer your latest question which was quite clear and concise.

“Can you not explain why you believe what you do without using the term "because the Bible tells me so"?

The Christian church was born and spread through the Mediterranean world before the New Testament was even written, let alone compiled. Until a few hundred years ago, most Christians didn’t have their own copy of the Bible. Today there are still Christians in other countries, who do not have a complete Bible, if they have any portion of the scriptures at all.

Even if the bible didn't exist, I would still be a Christian, thanks to the indwelling of the Holy Spirit that all true Christians receive at the time of their new birth.

1 Corinthians 2 answers your question quite succinctly…

6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: 7 but we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: 8 which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. 16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

44846GWP

forgottothink, thats the best you could come back with? lol!

JudgeMeNot

Gay people exist but they are a fraction, a tiny fraction. Every TV show, gay this gay that. You are homophobic if you don't accept it.
I sick of it. What bothers me is that Hollywood keeps on pushing this alongside the MSM and government. It's getting to the point where I'm beginning to dislike gays because they won't shut the fock up about gay pride and sh!t. If its so right to be gay then you don't need my approval. You can just do what you do and quit crying about it. Simple as that.

44870 South

I know many gay people and the vast majority of them have had some "bad experience", bad relationship, or life changing event happen involving the opposite sex. Therefore, I believe most people consciously make a choice to live a gay lifestyle in an effort to not have to deal with their resulting insecurity, lack of trust, and awkwardness they feel toward the opposite sex. Many of you may not agree, but it is the one constant that I have found with just about every gay person I have gotten to know. For most, it is a choice.

bnjjad

Apparently you have not gotten to know them well enough then. Or the ones you do know are not telling you the entire truth because they don't trust you or want you to judge them. I have a few myself and they never had "bad experiences" with the opposite sex that caused them to choose to be gay.

Informed

The same can be said for just about every straight person--bad experience, bad relationship, etc.

starryeyes83

Surprise, surprise, yet another headline about gays. {eyeroll}

The more you stir it, SR; the more it's going to stink.

44870 South

Agreed...SR please take down the picture of the two men kissing. I mean, seriously? Ask yourself if you would want two men kissing in your living room in front of your children. My bet is you wouldn't! So why do the rest of us have to look at it???

bnjjad

Make sure you turn off the TV. Don't go outside. Disconnect your Internet. Don't read the papers!

Doesn't bother me in the least. Maybe they will last longer than 51% of the legal Heterosexual couples that divorce.

Edit: I am in a trolling kind of mood today, I think I will get off here before I get carried away.

44870 South

Well just for you, I went and flipped through all 284 channels on my TV. I did not see any men kissing men or women making out with women.

In the end, although everyone has their constitutional right to live however they want, the vast majority of people have the same regard for homosexuality as they do a giant puss-filled pimple on someone's face - You accept that its there, but you just really don't want to have to look at it. Sorry, but that's the truth. You want to be gay? Be gay. Just stop shoving it down all our throats.

Informed

If you don't like it, don't look at it. It's that simple. No one is shoving anything down anyone's throat.

Fromthe419

Your comment gets a +1...I surely don't want to see anyone shoving anything down anyone's throat.

bnjjad

I agree on one point, stop shoving it down all everyones throats, sometimes it hurts the cause more than it helps it.

But you cannot have a double standard. If you post a picture of a straight couple kissing you should be able post a picture of a gay couple kissing.

I personally don't want to see any of it, makes me feel lonely. lol

Edit: I would also like my children to grow up and see everything and not try and protect them from things like this. They will eventually see it and I would rather they come to their own conclusions on how they feel about things then trying to fit the mold.

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thinkagain

Judging by the number of homosexual articles the SR keep posting, I wouldn’t be surprised by anything the staff do in their living rooms each night.

44846GWP

Feel bad because you wern't invited?

traumamama

Just because someone has an opinion different from someone else's does not make them "judgemental" or "bigoted" or "discriminatory." Like JudgeMeNot, I get tired of the LGBT agenda being shoved in my face every time I turn around. I am not going to relinquish my opinion or be silent on the subject just because LGBT folks and those who are agreeable to that lifestyle resort to name calling and media hounding.
The reason, that the LGBT agenda has been given so much attention in this country is because the supporters of that agenda are screaming louder and making a bigger scene than those who do not support it. "The squeaky wheel gets the oil," so to speak.
I do not believe LGBT people should be tormented, abused, accosted or otherwise harmed. However, apart from that, I do not support the group's issues.

Informed

So you do not support equal rights? Then you do not support the constitution.

traumamama

I won't be lured into some dogmatic "all or nothing" argument about equal rights and the constitution and blah blah blah...That is a scare tactic. Right now the law says that a man and a woman can get married. That law applies to me just as it does to every other man or woman.
In the end it does not really matter what I think about LGBT. It matters what God thinks. I don't like having the agenda of a few shoved down my throat--just as people don't like having Christian beliefs shoved down theirs. However, tell a LGBT group to remove their flag, banner, sticker, etc and see what happens. Tell a group of LGBT folks that they can't have a rally or a parade and see what happens. Tell them not to express themselves at school, work, the grocery store and see what happens. Christians are stifled every day in this country--all compliments of our goverment and a minority of people who either don't believe in or do not agree with Christianity. Now complain about equal rights.

Informed

Tell me exactly where Christians are stifled. That is a scare tactic pushed by the far-right. Last time I checked, you are free to go to church wherever you wish, or not at all, free to believe whatever faith you want, or nothing at all. You can worship a head of cabbage and have a parade about it if you want. You can have any kind of flag, banner, or sticker. You are free to wear a cross necklace anywhere you can wear jewelry. True, Christianity has no place in our government--due to the constitution. The constitution doesn't care what your God thinks.
Saying someone cannot marry someone else due to gender is discrimination. And that law will change, sooner than some people think. This is America, land of the free! And this is not a Christian country! This is country is made up of Jews, Hindus, Muslims, Sihks, Buddhists, Wiccans, Satanists, Agnostics, Atheists, and just about every other religion you can think of. And one does not rank above the others in our government--that's why this country was founded in the first place.

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thinkagain

When homosexual activists cry "discrimination" they make the leap from protecting publicly immutable issues like skin color or gender to the protection of one's deviant sexual proclivities.

Defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman does not deny homosexuals the basic civil rights accorded other citizens. Nowhere in the Bill of Rights or in any legislation proceeding from it are homosexuals excluded from the rights enjoyed by all citizens.

44846GWP

Wow, are you kidding? Ignorant statement if I ever heard one.

traumamama

I point you to a website called persecution.org. There are lots of stories there about christians being persecuted. The thing with the persecution of christians is that the powers that be go about it in sneaky ways. They deny a pastor who claims to have turned his back on homosexual urges the right to speak at a rally. A pastor isn't allowed to publish a religious story because it may offend atheists. Persecution of Christianity is happening one Christian at a time in every state in the U.S. Athiests don't care if they offend me, a Christian when they speak about their lack of belief or better yet, as they mock those of us who believe. Who is going to shut down a homosexual from spouting off and name calling someone with contrary beliefs...when using a rude slang term to describe them is considered a "hate crime."

grandmasgirl

I firmly believe that some people are born with the homosexual tendencies. I also believe that there are many out there that say they are because it's the "in" thing to do. Just as people who have no idea what the "justice for jake" is all about put signs in their yards, so do we have the followers who do it just to be controversial.

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stevenj777

Poor Cedar Point. Sorry for the young couple also.

SKULLNBONES

Cedar Point smiled out.

red white and blue

Seems like they have enough rights I don't see strait peopke having a parade to show the world we are straight they can't even pic there own day for gay day at cp has to be on fathers day sad they want to push there beliefs on others

bnjjad

"sad that others want to push their beliefs on others" - Goes both ways.

And if you want your own parade, it could be organized with the city.

44846GWP

red white and blue, go take an English class and then tell us what you think.

red white and blue

Seems to me gays are the ones pushing there life style on others

red white and blue

Seems to me gays are the ones pushing there life style on others

aview2akill

What would Jesus do? Really? I never heard one spot in the Bible where Jesus didn't show compassion and caring for his fellow man.

As a former Ohio resident, I am saddened by the mean spirited and hateful comments hiding under the cloak of religion. Those who put negative comments are haters. So be a proud hater. Gay rights are a civil rights issue. As you all know it is inevitable at this point that gay American citizens will have an equal playing field in this country. By the way, we are human beings too. We have feelings, we have hearts, and we can bleed.

For those of you who tell us to stop being gay, why don't you stop being white? Why don't you stop being Christian? Why don't you stop being bigots? Opps. But guess what, spouting the negative messages is out and out bigotry. Have a nice day.

traumamama

How does saying, "I don't think homosexuality is ok" or "I don't support the push for homosexual marriage" make someone a "hater"? I don't feel hatred towards people who identify as LGBT. I am no more a hater than the next person with differing views on some other controversial topic!
People who truly have a heart after Christ will say the same thing as I did before. In the end it does not matter what I think about homosexuality. It only matters what God thinks. God abhors all sin...mine, yours, everyone's.
As far as gay American citizens having an equal playing field...those who are gay certainly have the right to petition and vote just like everyone else. But, I hope that the fight remains a credible one. I read an article today where groups of people were out circulating petitions to "bring more jobs to Ohio." When in fact, the petitions were really to support getting the issue of gay marriage on the ballot.
I really doubt that the issue in favor of gay marriage is as popular as folks in the movement think that it is. Why would petitioners be out there lying and cheating the system for signatures if they didn't think the opposition was so strong? A great many folks may give the issue lip service in favor of the gay marriage issue...but when standing alone in the ballot box, their vote would tell another story.

red white and blue

I have no problem with gays they want to get married I'm fine with that if ur gay and that makes u happy great but keep it to yourself.is there really a need to have gay day on fathers day.sounds like gays are making it hard on them selfs I don't need to know ur person sex prefence.nor do u need to know mine as far as rights like I said I'm all for eqaul rights as far as the lord he teachs us not to judge that's his job for all we know straights maybe wrong weare all gods children

44846GWP

Like I said, go back to school, take an English class and THEN tell us what you think. Dumb is no way to go through life.

OSUBuckeye59

I truly am disappointed in Eric Morrison claiming Cedar Point made a "cowardly choice" in cancelling the marriage contest. The contest promotion was for couples open to get legally married on Friday the 13th. With same-sex marriage currently not legal in the state of Ohio, CP could have made it clear in their rules the contest was only open to couples being able to legally marry. No doubt had CP chosen to keep the contest on track but exclude same-sex couples there would have been quite the outcry from the LGBT community, no matter how much CP would've tried to say they had to follow the marriage laws of the state of Ohio.

If Mr. Morrison truly did understand why CP made the decision they did, he wouldn't have lashed out at them. I personally think Mr. Morrison's frustration and disappointment comes from a standpoint of him not being able to realize an opportunity to actually get married in the state of Ohio. Perhaps Mr. Morrison hoped that by winning the contest, he could indeed get "legally" married as per the prize awarded the winning couple.

As much as I support legislation to allow same-sex couples to have their union legally recognized, to me, this whole matter is more about Mr. Morrison wanting to get "married" and thus use this for his own legal/political agenda. As Mr. Morrison has a career in the Marketing industry, he knew exactly how he was going to use this for his own personal gain. And that's why I believe Mr. Morrison is so irritated. CP took away his opportunity to make a statement.

CP didn't make a "cowardly choice". CP made a reasoned, legal choice.

red white and blue

Really 44 is that your best answer. When u have something to add other than put downs u come back and tell us what u think

red white and blue

Sad u go thu this big long paragraph about how u have feelings and there are so many gay bashers.I haven't bashed any gays just think we can do without ANYONE! Sitting around waiting for a chance to tell the world there sex preference.now that we are all here discussing our opinions.u decide to lash out when things don't go your way.

whocares

Its their contest, Cedar Point should be able to run it the way they want to.

Nemesis

You seem to be operating under the mistaken assumption that America is still a free country. Look around.