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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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