THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID

SCOTUS says ‘I do?’

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It’s al­most here: the much-an­tic­i­pated rul­ing by the U.S. Supreme Court re­gard­ing same-sex mar­riage. The de­ci­sion will come in the next few weeks, since June is the last month of the court’s term. Here’s a brief re­minder of what is at stake.

The case be­ing con­sid­ered is Oberge­fell v. Hodges, a law­suit from Ohio su­ing for the recog­ni­tion of same-sex mar­riage validly es­tab­lished in other ju­ris­dic­tions. SCOTUS has con­sol­i­dated it with three other sim­i­lar same-sex mar­riage cases from Ten­nessee, Michi­gan, and Ken­tucky. The ques­tions posed by this case are:

Does the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion re­quire states to per­form same-sex mar­riages?

Does the Con­sti­tu­tion re­quire states to rec­og­nize same-sex mar­riages per­formed in other states?

Ac­cord­ing to the HRC, the Supreme Court could rule one of the fol­low­ing ways:

If the Supreme Court sides with mar­riage equal­ity on the first ques­tion, then ques­tion 2 is ir­rel­e­vant, and mar­riage equal­ity comes to all 50 states.

If the Court rules nar­rowly, with a “no” on ques­tion 1 but a “yes” on ques­tion 2, some states will main­tain mar­riage equal­ity. Some states will again be in play to ad­vance ac­cess to mar­riage equal­ity. All legally mar­ried cou­ples will be rec­og­nized in ev­ery state.

If the Court rules “no” on ques­tion 1 and “no” on ques­tion 2, then same-sex cou­ples living in the 14 states with­out mar­riage equal­ity and no state recog­ni­tion of their out-of-state mar­riages are left with­out mar­riage rights. Some states will keep mar­riage equal­ity rights, but some states will again be in play.

With many ex­pect­ing a pos­i­tive out­come for the gay com­mu­nity, celebrity chef Art Smith is tak­ing ad­van­tage of the tim­ing with his event, 101 Gay Wed­dings, here in At­lanta. The for­mer per­sonal chef to Oprah is host­ing the event on Sun­day, June 28, at 1 p.m. at the In­ter­con­ti­nen­tal Buck­head.

As the ti­tle im­plies, Chef Smith wants 101 gay cou­ples to wed that day, in an ex­cit­ing and el­e­gant man­ner. It’s a free event for cou­ples, with each cou­ple al­lowed two guests each. Top spon- sors in­clude Coca-Cola and In­ter­con­ti­nen­tal Ho­tels Group, with 14 of the best chefs of the South cooking for the re­cep­tion. They in­clude At­lanta’s own Anne Qu­a­trano, as well as New Or­leans’ John Besh and John Cur­rence. Duff Gold­man of Food Net­work’s Ace of Cakes will cre­ate the wed­ding cake, and DJ Tracy Young will be spin­ning dur­ing the party. There will also be ap­pear­ances by Ma­jor League Base­ball star Billy Bean and new mu­sic artist RaJoch.

The first 101 cou­ples to tweet #101GayWed­dings to @Che­fArtSmith will be in­vited to par­tic­i­pate, or you can email him di­rectly at che­fartsmith@gmail.com.

With such a lav­ish cel­e­bra­tion, what if SCOTUS doesn’t rule in our fa­vor?

“Should the Supreme Court not make it legal,” ex­plains Boyd, “this will be a peace­ful protest for #Love­lyForAll. Yet, we ex­pect this to be his­toric in many ways and be the first gay mass wed­ding in the South and the na­tion.”

Are you some­one who is ap­pre­hen­sive about the up­com­ing rul­ing, and hes­i­tant about sign­ing up for such an event? A pos­i­tive sign that things may go our way is the Ful­ton County Board of Com­mis­sion­ers vote last week to ask its county courts to be pre­pared for the Supreme Court’s rul­ing. The board voted unan­i­mously to ask the county’s pro­bate court to come up with a list of judges coun­ty­wide who are will­ing to of­fi­ci­ate mar­riages.

I’m op­ti­mistic, and have said for years it’s sim­ply a mat­ter of time for bans on same-sex mar­riage go away. It’s also an op­por­tu­nity to change the tra­di­tional wed­ding rhyme: Some­thing old, some­thing new. Oh and as of this sum­mer you can be gay too.

“With many ex­pect­ing a pos­i­tive out­come for the gay com­mu­nity, celebrity chef Art Smith is tak­ing ad­van­tage of the tim­ing with his event, 101 Gay Wed­dings, here in At­lanta. The for­mer per­sonal chef to Oprah is host­ing the event on Sun­day, June 28th, at 1 p.m. at the In­ter­con­ti­nen­tal Buck­head.”

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