Commentary 10 Apr 2007 06:37 am
The Walt Disney Co. recently announced it would allow same-sex partners to participate in its “Fairy Tale Wedding” program, which had previously been open only to couples with valid marriage licenses.
A fairy tale wedding isn’t cheap; a recent Associated Press story gave a range starting at $8,000 and climbing to more than $45,000. Ouch.
But to paraphrase a popular credit card commercial that emphasizes experience over price, the ability of same-sex partners to participate in an event previously denied them: Priceless.
I’ve written before that homosexuals are one of the few minority groups in the nation still openly stigmatized with the full blessing of the U.S. government and many (if not most) of its citizens.
Poke fun at a racial or an ethnic group and watch how quickly various organizations (quite rightly) denounce you as a thickheaded lout. But poke fun at gays and lesbians — or even openly denounce them in the most bigoted, offensive way — and chances are good that any show of outrage, if any, will be slight.
Take Don Imus, who recently received a two-week suspension from his popular radio talk show after he called members of a women’s basketball team “nappy-headed hos.” Would the public had been so incensed if he had called them “dykes”? Would he have received the same punishment, or any punishment at all? I bet not.
Allowing all couples, including gays and lesbians, to get married in front of Cinderella’s castle won’t erase such stigma overnight, but it’s a step in the right direction.
It’s a small world, after all, and it’s time many of us dropped our provincial attitudes toward sex, marriage and relationships, and agree to live and let live. Good for Disney executives for making the right call.