The Gay Travel Agency Hints at a Gay Marriage Vote
Houston, Texas—When the Houston Gay Travel Association announced its decision to begin accepting gay marriage applications, the organization didn’t specify which states it would be accepting.
Instead, it mentioned the two states that were most supportive of same-sex marriage: Maine and Nebraska.
The news sent gay couples scrambling for options, and many gay travelers were left wondering whether they could still get married in their state.
“There’s a lot of uncertainty and uncertainty for the LGBT community in those states, especially for folks who are coming from out of state, and they’re going to have to wait for a lot more information,” Scott Bostrom, the president of the nonprofit advocacy group, said.
“If you are coming to the U.S. from a place where the legislature is passing gay marriage, the chances are that the state that you are going to be marrying in is the state where the gay marriage laws are on the books.
So it’s not necessarily a certainty.
We need to get more information, especially in those places where there are already laws and there is a history of discrimination against gay people.”
The travel agency’s announcement comes on the heels of a major victory for LGBT rights in Maine, which on May 13 passed the first gay marriage law in the nation.
The Maine Supreme Court ruled that the Maine Constitution protects the right to marry between a man and a woman.
In February, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court also ruled in favor of gay marriage in a landmark ruling, saying that it was the will of the people of Maine, and not the will and intent of the legislature.
The decision was the culmination of years of activism by gay couples who have fought to overturn the state’s same-gender marriage ban.
“We’re seeing more and more states, including Maine, recognize same-day same-night marriage as well,” Scott said.
The gay travel agency has faced a series of legal challenges from conservative activists, including the Maine Court of Appeals and the Maine Board of Elections.
In January, the agency had to close its doors in response to the state attorney general’s lawsuit against it, which alleged that it violated the state constitution.
On Tuesday, the gay travel association announced it was withdrawing its application.
“Maine has been a leader in supporting equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people,” the travel agency said in a statement.
“After extensive consultation with legal counsel and legal staff, we have concluded that our continued membership in the travel company is in the best interests of the travel industry, and we are choosing to withdraw from the travel business.” “
In light of recent events, we are withdrawing our application to accept same-date same-time same-dinner same-hour same-pizza-and-munch,” the statement continued.
“After extensive consultation with legal counsel and legal staff, we have concluded that our continued membership in the travel company is in the best interests of the travel industry, and we are choosing to withdraw from the travel business.”
Bostom said that the travel group will continue to advocate for equality, but that he expects the travel-services industry to eventually see same-dated same-nights and same-days as a standard part of its services.
“It’s a long road, and I think that will be the case for many years to come,” Bostomsaid.
“I think in the future we will see gay marriage be legal in all 50 states, and it’s a win for the American people and a win in the LGBT world.
But we also want to make sure that all of us know that we’re not in a fight for equality.”