Bil and Jerame, both Indiana natives, are going to the White House today for a reception honoring the Indiana Fever, which just won the WNBA championship. Bil jokes that yesterday was the White House LGBT Pride reception, but today is Hoosier Pride at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
In that spirit, I thought I'd share two news items that make me proud of the states I've called home: Wisconsin and Vermont.
First, Wisconsin. I haven't found many reasons to take pride in my birth state lately, but I couldn't help smiling when I read a press release announcing Door County's inaugural "Commit with Pride" weekend, scheduled for September 20-22.
The weekend, hosted by the Door County Visitor Bureau, revolves around a mass commitment ceremony to be held on the waterfront at the Stone Harbor Resort in Sturgeon Bay. Rev. Richard Feyen of Hope United Church of Christ will officiate. The end of September is the beginning of Wisconsin's fall colors season, so the setting should be especially beautiful.
Same-sex couples in Wisconsin are forbidden from marrying each other by a constitutional marriage discrimination amendment, and with anti-LGBT Republicans in firm control of state government, repeal efforts are dead in the water for the time being. So it's especially encouraging to see tourism groups and faith leaders stepping up and providing other creative opportunities for couples to make meaningful commitments to each other.