As of this writing, same-sex couples are permitted to get legally married in 13 states. I live in Indiana, and to show you how progressive we are, equality-minded people in our state are conducting a huge campaign to stop a proposed state constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. Marriage between two people of the same sex is already against the law here, but that is not good enough for some of our state legislators. We have seen so much progress around marriage equality, yet it's a shame that same-sex Hoosier couples cannot take part in all of these advances.
We know how difficult this situation is for those gay and lesbian couples who want to get married legally. Many of these couples have been going to those states where marriage equality exists to "tie the knot." But then they return home to Indiana and face the cold fact that their marriages have no legal standing where they reside.
Because Indiana does not recognize these marriages, and because many of our legislators want to treat LGBT Hoosiers as second-class citizens, Indianapolis PFLAG has decided to honor and celebrate these unions. On Sunday, September 22nd, we are hosting a wedding reception and have invited those same-sex couples who have recently gotten married in other states or who plan to do so.
One of the most exciting aspects of this event is that local businesses have donated their services. The music is being provided by DJ Chris Gregory, and photographer Mark Lee will preserve this special day for us. In addition, The Flying Cupcake is donating special cupcakes for this event.
As PFLAG parents, we feel a special bond with these gay and lesbian couples who just want to be able to share their lives together and take care of each other and their families. You might say we are the "surrogate parents of the brides and grooms." Our hope is that we can create an atmosphere of love and celebration and family, and that this party will create lasting memories for us all.
If you live in Indiana, we hope to see you there.