Saturday Night Live introduced a hilarious new sketch on May 18, entitled "Xanax for Gay Summer Weddings" that we just had to share. It addresses the common fear that gay marriage will ruin lives, induce feelings of anxiety and inferiority. Actors Vanessa Bayer, Bobby Moynihan, Bill Hader and Cecily Strong address the most common of causes that produce worry in straight people's hearts: immaculate pastel suits, impressive wedding gifts from other guests, over-the-top wedding favors such as flights to Italy and $40,000 in cash, and guests who show off their Beyonce-choreographed dance moves on the wedding floor.
The show's gay characters, Mitchell Pritchett (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Cameron Tucker (Eric Stonestreet), aren’t officially engaged, but are happily partnered and co-parent a sweet (er, sassy) daughter, Lily. ACLU’s Executive Director Anthony D. Romero hopes to persuade show creators Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd that such an episode would be a hit.
With this light-hearted campaign for a TV wedding, there's a serious message motivating it. The civil-rights organization is hoping to draw attention to the Supreme Court's upcoming decisions on the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8, which restrict marriage rights. (The rulings are slated for June.)
"The freedom to marry is being advanced in American living rooms as much as in court rooms," Romero said in a statement. "As we wait for the Supreme Court to rule, we want to keep this issue on the minds and screens of Americans everywhere."
The ACLU hopes to attract 750,000 online supporters for the campaign, at which point the organization plans to present its "guest list" to Levitan and Lloyd.
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In real life, Jesse Tyler Ferguson is actually engaged to his partner Justin Mikita. Watch their adorable video here, and check out our inspiration boards for their upcoming wedding here. —Kirsten Ott Palladino
There is big news for the Midwest on Monday as Minnesota Senate passed by 37-30 vote a marriage equality bill, which passed in the House last week by a 75-59 vote. Now the bill heads to Gov. Mark Dayton who solemnly promises to sign it into law on Tuesday, making Minnesota No. 12 for states which allow gay and lesbians the legal freedom to get married. This victory of three states passing marriage equality laws in two weeks is indicative of the spread of fairness across the country, and is hopefully telling of what will happen in June when the Supreme Court rules on DOMA and Prop 8.
The next state we're watching for marriage equality is Illinois.
"Debate in the House got underway in the early afternoon, as thousands of supporters and opponents gathered outside the chamber. House Democratic leaders and the bill's supporters were confident it would pass. If it passes Monday in the Senate, Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton could be sign it into law by early next week and make Minnesota the 12th U.S. state to legalize gay marriage.
"My family knew firsthand that same sex couples pay our taxes, we vote, we serve in the military, we take care of our kids and our elders and we run businesses in Minnesota," said the bill's sponsor, Rep. Karen Clark, a Minneapolis Democrat who is gay. "... Same-sex couples should be treated fairly under the law, including the freedom to marry the person we love."
Earlier we broke the news that Delaware was the 11th state to pass marriage equality. Gov. Jack Markell is set to sign the bill into law tonight! And immediately afterwards, he's hosting a Google+ Hangout to chat with you. Details below: