Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever. (June 20, 2008)


Obviously, the biggest gay news this week was the legalization of same-sex marriage in California, but unlike the so-called "Winter of Love" in San Francisco in 2004, this time there was no frenzied rush to the altar — or at least that’s what the mainstream news media is saying.

From the New York Times to the San Jose Mercury News, news outlets have been reporting that the gay marriages are historic, yes, but exceedingly calm and even staid. Everyone, it seems, is on a mission to prove that gays getting married is totally, completely ordinary.

Kate Kendall, executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, explained: "There’s a time to party, there’s a time for celebration, there’s a time for flamboyance. And then there’s getting married." Kate, I love your work, but did you really have to make marriage sound like a funeral?

The Los Angeles Times claimed that LGBT rights groups cautioned gay couples that "sometimes less is more, especially when it comes to cross-dressing." Damn! You mean no drag queens will be getting hitched?

All of this serious-minded marriage material is part of a concerted effort to block an anti-gay marriage amendment from passing this fall in California. So if that’s the case, I’m all for presenting gay weddings as totally, mind-numbingly boring.

Wendy Averill (left) and Marilee France get married
on June 17 in West Hollywood, Calif.

Photo credit: David McNew/Getty Images

I’m really, really bored now.

Journalist Helen Zia (right) and activist Lia Shigemura
kiss after being married on June 17 in San Francisco

Photo credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

I think I might pass out from boredom. How about you?

Tori (left) and Kate Kendall (not the Kate Kendall mentioned above)
and their 5-month-old daughter, Zadie, in West Hollywood on June 17

Photo credit: David McNew/Getty Images

— by Malinda Lo

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