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Sep 30 2010

Help a Purdue lesbian couple get married

I’m glad I still check out my old student newspaper, because I found this wonderful story (emphasis mine):

Indiana regulations on homosexual marriage could be ignored for a Purdue Director of Communication in the College of Education and her partner when they entered to win a wedding in Washington, D.C., where binding their love is legal. Tonya Agnew and her spouse Amy Crampton received an e-mail that could bend the rules of gay marriage and reinforce love with no boundaries.

With a 200 word essay, any gay couple could enter to win a $100,000 wedding ceremony in the nation’s capital. Expenses could cover anything from the rings to the flowers to the entertainment. The winner is determined through online voting that ends Sept. 30. Anyone can vote in the contest, Freedom 2 Wed.

Agnew and Crampton are one of six finalist pairs that anticipate Thursday’s results, waiting to see if other applicants beat their first place standing of over 4,000 votes. Even though they live in a conservative state, putting faces to their names has brought overwhelming support and encouragement from friends and strangers.

“I was pleasantly surprised with the responses we were getting and many people have come up to us and thanked us for doing this,” Crampton said. “I started crying.”

Not only has this been an exciting experience for Agnew and Crampton, but marriage directly influences the lives of their two sons, Jesse, 17, and Leo, 7. The affirmation of their family was the primary inspiration for partaking in the competition, but it was also about letting the voters know that they are as equally committed to their family as anyone else.

Former co-worker to Agnew, Jennifer Jeffries, said winning will highlight compassion and love regardless of sex, because communities like Lafayette and Purdue are strengthened by the presence of strong and caring families.

“Tonya and Amy love each other, but they didn’t enter the contest to make a statement,” Jeffries said. “It is a response to their 7-year-old who couldn’t understand why, in the land of the free, his parents couldn’t marry.”

The eldest son, Jesse, has been an advocate for their cause and believes that his parents should have the same rights and freedoms as any other citizen. For that reason, Agnew says that having an actual ceremony where they will be legally recognized demonstrates that “if it’s good enough for our nation’s capital, it should be good enough for the rest of the country.”

Since the role of Crampton and Agnew as a joined family has become exceedingly more important to their children, their status as public figures and leaders in the gay community is also having an impact on Agnew’s work at Purdue.

“I feel responsible to be available and out and proud, especially for those who can’t be for whatever reason,” Agnew said. “Hopefully we are raising awareness and breaking down misconceptions.”

It’s not being out at Purdue, and it’s even harder being out in the rest of Indiana. What these women are doing is brave, and will hopefully serve as an example of how loving and normal gay couples can be, just like any heterosexual couple. It’s a message Indiana definitely needs to here.

I’m sure any of the couples in the competition are worthy of winning, but I’m going to play favorites for my Alma mater and ask that you vote for Amy and Tonya here. Voting ends 11:59pm EST TONIGHT, so please hurry! They’re in second place – let’s have Blag Hag readers get them into first.

Need more convincing? They even stopped by the Society of Non-Theist’s Blasphemy Day event today and took a photo with our secretary.So, go vote!

17 comments

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  1. 1
    EnglishAtheist

    Voted!

  2. 2
    Aaron Harmon

    Voted as well. I wonder. Since they are getting married in DC, does that mean that the federal government has to recognize the marriage? I am sure there is some dodge in place, but I wonder…

  3. 3
    LS

    Voted and twitter’d!

  4. 4
    Jacquee

    Voted|! Thanks for the info.

  5. 5
    Angela

    Families like this always make me laugh at people who refer to being gay as an “alternative lifestyle.” What’s so alternative about two parents who live together in what appears to be a single-family home driving their two kids to sports practice in a minivan? All they need is a white picket fence and a Labrador retriever to be the iconic “American family.”

  6. 6
    Mike Brownstein

    Thanks Jen for passing along the message!!

  7. 7
    Annie

    I just voted… what a beautiful family.

  8. 8
    Rev. Ouabache

    Looks like a very happy family. They definitely deserve to win.

  9. 9
    Bob

    Absolutely pathetic. With Tonya’s $46,225 salary, I’m sure she could afford her own wedding without asking for the help of others in their own filthy desires.

  10. 10
    Gus Snarp

    This brings me a little joy in the wake of recent events. NPR was doing a piece on the suicide at Rutgers and they talked about a study of LGBT college students. There were reports of professors telling out students that it was a mental illness. They said something like 7% of colleges have LGBT support groups. Sometimes I forget that my social circle is a bit unusual and I start thinking that virtually everyone supports gay rights, especially among the younger generation, so hearing this was quite disheartening. But hearing about this loving couple and their happy family, and that they may get to have a stamp of approval so their children can see that they are just like everyone else, that makes me happy. On the other hand, why is this still a big deal? Why isn’t gay marriage the law of the land? I just keep thinking it’s inevitable, but it needs to come soon.

  11. 11
    Gus Snarp

    The only filth is in your mind. Please keep it there.

  12. 12
    Buffy2q

    Unfortunately voting is now closed. I wish them the best at any rate. If they’re half as happy as my wife and I are, they’ll have a wonderful marriage.

  13. 13
    Ex Patriot

    Wonderful, may they have a long and happy life together

  14. 14
    Bruce Coppola

    Oh noes!! Two marryin’ lezbeeins AND a Godless heathen brazenly hugging and smiling in the same picture!! It’s teh END TIMES!!!!11!!But srsly, what everyone but Bob the Bigot said.

  15. 15
    Bruce Coppola

    Once you violate the sanctity of Traditional Marriage ™ with gay marriage, you can kiss the sanctity of picket fence, minivan, and pet ownership goodbye, too.

  16. 16
    Lefty891

    Right, Bruce! Once gays marry, there go Wally, and the Beav, and probably Lassie too in a huge puff of brimstone.

  17. 17
    Gustavo Welland

    haha, great! I adore this idea! Would you try my homepage?

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