This June, the United States Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that state-level bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional, that the denial of marriage licenses to same-sex couples and the refusal to recognize those marriages performed in other jurisdictions violates the Due Process and the Equal Protection clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution.
“Under the Constitution, same-sex couples seek in marriage the same legal treatment as opposite-sex couples, and it would disparage their choices and diminish their personhood to deny them this right,” Kennedy wrote.
In essence, the ruling recognized the LGBT community as fundamental to American life. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, who has written all of the court’s decisions recognizing and expanding gay rights, said the decision was based on the fundamental right to marry and the equality that must be afforded gay Americans.
The Cape Charles Mirror fully grasps the enormous social and political ramifications of the ruling, yet what are the local effects for our little village? From an economic standpoint, Cape Charles as a wedding destination could benefit greatly. At SheWired.com, Cape Charles was ranked 15th best gay wedding destination in the country:
- Cape Charles, VA – Once you get to this remote location the beauty and charm will overwhelm you and your guests! This small beach town is unmatched for brides looking for a beautiful and secluded destination, especially since you need to cross a 23 mile bridge to get there!
Of course, the Mirror staff disputes that ranking, noting that our sunsets alone should move us up to at least number seven. That said, advertising and promoting the Town as an LGBT wedding destination should be part of our integrated Tourism strategy, which benefits not only hospitality professionals, but other members of the workforce such as photographers, event specialists such as Eastern Shore Events & Rentals , all the part time staff that do everything from setup to parking, and even the aquaculture industry.
Long term, it may also lead to more LGBT&Q folks deciding to make this their home, making our community more diverse, vibrant and culturally relevant.