Gay Marriage at Cedar Point: Please help us!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013 8:34 PM

CreditWh0re said:

SquareOne42 said:

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Not one single chapel in "sin city" would accommodate us once they learned that it was two men.

ok, was the distinction that you specifically wanted a Marriage ceremony? In that regard, I can understand that the Vegas chapel couldn't accommodate you, as it's currently illegal in NV. However, and this is a huge point, almost all of the big casinos will gladly hold a commitment ceremony. Hell, the Harrah's properties actively advertise that in bridal publications, and so do the MGM properties.

So, I'm not sure of what you are saying, or what the miscommunication was aboot.

We specifically wanted to have a commitment ceremony in a chapel. We understand that we would be legally married here in Canada, but have the commitment ceremony performed there. Unfortunately, of the six or seven chapels that I contacted, none would allow this to happen. The hotel that we were going to stay at (one of the larger ones on the strip) would perform a commitment ceremony, however, the price was unreasonable considering what we were spending on the after party (at one of the more high end clubs in Vegas).

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013 8:57 PM
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Wednesday, August 7, 2013 10:44 PM

From the original link, the affair appears to still be on... register to marry... choose your favorite pet's name.

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Thursday, August 8, 2013 12:13 AM
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Interesting, the original link will take you to the original announcement. You can even register through that link. In fact, I just signed my dogs up to get married that day. Luckily, they're not gay, so it's all legal.

However, if you go through Cedar Point's website, you get this instead:

https://www.cedarpoint.com/blog-article/online-fun/Friday-the-13th

which states the event has been cancelled.

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Thursday, August 8, 2013 12:53 AM

I personally would love to see a wedding at Cedar Point. There is a little something some of you are over-looking. The company has parks in other states where gay marriages are recognized, chief among them? CALIFORNIA! So what would happen if Great America or Knotts Berry Farm were to hold the same event ? They are both owned by the same company, arent they ? So wouldnt it be blatant hypocrisy for CF to say you can marry your loved one at this park, but NOT this park? While it may not be legally binding in Ohio, I think the sentiment behind it should be the main focus here. If people have an issue with gay marriage, then dont marry a gay person. How simple is that ? Also, Cedar Fair should adopt the same attitude that Disney has about it... WHO GIVES A _____ ? If two people wish to be happy and committed, then the genders are irrelevant. I wish them all the best in the world. Im just jealous I wont be there to be the maid of honor!! =)


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Thursday, August 8, 2013 1:02 AM
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Coasterhound36 said:

So wouldnt it be blatant hypocrisy for CF to say you can marry your loved one at this park, but NOT this park?

No. It'd be following the letter of the law in the state in which you are doing business.

The Ohio parks don't pay the same taxes or deal with the same regulations as the California parks for the same reason.


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Thursday, August 8, 2013 1:22 AM
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Stop being logical. It's no fun.


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Thursday, August 8, 2013 3:09 AM

Looks like the OP went and ruined it for everybody. As someone who had entered into the contest, I'll issue you the most sarcastic "thanks" I can possibly muster.

If you spent as much time and energy publicly berating your elected officials for being backwards thinking idiots as you did berating the park, you might actually accomplish something productive. But instead all you did was succeed in ruining it for everybody else. Like I said before, I fully support the effort to end discrimination, but you went after the completely wrong entity here.

OhioStater said:

Cedar Point could certainly include same-sex partners in this wedding ceremony. The only difference is that the state of Ohio would then choose to legally recognize (at the courthouse) the heterosexual partners by giving them a license, and would then legally discriminate against the same-sex partners by refusing to distribute said licenses.

Except that you're neglecting the part where the person who performed the ceremony would then be stripped of their ability to wed couples in the state of Ohio, and depending on exactly what the law says, may be subject to prosecution and/or fines.

Tekward0- you couldn't be more wrong about your assumptions on the origins of marriage. It's been a legal/government thing for much longer than any modern religion has been in existence. Besides, I was under the impression that your religious weddings were "holy matrimonies" while the thing you did at the courthouse was a marriage. You want exclusive rights on both terms now just to try to prove a class of people are sub-par to you?

As for the power of attorney/wills/legal documents thing, that's all a farce. For one thing, it's something that heterosexual couples enjoy for "free" without having to pay any lawyers to draft documents for them. Secondly, they're absolutely no good in emergency situations. There was a news story recently about a committed gay couple where one partner's family had his partner arrested and removed from the hospital despite him having legal power of attorney. It was all sorted out a couple of days later, but in a life or death situation, that's unacceptable. It's unacceptable in any situation really.


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Thursday, August 8, 2013 11:34 AM

If anyone is interested, tony replied to this thread directly over on point buzz which got shut down a few responses later.

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Thursday, August 8, 2013 11:45 AM
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I looked for that, 913girl, and I can't find it. Can you please provide a link? I am very interested in reading that.


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Thursday, August 8, 2013 11:52 AM

LK, it's under General and toward the top of the second page.

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Thursday, August 8, 2013 12:41 PM
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I don't see where he has replied directly to this thread on Pointbuzz. I do see where he replied on the parks own blog about the topic that we are talking about. Is that what you all are talking about? If so, I already saw that, because it was already mentioned. I can very easily quote it for the others who may have missed it...

It’s time to have a moment. “Real talk,” as people are calling it.

We’ve evaluated the 13 weddings promotion we recently announced and based on your feedback, we’ve decided that this isn’t the right time for the event.

However, on Friday the 13th, we do have a new haunted house for you to explore – and in the coming days, you’ll get a seriously sinister sneak peek. Stay tuned.

I thought 913girl meant that Tony commented specifically to what we were talking about here. In that public response, he didn't specifically mention anything about gay marriage at all.

And while we are on the subject, when in the heck is Cedar Fair going to get rid of Chik-Fil-A? Every time I see a Chik-Fil-A restaurant, I am reminded that there are people in this country who despise me, even though they don't even know me. I am reminded that there are people in this world who will spend millions of dollars to fight against my rights to the pursuit of happiness, and that there are also people who prefer delicious chicken over those rights.

The fact that Cedar Fair allows Chik-Fil-A to have locations within their property tells me that they side with the bigots. They are providing Chik-Fil-A with customers. The money Chik-Fil-A makes off of these customers goes to anti-gay rights groups, therefore, Cedar Fair supports anti-gay rights groups.

Of the many gay people who are seasonally employed by the park, one has to wonder why Cedar Point, and Cedar Fair, continues to do business with CFA.


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Thursday, August 8, 2013 12:45 PM
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Right here, Travis.

http://pointbuzz.com/Forums/Thread/29897.aspx?page=1#496723

She meant he replied directly to a thread on PointBuzz about the same subject. Not that he replied to this CoasterBuzz thread on PointBuzz.

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Thursday, August 8, 2013 12:51 PM
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Thanks. I looked a few posts above the end of the closed thread over on PointBuzz looking for Tony and his reply, and didn't see anything. She said that the topic got closed down a few posts later, so I didn't see what I was looking for using that information. I'm going to go read that now. :)

...Edited to add - Nice reply. Totally believable. Now if they'd just get rid of Chik-Fil-A, they would be golden.

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Thursday, August 8, 2013 2:03 PM
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Something tells me that whenever the current contract with CFA ends, that'll be all she wrote for the CFA/CF partnership. Too many food options that come without the so-called "baggage."

Ouimet seems to be "hip" to trends and what's happening now - acceptance is clearly the majority already (yay!), and on the rise....it's bad business to be associated with groups or businesses that are, well, divisive.

edit: sorry for the multiple edits, the typist is apparently "on brownies" today...

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Thursday, August 8, 2013 2:03 PM
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I'm really not trying to start some sort of war here, but I think that pleading for the elimination of Chick-fil-A is a bit ridiculous. I know that the viewpoints of the company's CEO aren't popular with a lot of people, but you could make that argument for companies all over the place. San Diego's mayor is charged with sexual misconduct, but I don't see anybody crying out that we should boycott visiting the city.

It would be one thing if Chick-fil-A had a reputation for discriminating against the LGBT community, but they don't. They haven't denied service to anybody whose viewpoints some executives in the company don't support, and frankly, anyone in any sort of service industry or who has ever purchased anything from anyone has likely done so from a company with someone at the top who doesn't agree with them on some arbitrary thing.

Again, I'm really not trying to start a massive flame-war here, but if you're going to demand tolerance and acceptance, you have to offer it as well, and that applies on all sides of the issue.

Besides, Chick-fil-A sweet tea is amazing, and the meal I got there on Tuesday was piping hot, fresh, and delicious. ;)

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Thursday, August 8, 2013 2:05 PM
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CP Chris said:
Looks like the OP went and ruined it for everybody. As someone who had entered into the contest, I'll issue you the most sarcastic "thanks" I can possibly muster.

He didn't ruin it for everyone actually.

CP Chris said:
If you spent as much time and energy publicly berating your elected officials for being backwards thinking idiots as you did berating the park, you might actually accomplish something productive. But instead all you did was succeed in ruining it for everybody else. Like I said before, I fully support the effort to end discrimination, but you went after the completely wrong entity here.

I disagree. They were the perfect entity to go after at this time. It takes public displays of defiance to change minds. JCPenny released an ad featuring a gay couple, there were calls to boycott, so JCPenny responded with more ads. And guess what? No one cared! How could Cedar Point have changed minds if they did a commitment ceremony or two?


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Thursday, August 8, 2013 2:18 PM

Independent of the issue at hand, I am not sure I would want to go to my boss and suggest that we follow JCP's lead. On anything.

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Thursday, August 8, 2013 2:48 PM

rollergator said:

the typist is apparently "on brownies" today...

What? You've been riding Scat 2 at Beech Bend again?

Last edited by invy, Thursday, August 8, 2013 2:50 PM
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Thursday, August 8, 2013 3:06 PM
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GoBucks89 said:
Independent of the issue at hand, I am not sure I would want to go to my boss and suggest that we follow JCP's lead. On anything.

How about Disney's?


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