Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The Worst Idea Of The Week Has Been Canceled!

Common sense has somehow, against all odds, prevailed!

This statement just arrived from QVegas's Earl Shelton, who was to hold a public wedding to his partner at the Erotic Heritage Museum officiated by an Elvis impersonator and surrounded by drag-queen nuns known as the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. The press was invited to cover this historic first, the first couple to hold a ceremony tied to their domestic partnership, which becomes legal for same-sex couples tomorrow:

“After further consideration, the ceremony that I had planned in celebration of the passing of the Domestic Partnership Bill (SB283) for this evening will no longer be celebrated in a public manner. While I do continue to believe that Las Vegas is the wedding capital of the world and feel that same sex couples should celebrate their unions in our city’s chapels and affirming places of worship, I no longer feel that the ceremony scheduled for tonight will help to move Nevada forward in full marriage equality. Therefore, the ceremony originally scheduled for 12:01 a.m. tonight, Oct. 1, 2009, will not occur. This decision in no way affects my support for any of the establishments or the parties involved with the ceremony.”

Well, that's a relief. What's interesting is that I don't think anyone's told the Erotic Heritage Museum people yet since I just got off the phone moments ago with Jesse Garon, the Elvis impersonator and owner of the wedding chapel at the museum. It was all his idea in the first place and I have to say he sounded like quite a nice fellow. He had called earlier and asked me how this thing could be "made right" and indicated the Sisters had already backed out. I kept telling him it didn't matter how credible the museum was, the media would reduce it to a sex museum. He asked for some say and I promised I'd post whatever he wanted to write.

So this blog post was SUPPOSED to be Garon's remarks, but instead they're posted as comments in the prior post because his pleas for help making this thing happen "the right way" are now moot. It was never, ever going to be able to be done "the right way."

I do wish Earl and his partner all the best, even if their tastes and mine aren't the same. Q Vegas does tons of good for the community. This thing could have undone a lot of it, though.


laura said...

Steve,I'm really glad you raised valid points. The event is still happening tonight. There were other couples who were going to participate in the celebrations. Earl backed out due to public pressure. I don't know if the Sisters are participating are not. People from various communities are showing up at 3pm at EHM to discuss what is indeed happening tonight. Jesse Garon does not own the Erotic Wedding Chapel exhibit as it is one of the exhibits at the Museum. Jessie Garon is going to overseeing commitment ceremonies at the Museum. He currently runs The Knot at the Plaza Hotel. I look forward to meeting you in person soon. Best, Laura