Dick Cheney could have said the line “get married, not buried” because marriage was one of the vice president’s 5 draft deferments. Despite having what he says are “better things to do” during the Vietnam war than to join the military, he didn’t hesitate to send other people’s children to die in Iraq in a war which now more than 60% of Americans believe was a mistake. As a consequence, recruiting numbers are way down and some prognosticators are starting to feel a draft.
If a draft is implemented, I doubt if a traditional marriage deferment will exist. That said, the Anti-war committee, a Twin-Cities based group, has a new twist on the concept of a marriage deferment. The anti-war committee recently offered gay couples the opportunity to make a commitment to each other during the Pride festival in Minneapolis. An ordained minister conducted the ceremonies. Certificates of commitment were given out to participants as were “Same Sex Kissing Documents.” The same sex kissing documentation stated “At pride 2005 in Loring Park in Minneapolis, Minnesota _____________ witnessed ___________ kissing a person of the same sex at the anti-war committee booth. The kiss was an act of defiance against the Bush administration’s support for government sponsored homophobia and against the war on Iraq and the peoples of the world. Not only was it a kiss, but he/she liked it." The document also included: “ I _________, thereby do declare _____________ is thereby certified NOT RECRUITABLE FOR THE US MILITARY!
____________________ Anti-war committee witness and date. “
Besides offering commitment ceromonies to gay persons and marriage ceremonies to straight persons who wanted to make an-anti-war statement, the AWC also participated in the Pride Parade. Below are some photos from Loring Park ceremonies and the parade. Click on the photos for a larger version.
After each ceremony, members of the Anti-war Committee, including the minister, blew bubbles on the celebrants.
In the Pride Parade