CNN.com Plugs Same-Sex 'Marriage' Magazine 'Born of Frustration'
Dunston, a "media coordinator" for the cable network, began her CNN.com article, "Same-sex bridal magazine born of frustration," with a flowery account of Kirsten Ott and Maria Palladino's ceremony (the two founded "Equally Wed"). The two were the main subjects of the piece:
Kirsten Ott walked down the aisle in a white strapless gown with an embroidered bodice and cascading ruffles. Maria Palladino, dressed in a white suit, waited for her at the end of the aisle with a minister. Surrounded by their family and close friends, the women committed to each other for the rest of their lives.The writer didn't mention when the event took place, but continued that "organizing a wedding can be challenging, what with finding the right photographer, the perfect cake, the prettiest flowers and, most importantly, the venue. It was even harder for Kirsten, because she had to find vendors who accepted same-sex marriage in Atlanta, Georgia, where the union isn't legally recognized."
A beautiful reception followed. It had all the makings of a traditional wedding, but instead of calling themselves bride and groom, the couple used the terms bride and "broom."
"Broom is a combination of bride and groom," said Kirsten, who took Maria's last name when they wed.
The "broom's" cake was a giant crab, Maria's favorite sea animal. "It was gorgeous and realistic," Kirsten said. "It actually stole the show from the wedding cake itself."
Both were relieved the special day they had planned for so long finally arrived.
Dunston spent the following six paragraphs quoting extensively from Ott about their apparent difficulties in finding cooperative vendors. In the midst of this, she added that "planning their wedding inspired the newlyweds to start their own wedding magazine geared toward engaged same-sex couples. Kirsten, a journalist, and Maria, a graphic designer, used their career backgrounds and personal experience to launch the online magazine Equally Wed."
Later in the article, the CNN writer cited from one homosexual-friendly vendor who makes rings, as well as from the "Equally Wed" founders, to portray same-sex "marriages" as no different than traditional marriage:
Jeweler Rony Tennenbaum in New York designs wedding rings for same-sex couples.On August 4, the day that a federal judge struck down California's Proposition 8 as "unconstitutional," CNN's daytime coverage leaned heavily towards supporters of same-sex "marriage," even going so far as to get immediate reaction from patrons of a "gay" bar in West Hollywood. Two month earlier, the network aired several pro-homosexual agenda segments as part of their promotion for their propagandistic "Gary and Tony Have a Baby" documentary.
"Most of the time they are opposite in the likes and tastes. One might be aggressive, rugged and one wants classier," Tennenbaum said.
Tennenbaum also said it's important to break same-sex wedding stereotypes.
"It's important not to make rings that a straight person might think a gay couple wants. Gay couples don't need to wear triangles ... it's not about symbols, it's about signifying love."...
"That's kind of why we wanted to do Equally Wed. [It] was to showcase normal gay weddings for anybody that's planning their own. It helps to have a model to look at, [to] help you feel like what you're doing is OK," Kirsten said.
Maria said most gay weddings are similar to straight weddings, but there might be a question about which bride will walk down the aisle or which groom will propose.
"Just some of the little things that come out in the details of planning."