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Josh and Brent Wedding Photos at Beekman 1802

I’m on the Beekman 1802 mailing list and I received their latest news this evening: they were married, had a wedding at Beekman, and they shared photos so everyone could see how they decided to do this.

From my inbox:

Well, we’ve finally gathered photos from our wedding to share with you…and we have a special video of us getting our wedding license to share. Trust us…you’re gonna be sick of of wedding news after the next month or so. Yep…we’re just like any other newly married couple: we’re gonna overshare our special day. So settle in. This newsletter is just the tip of the wedding iceberg. (We’ll put in some recipes and giveaways before the wedding video and photos, just to ease you in. )
I think a lot of LGBT couples in legal states are doing things differently after the SCOTUS ruling. Tony and I have no immediate plans yet because same sex marriage is not legal where we live…and we’re only forty-five minutes to NYC, which seems so ridiculous. I posted last week about how one town in PA started issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples and the Republican Governor of PA, Tom Corbett, has already begun to challenge this as an illegal act. What is even more ironic is that Tom Corbett’s daughter and son-in-law would not have been allowed to marry years ago in some US states because they happen to be an interracial couple.

In fact, Tom Corbett is now heading a state where LGBT marriage is not legal, in spite of the fact that his own daughter and son-in-law would have suffered the same inequality in certain US states prior to 1967 when the SCOTUS ruled this unconstitutional. As of right now, Gov. Tom Corbett has not mentioned one single plan to legalize same sex marriage so that he, too, can be on the right side of history and that LGBT couples can have the same dignity as his daughter and son-in-law. So I guess we know how his legacy will go down.

Interracial marriage in the United States has been fully legal in all U.S. states since the 1967 Supreme Court decision that deemed anti-miscegenation laws unconstitutional, with many states choosing to legalize interracial marriage at much earlier dates.

I was out of the office today visiting family in NJ, where civil unions are legal, but marriage is not…the Governor there, Chris Christie, keeps vetoing the bill that would pass it. He’s the guy with the big mouth who likes to embarrass people in public and try to look cool. From what I’ve heard, no one is NJ is too thrilled with anything he’s doing. He’s up for reelection soon. And if the tide of opinion is turning like it’s been in every statistic I’ve read, this one issue alone could bury him. I ran into an old friend who is a lesbian and she’s moving to Delaware with her partner where she can be equal and she’s not going to be discriminated against. I know many others, and their families and friends, who plan to campaign actively against Christie in the next election just on this one issue alone. I don’t think the Republican party fully understands how they are going to look in 100 years.

However, it’s nice to see some things moving forward, and to see that some LGBT couples are enjoying equality. Here’s a link to the Beekman website where you can view all the photos. And there are a few more interesting things to check out as well.

Josh and Brent Win Amazing Race Million Dollar Prize

Let’s here it for the gay team, because Josh and Brent, The Fabulous Beekman Boys, just won this season’s million dollar grand prize on The Amazing Race.

I’ve been following this show since it started, but this season I’d fallen behind because Josh and Brent were on and I wanted to see more of them and I wasn’t seeing more of them. So I lost interest and just started fast forwarding the DVR for Josh and Brent scenes.

But I had a feeling they’d win in spite of the lack of coverage they got on the show. And I couldn’t be more thrilled for them.

Amazing Race 21 Josh & Brent won the entire show tonight for the finale episode. The finale show started off with the final four teams, learning they had to go to Barcelona,Spain. Then head for the Loire Valley in France. Once there, they had to transport a bunch of crates,by car, to a large garden area to find their next clue. Once they completed that, they had to find Leonardo Da Vinci’s final resting place to get their next clue.
 
I wish I could post photos, but these days of who knows what grand photographer is going to sue if you use their “work of art.” I’ve stopped unless I know a photo is public domain…or has legal uses that fall into the category of blogging. But if you follow the links above you can see more photos about the race, and Josh and Brent.
 
As a side note, one thing on my “to do” list is to take a long weekend and see what Sharon Springs, NY is really like. From what I’ve seen on the Beekman Boys show it looks like a nice place to get away from it all and relax.