As someone who sometimes feels the need to flee Connecticut for New York for higher culture, this was gratifying.
A straight couple planning their wedding ceremony chose the Nutmeg State over their native New York because of our more liberal laws on marriage equality.
They plan to start a Facebook page to bring attention to their decision. Here’s part of the story from The Villager:
Matt Borden and his fiancée, Rachel Henes, a social worker, will travel from Brooklyn to Connecticut for their wedding this June to show solidarity with same-sex couples who would have no choice but to make the same trek.
They’re hoping to spark a trend, to get more straight couples to marry in the Nutmeg State, or in any other state that affords equal marriage rights to gay couples.
“When we were thinking about getting married it was hard not to look around and realize that it was a real privilege that we could,” Borden, 30, said. “It’s an opportunity to get people to think about the issue,” he said.
The couple, who live in Clinton Hill, are writing letters to the governors of New York and Connecticut, as well as to key New York assemblymembers, to inform them of their decision, and to point out exactly how much money their marriage will bring to Connecticut, and how much New York will lose.
If lots of other straight couples take up the cause, as Borden and Henes hope they will, it could represent a significant drain of dollars from the Empire State.
The letter will be signed by the couple, as well as by wedding guests, “like a petition,” said Henes, 32.
How cool is that?