West Hollywood celebrates high court’s rulings on gay marriage

We can get back in the business of marriage.” West Hollywood Mayor Abbe Land, who is straight, called the day “a wonderful day of true celebration.” She said that in the summer of 2008, when hundreds of lesbian and gay couples married in West Hollywood, it was “one of our most joyous times as elected officials.” West Hollywood Mayor Pro-Tem John D’Amico, who married his husband, Keith Rand, on Aug. 1, 2008, was emotional, speaking slowly to the assembled crowd. “Keith and I met 21 years ago and were married five years ago,'” he said. “Three hours ago, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that we belong in America like everyone else.” Heidi Shink, a member of the West Hollywood Human Services Commission, also married in the summer of 2008. She and her wife have been together for 18 years, she said.
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Hollywood: Gay marriage’s best man

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So the exposure of gay people no matter what they are it shows them as the norm, as a normal part of life. All of those things really do add up.” Fierstein says the Tony-winning Broadway musical Kinky Boots, about a drag queen who helps a struggling shoe-factory owner, for which he wrote the book, is drawing straight, gay and transgender audiences. “Whether it’s La Cage aux Folles or people watching Michael Douglas kiss Matt Damon (in Candelabra, HBO’s Liberace tale), it’s the familiarity, it’s there in front of you. All this stuff just added up. Visibility, visibility. Let them see who we are.” It is saying something when gay and lesbian characters are glimpsed not just on screens large and small and on the stage, but also in comic books, perhaps the original form of populist entertainment.
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