Mike Adams

Well, once again it seems that I have offended campus gay activists with my most recent article, ?Dispelling myths about gay activism.? Several very un-gay (in fact, they were hostile) emails convinced me that I was not taking the campus gay rights movement as seriously as I should. So, naturally, I did what any rational person would do under the circumstances and started searching the local university websites to learn more about campus gay activism.

After only minutes, I came across a letter, which was circulating among gay activists at Duke University. After reading the following, I recognized what a serious civil rights struggle campus gay activists are facing everywhere:

Hey folks,

As many of you know, North Carolina's LGBT community is currently organizing what may become the biggest sit-ins since the 1960s.

The event, a Traditional Southern Wedding, Sit-In, and Reception, will take place in Raleigh's Nash Square, one block away from the Wake County's Register of Deeds, on April 22 or 28. The event will begin in the afternoon and be an actual commitment ceremony between two long-time lovers. Although it will require a protest permit, the event will feature the ornate flourishings of a traditional southern wedding--caterers, flower arrangements, white trellises and more. Progressive pastors, imans and rabbis will preside over, or be present at, the ceremony. Witnesses will be in formal attire and celebrate love between two people.

After the ceremony, the two brides will lead willing members of the wedding party to the Register of Deeds office. Once there, they will request a marriage license and get turned down. The brides and party members will demand that the government legally recognize their union and proceed to stage a sit-in. They will stay there long enough for reporters to get their fill --two hours or so-- then peacefully disperse. If the police try to disrupt our peaceful action, all the better: the news that night will feature two brides, in full regalia, being drug away. So here's where we, the organizers, are: We need our Rosa Parkses.

We are searching North Carolina for two long-time lovers willing to let their love be the focal point of this historic action. The planners met last Sunday and, after thinking hard about an effective media image, came up with the following characteristics. For this action, the ideal couple is:

Mike Adams

Mike Adams is a criminology professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and author of Letters to a Young Progressive: How To Avoid Wasting Your Life Protesting Things You Don't Understand.