Niagara Gazette — I was hopeful when gay marriages were legalized in New York state and we held that mass wedding at the edge of the falls. All that rainbow bliss was sure to inspire someone to say, “Hey! Giant wedding celebrations at the brink of the falls in the Honeymoon Capital of the World ... What a swell idea!” But the anniversary of that event came and went with no big hoopla.
It’s not that people don’t want to do anything. I’ve talked to many of our city leaders and everyone agrees that my ideas have some merit. But, at all levels our leaders are immersed in the very serious issues of getting this city back on its feet. What gets lost in the shuffle is the whimsy and unforgettable joy of romantic celebrations involving white doves, flowers and public kissing.
But when I see newly wedded couples in their best outfits, blessing our city with their decision to come here for the most exciting and important event of their lives, it just reminds me that there is nothing to indicate that anyone cares that they’re here. Sorry, you honeymoon people, we’ve got enough on our minds, so you’re just going to have to figure it out for yourselves.
Don’t get me wrong. They will continue to come as they have for decades. The couple I chased down in the carriage — only because they drove right in front of the Gazette as I was returning from my walk and I took it as a sign that I had to do something — had come from New York City and they were delighted when I stopped them. Their happiness kind of rubbed off on me and brightened my whole afternoon. And their picture ended up in Wednesday’s paper and on Facebook, where they received the congratulations from a surprising number of Gazette Facebook visitors.