On the evening of Friday, December 12, 2008, Florida Governor Charlie Crist will marry his girlfriend, Carole Rome, in a wedding ceremony at St. Petersburg’s First United Methodist in St. Petersburg, Florida. As has been widely reported in the media, Impact Florida, a new gay rights organization formed in the St. Petersburg-Tampa area following voter approval of amendment 2, a ban on gay marriage, will be holding a demonstration at Williams Park, across the street from the church.
Just a month after Florida voters passed amendment 2, with the support of Governor Crist, he is exercising his
right heterosexual privilege to get married. The demonstrators do not plan to disrupt the proceedings or harass attendees. Supporters of marriage equality will demonstrate silently, wearing pink shirts and carrying signs calling for marriage equality and congratulating Governor Crist on his nuptials. After the wedding, the group will hold a candlelight vigil at North Straub Park.
For those of you who are in the St. Petersburg area and wish to get involved, visit Impact Florida for more details. If you live out of the area and still wish to participate in this effort, you are encouraged to send Gov. Crist a postcard congratulating him on his nuptials and reminding him that he supported a successful effort to deny that right to gay and lesbian couples.
Mail your postcard to:
Governor and Mrs. Crist
Office of Governor Charlie Crist
State of Florida
400 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001
If you prefer email, send to
My postcard will read:
Dear Governor Crist,
Congratulations on your marriage. I planned to attend the Impact Florida demonstration to express my support for your wedding in person, but unfortunately, I will be out of town. I have to rush out of town after my last final exam because I have to split my three week Christmas Break between my hometown in West Virginia and Shanghai, China, where my boyfriend of three years resides. Unfortunately, the American government believes that we are threat to traditional marriage so we are forced to spend my four years of graduate school on separate continents. Someday, I hope that we are able to enjoy the privilege that have and your bride have each exercised for the second time.
Good luck and God Bless You,