Friday afternoon, a group of 10 women were dressed as brides to show their support for same sex marriages marching their way through downtown Winston Salem. There were many cheers as well as some cheers on the issue that has been debated in North Carolina.
Benton Convention Center was where the women returned after the march in order to participate in a June Bride Bingo event that was sponsored by the Equality Winston Salem. This advocacy group supports the rights for gay, transgender, lesbian and bisexual population and nearly 400 people attended this event.
During the demonstration, some women carried signs saying “Straight Brides for Same Sex Marriage”, “Brides for Marriage Equality” and “Same Sex Marriage Will Stimulate the Economy” while the women chanted “2-4-6-8. Love doesn’t discriminate. Marriage equality now”.
There were two bills that were left in the committee of the General Assembly in which N.C. voters would have had to approve in order to change the N.C. Constitution to ban same sex marriage, but the bill will not likely surface again until next year due to the primary focus of redistricting legislation.
There were positive and negative reactions such as one person told the women to read the Bible, another person with what the women were saying, while some were questioning on why the women supported the issue even though they were straight.
A Miss Bea Bea Tea performed as bingo verifying divas alongside four other men. There were many people, both gay and straight, who attended the Friday night games.