By Kerry Cavanaugh, Staff Writer
Article Launched: 06/24/2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Playing catch-up in officiating over same-sex marriages, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa wedded his first gay couple Monday in a ceremony that was interrupted by a protester who slipped by security and called him an "adulterer."
The wedding crasher, Rosalyn Schultz of the Church of Christ, arrived minutes after Villaraigosa married Academy Award-winning film producer Bruce Cohen and art consultant Gabriel Catone in a brief ceremony.
As the couple, friends and family toasted with champagne, Schultz walked calmly to the podium and told the small gathering that she opposed gay marriage.
Wearing a white pantsuit and a white and gold hat, she called Villaraigosa an adulterer, in an apparent reference to his affair with a television news anchor.
At one point, Schultz reportedly said, "I am an angel of the Trinity." City staffers cut the microphone before she could say any more and she quietly left the room.
Cohen, who won an Oscar for "American Beauty," and Catone said they were able to laugh off the interruption.
"It added spice to the festivities," joked Cohen, who wore a pink-checked suit and a pink shirt. Catone wore a cream-color suit and slate tie.
"It doesn't spoil our day. It doesn't take away our joy. And it certainly doesn't change the fact that we are legally married in the state of California, by the mayor of Los Angeles."
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Isn't it funny how these holier-than-thou "Christians" see it fit to come to our events to disrupt them in the most hate filled ways? How arrogant that she would actually call herself an angel! If you peruse the local blogs you can see the same thing over and over, and the problem starts right from the top. Cardinal O'Maley gave out T-shirts to people that helped get signatures for the failed anti-equality petition to end same sex marriage. Those shirts had printed on them, "All evil needs to be triumphant is for good men to do nothing." When leaders of the church encourage hate where do the good, peaceful, loving Christians turn to find guidance?
Christ had two great commandments; love God, and love thy neighbor as thy self. Apparently the church can overlook it's most important principles handed down from God Himself when it comes to GLBT people. Maybe these leaders know better than God? Like diligent lawyers they scour the Bible and come up with a handful of references to justify their own hatred while overlooking the mountain of evidence that God intended us to live together in peace as respectful brothers and sisters.
I for one will continue to reach out to these hate filled few and try to make a difference in their lives. Perhaps over time they can come around to understand that their fears are unfounded, all people should be judged by their own actions, and that equality is not something that should be denied anyone based on who they inherently are.
When I grew up people were abused by the very same type of people for merely seeming to be gay. This hatred is so powerful that it transcends the boundaries claimed by those who feel it and it reaches out to those who have nothing to do with the focus of that hatred. It is time to stand up as a society and denounce hate at all costs. Although things have improved for GLBT people we still obviously have a long way to go.