August 21, 2013 | by Michael K. Lavers
Amusement park cancels wedding contest
Cedar Point, amusement park, Roller coaster, Ohio, Gay news, Washington Blade

The Cedar Point amusement park has cancelled its wedding contest. (Photo by Nick Nolte; courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

SANDUSKY, Ohio—The Cedar Point amusement park has cancelled a wedding contest after a gay couple protested their exclusion from it.

WKYC in Cleveland reported on Aug. 20 that Eric Morrison and Scott Kenimond wanted to be among the 13 couples to tie the knot during the opening of Cedar Point’s Halloween celebration next month. The television station said only heterosexual couples could enter the contest because Ohio law does not allow same-sex marriage.

“In today’s world, it’s just not a fair thing to do to leave people out,” Kenimond told WKYC.

The amusement park told the television station in a statement it does “not take any official stance on political issues.” It added it provides “opportunities for all couples to have” weddings, commitment ceremonies and other events at Cedar Point.

Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

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