Forum decision on same-sex marriage announcement makes national headlinesFargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- It's quickly turning heads across America and around the world. The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead's decision not to print same-sex wedding and engagement announcements has been a long-standing policy, but is now being questioned. All this after a picture posted on Facebook.
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- It's quickly turning heads across America and around the world. The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead's decision not to print same-sex wedding and engagement announcements has been a long-standing policy, but is now being questioned. All this after a picture posted on Facebook.
That's right, one picture that went viral in only a matter of hours - Facebook, Twitter, and simple word of mouth. Today, after hearing about the issue through social media, some took a step away from the computer.
Jesse Engen – Protesting Forum’s Policy: "A lot of people have been making comments online and doing the big sharing and tweeting and I think it's had a lot of impact."
Dameon Rozek – Protesting Forum’s Policy: "My roommate just found it when the original email was shared online."
These two protestors had never met Allison Johnson or Kelsey Smith before today; the same-sex couple that posted this photo which sparked an outpouring of support.
Jesse Engen: "I actually am homosexual and I would hope to use an announcement. If I find a newspaper that would publish it, that would be great."
Dameon Rozek: "Every news story is picked up now, and it seemed to hit home, because it is."
From word-of-mouth to social media, the issue continues to gain momentum and spark comments from both sides. Now it's reached a worldwide audience - the front page of CNN.com featured the article under its living section. Change.org has a petition that's already reached nearly 3-thousand signatures from around the world.
This morning, the couple received phone calls from the Huffington Post.
Jesse Engen: "It was an awesome thing and it happened Monday and people all over were talking about it in Europe and Australia, all over the world people are talking about it. It's taken off very fast."
But for Jesse Engen and Dameon Rozek, they hope an old-fashioned horn honk, signs, and a little sweat will make a different kind of impact.
Dameon Rozek: "I think social media is huge for getting the message out, but I think we need to remember that social media is not enough to get things done."
The Forum says it continues to discuss the issue, but has not made any official decisions just yet. The couple plans to marry one week from today, on August 1st in New York City.