3 Oceans Entertainment is very clear that we are a Gay Friendly AZ Wedding Vendor. We have always felt this way. However, one always has to tread carefully when dealing with the media, who as a whole often seem to have one sort of agenda or the other. Here’s what has been happening with us lately.
Pete Suratos of ABC 15 News in Phoenix contacted me to comment on a new piece he was reporting on concerning SB 1062, the supposedly controversial pending legislation concerning an exemption to allow discrimination. By “supposedly,” I simply mean that the only real controversy is why this ridiculous bill has not already been given a gubernatorial veto. The current numbers are somewhere between 70 to 95 % against, so how about a little representation of the will of the people here, huh folks?
Anyway, the “powers that be” in the news room were certainly looking for opposing viewpoints, but just couldn’t find any by airtime, so a little clever editing makes it almost sound like I support the bill. Enough that I got a phone call the following morning from a producer up the line who asked if that meant I would go on record in support. Uh, NO…but you can add me to the overwhelming majority of decent people who would never validate another excuse to discriminate and hate.
Still, it was fun to be on the evening news and at least my wife squealed with excitement when she saw her silly husband on TV. That part was worth it to me right there. Here’s a link to the news video:
In fairness, the reporter kept looking in the right direction after this and asked if I knew anyone who had been directly affected by this so-called religious discrimination. Why yes, we just worked with a great Phoenix couple who were not only told “no” by a cake baker, but then lectured about their depraved lifestyle, etc. Rebecca and Molly were very brave to go on TV to discuss this and we are very proud of them.
They got a lot of flak and hateful comments on the internet right away, (of course!) the 24 hour news cycle marched on, and life goes on.
We’ll be working on a new video with Becca and Molly to promote awareness for Anti-Bullying Safety Classes at the Kidzone with the upcoming Phoenix Pride Festival. Stay tuned for more.