Saturday, April 07, 2007

Right decision by Disney

There is some happy news in the Guardian today.

Disney Opens Weddings to Gay Couples

Same-sex couples who want to exchange vows in front of Cinderella's Castle now have the chance.

The Walt Disney Co. had limited its Fairy Tale Wedding program to couples with valid marriage licenses, but it is now making ceremonies at its parks available to gay couples as well.

``We believe this change is consistent with Disney's long-standing policy of welcoming every guest in an inclusive environment,'' Disney Parks and Resorts spokesman Donn Walker said Friday. ``We want everyone who comes to celebrate a special occasion at Disney to feel welcome and respected.''

The company said it made the change after being contacted by a gay couple who wanted to use the wedding service, which offers ceremonies at Disneyland in California, Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disney's cruise ships.

Of course, in the end it's all about money, and Disney has probably realized that Christian fundamentalists aren't the core audience for Disney's products and services.

However, when combining this with the fact that Disney is making a film with a black princess makes it seem like they are at least trying to move past their former bigotry (though I am withholding judgement about the black princess until the movies is out).

Of course, there are still major problems with Disney, e.g. the issues mentioned here, but this is a step in the right direction.

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