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Sonora Chase (L) and Dasha Snyder (2ed L), and Matthew Krumlick (2ed R) and Sawyer Snowden (R) participate in a symbolic group commitment ceremony for same-sex couples to kick off National Gay Pride Month at The Abbey bar and restaurant on June 4, 2008 in West Hollywood, California.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie may not get married until same-sex couples can, too. Now The Abbey, a gay nightclub in West Hollywood, is banning bachelorette parties to protest the recent vote to ban same-sex marriage in North Carolina.
"Every Friday and Saturday night, we're flooded with requests from straight girls in penis hats who want to ogle our gogos, dance with the gays and celebrate their pending nuptials. They are completely unaware that the people around them are legally prohibited from getting married," David Cooley, the founder of The Abbey said in a statement.
Gay bars in cities like Chicago have taken similar stands and individuals have made their own personal protest –- some even refusing to attend the weddings of their heterosexual friends until gay marriage is made legal.
The Abbey currently hosts around 4 to 6 bachelorette parties per week, which can equal quite a bit of income for Cooley's establishment. However, he says he's not worried about losing business.
"For equal rights, that's a lot more important to me," said Cooley on the Patt Morrison Show. "So my customers aren't treated as second-class citizens, I'm willing to give up bachelorette parties."
One caller on the show claimed Cooley's move was just a publicity stunt. Other critics argue that barring bachelorette parties because of a political move in North Carolina would alienate The Abbey's heterosexual patrons.
I'm very, very serious about this," said Cooley. "I just look forward to the day that gay marriage is legal, so we can have bachelor and bachelorette parties at The Abbey."
Do you think this is this an effective means of protest? Why or why not?
David Cooley, founder, The Abbey nightclub in West Hollywood