Today a coworker of mine had a thought to send flowers to a random couple waiting in line at SF city hall.
He called a florist and they agreed to do it. He told them to deliver to any couple -- it didn't matter who -- standing in line to get married, with his blessing. The card will read simply "With love, from Minneapolis, Minnesota."
Once they understood, they were very touched and thought it was a great idea.
He told another co-worker who did the same thing. And now we want to start a movement. Wouldn't that be cool if people from all over the country, gay, straight and otherwise, started sending flowers to the people waiting in line to get married.
Call it The Big Gay Bouquet call it Flowers from the Heartland. Call it whatever you want, but help us get this off the ground.
Call Flowers on the Bay at 888-217-9119 and order a bouquet to be delivered tomorrow at noon.
And Tell all of your friends to do it.
Because straight or gay, we believe and we know many people who believe, support and celebrate the right to marriage. And we'd like to show it. We'd like to see all of the people standing in line with flowers of support from all over the country.
PS. Flowers on the Bay seems like a small shop and might get overwhelmed if this really did catch on. I have a feeling that any Bay-Area flower shop, perhaps even doing FTD through your local florist, could work.
EDIT!! Feb 20,2004: I wish I could personally take responsibility for this wonderful idea! You guys are all amazing. As it is, I got this msg from my friend (gloein) who got it from her friend, Ben (who works with the original author of this msg--I believe). We decided that it would reach more people if we posted it in the communities that we belonged to. So, that's what we did. And, thanks to you guys, this has really taken off! Flowers by Al and Don have received more than $2000 for flowers--in the past day or so! This is a wonderful show of support!
Also to everyone who wanted to know if there would be media coverage: this will be in an upcomming issue of WIRED magazine!
What a great way to show our support. Thank you to everyone for sending flowers, posting the link/msg, and your kind words. What a wonderful thing this is! Let's keep it up! As long as they are in line, we should send flowers of support!
Feb 21: It made the media! The Minneapolis Star-Tribune: (Nothing says support like flowers from Minneapolis) and The San Fran Gate (The flowering of love Strangers from Midwest send bouquets).
Also, if you are looking for the website that is accepting paypal donations (for those of us who can't afford to send a $20-$50 bouquet), it's here: Flowers for Al and Don.
Feb 25: Here is another newspaper article about someone who received flowers in San Fran! Thanks to kaela for pointing it out!