Lance Bass to Lead Record Breaking Effort in Atlanta for Gay Marriage
An attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the Largest Arms-Linked Toast will be made today when entertainer and activist, Lance Bass joins over 200 marriage equality supporters in Atlanta. The event is a co-partnership with SKYY Vodka and Freedom to Marry.
"We know that the more Americans talk about gay families and why marriage matters, the more our national majority for marriage grows in every part of the country," said Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry. "Through partnerships like the SKYY Vodka ’Toast to Marriage’ campaign, Freedom to Marry aims to spark more conversations in states where marriage discrimination persists, highlighting that unfairness and helping grow support for bringing the freedom to marry home nationwide."
The campaign will launch in Atlanta, Ga., Monday with an attempt at the Guinness World Record for the Largest Arms-Linked Toast. Entertainer and activist Lance Bass will lead the effort by linking arms with his husband, Michael Turchin, and raising a toast in support of the freedom to marry.
The event will take place in the Great Ballroom of the W Hotel Midtown (188 14th St. NE, Atlanta) from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Participants 21 years and over are required to RSVP at RSVP@ToastToMarriage.com
According to Guinness World Records, the largest arms-linked toast is 260 and was achieved by the Global Management Team of Oriflame Cosmetics (Sweden), in Guia de Isora, Tenerife, Spain, on 10 October 2013.
Georgia is one of the 31 states without the freedom to marry, and it has a constitutional amendment banning any legal relationship recognition for same-sex couples even though a majority of Georgia residents support marriage. On April 22, 2014, Lambda Legal filed a federal lawsuit seeking the freedom to marry in Georgia and recognition for marriages legally performed elsewhere.
"For decades, SKYY Vodka has partnered with LGBT events, festivals and organizations, but we knew we could contribute in a fresher, more substantial way," said Kathleen Schuart, Senior Marketing Director, SKYY Vodka. "We worked hand-in-hand with Freedom to Marry to develop Toast To Marriage as a way to help our friends, families, colleagues and communities win the freedom to marry nationwide."
Through August, SKYY Vodka and Freedom to Marry will host a series of fundraising events in Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale, Philadelphia, Columbus, Chicago, New Orleans, Houston, Phoenix, San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco. At each event, renowned photographers will take iconic portraits of couples toasting in support of marriage equality.