Stand4Love expands to OpenSim

Stand4Love, an annual event in support of marriage equality, has expanded beyond its traditional base in Second Life to include an OpenSim grid, Avination, in this year’s celebrations.

“This event is actually our first Stand4Love event in a different grid other than Second Life,” said Stand4Love founder Editorial Clarity. “Our main focus was Second Life until one day Jazrielle said she had a club in Avination too, and thought why not do the event in both worlds? We loved the idea and apparently Stand4Love is getting an awesome response over in Avination now.”


The highlight of the event will be dance parties this weekend, June 15 and 16, sponsored by True House Inc. and MiCasa in Second Life.

“”The Southern Group is proud to host the Dance4Love event in Avination,” said Avination club owners Gord and Sheila Devonshire. “Equality amongst all people is of the utmost importance for society to move forward as a whole. Nothing should ever stand in the way of any two people expressing their love for one another. We look forward to the weekends events.”

A schedule of all the events is not yet available.

“The privileges and duties should be open to everyone, and not just those who church and society deem worthy,” said Avination grid founder and OpenSim core developer Melanie Thielker in a statement. “In this day and age of overpopulation, the importance of marriage to facilitate children has paled compared to it’s importance as an expression of love. The almost infinite freedom of virtual worlds should serve as an example for our real lives. Particularly the freedom of love and marry the person one adores should finally be granted and protected by law, worldwide.”

(Image courtesy Stand4Love.)

(Image courtesy Stand4Love.)

This year, the timing of the event is particularly relevant because the U.S. Supreme Court is currently deciding two cases related to marriage equality: the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibits federal recognition of gay marriages, even if they were legal in individual states; and California’s 2008 ban on gay marriage, known as Proposition 8.

“It is indeed in support of the upcoming US Supreme Court decisions,” said Avination spokesperson Leonie Gaertner. “These events are held to create awareness of marriage equality and will hopefully also gain more publicly visible support to make the Supreme Court deciding the right thing also make more people aware about the issue in other countries.”

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Maria Korolov

Maria Korolov is editor and publisher of Hypergrid Business. She has been a journalist for more than twenty years and has worked for the Chicago Tribune, Reuters, and Computerworld and has reported from over a dozen countries, including Russia and China. Follow me on Twitter @MariaKorolov.

6 Responses

  1.' hack13 says:

    This is very exciting, being homosexual myself. Equality is a hard thing, I still go places here in the United States and I have to watch myself. I mean it is not all safe and great, I am really happy to see this type of thing coming to the OpenSimulator community.

    • same here in Canada, im bi sexual and i try to act as straight as possible when i go out. I dont even go to any gay clubs in my city now because there is still “gay bashing” going on around here.

  2.' Minethere says:

    I am a supporter of Equal Marriage and, as well, Equality with all people. I was not aware the Supremes were looking at DOMA again. [I seldom watch news…lol]

    I do hope they overturn this obnoxious law that Bill Clinton signed and a majority of the Congress approved.

    •' Minethere says:

      I slept on this and realized my comment isn’t written well…lol

      I don’t know if DOMA has come before the Supremes before. I did think it would eventually tho, and I did think it would take some time to do so.

      A shame, really, as it was poorly conceived and done in a very bad spirit of the times..and has caused a lot of problems for good people who have been marginalized far longer than they should have been, due to it, while the modern world has moved past it in so many ways.

      On the other hand, I never discuss politics anymore, so why am I doing it now????????

      ‘Cuase, I guess, it is more a moral thing than political..tho politicians always feel the need to legislate every single facet of our lives nowadays…

  3.' Yoshiko Fazuku says:

    Stonewall except on a international level!

  4. I don’t know about all that. If we let the gays marry, then the Furries are gonna want to get married….and that’s a slippery slope from there…

    J/K ;-p