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 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.”
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.”