It’s many people’s dreams: getting hitched at a luxury hotel surrounded by their closest friends and family all in a picturesque setting. Unfortunately for one same-sex couple, this dream was cut short by an intolerant hotel. A gay couple wanted to have a small commitment ceremony at the La Amada Hotel in Cancun. Unfortunately, the hotel decided that the symbolic ceremony was not appropriate for their “family-friendly resort” so they told the couple (at the last minute) that they weren’t allowed to have their ceremony. Then they received this e-mail from La Amada:
“Dear [redacted], Thank you for your interests for La Amada Hotel. Being a family friendly resort, we unfortunately cannot support or perform a gay wedding. I understand you want to have a small intimate ceremony, but we cannot proceed.”
While same-sex marriage is only legal in Mexico City (though other parts of the country must respect marriages performed in the capital), this incident is extremely upsetting. We’ve tried contacting the hotel, but so far we have not received a response. Remember, there are plenty of resources to help you find LGBT-friendly hotels. Of course, check Passport magazine. Each issue we include gay-owned/gay-friendly places that respect you. Also, organizations like TAG and IGLTA, both offer extensive listings of where you can stay and feel welcome. On your special day or holiday, it’s so important that you are somewhere that respects you and, above all, welcomes you! [Nerve]
You can get involved too, click here for the contacts page at La Amada Hotel.