Two LUSH customers show their support for the right for same-sex couples to marry.
At 11:38am on June 18, couples gathered at LUSH cosmetics stores across the nation to put their puckers to work. Under the Defense of Marriage Act, same-sex couples are denied 1,138 of the rights awarded to heterosexual married couples. Unmarried couples are not guaranteed the right to joint parenting, are not granted spousal hospital visitation privileges, and are exempt from federal protections such as social security. To create awareness of this discrepancy, LUSH hosted an event called “Kiss and Tell” and invited the public to their stores to kiss at 11:38 to represent the 1,138 rights that same-sex couples are denied.
At the LUSH store in Valley Fair, store manager Debrah Parker said that the “Kiss and Tell” event has received “nothing but positive responses.” LUSH offered pamphlets detailing the rights denied by the Defense of Marriage Act and encouraged shoppers to sign a postcard to their senator urging them to support the Respect for Marriage Act, which would provide all the rights and benefits of marriage to legally married same-sex couples. Said Parker, “We’ve had so many customers who have felt so moved by the event.”