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“We’ll marry you gayly…” says Berkeley restaurant owner

By kbender
Monday, June 16th, 2008 at 6:12 pm in Uncategorized.

Disclaimer: Russell Bass is looking for publicity for his 15-year-old Berkeley restaurant.

Usually we news folks would look the other way. We don’t much care for shameless self promoters.

We ignore them. We delete their e-mails. We roll our eyes.

But Bass’ promotion _ a contest to win a free official same-sex wedding ceremony and reception dinner at Cafe de la Paz _ is a pretty good one.

“We’ll marry you gayly,” says the advertisement that an angry Bass on Monday placed in the Bakersfield Californian, Kern County’s largest daily newspaper.

You see, Bass is more than a little ticked off at Kern County for their refusal to marry same-sex couples. Kern County officials say they aren’t doing weddings _ gay or straight _ because they don’t have the staff. Officials in Butte County also won’t do civil ceremonies there anymore.

Bass says he’ll give away the prize to the first same-sex couple that can tell him “Why I’d rather get married in Berkeley at Cafe de la Paz” that in Kern County. To enter go to www.cafedelapaz.net.

The winning couple will be treated to a wedding for ten at Cafe de la Paz, which Bass happily tells us translates (in Spanish) to Peace Cafe.

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