Bil Browning

Gay stamp celebrates CA marriage equality

Filed By Bil Browning | May 24, 2008 12:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Media, The Movement
Tags: gay marriage, marriage equality, Perry Hoffman, postage stamps, same-sex marriage, stamps, US Postal Service

No, not an official stamp from the Postal Service. Of course, the United States government wouldn't be that cool...

approved1.jpgCalifornia queer artist Perry Hoffman has designed this stamp to celebrate the California marriage ruling. He used online postage generator to produce his design. The stamps are legal US postage and 50% of sales will be donated to Equality California.

His first attempt was rejected by the Postal Service, but this version sailed through. The original design was rejected for:

"Incorporates material the primary purpose of which is to advocate or protest any particular religious, social, political, legal or moral agenda of any person or entity."

You can see the rejected version and purchase information after the jump.


[UPDATE:] Commenter A.J.Lopp kindly provided the direct link to purchase the stamps. I apologize for not including it before - stupid mistake on my part there! Thanks A.J.!

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These are cute stamps! I think I'll order some to put on my wedding announcements. :)

Flippin cute. Like a puppy or a kitten.

Here is the exact direct link, for anyone who wants to buy a sheet or two:


$15.05 for sheet of 20 + 2.99 shipping = $18.04

Robert Ganshorn Robert Ganshorn | May 25, 2008 4:31 AM

They couldn't just, oh, mail them to you for forty two cents? That is over ninety cents for forty two cents of value.

What would Suzi Orman do?

Per sheet I see $3.32 going to Equality California. Better for the cause to send a check, better for fashion to buy the stamp.


Why do I suddenly feel like Patrick Swayze in "To Wong Foo?"

OK, I'll take the stamp

Robert Ganshorn Robert Ganshorn | May 25, 2008 5:37 AM

It had completely slipped my mind that Swayze is presently undergoing chemo. He WAS great in "To Wong Fu," but I do not wish to appear insensitive to his current struggle.

Thanks A.J.Lopp - I've updated the post to include the link to purchase the stamps. As I said above, neglecting to include the link was a really stupid mistake on my part!

Am I the only one who's kinda glad the 1st design didn't make the cut? I like the 2nd one much better!

I agree, Bil. The first design is very cluttered. The second gets the message across simply and cleanly. Very well done.