Dr. Jillian T. Weiss

Vote For Gregory and Jonathan

Filed By Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | March 29, 2010 10:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: Crate & Barrel, Gregory and Jonathan, Ultimate Wedding Contest

Three Thumbnail image for Crate and Barrel.jpgdays are left in the voting for Crate and Barrel's Ultimate Wedding Contest. Jonathan Howard and Gregory Jones are close to being in the top spot.

There are over 5,000 couples entered, with several same sex couples in the top 20 spots. However, Jonathan and Gregory, in second place, have over 12,000 votes. The top couple have over 19,000.

Click here to vote. You have to give Crate and Barrel your email address, but would it be such a bad thing if you got a few good suggestions to spruce up your place already?

Gregory and Jonathan entered this contest on a whim back in February, and the community rallied around them. I think we should all rally around them. They're so cute, how could you not?

There is a backstory that is a bit darker. Jonathan is the survivor of a 2008 hate crime, in which he suffered serious permanent injuries. His attacker was found and convicted of 9 criminal counts, but he served not one day of jail time. Jonathan and Gregory have also faced attacks from anti-gay commenters.

Their love story and video after the jump.

Click here to vote.

From the Crate & Barrel website:

Our love story.

Boy meets boy, boy falls for boy, and boys get engaged. The pure existence of our love is not always accepted. We had to deal with hatred from outsiders and support one another in recovery. Our love story involves the evolution of the meaning of love and the perseverance that allowed two people such as us to openly experience happiness. We knew that we were right for each other from the start, we knew that we would always be by one another's sides and that as best friends we could truly experience our love openly.

Three important details about our Ultimate Wedding.

The three key things for our wedding are simply friends, family, and fun. We want a simple, but elegant affair at an outdoor vineyard in the DC area with our family and friends from across the country. Our family and friends are very important to us and our dream day would not be complete unless we were surrounded by all of them. And we want all of these people to be able to celebrate our love for each other and enjoy a memorable occasion.

Our everyday dream day.

Beauty, tranquility, and love characterize our perfect day. A perfect day for us is a day that is very similar to our wedding day. It is a day that we are free to spend together and to enjoy the company of our friends and family. One of our favorite weekend pastimes is venturing out to the vineyards in Virginia with a small group for a wine tasting and picnic. It gives us the opportunity to enjoy each others company, be absorbed by our surroundings and get away from the hectic lives we lead in the city.

And click here for way more vids and pics.

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I wish that they were not planning on celebrating in anti-gay Virginia. They live in DC, which just legalized same sex marriages. I hope hat they reconsider.

Romance is the quickest way to my heart. Gregory and Jonathan had me at the picture and their story had me voting. They have already won, whether they win the contest or not.

Michael Crawford Michael Crawford | March 29, 2010 12:46 PM

Jonathan and Gregory are an awesome couple. It would fantastic if they won the contest. They, and the other same-sex couples in the contest, are doing an amazing job talking about why marriage is important for same-sex couples.

They look like a cute couple. However, I dislike a contest in which there is such emotional manipulation using selective facts disclosed by the contestant. In other words, magnifying the victim card. One of these guys is a physician, and it would be great to see a gay couple win. But the moans about all they have been through, well, haven't we all?

Cute couple, they got my vote!

First of all, I am VERY pro-gay but I had to go back to the beginning here. This is a contest about love and marriage. I get the feeling this couple used this contest as a political forum to talk about a hate crime. I do not support hate crimes but I just have to say- I did not get to know these guys at all. During the video there is no mention of their relationship other than how Greg supported John...what about their love- their romantic love- why they love each other? Greg wasn't even in the video which is even crazier. I don't know- I just wasn't convinced they should win a wedding contest because one of them survived a hate crime.

Flaming Fiend | April 1, 2010 7:31 PM

I’m so glad to see that GLAAD and its associates think these gay couples deserve to win more than anyone else. You’re right. Oh, and that Kellie thinks her friend “deserves” to win because he’s crippled. Gimme a break. All these couples whining about their adversity makes me ill. Look, I get that you’re rooting for your guys cause you’re all on the same team in the same community, but that still doesn’t make the plea for sympathy votes any more pathetic, and most definitely not compelling. In fact, it’s the same damn narrative again. “We’re gay, and I love him/her. Let’s show those meanies who say our love isn’t real.” Wow, compelling. You’re probably the same dolts who gave the Oscar to Sandy even though we’ve seen that same tired role again and again.

So forget that this lame attempt at compelling and riveting narrative is refreshing, (it’s not), but there is something to be said for the whole deserving aspect of the entry. Why do you deserve it more than someone else? Should we go through and eliminate every couple with a sob story of cancer/familial death/typhoon? Should we burn it down to who almost died in the worst way? According to your pitiful logic we should. You think because Couple X hasn’t suffered a tragedy, that “LGBT Couple B” deserves it more. No one deserves anything. No one.

Not only that, these couples sexuality is the sole thrust of their love story. That’s it. The culmination of their love is that they can’t get married, and C&B will somehow “validate that.” Bull#$%^. You’re worse than the lupus chick who completely defines herself by her disease. You are nothing but a shell without your sexuality. Nothing in your story is remotely intriguing beyond it.

So no matter. You can hijack the narrative as much as you want. In fact, that’s the goal. Rail against the breeders keepin’ you down. The contest is supposed to be about your love, not a political point. But it’s not enough for you is it? You’ve revealed to be nothing but shills for a political movement under the cover of loving matrimony. Congrats on that, boys.