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5 comments | Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Chicago residents are up in arms over a billboard erected by Fetman, Garland & Associates, an all female law firm that specializes in divorce cases. The billboard simply says, "Life's short. Get a dvorce".
Attorney Corri Fetman, the brain child behind the billboard believes it provides hope for those who are in unhappy marriages.

But not everyone in Chicago or across America agrees with Attorney Fetman. Many people believe it is a "direct attack" on the sanctity of marriage( now where have I heard that before?) and further perpetuates the belief that marriage is outdated.

Well that's not what I thought when I saw the ad, but more on that later. Truth be told, 50% of marriages in this country end in divorce . My parents have been married for over 30 years, but they met during an era when people truly married for life and divorce was not an option. Even during infidelity and abuse a couple was expected to tough it out.

Attorney Corri Fetman told ABC News, "Law firm advertising is boring...everything's always the same. It's lawyers in libraries with a suit on and the law books behind them. They don't say anything. What , I should hire you because you have a law degree? C'mon. So we wanted to try something different."

Excuse me for a second while I look at this from a gay male perspective. I find it humorous that so many privileged heterosexuals are outraged about this billboard. It should be much harder for them to get married than it is to get a divorce.The heteros will say I do in a Britney Spears Las Vegas minute and the marriage will end in divorce just as fast. Maybe if they were denied the right to marry they would respect the institution more.

I could care less about the message this billboard sends, divorce isn't even on my radar, I'm still trying to win the right to get married. These lawyers have accomplished their goal, they're on every major network and newspaper and that kind of publicity is priceless.


<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

The right to get married....you already have that "right."

Divorce has been commercialized. Due to the increased "empowerment" of individualization, people seek to please themselves first and feel that in a relationship, it is all about them.

There is a decline of true committment to keep relationships healthy and strong. Unfortunately, most homosexuals can't stay together long enough in a monogamous relationship and yet people like you fight for marriage rights...for what?!? Will the "granted" rights for homosexuals to marry decrease the spread of HIV/AIDS, will it decrease the number of orgy parties, will it decrease promiscuity?

May 09, 2007 6:08 AM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

Ok Captain. You've been trying to get a reaction out of me for the past couple of weeks and I've ignored you, but today I will entertain your nonsense briefly.

I've been getting dozens of phone calls and e-mails regarding your cruel and homophobic statements and I insist that you're harmless. I know this first hand because we've met.

Your latest Charlene Cothran-like comment that you left on this post doesn't upset me because I expect that from you. It baffles me how one person can allow himself to wallow in so much self hatred that he lashes out at anyone who doesn't apologize for living life authentically.

You're going to wake up one day and realize that God still loves you just as you are...as a Black gay man and regret all of the time you've wasted pretending to be somebody that you're not.

You can go ahead and subscribe to the Ted Haggard/Charlene Cothran foolishness if you want, but don't expect me or any other SGL person to jump on your psychotic bandwagon.

May 09, 2007 11:08 AM

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May 09, 2007 11:11 AM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

As a former client I think the billboard is in total keeping with the integrety level of attorney Fetman. None.

May 09, 2007 11:16 AM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...


I don't want a reaction. Don't attack me, I am not the subject matter for discussion. I want people to come and discuss what you put forth. This is a forum for meaningful discussions right? I want people to sit back and think, objectively.

Please show me where a strong presence of monogamous relationships are held in the gay community? I am not talking about one or two here and a few there. From a collective assessment, can you honestly say that relationships are successful in the gay community? If not, why?

Please confirm if this is a place for true discussion. Your matters are valid. Divorce is a problem, but so is homosexaulity too!

If you feel this is all "nonsense", take your site down.

May 09, 2007 2:07 PM


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