Mavis's cousin Cassandra comes into the hotel and tells Mavis she's
getting married on Saturday. There was a scheduling problem at the
church, so she'd like to get married at the Lamont. Mavis asks about
the groom, and Cassandra introduces her to Bobbi, a woman. Mavis
is taken aback, but Cassandra doesn't get it. Mavis knows she's
gay. Mavis says she didn't know and is uncomfortable and a little
defensive when Cassandra calls her on it. She has always supported
gay rights, but she needs a little time to think about this marriage
thing. If they have the ceremony at the hotel, they have to invite
her, says Mavis. And there will be chicken. Courtney and Rita come
in, and Courtney hugs Cassandra. Mavis is surprised when she finds
out that Courtney has known for a long time that Cassandra is gay.
Rita offers to get the couple some satin bustiers, but Mavis reminds
her that they're lesbians, not gay men. Courtney asks to speak to
Mavis in the kitchen when he learns that the wedding will be Saturday
at the hotel. That's the day he's hosting the Republican Inclusion
Coalition for a Bush re-election party. Gays and Republicans don't
mix. Mavis needles him. Why not? it will be like a rumble between
the Jets and the Sharks, but only one side will be dancing. The
hotel is big enough for both groups; free enterprise does not discriminate.
Courtney takes Cassandra aside and asks her to postpone the wedding.
She says it's impossible to reschedule. He's having a party at the
hotel that night and it might be uncomfortable. The fact of the
matter is that he's a Republican. Cassandra is shocked. Does Mavis
know? His party is for Bush's re-election. That does it! Courtney
wants her to postpone her wedding so he can help re-elect a man
who denies Americans their basic civil rights? It would help, says
Courtney. Later, Cassandra berates Mavis for allowing a Republican
function to be held at her hotel. Mavis isn't in business to turn
people away. She can accommodate both groups in two separate rooms.
Neither Cassandra nor Courtney likes the arrangement, but that's
how it's going to be. That night, the poker group gets together.
They air their views on gay marriage, and they're all over the spectrum.
Rita says that there were gay couples at her prom, and a guy was
even elected prom queen. She was pissed at first, but coming in
second isn't bad. Mavis asks who thinks that "Don't Hide Love" is
a gay anthem. Rita sings a couple of lines. Any more questions?
On Saturday, the guests are arriving and Nasim and Jadwiga are directing
them to their respective events. Some of the Republicans are offended
when the hear about the lesbian wedding. Demetrius complains to
Mavis who reminds him that she, among others, is offended by the
Bush administration. Kathy, another Republican, comes up to ask
about the lesbian wedding. Bobbi and Cassandra enter just as Demetrius
is asking Courtney if he's a party to this heresy. Cassandra overhears
and is furious. Courtney tries to reassure Demetrius that since
gay marriage isn't legal, this is mere political theatre. Spoken
like a true Republican, says Cassandra. Chris, one of the wedding
guests, steps forward and says that he's a Republican. A black and
gay Republican, says Mavis. He's getting it from all sides. Insults
start flying from both groups. Cassandra's upset with Mavis. It's
her wedding day. How could Mavis let these terrible people into
her hotel? It's the real world, says Mavis. Cassandra has had it.
Forget the wedding; they're going home. Cassandra thought that on
her wedding day she'd be surrounded by people who supported them.
Mavis tries to bring her back to reality. Cassandra had better get
used to this, because the idea of gay marriage makes these Republicans
and a lot of other people crazy. If Cassandra loves Bobbi, says
Mavis, she needs to get out there and marry the woman. The wedding
goes on, and Mavis, backed by the Gay Men's Choir, sings "Don't
fly when Mavis schedules a Bush re-election party and a lesbian
wedding at the hotel on the same day.