Featured Gay Wedding Vendor: David Gordon Photography, New York, New York

Written by scott on March 26th, 2015

David Gordon Photography

Periodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding.

Don’t settle for boring straight wedding photography. (pun intended :-) I’ve been shooting events for over twenty years, but like most other photographers no doubt, same sex weddings have always been a relatively small part of my business. It certainly hasn’t been for lack of interest on my part. As a gay male and photographer in New York City, I’m absolutely thrilled about the legalization of gay marriage in New York, and look forward to photographing lots of NY same sex weddings for couples who have been waiting a long time for this to come about.

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – March 26th

Written by scott on March 26th, 2015

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we didn’t have time to add. We’re able to get more news and analysis to you this way every day – enjoy!

Australia: A much anticipated debate on gay marriage in Australia’s Senate was postponed indefinitely because the majority Liberal Party refused to allow a conscience vote. full story

UK: The British Social Attitudes report shows 48% of conservative UKIP supporters back same-sex marriage. full story

UK, Northern Ireland: A legal case involving a Christian baker who refused to make a cake bearing a pro-marriage equality slogan goes to court this week. full story

USA: Defense Secretary Ash Carter has gotten pushback from senior military leaders on whether the Pentagon should lift its ban on transgender people serving in the armed forces. full story

USA: Pat Robertson appears to be giving up the fight against marriage equality: “You better get on your knees and pray and let the Lord take care of it because there isn’t a whole lot else you can do.” full story

USA: Metro Weekly has gathered 10 of Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz’s anti gay statements. full story

USA, Alabama: Several marriage equality and adoption cases may soon be dismissed because the couples are now married. The Federal case continues. full story

USA, Arkansas: A Senate panel advanced a right to discriminate bill that would ban state and local government from taking action that would burden someone’s religious beliefs unless a “compelling governmental interest” is proven. full story

USA, California: California Attorney General Kamala Harris on Wednesday moved to block a proposed ballot initiative that calls for gays to be executed. full story

USA, Colorado: After the pent-up demand was released with the passage of marriage equality in the state, the pace of same sex weddings has slowed. full story

USA, Connecticut: Connecticut’s Legislative Regulation Review Committee approved a regulation that repeals the ban on coverage for the treatment of gender dysphoria, the diagnostic term used to refer to discomfort or distress caused by a difference between a person’s gender identity and their sex assigned at birth. full story

USA, Florida: Watermark takes a look at the anti-gay bills making their way through the Florida legislature even as an LGBT rights bill languishes in committee. full story

USA, Idaho: An Idaho Republican lawmaker’s political website domanin, which had expired, has been snapped up by a group claiming to be gay rights activists, decorated with rainbows and replaced with text requesting that the legislature meet with same-sex marriage supporters. full story

Idaho Lawmaker's new Rainbow Website

USA, Indiana: Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard is slamming the right to discriminate legislation passed by the state House and Senate that Governor Mike Pence has said he is “looking forward” to signing into law. full story

USA, Indiana: Leaders of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) wrote Wednesday to Gov. Mike Pence urging him to veto the right to discriminate bill. So proud – my Grandpa was a DoC minister. full story

USA, Indiana: A broad and growing chorus of voices including human rights groups, over 30 law scholars, NBA star Jason Collins, Indiana Chamber of Commerce, SalesForce, and Gen Con – Indianapolis’s largest attended conference, is urging Indiana Governor Mike Pence to veto the anti-lgbt religious exemption bill, SB 101. full story

USA, Indiana: Governor Mike Pence is ignoring them all, and will sign the bill today at a private ceremony. full story

USA, Kentucky: A bill proposing to offer cash rewards to people who reported trans students using the “wrong” bathroom has failed to pass. full story

USA, Missouri: At least four southeast Missouri Presbyterian churches have received letters threatening to burn their buildings to the ground following the Presbyterian Church USA’s decision last week to amend its constitution to perform same-sex marriages. full story

USA, North Dakota: LGBT rights supporters will once again try to pass a bill banning discrimination. full story

USA, Ohio: On Wednesday, the Cincinnati City Council passed a resolution supporting marriage equality and appreciation for the work of Why Marriage Matters Ohio, a grassroots public education campaign to build support for marriage equality in Ohio. full story

USA, Puerto Rico: Today, several senators and representatives in Puerto Rico filed a request to allow them to file an out-of-time friend-of-the-court brief defending the marriage ban. full story

USA, Texas: Late last night a committee of the Texas House took public comments about Rep Cecil Bell’s bill that would forbid county clerks from issuing any marriage licenses full story

USA, Texas: The Texas Legislative Board released one fiscal impact analysis that indicates a bill to strip county clerks from issuing marriage licenses and cede control to the Texas Secretary of State office would cost $2.4 million in the first two years. full story

USA, Virginia: Parental complaints have prompted a Virginia school board to reverse a decision that respected a fourth grader’s gender identity, forcing her either back into the boys’ bathroom, or into single-stall or staff restrooms. full story

USA, Washington DC: At an event hosted by the Heritage Foundation, John G West (right) from creationist organization the Discovery Institute spoke out in favor of “ex-gay” therapy, saying the bans harm young people. full story

 

Featured Gay Wedding Vendor: Superior Sounds, New York, New York

Written by scott on March 25th, 2015

Superior Sounds

Periodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding.

Our professional DJ setups are equipped with only the finest state-of-the-art digital CD sound systems. They produce clear, quality sound at a comfortable volume level. Our equipment is carefully adjusted to the acoustics of your room. The speakers are strategically positioned so that your guests can effortlessly socialize at surrounding tables.

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – March 25th

Written by scott on March 25th, 2015

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we didn’t have time to add. We’re able to get more news and analysis to you this way every day – enjoy!

International: The United Nation will now give benefits to all spouses of gay U.N. staffers who are legally married after Russia and other opponents of same-sex marriage failed Tuesday in an attempt to scuttle the plan by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. full story

Pop Culture: Gay Country Star Steve Grand is speaking up for transgender rights as his new album releases. full story

Australia: The federal Coalition party room did not discuss a free vote on marriage equality in a Tuesday morning meeting, despite a concerted email campaign from both sides of the debate. full story

Australia: A pro-marriage equality Senator received a nasty bit of unsigned hate mail, which he then posted on his Facebook page. full story

Hate Mail

Sweden: The official dictionary of the Swedish language will introduce a gender-neutral pronoun in April, editors at the Swedish Academy have announced. “Hen” will be added to “han” (he) and “hon” (she) as one of 13,000 new words in the latest edition of the Swedish Academy’s SAOL. full story

UK, Northern Ireland: The Christian owner of a bakery due to go to court over the refusal to bake a pro-same-sex marriage cake has said he will not back down. full story

USA, Northern Ireland: Hundreds of people including three senior DUP politicians had to be refused entry to a full-to-capacity Waterfront Hall in Belfast last night as thousands of Christians turned up for a rally in support of the Newtownabbey bakery firm which is going to court to defend their refusal to bake a cake for a gay activist. full story

USA: The American Family Association today published a full-page message to the Supreme Court in the Washington Post. full story

AFA Letter to Supremes

USA: Truth Wins Out announced the release today of the second video in its “Flipping the Script on Religious Freedom” campaign, to highlight the real-world consequences of laws that purport to protect religious liberty, – See more at: http://sdgln.com/commentary/2015/03/24/video-spoofs-dramatizes-unintended-consequences-religious-freedom-bills#sthash.zcysKMej.dpuf full story

USA: Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson has some advice for gays – find you a woman and marry her. full story

USA: Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) introduced a bill that would endorse the idea that businesses and organizations should be allowed to use taxpayer funds to discriminate against married same-sex couples. full story

USA, Alabama: A new hearing in Federal Court on the marriage equality case is scheduled for 3/26. full story

USA, Alabama: Republican Sen. Gerald Allen of Tuscaloosa introduced the bill last week specifying groups that could refuse to participate in adoptions and foster care placements that violate their religious beliefs. full story

USA, California: A California activist says she is “fighting fire with fire” by proposing an “intolerant jackass” ballot initiative, which would require anyone proposing a ballot measure involving killing gay people to be punished with a year of sensitivity training and a significant donation to an LGBT rights group. full story

USA, California: In response to the proposed Sodomite Suppression Act, California state Assemblyman Richard Bloom (photo) and Assemblyman Evan Low, both Democrats, have introduced a bill that would raise to fee to file for a ballot measure from $200 to $8000. full story

USA, Indiana: The Gen Con gaming convention has sent a letter to Indiana governor Mike Pence threatening to pull its $50M convention, with a weekend turnstile attendance of 184,699 and unique attendance of 56,614, out of Indianapolis should Pence sign a bill headed to his desk that would allow businesses to discriminate against LGBT people based on religious beliefs. full story

USA, Indiana: Openly gay Star Trek actor George Takei promises to boycott Indiana if Governor Mike Pence signs the pending right to discriminate bill. full story

USA, Kansas: Equality House, located across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church compound, home to anti-gay extremists famous for their “Gods Hate Fags” protests, celebrated its second anniversary over the weekend with one big smooch. full story

USA, Maryland: Female same-sex couples in Maryland would have the same health care benefits for artificial insemination as heterosexual couples, under a bill passed by the state Senate. full story

USA, Michigan: A woman who was kicked out of her gym for complaining about a trans woman using the locker room is now suing the gym. full story

USA, Michigan: The state’s civil rights law doesn’t include protections for gay and transgender people, but the Michigan Civil Rights Commission has endorsed a model non-discrimination ordinance that does cover sexual orientation. full story

USA, Michigan: There are 37 states with marriage equality and the fact that Michigan isn’t one of them hurts the tourism industry’s bottom line, said a market researcher at the Pure Michigan Governor’s Conference on Tourism this week. full story

USA, Texas: A contentious debate is expected as a Texas House committee hears a bill barring state and local employees from licensing or recognizing same-sex marriages – even if the U.S. Supreme Court authorizes them. full story

USA, Washington: August Easton-Calabriaand has launched a Change.org petition asking the BSA to end its policy, which does not allow someone who is openly gay to participate in the organization once they turn 18, so his gay twin brother can stay in scouting. full story

USA, Washington DC: The second annual Ignatian LGBTQ and Ally Conference is scheduled to be held March 27-29 on the campus of Georgetown University, according to an announcement on the website of the New York-based group GLAAD. full story

USA, Washington DC: NOM has revealed the details of its third planned hate march in the US capital on 4/25. full story

USA, Wyoming: Plaintiffs who were successful in legalizing same-sex marriage in Wyoming are now seeking to recover nearly $95,000 in attorney’s fees and costs. full story

 

Marriage Equality Round-Up – March 24th

Written by scott on March 24th, 2015

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we didn’t have time to add. We’re able to get more news and analysis to you this way every day – enjoy!

Pop Culture: The conservative group “One Million Moms” is ever so pissed about Ellen’s new gay sitcom “One Big Happy”. full story

Ireland: David Quinn of the Iona Institute, anti-gay Catholic lobbying group has admitted that same-sex marriage is likely to pass an upcoming referendum in Ireland. full story

Jamaica: Maurice Tomlinson, an LGBT rights advocate suing Belize and Trinidad and Tobago for banning gays entering the countries, will not be deterred by death threats. full story

Uganda: Some lawmakers in parliament are balking at a request to pay a U.S. public relations firm to clean up Uganda’s anti-gay image with members of Congress. full story

UK: A report has been submitted by international law firm Clifford Chance to the HM Passport Office, which favors introducing gender ‘X’ passports in the UK. full story

USA: Evan Wolfson, head of Freedom to Marry, says the group will shut down if the US Supreme Court rules in favor of marriage equality in June. full story

USA: Republican Ted Cruz has confirmed his plans to run for President in 2016, and promised to uphold the ‘sacrament of marriage’. full story

USA: HRC is highlighting Ted Cruz’s history of rhetoric against LGBT community. full story

USA: HRC took presumed Presidential Candidate Jeb Bush to task for supporting right to discriminate bills. full story

USA: The former president of Bob Jones University has apologized for saying in 1980 that homosexuals should be stoned, calling his comments at the White House reckless and inflammatory. full story

USA, Alabama: Equality on Trial has a few updates from the state in the marriage equality fight there. full story

USA, Alabama: Alabama’s dispute over same-sex marriage surfaced Monday during a forum over a hotly contested property tax referendum for the Baldwin County School System. John Howard, a private school teacher and tax opponent, linked “gay marriage” to the tax issue as an example of unknown influences the federal government might pass along to public schools. full story

USA, California: April 10th will be the 12th annual Transgender Day of Empowerment in San Diego. full story

USA, California: The San Francisco Museum of Transgender History’s latest groundbreaking collection, created in collaboration with Los Angeles’s ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archive is Transgender Hirstory in 99 Objects: Legends & Mythologies. full story

USA, Colorado: A Denver Home Depot employee, with the backing of his pastor, has written a blistering open letter blasting the company for supporting an LGBT History Month initiative, saying “LGBT people are morally evil and self destructive.” full story

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USA, Michigan: Michigan state Rep. Gary Glenn (R), a first-term Republican lawmaker from Larkin Township, is warning his constituents about a gay reporter’s “agenda”. full story

USA, Michigan: Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Stephen Henderson spoke out on WDET radio for marriage equality and the 322 same sex couples married in the state a year ago. full story

USA, Oklahoma: The Oklahoma Tax commission has denied an application for a personalized license plate supporting the LGBT community because it carries “a sexual connotation.” full story

Oklahoma LGBTALY plate

USA, Puerto Rico: Anti-Gay Politicians plan to sue to try to force the Governor to continue to defend the territory’s ban on marriage equality. full story

USA, Texas: Groups for and against LGBT rights staged dueling rallies at the Texas state capitol. full story

USA, Texas: Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, at an anti-gay rally in Austin, says if he didn’t speak out against same-sex marriage, he’d be guilty of treason. full story

USA, Texas: With the future of Texas’ constitutional ban on same-sex marriage uncertain, Republican leaders on Monday pledged to continue the state’s fight against allowing gay couples to wed. full story

USA, Texas: At the same time, Bridegroom filmmaker Shane Bitney-Crone spoke with University of Texas at Tyler students about his fight for equality. full story

USA, Texas: An Austin lesbian couple who are plaintiffs in a Texas same-sex marriage case are celebrating the birth of their second child. full story

USA, Wisconsin: Seventy-four percent of Republicans said that marriage equality has either had no impact (70%) or a positive impact (4%) on their lives. full story

 

Indiana Passes Anti Gay Right to Discriminate Bill

Written by scott on March 24th, 2015

Indiana Governor Mike PenceA right to discriminate law just passed the Indiana legislature.

Melanie Nathan reports:

Governor Mike Pence (R-Indiana) is being urged to veto SB 101, a piece of legislation that would be one of the most anti-LGBT laws in the nation. The legislation allows individuals to ignore any law they deem to conflict with their religious beliefs. A broad coalition of groups in Indiana is against the proposed law including civil rights and faith leaders, small business owners and the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.

A campaign has been launched to ask Governor Mike Pence to veto the bill:

“As a seminary graduate, this bill is deeply offensive,” said Heather Cronk, co-director of GetEQUAL. “The fact that religion is being used as a smokescreen for deeply hateful and vile sentiments by right-wing extremists, and then cemented into law, is not just un-Christian – it’s un-American.”

As activist Scott Wooledge puts it: “I’ve engaged in the battles against these bill in Arkansas, Arizona, and Tennessee in 2011. My message to those pushing these regressive, reactionary “religious freedom” laws is we will follow you to whatever state you try this and we will fight you aggressively. And my message to our allies and friends is we will pressure to defend your LGBT friends’ and workers’ right to live their lives free of discrimination.”

Scott McCorkle, CEO of the Salesforce Marketing Cloud of Indianapolis, has also said SB 101 threatens future growth in Indiana. “Our success is fundamentally based on our ability to attract and retain the best and most diverse pool of highly skilled employees…” The Indiana Chamber of Commerce, engine maker Cummins, health-care provider Eskenazi Health and pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly and Co. have also voiced concerns about SB 101’s impact on their businesses.

The Governor doesn’t seem inclined to listen:

Indiana Governor Mike Pence released a statement following the House passage yesterday of SB 101, a sweeping bill that would allow Indiana business owners to refuse service to customers based on religious beliefs.

Said Pence: “The legislation, SB 101, is about respecting and reassuring Hoosiers that their religious freedoms are intact. I strongly support the legislation and applaud the members of the General Assembly for their work on this important issue. I look forward to signing the bill when it reaches my desk.”

Dark days in Indiana – how soon will the first case test this new discriminatory law?

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Featured Gay Wedding Vendor: Leo Teatro Events, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Written by scott on March 23rd, 2015

Leo Teatero Events

Periodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding.

Leo Teatro is a gay wedding planner based in Montreal. During his twenty five-year career, Leo has built a diverse portfolio, with over 1,000 events, and is one of the most recognized event and wedding planners in Montreal.

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Marriage News Watch: Texas AG Wants to Stop Gays from Caring for Families

Written by scott on March 23rd, 2015

Matt BaumeHow’s this for villainy: Texas AG Ken Paxton has sued the Obama administration to prevent gays and lesbians from taking time off to care for their spouses.

A new rule taking effect this week would require Texas to permit family and medical leave for LGBTs.

But Paxton is determined to fight those couples in court rather than let them take care of each other. Nice.

Authored By Matt Baume – See the Full Story at AFER

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – March 23rd

Written by scott on March 23rd, 2015

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we didn’t have time to add. We’re able to get more news and analysis to you this way every day – enjoy!

Pop Culture: Scandal star Kerry Washington took home the Vanguard Award at last night’s GLAAD Media Awards and gave a fiery speech in support of LGBT equality and visibility that would have had Olivia Pope herself raising a glass of red wine in support. full story

Pop Culture: Ricky Martin is out with a new Spanish language album A Quien Quiera Escuchar (To Those Who Want to Listen), and the video celebrates marriage equality. full story

USA: Actress Zoe Saldana won’t boycot Dolce and Gabbana, saying that changing her fashion choices because of the fashion duo’s unpopular opinions would be the “stupidest thing.” full story

Australia: A major shift towards same-sex marriage is under way within the Liberal Party, with marriage equality advocates saying 11 Liberal MPs have privately switched to supporting a change since January. full story

Australia: MPs in Australia have received a deluge of more than a million emails, calling for a free vote to be held on same-sex marriage. full story

Australia: Rugby Union player Jacques Potgieter was fined today for using a homophobic slur during a match on Sunday. full story

China: Although the Chinese government hasn’t been making much progress on its intolerance toward gay rights in China, brands are increasingly upping their efforts to show strong support to the country’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community as its spending power provides a significant source of growth. full story

Alibaba-We-Do

Ireland: Amnesty International has launched its campaign for a yes vote in the upcoming referendum on civil marriage equality. full story

Ireland: The Catholic Church is trying to sow confusion ahead of the marriage equality vote with an editorial in the Catholic World Report claiming marriage equality support is soft. full story

Ireland: A 60-year-old gay man has written a powerful letter about his dreams for a better Ireland. full story

Italy: Pope Francis met with ten gay and transgender prisoners on Saturday during his trip to the Italian city of Naples. full story

Mexico: Renowned photographer Kike Arnal’s photo book Bordered Lives shows us the everyday lives of seven trans people in and around Mexico City. full story

Mexico City Transgender Photos

UK: A Catholic priest who entered into a sham civil partnership with another man has been allowed to return to work. full story

USA: Bob Jones III, the former president of the evangelical Bob Jones University, has finally apologised for calling for homosexuals to be stoned to death. full story

USA: Sandy Rios, the director of governmental affairs for the American Family Association and the host of a daily radio show, said that any Supreme Court that paves the way for gay marriage is going to crush this country. full story

USA, Alabama: The Bloom Wagon – a van on a nationwide mission to spread happiness – organized a public art project to support marriage equality. full story

USA, Alabama: Marriage equality supporters and opponents held dueling rallies yesterday. full story

USA, Ohio: Chris Geidner has written a wonderful profile of the late John Arthur and his husband Jim Obergefell, whose marriage will take center stage at the Supreme Court next month. full story

USA, Puerto Rico: Pastor Wanda Rolon, a self-appointed apostle and influential social conservative in Puerto Rico, has criticized the government’s decision to no longer defend its gay marriage ban in court.
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USA, Texas: Texas’ attorney general and lieutenant governor will join Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore for an anti-gay rally at the Capitol on Monday afternoon. full story

 

Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Vegas NJ, Randolph, New Jersey

Written by scott on March 22nd, 2015

Vegas NJ

Periodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding.

Vegas NJ isa beautiful New Jersey wedding venue nestled on eight acres of grounds in Randolph. The second you walk through the doors, you will encounter our eight-hundred gallon sting-ray aquarium. Our grand stage, beautiful piano bar, and free play casino will WOW your guests.

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