Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago, Illinois

Written by scott on August 20th, 2014

Lincoln Park Zoo - Chicago

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Gay Wedding Event Location in Chicago, IL, USA. Say “I Do” nestled in beautiful gardens and historal landmark buildings in the heart of Chicago. We have 15 spectacular and flexible indoor and outdoor spaces to make your special day truly memorable., Lincoln Park Zoo is the perfect place to say “I Do”. We offer unique venues to fit any couple’s vision. Entertain your friends and family surrounded by our exotic animals, lush gardens and historical landmark buildings right in downtown Chicago!

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Lambda Legal Sues Veterans Affairs Over Marriage Recognition

Written by scott on August 20th, 2014

Department of Veteran's Affairs logoLambda Legal has brought a new lawsuit against the Department of Veterans Affairs seeking to force the agency to recognize same sex marriages in all 50 states.

The Washington Blade reports:

Lambda Legal, along with Morrison and Foerster LLP, filed the lawsuit on Monday on behalf of the LGBT military group known as the American Military Partner Association. The defendant in the lawsuit, which was filed before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, is Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert MacDonald. The litigation alleges the Obama administration’s decision to withhold certain spousal benefits to married same-sex couples in states without marriage equality runs afoul of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision against the Defense of Marriage Act. “Having weathered the federal government’s past, longstanding discrimination against them, lesbian and gay veterans and their families find themselves once again deprived of equal rights and earned benefits by the government they served and the nation for which they sacrificed,” the complaint says.

One more piece of the Federal benefits puzzle…

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Another Indiana Marriage Equality Ruling

Written by scott on August 20th, 2014

IndianaAnother judge struck down the Indiana marriage equality ban yesterday.

Think Progress reports:

On Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Richard L. Young, a Clinton appointee, issued a follow-up marriage equality ruling in Indiana, ordering that the state must also recognize same-sex marriages performed out of state. Young’s brief follow-up decision does not further weigh the merits of the right for same-sex couples to marry, but it does take aim at Gov. Mike Pence (R) for doing “what he claimed he could not do.” Pence had explained in a filing last year that he had no authority to enforce the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, so the court agreed to remove him as a defendant. In the wake of Young’s earlier marriage equality ruling, however, he demonstrated just the opposite — what Young described as a “bold misrepresentation.”

So are we in now for another streak of wins? Or will things be a little more mixed in the wake of the recent Tennessee ruling against marriage equality?

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Marriage Equality Round-Up 8/20/14

Written by scott on August 20th, 2014

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

Australia: Two studies have found rampant homophobia in Australia’s pro sports teams and school sports activities. full story

Ireland: The National Union of Journalists is supporting a radio host who had a complaint against him upheld for not being “balanced” and including an anti-gay representative on his show. full story

Malta: The country has just passed a law to protect transgender citizens from workplace discrimination, but Malta’s laws still require medical transition for the government to recognize a gender change. full story

Sweden: An Iranian lesbian couple married in a ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden. full story

Uganda: Some are questioning yesterday’s story that 6 LGBT Ugandands were stined to death. full story

USA: The Advocate profiles Richard Carlbom, the campaign manager for Minnesotans United for All Families who is now working with Freedom to Marry in the fight for coast-to-coast equality. full story

USA: Patricia Shiu, director of the Office Of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, has vowed to enforce transgender anti-discrimination rules with federal contractors. full story

USA: A former NOM official now says the US will have full marriage equality in all 50 states by next year. full story

USA, Arkansas: After almost 10 hours of debate, the City Council in Fayetteville, Arkansas passed a controversial non-discrimination ordinance by a vote of 6-2. full story

USA, California: San Francisco just got its first out transgender police officer. full story

USA, Florida: Marriage equality would generate an estimated $182.2 million in spending as well as 2,600 new jobs over three years, according to a new study from the Williams Institute. full story

USA, Idaho: The Ninth Circuit denied the state’s request for a full en-banc hearing. The case will be heard on 9/8, along with others from Hawaii and Nevada. full story

USA, Minnesota: As part of his settlement with the Minnesota Vikings, Chris Klue got them to contribute an undisclosed amount of financial support to a number of LGBTQ organizations, as well as banning discrimination based on race, religion, national origin or sexual orientation. full story

USA, Tennessee: A coalition of anti-gay groups will hold a convention in Nashville from 10/27-29 to plan their next steps in the fight against same-sex marriage. full story

USA, Utah: Plaintiffs in the state’s marriage recognition lawsuit are protesting the government’s request for more time. full story

USA, Virginia: Court clerks are on hold pending the US Supreme Court decision on whether to allow weddings to begin this week in the state. full story

 

Seriously? What Marriage Equality Opponents Are Saying

Written by scott on August 20th, 2014

Seriously?Here’s the the latest in our ongoing series of some of the crazy things the anti-gay marriage equality opponents are saying and doing around the world.


Obama and the Gays Cause Terrorism

Michael Bresciani attacked President Barack Obama’s pro-LGBT policies and suggested that gays are responsible for terrorism:

…the days of warning about judgments due to perversion are over, these judgments have already begun and terrorism is part of it.

Lovely, huh? So on top of all the earthquakes and hurricanes, we’re being blamed for terrorist attacks too? How about that cold steak you were served last week at Chops? Or the lousy haircut you got on Sunday? Oh wait, that last one may have actually been our fault.

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Every Party Has Homophobes

Christine Hamilton, wife of former Tory MP and UKIP Deputy Chairman Neil Hamilton, responded to the recent spate of homophobic statements by UKIP candidates and politicians:

There are racists and homophobes in every party, I don’t condone it but it is a fact of life. I think UKIP has come through that torrent of accusations, proved by more and more people joining us. If the British people stand for anything it is liberty.

To paraphrase Bill Maher, it’s not true that UKIP members, all UKIP members, are homophobes. That would be silly and wrong. But nowadays, if you are homophobic, you’re probably in the UKIP.

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If You Think Gays Deserve Equality, You Don’t Have a Brain

Ex-gay activist Stephen Bennett says only “five percent” of the estimated 2.5 percent of Americans who identify as LGBT are “militant activists trying to ruin the country”:

“Look at what they have done. Look at the amount of change that has happened over the last several years, because of just a handful of powerful homosexual activists. It’s not only affected the government, it’s affecting schools, it’s affecting families, it’s affecting churches, and of course, what they’re trying to do, is they’re basically marching in with their fists shaking, saying ‘We demand equality. Homosexuality is equal, is equivalent, to heterosexuality.’ And folks, it is not. I mean, anyone with a brain realizes it is not equal. Two men are not the same thing as a man and a woman, a man and a wife.”

Once again, they are trying to use the lowest possible percentage they can find against us – as if the fact that only a certain population of the country is a minority should make a difference in how that minority is treated. Never mind the fact that EVERY GAY PERSON I’ve ever met is for LGBT equality, and the vast majority support marriage equality. No one is saying that “two men “are the same thing” as a man and a woman. They are saying that couples should be treated equally in this country, a fine point apparently lost amidst Mr. Bennet’s rampant homophobia.

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Gays Are Like Addicts Because Robin Williams

Showing just how low he’s willing to go, Peter Sprigg, senior fellow for policy studies at the antigay Family Research Council, argues that we shouldn’t ban ex-gay therapy just because it doesn’t work:

“If we were to apply the same standards to drug and alcohol rehabilitation that the homosexual activists want to apply to reorientation therapy, why not ban rehab? After all, since some people go to rehab and still suffer relapses afterwards, rehab is clearly ‘ineffective.’ Robin Williams actually went to rehab, and shortly thereafter took his own life. Does that not clearly indicate that rehab is not only ineffective, but downright harmful?”

Sorry, no, because alcoholism and drug addiction is an inherently destructive inborn tendency that… oh, I see what you’re doing here, Mr. Sprigg. Calling homosexuality an inherently destructive lifestyle choice. Well played, my wicked friend.

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Gays and NGO’s Caused Spain’s Economic Crisis

Add another one to the list of things we’re blamed for. Senator Luz Elena Sanín says the economic crisis there was caused by:

“…subsidies for NGOs and homosexuals.”

Seriously? If Spanish spending on NGO’s is anything like the US’s, it’s a small sliver of the federal debt. And “favors to gays”? What, did the party take them out for a wild night on the town and an orgy? No specifics were apparently given.

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Catering from Soup to Nuts, Inc, Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii

Written by scott on August 19th, 2014

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.

Catering from Soup to Nuts, Inc. - Maui

Gay Wedding Food & Beverage in Wailuku, Maui, HI, USA. Catering from Soup to Nuts, Inc. has been serving Maui with exceptional pride since 2003. Our extensive catering & restaurant menus begin on Maui, with a wide range of Pacific Rim and world cuisine. Each menu is tailored to our guest’s desires, and our expert chefs and coordinators ensure that every experience is memorable, and without pretension or strife. We believe in eating and entertaining at a new level of comfort.

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Seriously? What Marriage Equality Opponents Are Saying

Written by scott on August 19th, 2014

Seriously?Here’s the the latest in our ongoing series of some of the crazy things the anti-gay marriage equality opponents are saying and doing around the world.


Gays Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Hold Public Office

Talking about Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, who he claims is a lesbian, Bryan Fischer says gays aren’t aren’t qualified because you are a sexual deviant:

My view of public service is that somebody who is engaged in sexually deviant behavior is not qualified to hold public office. That’s why if you get a conviction for rape, you can’t hold public office. You get a conviction for pedophilia, you can’t hold public office. You might even get run out of office on a prostitution charge because it’s sexually deviant behavior. Now lesbianism is sexually deviant behavior because it deviates from God’s plan and design for human sexually. So I believe that this is a person who, because she’s involved in sexually deviant behavior, should be, ought to be disqualified from public service.”

How about anti gay bigots are they fit to be Christians?

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Marriage Equality Round-Up 8/19/14

Written by scott on August 19th, 2014

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

China: For gay men in China, marrying a woman can prove costly. full story

Cuba: Mariela Castro cast a solitary protest vote against an employment rights bill, because it failed to prevent discrimination based on gender identity. full story

Israel: Dot429 looks at the tension over marriage in the country. full story

Italy: An Italian magazine is in hot water after it sent out a free book of “gay jokes” to its subscribers. full story

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Uganda: After losing funds from the USA, The Archbishop of Gulu Archdiocese, John Baptist Odama, is calling for people to leave gays alone. full story

USA, New York: The anti-gay Sultan of Brunei is looking to expand his hotel network to New York. full story

USA, South Carolina: LGBT activists hope the buzz surrounding a gay wedding expo in Charleston will show how much moneythe state’s businesses are losing to the ban on same-sex marriage. full story

USA,Texas: AT&T has contributed $75K to anti-gay Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott’s campaign for governor. full story

USA, Utah: The state asked the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals for more time Monday to file its appeal in a same-sex marriage recognition case. full story

USA, Virginia: The People of Faith for Equality in Virginia (POFEV) released a list of 66 officiants ready to marry same-sex couples on the day the ruling becomes final and gay marriage in Virginia is legal. full story

 

Virginia Marriage Equality Updates

Written by scott on August 18th, 2014

VirginiaVirginia marriage equality took some twists and turns today.

First off, the ACLU is asking the US Supreme Court to allow weddings to go ahead later this week.

SDGLN reports:

The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Virginia and Lambda Legal today will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to deny the motion filed Thursday by Prince William County Clerk Michele McQuigg seeking to stay the recent Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in Schaefer v. Bostic striking down Virginia’s discriminatory marriage ban. They will join the American Foundation for Equal Rights, the primary sponsor of the Bostic case. Chief Justice John Roberts, the Circuit Justice for the Fourth Circuit, is overseeing the request, and last Friday he set a deadline of 5 pm Monday EST for responses.

But according to NBC4, the AG may have cut a deal to delay the weddings.

NBC4 reports:

Gay marriage in Virginia was set to begin on Thursday — but now, the state’s Attorney General has said he agrees to a delay. Attorney General Mark Herring also asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case quickly and settle the issue. The move seems designed to prevent what has happened in states including Pennsylvania, Arkansas and Wisconsin, where gay-marriage bans have been struck down by courts and then reinstated on appeal.

The Washington Blade explains the state’s position:

Virginia Solicitor General Stuart Raphael, who takes a different approach in the 19-page filing he submitted before the Supreme Court, saying harm may occur either way and a stay on Virginia same-sex marriages is the best option. “Irreparable harm is threatened whichever way the Court decides the stay request, although determining if the harm is irreparable depends on whether Virginia’s ban is unconstitutional,” Raphael writes. “Under these circumstances, the balance of hardships favors a stay. The unintended consequences and injury to third parties if this Court were to permit the district court’s injunction to take effect prematurely and later uphold Virginia’s ban are greater than the injury to the named plaintiffs if the stay is granted but the ban is later invalidated.”

Does the state’s capitulation make it much more likely a stay will be issued?

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Republicans Should Pray The Supreme Court Legalizes Gay Marriage

Written by scott on August 18th, 2014

GOProudOne of the most widely discussed issues on the political right is the danger supposedly posed by judicial “activism,” when judges are said to substitute their personal preferences for the clear intent of the law and the Constitution. The Supreme Court in particular has been a target of those who oppose judicial overreach.

Overlooked by these critics, however, is the fact that many of the Supreme Court decisions the right loves to hate (from Roe v Wade to Lawrence v Texas) have actually expanded individual rights and limited government power, making them entirely consistent with the presumption of liberty found in the Constitution.

The latest issue to spark outrage on the right is gay marriage. Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, for example, railed against it at a rally for traditional marriage this past spring in Washington, D.C. “Judicial supremacy is a curse upon this great Republic,” he screamed, calling last year’s Supreme Court rulings in the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Proposition 8 cases the “greatest heresy of our time.” In the DOMA case, the court overturned that part of DOMA that defined marriage as the union of one man and one woman for the purpose of awarding federal benefits and legal privileges.

By David Lampo – Full Story at Daily Caller