Married Italian Gay Couple Interviewed By Local Paper

Written by scott on March 2nd, 2015

Italian Hawaiian Wedding

Some friends of ours who married last year in Hawaii were interviewed by Milena Montefiori of the Resto del Carlino Forlì newspaper.

Here’s our translation of the interview – there’s also a second article about same sex marriage in Italy in the linked article:


Married in Hawaii and The Government There Recognizes It

It was a beautiful wedding day: on the beach in Hawaii, at sunset. Bruno (a pseudonym), whi has lived in Forli for half his life, recounts with some emotion the day he married his partner.

RdCF: How long have you been together?

Bruno: For 13 years and two months.

RdCF: Why did you decide to take this big step?

Bruno: After living together for years, the idea was in the air. We thought that if we waited for Italian law to catch up, who knows when we would be able to marry. And so, when the opportunity presented itself in the US, we did it.

RdCF: What opportunity?

Bruno: We have some American friends that we met years ago during a discussion of marriage equality on Facebook. They had a house in Hawaii and they were our hosts.

RdCF: You lived the dream of many couples. But how much did it cost?

Bruno: Considering that we did not have to pay for nightly lodging, we spent about two thousand Euro a person, including the round-trip flight.

RdCF: And for the wedding, what steps did you have to take, and how much did it cost?

Bruno: In the US, it’s very simple. After having paid a fee of about $100, we chose an officiant and the type of ceremony.

RdCF: What was your wedding ceremony like?

Bruno: No frills, otherwise it would have been crazy-expensive. And afterwards, we celebrated with a group of American friends. Then we went on our honeymoon. Obviously, not with matrimonial leave; we used some of our regular days off.

RdCF: And when you returned to Forli? Did you celebrate?

Bruno: Yes, with my husband’s family that accepts us. They were very happy for us.

RdCF: Now, your marriage, where is it valid?

Bruno: In the US, for now only in the states that recognize marriage equality. And it should be recognized also in countries that recognize same sex marriage.

RdCF: Why is the registration of your marriage important to you?

Bruno: It would be a small step forward to make people here more comfortable with the idea of same sex marriage. Until then, however, we prefer to remain anonymous.

RdCF: Have you seen the judicial ruling in Grosseto that ordered the registration of a marriage between two men?

Bruno: Sure, we hope that it opens the door for our LGBT rights.


See the original article in Italian here.

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Marriage News Watch – They’re Getting Desperate

Written by scott on March 2nd, 2015

Matt BaumeIt’s hard to keep count of all the ways that homophobic Texas lawmakers dropped the ball: they got their dates wrong, sent a complaint to the wrong judge, and totally misunderstood how the law works in a hand-scrawled complaint.

It’s just not their week.

Also, I don’t know why it looks like I’m wearing a wig in this episode. I’m not, I swear.

Authored By Matt Baume – See the Full Story at AFER

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – March 2nd

Written by scott on March 2nd, 2015

Gay WeddingHere’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!

China: Lin Xianzhi, the father of a gay man, has written to 1,000 Chinese lawmakers calling for the legalization of marriage equality. full story

Egypt: Egyptian police arrested seven young people for “debauchery,” a charge routinely used to harass gay men. The seven detainees were identified as “transsexuals” by tabloid Al-Youm el-Saba. full story

Ireland: Two and a half months ahead of the public referendum, a new marriage equality campaign has been launched. full story

Thailand: Hundreds attended a United Nations-sponsored meeting last week in Bangkok to discuss ways to bolster LGBT rights movements in Asian countries. full story

United Kingdom: UKIP appears to be running out of ways to say sorry for its homophobia, after releasing identical statements about two separate instances. full story

United Kingdom: Officials are putting the brakes on a pardon for 49K men convicted of gay sex, because some may have had sex with a minor. But no such records were kept in most of the cases, because gay sex was illegal despite the person’s age. full story

United Kingdom: Sam Smith is planning to set up his own gay rights charity, using money raised from a series of concerts. full story

United Kingdom: Florist Marks and Spencer has removed the word “gay” from a banned list that prohibited customers from using it in gift messages. full story

USA: Frederick Clarkson at LGBTQ Nation looks at the possible Christian backlash if the US Supreme Court approves nation-wide marriage equality. full story

USA, Alaska: The joint council representing the indigenous Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska have unanimously agreed to amend traditional tribal laws in order to recognize same-sex marriages. full story

USA, California: Two of the Tennessee plaintiffs in a historic gay marriage case set to be reviewed by the Supreme Court this summer made a stop in Palm Springs Sunday, calling for marriage equality and human rights for same-sex couples across the United States. full story

USA, California: In a historic move, the California Republican Party on Sunday officially recognized the Log Cabin Republicans. full story

USA, Indiana: 111 Cakery, an Indianapolis bakery that made headlines last year for refusing to make a cake for a gay couple’s commitment ceremony because the owners claimed it was a “commitment to sin,” has closed. full story

USA, New York: Guinness has announced it will return as a sponsor of NYC’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade after the parade organizers said they would let a gay group march in this year’s parade for the first time. full story

USA, North Carolina: David Benham is pushing the often-used lie that a proposed LGBT rights ordinance will let men use women’s restrooms. full story

USA, Texas: Tea party state Rep. Tony Tinderholt, who is so supportive of the “sanctity of marriage” that he himself has been married five times, filed a complaint against the judge who allowed a same sex wedding in Travis County – and then picked the wrong judge. full story

USA, Wyoming: The Casper Star-Tribune looks at the aftermath of the fight over a failed LGBT rights law in the state. full story

USA, Wyoming: A new documentary film “Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine”, produced and directed by Matthew’s onetime schoolmate Michele Josue, seeks to let audiences know there were so many things important about Matthew beyond the way he died full story

 

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Charleston Intimate Ceremonies, Charleston, South Carolina

Written by scott on March 2nd, 2015

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – March 1st

Written by scott on March 1st, 2015

Gay Wedding - HandsHere’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!

Russia: The executive director of Log Cabin Republicans at CPAC said yesterday that “…Putin’s ‘gay propaganda’ law has created… an army of anti-gay vigilante crusaders who target gay people and people merely suspected of being gay for extreme violence.” full story

United Kingdom: The TV series “EastEnders” is set to introduce the first major transgender character in the soap’s history. full story

United Kingdom: Bisexual Liberal Democrat MP and Justice Minister Simon Hughes today said he hopes the government will pardon 49,000 men for gay sex convictions before the May General Election. full story

United Kingdom: Former Boxing promoter and UKIP candidate Kellie Maloney claimed she wanted to transition “very quietly” – despite signing up to appear on Celebrity Big Brother.
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United Kingdom: Equalities Minister Jo Swinson says more needs to be done to fight homophobia. full story

USA: Anti-gay almost reality star David Benham says baseball tickets can cure the gay. full story

USA: The Advocate has pulled five of the best arguments from the marriage equality plaintiffs’ briefs submitted yesterday. full story

USA, Alabama: A state appeals court reversed itself on Friday, ruling that a woman who separated from her same-sex partner in Georgia can pursue visitation rights in Alabama. full story

USA, Alabama: Presbyterians in south Alabama voted Saturday against allowing Presbyterian Church U.S.A. ministers to perform same-sex marriages, becoming the 29th presbytery in the nation and the only one in the state to vote down the measure. full story

USA, Alabama: In his defense of Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, reality star Phil Robertson spoke at CPAC and insisted those “who practice perversion, legislate perversion” are controlled by “the evil one”. full story

USA, Missouri: A new bill, introuduced by Sen. Ed Emery (R-Lamar), would make it illegal for the state to enforce a marriage other than between a man and a woman, and could lead to the firing of government employees who issue such licenses. full story

USA, North Carolina: Anti gay forces are planning a rally against the proposed LGBT protections ordinance before the city council, claiming it’s not needed because the LGBT community does not face “widespread discrimination”. Note the use of the controversial transgender bathroom graphic in the logo. full story

Charlotte Hate Rally

USA, North Carolina: The Asheville Citizen Times takes a close look at the proposed “right to discriminate” law before the state legislature. full story

USA, Washington DC: At CPAC, talk of gay marriage has so far been either brief or nonexistent. full story

 

Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Common Ground Ceremonies, New York, New York

Written by scott on March 1st, 2015

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – February 28th

Written by scott on February 28th, 2015

Gay Wedding CakeHere’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!

China: The government appears to be clamping down on LGBT content online. full story

Colombia: A new documentary discusses what coming out and fending off homophobia looks like for LGBT Columbians. full story

Uganda: A new report shows rampant and grave abuse of LGBT citizens by police in the country, full story

United Kingdom: The Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral has warned the Church of England it is seen as “toxic or oppressive” due to ongoing disagreements about gay people. full story

United Kingdom: The Liberal Democrats are set to pledge support for a campaign to pardon men convicted of historic gay sex offenses. full story

United Kingdom: UKIP would scrap the role of Minister for Women and Equalities if it gains power. full story

USA: As rumors swirl about Jeb Bush’s position on LGBT rights, HRC tells him what an LGBT friendly republican should support. full story

USA: Apparently responding to rumors he might “evolve” on marriage equality, Jeb Bush said Friday that he he remains opposed to same-sex marriage. full story

USA: Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday formally introduced Randy Berry as the U.S. special envoy to promote global LGBT rights. full story

USA, Alabama: In a sermon earlier this month, Gil McKee, the pastor of the Tuscaloosa church attended by Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, recalled how he pleaded with the governor to stand with the state’s Chief Justice Roy Moore and refuse to follow a federal court ruling legalizing marriage equality in the state. full story

USA, Arkansas: No surprise – the National Organization for Marriage threw its support behind an Arkansas “right to discriminate” bill that would allow businesses to turn away LGBT customers. full story

USA, California: Marriage Equality USA is holding their annual Los Angeles Garden Party + Awards, Sunday, March 1 from 1pm to 4pm PT at Traxx Restaurant and Courtyard. full story

USA, Kentucky: The KY plaintiffs have filed their opening brief in the Supreme Court. full story

USA, Kentucky: The state Senate voted Friday to force transgender students to use separate bathrooms in public schools, a move that recalled the dark days of segregation for some but for others represented a stand for privacy rights. full story

USA, Michigan: The MI plaintiffs have filed their opening brief in the Supreme Court. full story

USA, Mississippi: Two state Supreme Court justices say the court should find the ban on marriage equality unconstitutional now, and not wait for a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court. full story

USA, Missouri: the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the National Association of Evangelicals, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) of the Southern Baptist Convention, and the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod have joined together to file a brief in support of the state’s marriage equality ban. full story

USA, Nebraska: A move to bring the state in line with the federal government’s system for granting tuition benefits for veterans and their dependents might violate the state’s ban on marriage equality, Gov. Pete Ricketts says. full story

USA, North Carolina: The anti-gay almost-reality stars the Benham Brothers are joining the fight against a proposed Charlotte LGBT rights ordinance. full story

USA, Ohio: The first brief has been filed in the four marriage cases that will be taken up by the Supreme Court in late April. full story

USA, South Carolina: Erskine College, a Christian college,has banned homosexuality after volleyball players Drew Davis and Juan Varona (below) came out last year. full story

Juan Varona

USA, Tennessee: The TN plaintiffs just filed the second brief in the four marriage cases that will be taken up by the Supreme Court in late April full story

USA, Washington, DC: There wasn’t much overt opposition to LGBT rights on Day 1 of the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference, but Sen. Ted Cruz proved to be the exception to the rule. full story

 

Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Andre Maier Photography, New York, New York

Written by scott on February 28th, 2015

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Policing the Bathroom Police

Written by scott on February 27th, 2015

Winter Laurel MullenixThis isn’t the first time I’ve had problems going to the bathroom. When I was 21 years old, I worked in an office complex. I was openly transgender and an activist for six years already. The whole town knew about me.

Employees at the water cooler, their Dixie cups overflowing with gossip, talked about that “tranny” they hired over in Building III. My coworkers filed complaints about bathroom use.

I was banned from the ladies’ room by human resources because my presence was “threatening.” They forced me to use the men’s rooms, but the men weren’t having it either. So, where did they expect me to go? I use the bathroom for one thing only. To pee. And that other thing. That’s two things.

Confused, embarrassed and about to burst from that gallon of tea I downed earlier, they allowed me a women’s bathroom on the very opposite end of the complex.

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – February 27th

Written by scott on February 27th, 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!

Online: Facebook rolled out a new, inclusive feature that will allow individuals to use their own words to describe their gender identity. full story

International: The first photo of Oscar-winning actor Eddie Redmayne, star of “The Theory of Everything”, as 1930s sex reassignment surgery pioneer Lili Elbe has been released. The film is called “The Danish Girl”. full story

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India: India’s largest online shopping site has been sued for “abetting gay sex and exhibiting obscene products” for selling lube and vibrators. full story

Korea: The first lesbian kiss on South Korean TV aired on Wednesday night, and it was epic. full story

Mexico: Courts in more than two-thirds of Mexico’s 31 states have granted same-sex couples the right to marry over the past two years in a series of rulings that will likely make marriage equality a reality nationwide in the near future. full story

Mexico Marriage Equality Map

Russia: Following up on his threat after a lesbian couple took a photo of themselves kissing in front of him, infamous anti-gay politician Vitaly Milonov apparently ordered a police raid on the lesbian nightclub the couple owns in St. Petersburg. full story

Russian Lesbian kiss

UK: The General Medical Council has been accused of ignoring transgender concerns. full story

USA: Supposedly moderate Presidential candidate Jeb Bush is set to meet with extremely anti-gay Family Research Council president Tony Perkins at CPAC today. full story

USA: Then there’s the story about how Bush is supposedly “evolving” on marriage equality. full story

USA: And maybe this is why – pro-amnesty, Pro-gay marriage, and pro-abortion donors are powering former Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s fundraising operation. full story

USA: Out director Lee Daniels says he was unable to direct a homophobic scene based on his life on the Fox series Empire because it was too emotional. full story

USA: The Human Rights Campaign released a new tool – 2016: Republican Facts – that will serve as an online resource for documenting the record and rhetoric of potential 2016 GOP presidential candidates, and where they stand on key LGBT issues. full story

USA: The Washington Post surveys the host of new anti-gay discriminatory laws being proposed around the country. full story

USA: HRC issued a list of more than 30 of these anti-gay bills around the US. full story

USA: A new video profiles the lives of a lesbian army couple. full story

USA: The lead character on the CW’s show The 100 came out as bisexual this week. full story

USA: In another bisexual outing, DC Comics’s Catwoman came out this week. full story

USA: Dot429 looks back at anti-gay laws in the 1960’s. full story

USA, Alabama: Eight-wing religious groups who rallied around Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore during his 2003 Ten Commandments fight returned to Alabama Wednesday to praise his stand against same-sex marriage. full story

USA, Arkansas: Apple issued a statement condemning the “right to discriminate” bill in Arkansas. full story

USA, California: The archbishop of San Francisco is walking back a proposal allowing the archdiocese to fire Catholic school workers who publicly support marriage equality, agreeing to amend the so-called “morality clause” after it sparked protests from parents of students and Bay Area Catholics. full story

USA, Idaho: Coeur d’Alene is asking a federal district court to dismiss the lawsuit against it filed by a for-profit wedding chapel alleging religious discrimination. full story

USA, Nebraska: Omaha.com profiles one of the same sex couples awaiting the marriage equality decision in the state. full story

USA, Nebraska: Anticipating a pro-marriage equaluty decision, the state has already updated its marriage application forms tp read “Applicant 1″ and “Applicant 2″. full story

USA, Texas: The Dallas Voice profiles Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant, the first same sex couple legally married in the state. full story

US, Washington DC: Sen. Ted Cruz reaffirmed his opposition to marriage equality Thursday at CPAC, blasting “unelected judges” for sanctioning it. full story

USA, Washington DC: Those folks at CPAC sure are subtle. full story

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USA, West Virginia: Senate Majority Leader Mitch Carmichael says there’s “no way” the Senate will consider a proposal to nullify local ordinances that protect gay and transgender people from housing and employment discrimination. full story