Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: RiverCrest Golf Club, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania

Written by scott on January 28th, 2015

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Gay Wedding Event Location in Phoenixville, PA, USA. It happens on the rarest of occasions. That special feeling you get when you know that everything about your reception is absolutely right. The perfect setting. The incredible food. The right price. It’s a magnificent experience and it can be all yours.

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Alabama: Judge Rules in Favor of Second Couple

Written by scott on January 28th, 2015

Alabama mapThe same judge that ruled in favor of marriage equality in a case where the plaintiffs married out-of-state just issued a second ruling for a couple denied a marriage license in Alabama.

SDGLN reports:

This case was filed by James Strawser, 51, and John Humphrey, 38, who live in Mobile. They met on Facebook and have lived together in Alabama since last year. After they applied for a marriage license and were turned down, they filed their case without the aid of lawyers, according to news reports…

The first case involved a lesbian couple who had a valid wedding ceremony in California and who sued for that marriage to be recognized in Alabama. In the second case, the gay couple were refused a marriage license. “Although the Plaintiffs in this case seek to marry in Alabama, rather than have their marriage in another state recognized, the court adopts the reasoning expressed in the Searcy case and finds that Alabama’s laws violate the Plaintiffs’ rights for the same reasons,” she wrote.

It’s a banner week for marriage equality in Alabama.

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New Poll Shows 7% of LGBT Community Opposes Marriage Equality

Written by scott on January 28th, 2015

titleAn interesting new poll shows that a small sliver of the US LGBT population opposes marriage equality.

The Washington Post reports:

A new chart from Pew, based on 2013 data, shows that 7 percent of LGBT Americans said they oppose same-sex marriage. And another 18 percent said they favor it, but that they didn’t feel strongly. Perhaps most striking, 39 percent of the LGBT community said the marriage fight was taking focus off other issues of import to them.

Opposition to gay marriage in the LGBT community, such as it exists, is driven by three groups: LGBT blacks, LGBT Republicans, and bisexual Americans.

While 12 percent of the black LGBT community opposed gay marriage, nearly one in five (19 percent) Republicans did, too. Only 45 percent of LGBT Republicans said they strongly favored gay marriage — the lowest of any group. Fifty-eight percent of LGBT blacks said they strongly favor it.

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – January 28th

Written by scott on January 28th, 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!

Italy: Rome has approved a civil unions registry for gay and lesbian couples. full story

Nigeria: Nigerian authorities on Monday arrested a dozen people who were reportedly attending a same-sex wedding. full story

Uganda: Nine young gay men, who were attacked by a homophobic mob, were arrested by Uganda police and tortured while in jail. full story

UK: David Cameron’s Holocaust Commission has recommended that a new National Memorial should recognise all victims of Nazi persecution, including gays. full story

UK, Scotland: More than 500 same sex couples have married since the marriage equality law came into effect. full story

USA: The Mormon Church now says it will support LGBT protections in housing and the workplace – but only if “religious freedom” measures are passed as well. full story

USA: Marriage equality will continue to divide the right even after a potential yes from the US Supreme Court, James Hohmann at Politico says. full story

USA: Equality Federation, along with 30 statewide LGBT groups, will launch #DiscriminationExists, a week-long education campaign to highlight the fact that many states still need to update their laws to protect LGBT people from discrimination. full story

USA: Actress Lena Dunham and her boyfriend are waiting for US marriage equality before they get married. full story

USA: For coverage starting in 2015, any insurance company that offers health coverage to opposite-sex spouses via the ACA exchanges must do the same for same-sex spouses. full story

USA, Alabama: two men who applied for a marriage license in Jefferson County were denied, but the county clerk told them to return when the stay is lifted. full story

USA, Alabama: The couple fighting for adoption rights and marriage equality in the state has incurred more than $40,000 in legal bills. full story

USA, Alabama: Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, fervently anti-gay, says states don’t have to follow federal judges’ orders when they rule for marriage equality. full story

USA, California: A transgender woman was reportedly denied access to a women’s restroom in Balboa Park. full story

Georgia: The marriage equality case in the state has been put on hold pending the US Supreme Court’s decision on the issue. full story

USA, Mississippi: A study conducted by The Williams Institute says that $10.8 million in revenue would be generated for the state in three years, with $6.9 million coming in the first year alone, if same-sex marriage is legalized. full story

USA, Nebraska: A federal district court judge has denied the state’s request to put the challenge to its marriage ban on hold pending the outcome of Supreme Court review of the issue. full story

USA, North Carolina / South Carolina / Virginia: Statewide advocacy groups in the three states will officially launch a campaign that seeks to highlight LGBT-friendly businesses. full story

USA, Oklahoma: Two of the state’s most prominent LGBT groups are merging to fight a number of “hate-filled” measures filed for the 2015 session. full story

USA, Texas: Another anti-gay bill in Texas – but this one would strip cities of more than just LGBT rights. full story

 

Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Kauai Kai Weddings, Hanalei, Kauai, Hawaii

Written by scott on January 27th, 2015

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Gay Wedding Planners in Hanalei, Kauai, HI, USA. Small, simple, and affordable weddings in beautiful island settings – beach, garden, waterfall, and private estates. Relax and allow our professional staff to assist you!

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – January 26th

Written by scott on January 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: Photographer Michael Stokes was banned from Facebook for 30 days for posting a photo of two male cops kissing, fully clothed. full story

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Online: Google has issued an apology – after a translation tool suggested a number of offensive translations for the word “gay”, including poof, queen, faggot and fag. full story

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Greece: Could the radical left-wing Syriza party bring marriage equality to Greece? full story

Egypt: A court dismissed the case against men arrested in a gay bathhouse in December. full story

India: LGBT activists are calling for US President Barack Obama to help end India’s anti-gay law during his visit to the country. full story

Ireland: Ireland’s Equality Minister Aodhan O. Riordain said that religious-run schools and hospitals will by Easter be prevented from firing staff for being gay, divorced or an unmarried parent. full story

Philippines: Historic Vigan has become the lastest city in the Philippines to ban anti-gay hate. full story

Puerto Rico: Lambda Legal on Monday formally asked a federal appeals court to overturn a ruling that upheld the territory’s marriage equality ban. full story

UK: The Financial Ombudsman Service has ordered a bank to pay compensation, after a trans woman was blocked from her account because of her deep voice. full story

USA: John Gallagher at Queerty recaps the homophobic overtones of the GOP presidential candidates so far. full story

USA, Alabama: Bill Armistead, chairman of the Alabama Republican Party, has blamed President Barack Obama for a federal judge’s ruling striking down the state’s ban on gay marriage, even though the judge was appointed by President George W. Bush. full story

USA, Alabama: The Editorial Board of the Birmingham Times just stood up for marriage equality. full story

USA, Alabama: State officials have just filed their notice of appeal in Searcy v. Strange to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. full story

USA, Alabama: The state’s only openly gay legislator is putting her anti-gay colleagues on notice: If they keep espousing family values rhetoric as a reason to oppose marriage equality, she’ll start making their affairs public. full story

USA, Arkansas: Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is asking the Arkansas Supreme Court to hold new oral arguments in the lawsuit challenging the state’s gay marriage ban. full story

USA, Arkansas: The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday warned the state that its appeal in a ruling that struck down the state’s ban on marriage equality is at risk of being dismissed over an overdue fee. full story

USA, Arizona: A trans woman who became a cause célèbre after being convicted in Phoenix Municipal Court for “walking while trans” has won the appeal of her case. full story

USA, California: Leadership Long Beach and The Long Beach LGBTQ Center are planning a free public forum on transgender awareness and issues on Feb. 3rd, from 7-10 pm at the Aquarium of the Pacific. full story

USA, Idaho Legislators heard from both sides in a debate about adding LGBT prople to the state’s non-discrimination laws. full story

USA, Maryland: After a flap over the delaying of non-discrimination provisions in Medicaid, Governor Hogan re-issued his Executive Order to reflect current state law that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. full story

USA, New York: Saks Fifth Avenue has withdrawn a court filing in which the department store chain alleged it has a right to discriminate against transgender workers. full story

USA, Oklahoma: LGBT Weekly recaps the 8 anti gay bills working their way through the state legislature. full story

USA, Texas: The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance went on trial on Monday, as opponents tried to repeal it. full story

USA, Virginia: Richmond Judge Designate T.J. Markow ordered the Office of Vital Records in the Virginia Department of Health to amend the birth certificates to show a lesbian couple as the “only parents of the children.” full story

USA, Virginia: The state Senate General Laws and Technology Committee on Monday approved a measure that would ban anti-LGBT discrimination against state and local government employees. full story

USA, Wisconsin: The state Department of Justice says it doesn’t have any records of how many hours it spent defending the state’s gay marriage ban, making the full cost of fighting the case impossible to determine. full story

 

Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Key Shot Photography, Key West, Florida

Written by scott on January 26th, 2015

Key Shot Photo - Key WestPeriodically 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.

Gay Wedding Photography / Videography in Key West, FL, USA. Artistic, fun and friendly team photographers Bruce & Sylvie offers gay & lesbian wedding photography and will create amazing images with a photojournalistic style and mixed with a little classic. Weddings, union/vow ceremonies, special events. Choosing your destination Florida Keys wedding is a great choice! Gay and lesbian wedding ceremonies from Key West to Key Largo, Marathon, Islamorada. Let us capture your Love!

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A Best-Case, Worst-Case Look at the Supreme Court’s Options

Written by scott on January 26th, 2015

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In just a few months, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral argument in four marriage equality cases, and while it’s impossible to accurately predict how the nine justices may rule, it’s also impossible to avoid speculating. This much is certain: Whatever the court decides will be the most important turning point ever seen in the marriage equality battle — and will radically alter the lives of millions of people.

What Exactly Will the Court Decide?

The court is going to focus on two questions, asking attorneys on both sides to address the inquiries with the merits of their individual cases. Those questions are:

Does the Constitution require states to issue licenses to same-sex couples?

Does the Constitution require states to recognize out-of-state marriage licenses from jurisdictions with marriage equality?

These questions may seem straightforward, but the court’s answer could be (and probably will be) more than just a yes or no. When the justices rule, a complex decision could settle those questions while also providing detailed guidance for future litigation. That’s one reason why it’s so hard to predict: there are an infinite number of ways the justices can answer even the simplest of questions.

Authored By Matt Baume – See the Full Story at The Advocate

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – January 26th

Written by scott on January 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!

China: A photo of a man proposing to his boyfriend on the streets of Shanghai has gone viral on Chinese social media. full story

China: A gay man has filed what’s believed to be the country’s first-ever sexual orientation discrimination lawsuit. full story

USA: Another day, another color for Alabama on the Wikipedia marriage equality map. full story

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USA, Alabama: The couple whose lawsuit toppled Alabama’s gay marriage ban plans to refile their adoption paperwork that was denied before the lawsuit. full story

USA, Alabama: The plaintiffs have also asked the Judge in the marriage equality case to clarify if her ruling affects only them or all LGBT Alabamans. full story

USA, Idaho: The state House is about to hold its forst-ever conference on adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the state’s Human Rights Act. full story

USA, Iowa: Speaking to reporters at Rep. Steve King’s Iowa Freedom Summit yesterday, former neurosurgeon and potential 2016 presidential candidate Ben Carson said some bakers may put poison in wedding cakes for same sex couples. full story

USA, Iowa: Chris Christie’s antigay track record was a selling point at the Iowa Freedom Summit, where he was praised for vetoing a marriage equality bill. full story

USA, Maryland: In his first day in office, Republican Governor Larry Hogan Hogan held up regulation that would have banned Medicaid providers in the state from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity full story

USA, Tennessee: There are two lawsuits in Tennessee: one in state court and the other in federal court. The Advocate recaps the marriage equality situation in the state. full story

Vatican: A transgender man from Spain, who a local priest had called “the devil’s daughter”, had a private audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Saturday. full story

 

Alabama Ruling Stayed – No Weddings For Two Weeks

Written by scott on January 26th, 2015

Alabama mapIn an overabundance of caution, an Alabama Judge stayed her own marriage equality ruling, giving the state two weeks to present its case to the Eleventh Circuit.

The Washington Blade reports:

In a six-page order, U.S. District Judge Callie V. S. Granade, an appointee of George W. Bush, says she agrees for the time being to a request from Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange to stay her decision, which was issued on Friday. Granade writes Luther is unlikely to succeed on appeal and same-sex couples in the state would be harmed by a stay, but nonetheless puts a hold on the ruling to give the U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, which has jurisdiction over Alabama, a chance to weigh in.

“[T]he court recognizes the value of allowing the Eleventh Circuit an opportunity to determine whether a stay is appropriate,” Granade writes. “Accordingly, although no indefinite stay issues today, the court will allow the Attorney General time to present his arguments to the Eleventh Circuit so that the appeals court can decide whether to dissolve or continue the stay pending appeal (assuming there will be an appeal.) The preliminary injunction will be stayed for 14 days.”

This is the same Eleventh Circuit that declined to place a stay on a Florida decision last month. And shortly after that, the Supremes voted 7-2 to allow weddings proceed in that state.

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