Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Elizabeth Frumin – Weddings With Heart, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Written by scott on May 29th, 2015

Weddings With Heart - Elizabeth Frumin

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – May 29th

Written by scott on May 29th, 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!

HISTORY: LGBT Weekly looks back at the groundbreaking activism of the Daughters of Bilitis. full story

POP CULTURE: Did two male contestants on the Bachelorette just fall in love? full story

POP CULTURE: A special edition of the best-seller The Gay Groom’s Guide by Robert E. Blackmon has been released and is available. full story

POP CULTURE: Hulu has dumped the 19 Kids and Counting show in the wake of Josh Duggars’ molestation issue, and advertisers are fleeing. full story

POP CULTURE: Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood has confirmed that the show will feature same-sex dance contestants for the first time. full story

AUSTRALIA: Are conservatives giving up the fight against marriage equality? full story

AUSTRALIA: More than 50 businesses and corporations have combined their voices to call on the Australian Government to legalize same-sex marriage as the issue appears to be coming to a head in the Parliament. full story

Pro Marriage Equality Businesses in Australia

IRELAND: Catholic cardinal Raymond Burke has claimed that people in Ireland are worse than Pagans, because they overwhelmingly passed same-sex marriage. full story

IRELAND: Then there’s this great image from Queerty. full story

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UGANDA: A tabloid in Uganda has published photos of Ugandan people celebrating pride in the UK, referring to pride as a “mega sex fest”. full story


UK: Anti-gay rights Tory councillor Benjamin Harris-Quinney has been suspended by the Conservative party after PinkNews published a recording of him delivering a speech against LGBT rights at an event in Moscow. full story

UK: Author JK Rowling took aim at the Westboro Baptist Church on twitter. full story

WBC / JK Rowling tweets

UK: Television host Mary Portas has said a Catholic priest refused to baptise her son, who she is raising with wife Melanie Rickey. full story

UK, WALES: A gay couple has claimed they were kicked out of a Cardiff club for kissing. full story

USA: Is GOP presidential contender George Pataki pro marriage equality? full story

USA: Gallup’s latest Values and Beliefs Survey, conducted May 6-10, shows 63 percent of respondents saying “gay or lesbian relations” are morally acceptable, up from 40 percent in 2001. full story

USA: A new mao shows the worst places to be LGBT in America, and the best. full story

Policies Map

USA, CALIFORNIA: Transgender Law Center and Equality California Institute are launching a coalition to implement a statewide public education campaign to combat widespread public misunderstanding about transgender and gender nonconforming people and the issues they face. full story

USA, INDIANA: Indiana lawmakers won’t spend the summer discussing whether to grant statewide civil rights protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents despite lingering fallout over a new religious objections law. full story

USA, NEW YORK: Owners of Voltage Video Games in Syracuse, NY responded to vandals who broke in and wrote “gay” on the window of the store with a perfect message of defiance and love. full story

Video Game Store

USA, NEW YORK: Broadway Cares presented Cyndi Lauper with a “big check” representing the $150,000 donated to True Colors Fund. full story

USA, NEW YORK: Gay Hotelier Reisner wrote a check to Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign, making a $2,700 donation — the maximum allowed in a nominating contest — around the time the dinner took place. But shortly after The Times reported on the dinner, Mr. Reisner called the campaign and asked for his check to be refunded. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: The House passed a right to discriminate bill for clerks who don’t want to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Hours after his state legislature sent the measure to his desk, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory pledged to veto a bill that would enable magistrates to opt of performing marriage services for same-sex couples. full story

USA, Oregon: Schools in Eugene will now be required to accommodate transgender and gender non-conforming students thanks to a policy unanimously passed by the Eugene School Board. full story

USA, WASHINGTON DC: US President Barack Obama is set to host a pride event at the White House next month. full story


Marriage Equality Round-Up – May 28th

Written by scott on May 28th, 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!

HISTORY: The Advocate looks back at 50 years of LGBT pioneers. full story


POP CULTURE: “Modern Family”‘s Eric Stoestreet says his role has changed him from knowing little about the gay community into an LGBT rights ally. full story

POP CULTURE: Trans bodybuilder and model Aydian Ethan Dowling met Ellen DeGeneres in an interview on her show. full story

POP CULTURE: The Advocate looks back at 15 queer documentaries that helped define us. full story

POP CULTURE: Is Benjy the Gay Bull actually bisexual? full story

INTERNATIONAL: Wikipedia released a new world map of marriage equality countries. full story

wikipedia world marriage equality map

AUSTRALIA: This Sunday, at Taylor Square in Sydney at 2 P.M., over 1,400 people are expected to rally to demand marriage equality. full story

AUSTRALIA: In a new video, Opposition leader Bill Shorten calls for the country to “grab the opportunity” for marriage equality. full story

AUSTRALIA: Prime Minister Tony Abbott said that if same-sex marriage were to be legalized by the Australian Parliament it should be done in a way so that no one party owned the reform – so that’s exactly what a group of MPs are now working towards. full story

AUSTRALIA: Tony Abbott’s lesbian sister has predicted that the country will have same-sex marriage by the end of the year – despite her brother’s opposition. full story

CHINA: Around 65% of student teachers in Hong Kong harbor moderate and extremely negative attitudes toward LGBTI people, a new study by the city’s Institute of Education shows. full story

CUBA: The Washington Blade looks at the challenges the LGBT community faces. full story

GERMANY: Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition agreed on Wednesday to make small changes to same-sex civil partnership rules but staunch opposition from conservatives in her party means Germany will not follow Ireland in allowing gay marriages any time soon. full story

INDIA: A women’s university in Kolkata next month will get the first transgender college principal in India – and probably the world. full story

IRELAND: This celebration clip is from Dublin’s International LGBT Film Festival. full story

IRELAND: Think Progress looks at the role Catholics played in passing the marriage equality referendum. full story

IRELAND: Same sex weddings could begin anywhere between the early fall and early 2016, depending on how quickly legislation is passed by the government. full story

IRELAND: Activists are celebrating equality in Ireland with the passage of same-sex marriage – but the country still discriminates against transgender people. full story

POLAND: The Parliament has rejected civil unions for gay couples for the fourth time. full story

UK: A new report from the Equality Network in the United Kingdom finds that nearly half of bisexual people faced biphobic actions or comments when accessing health care services. full story

UK: A recording has emerged of newly-elected Tory councillor Benjamin Harris-Quinney going on a vile homophobic rant at an event in Moscow, and bragging about persuading MPs to vote against same-sex marriage. full story

USA, NORTHERN IRELAND: The owners of a bakery which was earlier this month found guilty of discrimination after refusing to make a “support gay marriage” cake, have said they will appeal the ruling. full story

USA: Actress Julianne Moore and Lambda Legal just released a new video for LGBT equality. full story

USA: Marriage equality now registers majority support from virtually every significant component of the American electorate. full story

USA: While marriage equality may become a nationwide phenomenon this summer, LGBT Americans will still suffer many inequities, a new report from the Movement Advancement Project points out. full story

LGBT Equality

USA: America’s Best Christian, Mrs. Betty Bowers, is back in a new video to tell you how religious freedom works. full story

USA: As anti-gay Republican Rick Santorum announces his run for President, The Advocate looks at some of the most bigoted, homophobic and disturbing comments he has made. full story

USA: Fox News has basically ignored the whole Josh Duggar molestation scandal. full story

Fox Duggar scandal

USA: Organizers announced today that Comcast Corporation is the lead marketing sponsor of the National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration. Comcast is providing $1.5 million worth of airtime to broadcast a 30-second National LGBT 50th Anniversary public service announcement (PSA). full story

USA, ALABAMA: Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore is calling on Congress to impeach Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg if she does not recuse herself from a Supreme Court case challenging gay marriage bans in four states. full story

USA, ALABAMA: A House committee Wednesday killed a bill that would have banned discrimination against individuals based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. full story

USA, ALABAMA: Forty people gathered Wednesday evening for a town hall meeting, “Why Marriage Matters,” at the Open Table United Church of Christ on Ann Street in midtown Mobile. full story

USA, ARKANSAS: Pulaski County, the largest county in Arkansas, passed non-discrimination protections on a 10-5 vote that will protect county employees in the workplace. full story

USA, CALIFORNIA: The California Assembly approved legislation May 26 making it harder for citizens to propose extreme ballot initiatives following the outrage over a measure advocating the slayings of gay and lesbian people. full story

USA, FLORIDA: Leesburg City Commissioners passed a law banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity along with race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, age and sex. full story

USA, HAWAII: The Hawaii Supreme Court dismissed Wednesday a legal challenge raised by four individual plaintiffs to the Hawaii Marriage Equality Act of 2013. full story

USA, ILLINOIS: A portion of the marriage equality law allowing same-sex couples to backdate their marriage date to the date of their civil union will sunset on 6/1. full story

USA,IOWA: An anti-LGBT group in Iowa has announced this week it won’t require Republican presidential candidates to sign a pledge in Election 2016 to oppose same-sex marriage as part of their campaigns and administrations. full story

USA, NEW JERSEY: Rev. Warren Hall, who says he was fired by Seton Hall University for posting a pro-LGBT message on Facebook, acknowledges that he is gay. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: North Carolina legislators neared final approval Wednesday on legislation allowing some North Carolina court officials to opt out of same-sex marriage duties based on “sincerely held religious” objections. full story

USA, TEXAS: The first session under Republican Gov. Greg Abbott will end next week without a measure that gay rights activists considered one of the harshest in any U.S. statehouse: restrictions that would prohibit government officials from giving marriage licenses to same-sex couples. full story

USA, TEXAS: Two anti-gay bills, one to allow prosecutors to obtain medical records of HIV patients and another to allow welfare organizations to discriminate, died in the state legislature. full story

USA, TEXAS: A resolution introduced by Sen. Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills, supporting “traditional marriage” passed the Senate 21-10 today after testy debate. full story

USA, WASHINGTON DC: A group of more than 20 advocates gathered outside U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Southwest Washington headquarters on Wednesday to protest the mistreatment they say undocumented LGBT immigrants experience while in ICE custody. full story

USA, WASHINGTON DC: The American Family Association – which is listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Centre – is appealing for people to donate money so it can secure a broadcast license in the District of Columbia. full story


Italian Support for Marriage Equality Reaches a Majority

Written by scott on May 27th, 2015

titleItalian public opinion has moved decisively in favour of legally recognising same sex couples after Ireland`s “Yes” to gay marriage, the first poll issued since the landmark referendum revealed Wednesday.

The survey published by Italian daily La Stampa found that 51 percent of voters would support gay marriage in a country where the Catholic Church still wields considerable political influence.

Just over two thirds, 67 percent, said they were in favour of civil unions but opposition to adoption by lesbian and gay couples remains high at 73 percent.

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Greenland Unanimously Approves Marriage Equality, Gay Adoption

Written by scott on May 27th, 2015


Greenland’s parliament Tuesday voted unanimously to adopt Danish laws legalizing gay marriage and gay adoption.

Greenland is an autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark and has been self-governing since 2009.

The Arctic nation adopted Denmark’s civil union law in 1996. But it did not do the same when Denmark legalized gay marriage in 2012.

The law will take effect on 10/1.

Authored By Darren Wee – See the Full Story at Gay Star News

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – May 27th

Written by scott on May 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!

POP CULTURE: Irish actress Evanna Lynch, who played Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter films, is making her displeasure known over hateful anti-gay messages she has been receiving from internet trolls on her various social media accounts. full story

INTERNATIONAL: The countries where gay men are happiest, in a new map. full story

Happiest Gay Men Map

AUSTRALIA: With Labor MP Anna Burke declaring her support for same-sex marriage and another in the Senate declaring his support the Australian Parliament is now just one vote short. full story

INDIA: A new study says India-based HR professionals labeled as ‘totally clueless’ and ‘insensitive’ to the situation faced by LGBT workers in the country. full story

IRELAND: A broadcaster captured the reaction in a Dublin bar when marriage equality won the day. full story

IRELAND: Many gay couples are now comfortable openly holding hands in Dublin. full story

Panti Bliss Tweet

IRELAND: Popular vlogger Raymond Braun was on hand to document Ireland’s recent marriage referendum that saw a historic victory in favor of same-sex marriage. full story

vlogger Raymond Braun

IRELAND: The Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano has described passage of a referendum in Ireland that allows gay couples to marry as “a defeat.” full story

IRELAND: The Westboro Baptist Church has inadvertently declared its hatred for the Ivory Coast, after printing the Irish flag backwards on protest posters. full story

IRELAND: US President Joe Biden called on the world to keep the momentum going after the win in Ireland. full story

KAZAKHSTAN: Kazakhstan’s Constitutional Council has struck down a controversial law that would have outlawed “propaganda” of homosexuality to minors, amid signs the legislation was damaging the country’s bid to host the Winter Olympics. full story

SINGAPORE: The Taiwanese C-Pop star Tsai, who is wildly popular across Asia, released her ‘We’re All Different, Yet The Same’, and the video was immediately banned for showing a same sex wedding. full story

TURKEY: According to an Islamic televangelist, men who masturbate will find their hands “pregnant in the afterlife”. full story

TURKEY: Four pro-LGBT rights activists are currently running for election to the Parliament. full story

UK: The new Conservative Government may have delayed a pledge to scrap the Human Rights Act in lieu of a British Bill of Rights. full story

UK, NORTHERN IRELAND: The bakery which was last week found guilty of discrimination based on sexual orientation has announced that it will only make cakes to celebrate birthdays and babies. full story

USA: The US Supreme Court again handed down rulings in several cases, but Obergefell was not among them. full story

USA: Marco Rubio warned that all Christian teachings would soon be considered hate speech. full story

USA, MARYLAND: Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s aides late last week said the Republican will allow two pro-LGBT bills to take effect without his signature – a measure that would allow trans Marylanders to change their name and gender on their birth certificates without having undergone sex reassignment surgery, and a second bill that seeks to ensure lesbian couples have equal access to fertility treatments. full story

USA, NEW YORK: A New York lawmaker says the state should ensure that military veterans discharged for their sexual orientation under the U.S. military’s old policies are eligible for the 53 state programs, benefits and tax breaks other vets can get. full story

USA, TEXAS: Sen. Eddie Lucio, D-Brownsville, has inserted language into a House bill that would bar county officials from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. full story

USA, TEXAS: The bill’s original sponsor in the House said he would never let his legislation pass with the anti-same-sex marriage language in-tact. full story

USA, WASHINGTON DC: Today at noon, the largest gathering of undocumented Queer and Trans people will rally in front of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement headquarters in Washington, D.C. for Operation “Break the Cage” to expose ICE’s alleged human rights violations against those undocumented in the LGBT community. full story

ICE Rally


Marriage Equality Round-Up – May 26th

Written by scott on May 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: The Queensland Government hopes to reinstate civil unions by the end of the year. full story

AUSTRALIA: A cabinet minister in the Australian government has said he expects parliament to legalize gay marriage by the end of the year, as debate on a marriage equality bill is brought forward to next month. full story

AUSTRALIA: The leader of the Australian Labor party is set to introduce a Private Members Bill to legalise same-sex marriage. full story

GERMANY: Germany’s opposition parties want to follow in Ireland’s footsteps when it comes to legalizing same-sex marriage, urging Chancellor Angela Merkel that it’s time to take action on the LGBT issue. full story

IRELAND: Same sex weddings in the country are likely to begin as soon as September. full story

IRELAND: Another report says the first weddings could happen as soon as July. full story

IRELAND: A British Couple prominently featured in “no” ads is upset their photo was used, as they support marriage equality. full story

stock photo

IRELAND: Campaigners in the Irish constituency of Roscommon-South Leitrim have blamed local politicians for the return of a ‘no’ vote in the same-sex marriage referendum. full story

IRELAND: Irish Senator Katherine Zappone proposed on live TV, after her country overwhelmingly passed same-sex marriage into law. full story

Irish Senator's Proposal

IRELAND: Legislation to prevent schools and hospitals discriminating against current or future employees because of their sexuality will be in place by summer. full story

ITALY: Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has said his country can no longer put off civil unions after Catholic-majority Ireland legalized gay marriage by referendum. full story

MOROCCO: Three men in Morrocco accused of homosexuality have been jailed for three years each. full story

SOUTH KOREA: A South Korean gay couple who married is the subject of a new documentary, “My Fair Wedding”. full story

South Korean Gay Couple

UGANDA: Vehemently anti-gay Hon Rebecca Kadaga, the Ugandan Speaker of Parliament, celebrated her 59th birthday in the country which has values she openly detests. full story

UK: MPs being sworn into the House of Commons have for the first time been given the option of a gender neutral title. full story

UK, NORTHERN IRELAND: Sinn Fein Cllr Sandra Duffy said the party would continue its campaign for marriage equality for all, and called for marriage equality in Northern Ireland, too. full story

UK, NORTHERN IRELAND: Protests will be held in Belfast – calling on Northern Ireland to follow the Republic in introducing same-sex marriage. full story

USA: The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund on Monday (25 May) renewed its call for transgender people to be allowed to serve openly in the United States Armed Forces. full story

USA, INDIANA: The state of Indiana had to pay more than $1.4 million in fees to plaintiffs’ attorneys in its unsuccessful attempt to maintain a ban on same-sex marriages, the attorney general’s office says. full story

USA, PENNSYLVANIA: A gay couple who registered as “father and son” in 1994 to ensure legal rights will now marry. full story

USA, UTAH: Derek Kitchen and Moudi Sbeity, the couple involved in the landmark case that led to same-sex marriage in Utah, tied the knot in a downtown ceremony Sunday. full story


Same-sex marriage: Greens set date for parliamentary vote

Written by Nivelo Miller on May 25th, 2015

The Greens will bring forward a Senate debate on the party’s marriage equality bill next month, in a bid to stir Federal Parliament into action on same-sex marriage.

The party has also set November 12 for a Senate vote on the bill, before Parliament rises for the summer.

In the wake of Ireland’s historic vote to legalise same-sex marriage on the weekend, Liberal backers of same-sex marriage have also been calling for the party to decide its position on a free vote by the end of the year.

Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young already has a private member’s bill to legalise same-sex marriage before Parliament.
On Tuesday, she will announce the party will use its allotted Senate time on June 18 to start debate on the bill.

“Gay and lesbian Australians deserve better than being treated as second-class citizens; it’s well and truly time the Parliament acted,” Senator Hanson-Young said.

“Cupid doesn’t discriminate and neither should the law.”

The party has then nominated November 12 for a vote on the bill. This would be in the second last sitting week of the year.

Full story from the canberra times.

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Jaimee Leigh Events, San Francisco

Written by scott on May 25th, 2015

Jaimee Leigh Events

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Jaimee Leigh Events is an award winning company that provides Officiant, Floral and Event Planning services throughout the entire San Francisco Bay Area. “I am an ordained minister specializing in crafting romantic ceremonies that reflect each couple’s values and vision for their special day with warmth and sincerity. My ceremonies have been remarked by many as touching and inspirational. My passion is to make each sacred moment unforgettable.”

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Marriage News Watch: Alabama’s Lesbian Marriage Penalty

Written by scott on May 25th, 2015

Matt Baume

Alabama has sent a minister to jail for 30 days for defying a local judge and marrying a lesbian couple.

Irish voters support marriage equality in a landslide, but marriage could still start in America before they start in Ireland.

And one more study shows support for equality on the rise.

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