Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Chapel of Love Ceremonies, Baltimore, Maryland

Written by scott on March 5th, 2015

Chapel of Love Ceremonies

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.

I am Rev. Starlene Joyner Burns, a court authorized marriage celebrant, ordained minister, and wedding officiant. In 2004, I was inspired to serve those of all faiths and all cultures. So I founded The Chapel of Love Ceremonies in 2004, then SJB Ministries LLC in 2006. I serve as the executive director and senior officiant. My experience has shown me that many couples today, seek a celebrant who respects their beliefs, relationships, and values. And my training has taught me to embrace cultural and spiritual diversity openly, lovingly, and unconditionally.

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – March 5th

Written by scott on March 5th, 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!

India: Indian censors have muted the word “lesbian” in the film Dum Laga Ke Haisha released on Friday, sparking cries of homophobia. full story

Italy: Premier Matteo Renzi’s ruling Democratic Party on Friday vowed to set up a work group to frame a law governing civil unions in Italy, after a meeting with LGBT groups in Rome. full story

Kyrgyzstan: The Human Rights Watch has urged Kyrgyzstan to reject an anti-gay bill similar to Russia
s anti-gay law. full story

Morocco: A Moroccan court has jailed two men for gay sex in what a human rights group says seems like an unfair trial. full story

UK: Tory minister David Lidington has rejected proposals to follow the United States in appointing a specialised LGBT rights envoy. full story

UK: Labour’s LGBT rights envoy Lord Cashman has attacked the Tories for ruling out the creation of a similar role. full story

UK: The government has written to the authorities in more than 70 countries and foreign jurisdictions in an attempt to clarify the rights of gay people who are working or travelling abroad. full story

UK: The Labour Party’s Ed Miliband says that if the party wins the upcoming elections, they will expunge the records of men convicted of gay sex offenses, but that the men would not be pardoned. full story

UK: UKIP is the natural home for Catholic voters who are angry over same-sex marriage and other social reforms, deputy leader Paul Nuttall has claimed. full story

UK, Northern Ireland: The Church of Ireland is split over a proposed “right to discriminate” bill. full story

USA: USA Today columnist Cal Thomas called marriage equality a sign of the “End Times”. full story

USA: There is growing body of evidence that gender identity is hard-wired into the brain and not simply a matter of psychology, according to a new Boston University School of Medicine study. full story

USA: HRC called out Presidential candidate Ben Carson for his statement that being gay was a choice because people become gay in prison. full story

USA: The AFA’s Bryan Fischer (yes, he still works there) thinks every GOP candidate should be asked if they agree with Ben Carson that being gay is a choice. full story

USA: On Sean Hannity’s radio show, Carson said he would no longer talk about marriage equality. full story

USA: Carson later apologized on Facebook for the statement. full story

USA: Brynn Tannehill at SDGLN reviews the pending anti trans bathroom bills in three state. full story

USA: Psychology Today reversed course after intense pressure, making the decision to stop accepting online listings from mental health practitioners who offer to “cure” LGBT people. full story

USA: American Airlines announced on its Twitter feed Tuesday that it will join several other prominent companies, Apple among them, and filed a brief Friday in support of marriage equality. full story

USA: Wall Street’s leading banks have signed a brief pressing the Supreme Court to back same-sex marriage. full story

USA: A new video from the Ad Council, Love Has No Labels, shows that love looks the same no matter what the couples look like. full story

USA, Alabama: The Human Rights Campaign has condemned an Alabama Supreme Court ruling ordering probate judges to stop issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples. full story

USA, Alabama: As of noon on Wednesday, HRC Alabama was unable to confirm any Alabama counties that are issuing licenses to same-sex couples, in the wake of an order by the Alabama Supreme Court late Tuesday night. – See more at: http://sdgln.com/news/2015/03/04/hrc-no-counties-now-issuing-marriage-licenses-same-sex-couples-alabama#sthash.rYZ29sca.dpuf full story

USA, Alabama: A conservative black pastors’ group, the Coalition of African American Pastors, is giving Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore their first ever “Letter from Birmingham Jail Courage Award” in recognition of Justice Moore’s stand against marriage equality. It’s about as disgusting a thing as I have ever seen.full story

Judge Roy Moore

USA, Alabama: George Takei wants you to give Alabama the finger. The ring finger, that is. full story

George Takei

USA, Alabama: AL.com issued a scathing editorial against the state Supreme Court’s ruling. full story

USA, Alabama: The Liberty Counsel is now claiming that all existing same sex marriages in the state are void in the wake of the state Supreme Court decision. full story

USA, Arizona: Even though marriage equality is now legal in Arizona, one judge is refusing the request of a lesbian couple to file for divorce. full story

USA, Arkansas: Federal Judge Kristine Baker said today she would not be lifting her stay on her marriage equality ruling because her case is still pending before the Eighth Circuit. full story

USA, Arkansas: Residents in Little Rock and North Little Rock, Arkansas are taking matters into their own hands to protect the rights of gay people after the state last month passed a law banning local governments from expanding anti-discrimination protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. full story

USA, California: NewdWallet.com says marriage equality has brought a $424 million boost to the state’s economy. full story

USA, California: A petition is being circulated to disbar an attorney who is trying to qualify a ballot measure calling for the execution of gays. full story

USA, Georgia: Republican lawmakers waited until a democratic lawmaker took a bathroom break, and then forced a “right to discriminate” bill through committee without him. full story

USA, Maryland: Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman proposed a bill to restructure the county’s Human Rights Commission and also update the definition of sexual orientation. full story

USA, New York: The Advocate looks at the impact of a new law in New York City that allows transgender people to more easily change their sex on their birth certificates. full story

USA, Texas: Tarrant County will issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples if the Fifth Circuit rules, according to Fairness Fort Worth President David Mack Henderson. full story

USA, Utah: Utah lawmakers introduced a landmark anti-discrimination bill Wednesday that protects LGBT individuals while also carving out protections for the Boy Scouts of America and religious groups. full story

USA, Utah: HRC has thrown its support behind the compromise LGBT rights/religious rights bill in the state. full story

 

Featured Gay Wedding Vendor: Cocktail Caterers, New York, New York

Written by scott on March 4th, 2015

Cocktail Caterers, New York City

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Cocktail Caterers is a Proud Member and LGBT Certified Business with the NGLCC (National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce). We are a full-service New York City catering company, serving the Tri-State Area. At Cocktail Caterers, we provide a modern twist on classic cuisine as well as imaginative global culinary creations.

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – March 4th

Written by scott on March 4th, 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!

Internet: Trevor Moore has written a funny country music parody of all the things that go wrong when gays get married. full story

Internet: Photographer Jess Dugan took the series of photographs of transgender people over 50 because she felt older transgender people lacked representation. full story

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TV: The TV show “Teen Wolf” will get two new gay characters this season. full story

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USA: “The Fosters” this week included a same-sex kiss which is believed to be the youngest ever portrayed on screen. full story

Fosters kiss

Cuba: An LGBT activist is among the Cuban human rights advocates with whom House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other members of the U.S. House of Representatives met during their trip to the country last month. full story

Falkland Islands: The Falkland Islands will reportedly legislate to introduce civil partnership legislation in the near future. full story

Iraq/Syria: ISIS has released yet more images of another man being thrown from a building for being gay, before being stoned to death. full story

Slovenia: LGBT rights opponents have vowed to push for a public vote to repeal the new marriage equality law. full story

Uganda: The “kill the gays” bill is back, but this time it faces increased opposition from LGBT activists and allies. full story

UK: A Nigerian lesbian fighting for asylum in the UK after being sentenced to death under sharia law in her home country. full story

UK, Scotland: A petition which urged politicians to redefine adultery to take into account same-sex marriage has been rejected by Members of the Scottish parliament. full story

USA: An impressive array of Republicans and Gen. Stanley McChrystal will be filing an amicus brief on Friday in support of marriage equality with the Supreme Court in DeBoer v. Snyder. full story

USA: One of the signatories is right-wing funder David Koch, best known for pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into campaigns to elect Republicans to political office each cycle. full story

USA: The Human Rights Campaign announced that 207,551 Americans from all 50 states, as well as Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands have joined as signatories on its unprecedented “The People’s Brief” in support of marriage equality. full story

USA: More than 200 mayors across the country have signed a brief in support of marriage equality. full story

USA: BiLaw, the first ever national organization of bisexual-identified lawyers, academics, law students, and their allies in the US, is filing an amicus brief in favor of marriage equality. full story

USA: Psychology Today has been criticised by the Human Rights Campaign for allowing listings promoting the controversial practice of gay conversion therapy. full story

USA: Psychology Today told HuffPost that the magazine will bot remove those quacks from the magazine’s directory, basically because their money is as green as anyone else’s. full story

USA: Matt Barber is warning that gays will use a potential marriage equality ruling on marriage equality as a “sledgehammer” to destroy the Church. full story

USA: According to new data from the Pew Center, 61 percent of Republicans under thirty support gay marriage. full story

USA: Possible Presidential Candidate Ben Carson (R) said prisons prove being gay is a choice because people go into prisons straight and come out gay. full story

USA, California: A California man would like to make it legal to shoot “any person who willingly touches another person of the same gender for purposes of sexual gratification.” full story

USA, California: In response, LGBT Weekly is calling for a bill to ban ballot measures that would infringe upon the civil rights of California citizens full story

USA, Florida: A House subcommittee is considering a bill to ban transgender people from using restrooms that align with their gender identities. full story

USA, Florida: The ruling in the case of a proposed GSA at Carver Middle School is not expected until April. full story

USA, Nebraska: The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals is expected to decide by Monday whether or not to issue an emergency stay of a Federal Judge’s marriage equality ruling. full story

USA, Nebraska: Archbishop of Omaha George Lucas is NOT HAPPY about this week’s marriage equality ruling. full story

USA, New York: A First Circuit appeals court reinstated claims against Bank of America Corp by a former bisexual call center employee who says the harassment she faced when she began dating a female coworker led to her termination. full story

USA: A House judiciary committee scheduled debate for today on a “right to discriminate” bill, which cleared the Senate last week. full story

USA, Pennsylvania: Andrea Anastasi reports on the work that’s still left to be done on LGBT rights in the state. full story

USA, South Dakota: A measure that would have required transgender students to use the sex on their birth certificates to determine the sports team they played on was defeated by a South Dakota Senate committee Tuesday, but another bill on the issue is being considered later this week. full story

USA, Texas: On Texas Independence day, five Democratic state senators introduced an omnibus LGBT rights bill that is the first of its kind in the state’s history. full story

USA, Utah: Lawmakers from both parties, Mormon Church leaders and local gay equality advocates are expected to announce a bill to protect both the LGBT community and religious opponents from discrimination. full story

USA, Washington, DC: Vice President Joseph Biden will address the annual HRC Spring Equality Convention. full story

USA, West Virginia: The state’s “Don’t Tread on Me” spirit may be what ultimately killed an anti LGBT rights bill. full story

Rainbow Don't Tread on Me

 

Slovenia Approves Marriage Equality

Written by scott on March 4th, 2015

Slovenia - Apple MapsSlovenia has become the first central European country to legalize gay marriage

Parliament Tuesday (3 February) extended all marriage rights, including adoption, to gay couples by a vote of 51 to 28, with five absentations.

United Left MP Matej Vatovec said parliamentary support ensured Slovenia would become a “truly tolerant and inclusive community. Today Slovenia is entering the 21st century,” he said.

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Alabama Supremes Challenge Federal Courts on Marriage Equality

Written by scott on March 4th, 2015

AlabamaThe Alabama Supreme Court has weighed in on the marriage equality question, and it’s about what you’d expect.

The Dallas Voice reports:

The Alabama Supreme Court late today (Tuesday) ordered all of the state’s probate judges to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, in defiance of orders from a federal district court judge overturning the Alabama same-sex marriage ban, and a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court refusing to block the district judge’s order… The state’s highest court said Alabama wasn’t bound by this “new definition” of marriage, though marriage equality has “gained ascendancy in certain quarters of the country,” including the federal judiciary. The supreme court’s ruling said: “As it has done for approximately two centuries, Alabama law allows for ‘marriage’ between only one man and one woman. Alabama probate judges have a ministerial duty not to issue any marriage license contrary to this law. Nothing in the United States Constitution alters or overrides this duty.”

The Court has given probate judges five days to respond to the new order.

The case was brought by two anti-gay groups.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

The court’s ruling came in response to a request from the Southern Baptist-affiliated Alabama Citizens Action Program and the Alabama Policy Institute, a conservative think tank, which asked the justices to halt same-sex unions.

Joe Godfrey, executive director of the Alabama Citizens Action Program, said he was very excited about the decision. “We are concerned about the family and the danger that same-sex marriage will have. It will be a devastating blow to the family, which is already struggling,” Godfrey said. He said the decision will provide some stability in Alabama until the U.S Supreme Court rules later this year. The nation’s high court will hear oral arguments in April and is expected to issue a ruling by June regarding whether gay couples nationwide have a fundamental right to marry and whether states can ban such unions.

Mat Staver at the Liberty Counsel is over the moon about the decision.

Joe.My.God reports:

The ruling by the Alabama Supreme Court is historic, and is one of the most researched and well reasoned opinions on marriage to be issued by any court in the country. The legitimacy of the judiciary is undermined when a judge legislates from the bench or usurps the power reserved to the states regarding natural marriage. This decision of the Alabama Supreme Court is very well reasoned, which is quite rare from today’s courts. The decision not only affirms natural marriage but also restores the rule of law.

Meanwhile, the legislature is considering a “right to discriminate” bill.

SDGLN reports:

HB 56 would allow religious organizations to refuse solemnizing and recognizing any marriage, and prevents the government from penalizing organizations for their refusal to recognize marriage. In addition, the bill broadly defines religious organizations to include social service organizations. Because Alabama has no LGBT non-discrimination protections, this bill would exempt organizations from the general rules applicable to spouses, and could allow, for example, a religious hospital to refuse to recognize the spouse of a patient.

It’s gpnna be a crazy day down in Alabama.

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Federal Judge Strikes Down Nebraska Marriage Equality Ban

Written by scott on March 3rd, 2015

A Federal Judge struck down Nebraska’s marriage equality ban, with an effective date in one week.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

A federal judge blocked Nebraska’s same-sex marriage ban on Monday… The American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska sued the state in November on behalf of seven same-sex couples challenging the ban, which passed with the approval of 70 percent of voters in 2000. In addition to prohibiting gay marriage, the ban also forbids civil unions and legalized domestic partnerships. Same-sex couples miss out on medical and financial benefits that are available to heterosexual married couples, U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon said in issuing the injunction, which takes effect March 9.

The state immediately appealed the decision to the 8th circuit.

Zack Ford at Think Progress says the Eighth Circuit may be inclined to issue a stay:

Marriage equality would thus take effect on March 9, provided the Eighth Circuit doesn’t institute a longer stay. Unlike in other circuits, the Eighth Circuit might be inclined to do just that. Battalion has actually ruled against Nebraska’s ban before, way back in a 2005 case called Citizens for Equal Protection v. Bruning. The state appealed, and a three-judge panel of the Eighth Circuit unanimously overturned his decision, ruling that the ban did not violate same-sex couples’ equal protection under the law. The Eighth Circuit is the only appeals court that has a precedent for upholding marriage bans.

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts denounced the ruling.

The Republican governor said Monday that the issue should be left to Nebraskans, and not an “activist judge” subverting their will. Ricketts say he will work with Attorney General Doug Peterson, a fellow Republican, to uphold the current constitutional amendment passed by voters in 2000.

Meanwhile, LGBT couples celebrated:

As it stands now, the ban on gay marriage has been lifted and is set to go into effect March 9th. It’s a day Roby and Tubach have been waiting for, for nearly 30 years. “This is our home. I’m not going to go somewhere else. I’m going to stay here and work through the process so that we can do this here,” said Roby. “I am most interested in being able to move this ring from my right hand ring finger to my left hand ring finger,” said an emotional Tubach.

And Rep. Brad Ashford (D) released a statement in support of the decision.

Discrimination against anyone based on their sexual orientation has no place in this country. Courts across the country are demanding equal treatment under the law, and today, Nebraska took a major stand against inequality in this country. This decision does not ask individuals to abandon their principles on the issue, but rather, to accept that this country is overwhelmingly diverse, and we must embrace those who might not hold our same beliefs. The many differences of individuals are what make this a great nation, and today’s decision recognizes that same-sex couples deserve equal rights under the law. I applaud this decision and commit to continue working for equality for all Nebraskans in the future.

In related news, the state’s welfare officials have been ignoring a ban on gay foster parents:

The state’s Department of Health and Human Services established a policy in 1995 that prohibited the placement of foster children with gay and lesbian couples or unmarried couples unless they are related to the children. During a review of state agencies, Ricketts’ office learned that the DHHS has been ignoring the policy, his spokesman Taylor Gage said. He said he didn’t know when the state began placing children with such couples or how many children had been placed in such homes.

The Dallas Voice has a new marriage equality map:

Dallas Voice marriage equality map

So does Wikipedia:

Wikipedia Marriage Equality Map

 

Marriage Equality Round-Up – March 3rd

Written by scott on March 3rd, 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!

International: The Russian Government has warned it may intervene at the United Nations to stop gay and lesbian employees of the UN receiving equal partner benefits regardless of the laws of the country they are working in. full story

Cambodia: The first in-depth study of LGBTI Cambodians under the Khmer Rouge has uncovered widespread sexual and emotional abuse. full story

China: A political advisor will propose a ban on group sex between men at the country’s annual legislative sessions which begin tomorrow. full story

China: Millions of Chinese gay men are believed to be in opposite sex marriages and some of their “homowives,” as they are known in China, have begun to advocate for gay rights and same-sex marriage in a campaign to stop these loveless unions. full story

Peru: Hundreds attended a vigil in the Peruvian capital of Lima Monday in support of legislation that would allow civil unions between people of the same sex took. full story

Slovenia: Parliament is due to vote on a marriage equality bill tonight. full story

USA, United Kingdom: The chairman of a UKIP branch in Cornwall believes Tory support for same-sex marriage “will cost the Conservatives dearly” as it “needlessly stirred up trouble for the gay community”. full story

United Kingdom: A Welsh miners’ group and a number of gay rights campaigners who inspired the film “Pride”, will reunite. full story

USA: Attorney General Eric Holder stood up for marriage equality in an editorial in USA Today. full story

USA: The Obama administration will file a brief this week with the Supreme Court urging it strike down state laws and amendments which ban marriage equality. full story

USA: A new TV spot from Tiffany and Co. includes a gay couple. full story

USA: After meeting with Jeb Bush at CPAC, Tony perkins says the GOP Presidential hopeful seems open to working anti-gay themes into his campaign. full story

USA, Alabama: A federal judge on Monday postponed a hearing to consider a request for a preliminary injunction ordering Mobile County’s probate judge to immediately process an adoption petition by a woman who won lawsuit challenging Alabama’s gay marriage ban. full story

USA, Arkansas: State Attorney General Leslie Rutledge office asked a federal judge who struck down the state’s gay marriage ban as unconstitutional to not allow same-sex couples to wed while the ruling is being appealed. full story

USA, California: The US Supreme Court has turned away an appeal from marriage equality opponents in California who want to keep the identities of their campaign donors secret. full story

USA, California: The Culver City council approved support for a brief filed by a coalition of “Mayors for the Freedom to Marry”. to lend the city’s support to marriage equality in cases before the United States Supreme Court. full story

USA, California: An Orange County lawyer has filed a notice with the State of California that he intends to circulate an initiative measure that would call for the death of anyone who engages in sodomy in the Golden State. full story

USA, Florida: The fight for a Gay-Straight Alliance at Carver Middle school officially had its first day in court. full story

USA, Idaho: Police arrested roughly two dozen LGBT rights activists Monday after protesters refused to leave the Idaho Senate and House chambers in an attempt to pressure lawmakers into passing anti-discrimination protections. full story

USA, Indiana: Indiana University sociologist Brian Powell did a study to determine the real reason for opposition to marriage equality – moral disapproval. full story

USA, Missouri: Another “right to discriminate” bill has popped up, and this one would make it a crime to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple and would mean job loss for any public employee who does so. full story

USA, North Carolina: Catholic Bishop Peter J. Jugis denounced Charlotte’s proposed LGBT rights ordinance. full story

USA, North Carolina: Anti gay Christians held a rally against a proposed LGHBT rights ordinance in Charlotte on Monday. full story

USA, North Carolina: During the hearing, Pastor Flip Benham confronted a transgender 17 year old who had just used the women’s bathroom, calling her a pervert. full story

USA, North Carolina: Ultimately, the bigots got what they wanted, as the Charlotte city council rejected the LGBT rights ordinance on a 6-5 vote. full story

USA, Washington DC: Reason TV looked for the closeted gays at CPAC. full story

USA, Washington DC: Anti gay activist Scott Lively is calling for a SCOTUS vigil until the marriage equality ruling is issued. full story

USA, Washington DC: Michelangelo Signorile interviewed anti-gay Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafly this weekend at CPAC. full story

USA, West Virginia: Senator Joe Manchin is the only Democrat in the US Senate who does not support marriage equality, and will not sign a brief in support of it. full story

 

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.

Pagina Carlino

 

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.

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