Marriage Equality Round-Up – January 29th

Written by scott on January 29th, 2016

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories from all around the internet. If we missed anything, let us know. Enjoy!

PEOPLE: Right-wing anti gay activist Theodore Shoebat claims gay men in New Orleans regularly rape and murder young boys during the annual Southern Decadence, while local police sit on their hands. full story

POP CULTURE: Atari®, one of the world’s most recognized publishers and producers of interactive entertainment, today announced the worldwide availability of Pridefest™, an original social-sim game. full story

POP CULTURE: The Advocate features 21 LGBTIQ children’s books that should be read by every child. full story

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SCIENCE: The animal kingdom is anything but cisnormative – here’s a list of animals that don’t follow the binary model. full story

AUSTRALIA: Australian Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull has promised to legalize gay marriage if a majority support it in a popular vote. full story

AUSTRALIA: Isabella Mills is just 11 years old, but she’s being hailed as having more common sense and compassion than any of the fully-grown adults running the country right now. “…the public has already expressed their views and made it quite clear that they want same-sex marriage for Australia. I may not be the Prime Minister, but even I know that Australian could use that money elsewhere. If an 11-year-old girl can see that, why can’t you? full story

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AUSTRALIA: Parliamentary support for same-sex marriage reform appears to have reached critical mass and for the first time could pass in both houses, placing renewed pressure on Malcolm Turnbull to grant a free vote, rather than spend millions of dollars organising a non-binding public plebiscite. full story

AUSTRIA: The city of Linz, Austria will get its gay-themed traffic lights back after opposition from the anti-gay, far right Freedom Party was overruled by the city council full story

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CENTRAL AMERICA: A report on anti-transgender violence and discrimination in Central America urges Honduras and other countries in the region to implement anti-discrimination laws that include gender identity. full story

CHINA: The Washington Post profiles the couple behind China’s first same sex marriage case. full story

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GERMANY: Over two-thirds of Germans want same sex marriage to be legalized, bringing gay rights in line with those of heterosexual couples, a survey by YouGov published on Thursday shows, and 61% of voters for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Union said they were for legalization. full story

ITALY: Italian lawmakers began debating legalizing civil unions for gay couples on Thursday. Thousands of supporters have rallied ahead of the debate. full story

LEBANON: For the first time ever, a trans man in the Lebanon has had his gender legally changed on public records. full story

RUSSIA: A Russian lawyer has accused a tiger and a goat of breaking the ‘gay propaganda’ law. full story

TAIWAN: New Taipei City will start registering gay couples next week. full story

UK: PinkNews catches up with the recently ennobled Lynne Featherstone as she releases a book charting her battle for same-sex marriage. full story

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UK: When teen-aged students in Brighton and Hove were asked to describe their gender on a recent questionnaire, they had 24 options to choose from including ‘Demi-girl,’ ‘Intersex,’ ‘Non-binary,’ ‘Gender fluid,’ ‘Tri-gender,’ Gender queer,’ ‘Agender,’ and ‘In the middle of boy and girl.’ full story

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UK: A high court challenge to extend civil partnerships to opposite sex couples has failed. full story

USA: The You Can Play Project, which aims to ensure equality, respect and safety for all athletes, without regard to sexual orientation. full story

USA: Former prime minister Tony Abbott has told a conservative Christian group in the United States that allowing same-sex couples to wed will contribute to “the erosion of family”, a stance that drew a swift rebuke from his openly gay sister Christine Forster. full story

USA, FLORIDA: The Florida House Judicial Committee postponed a vote on the so-called Pastor Protection Act on Thursday after the committee reportedly ran out of time due to a lengthy debate on a proposed gun bill. full story

USA, GEORGIA: A high-ranking Georgia education official has lost his job over racist, homophobic, and anti-Muslim posts on his Facebook page. full story

USA, HAWAII: Rep. Bob McDermott wants to be able to send his kid to conversion therapy: “What if a child is questioning? They’re on the fence. It happens. As a parent, I want, personally, to steer my child in a particular direction. By this bill, I’m banned from doing that. This is merely more political correctness, nothing more than tyranny with manners.” full story

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USA, IDAHO: Idaho’s Republican lawmakers have sent a tax conformity bill back to the drawing board because it would have removed an unenforceable rule banning joint returns from same-sex couples. full story

USA, NEBRASKA: Lawmakers who want to repeal the state’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage had some harsh words for those who would oppose the effort on Wednesday. full story

USA, NEW YORK: The Harlem church that thinks “Jesus would stone homos” is scheduled to be put up for public auction next month because their pastor hasn’t paid his debts. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: The number of divorces filed in North Carolina dropped to a 25-year low in 2014, the same year a U.S. District Court judge effectively legalized same-sex marriage here. full story

USA, OKLAHOMA: Freedom Oklahoma, the Sooner State’s LGBT advocacy organization, is currently tracking at least 26 different bills that in someway limit, threaten, or actively discriminate against LGBT people. Many mirror efforts in other states, but a few are unique and particularly dangerous to the state’s LGBT population. Here’s a look at the many bills LGBT activists are preparing to fight. full story

USA, OREGON: A distressed mother is suing an Oregon school district and five teachers after one allegedly threatened to kill her gay son. full story

USA, UTAH: GOP state Rep. Kraig Powell wants to partially reinstate the discriminatory adoption law, saying he believes it’s better for children to have a male and female role model, exposing them to diverse gender roles. full story

USA, UTAH: A new proposal could make it a hate crime in Utah to harm someone because they are LGBTIQ. full story

USA, UTAH: One of the authors of the “Utah Compromise” is trying to convince other states to use it as a model, but it doesn’t have the LGBT community’s best interests in mind. full story

USA, VIRGINIA: A federal appeals court on Wednesday for the first time considered the question of whether Title IX of the U.S. Education Amendments of 1972 allows transgender students to use facilities that are consistent with their gender identity. full story

USA, WASHINGTON: Anti-gay state Rep. Brad Klippert has introduced a bill that would prohibit the state’s ferries from flying any flag other than the Stars and Stripes, the Washington state flag and maritime signal flags, The Tri-City Herald reports. full story

 

Marriage Equality Round-Up – January 28th

Written by scott on January 28th, 2016

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories from all around the internet. If we missed anything, let us know. Enjoy!

HISTORY: According to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, some of the men interned for their homosexuality in Nazi Germany were immediately sent to prison again after World War II, forced to serve the Nazi sentences. full story

POP CULTURE: On Monday, “The Daily Show” aired a hilarious segment about the couple’s “father-son” relationship, playing on the right-wing “slippery slope” argument about same-sex marriage and incest. After visiting the couple and asking Esposito why he’s “banging” his son, correspondent Ronny Chieng determines that they have “some gross human equality fetish.” full story

AFRICA: The US’s first ever special envoy for LGBT rights has said there are “seeds of hope” in Southern African countries for sexual and gender minorities. full story

AUSTRALIA: Homophobic hate is alive and well in Melbourne, Australia. Someone is pasting signs in public areas of South Yarra that read “Cure AIDS: Kick a Poofter to Death.” “Poofter”, of course, is a gay slur equivalent to “faggot”. full story

AUSTRALIA: The Australian Government’s plan to hold a non-legally binding vote on same-sex marriage by the Australian people that will cost $160 million has been put in doubt after two government backbenchers revealed they would still vote against the reform even if the poll was successful. full story

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GEORGIA: Gay attorney Giorgi Tatishvili says he has ‘started the fight for the legalization of same-sex marriages and expects a positive decision by the Constitutional Court of Georgia’. full story

GREECE: Dimitris Konstantopoulos, a Greek MP, has asked God’s forgiveness because he voted for a measure to legalise same-sex civil partnerships. full story

INDIA: India’s Supreme Court could make a decision over the country’s law banning gay sex, according to a new report. full story

INDONESIA: An Indonesian government official is calling for gay and transgender students banned from college and university campuses if they show any public displays of affection or inappropriate behavior. full story

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IRELAND: A bisexual woman who alleged she fled her native Nigeria after her family threatened to kill her over being involved in lesbian activity has lost her High Court challenge to being refused refugee status. full story

ITALY: Crux looks at Pope Francis’s past and current positions on civil unions, and why he changed. full story

ITALY: Italy’s Senate on Thursday begins examining a civil union bill for same-sex couples, a topic which has profoundly divided the country and could prove toxic for Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s government. full story

LITHUANIA: Lithuania has refused to issue a temporary residence permit to the husband of a Lithuanian man. full story

TAIWAN: Tainan mayor William Lai announced Wednesday evening the city would become the fourth Taiwanese city to register gay couples. full story

USA: Ted Cruz assured voters that his presidency would not endorse the Supreme Court’s ruling that same-sex marriage is a Constitutional right, calling it “fundamentally illegitimate, lawless, and unconstitutional.” full story

USA: Since June, Wolfson and his colleagues have been carefully preserving as much as possible from their successful campaign. full story

USA: Lou Correa, a southern California congressional candidate has pledged to push for undoing the dishonorable discharges of gay veterans under the military’s former “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. full story

USA: Susan Sarandon has slammed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s record on gay rights. full story

USA, INDIANA: The Senate Rules Committee just decided to not advance SB66, the “Super RFRA” bill, meaning the bill is almost certainly dead for this legislative session. full story

USA, INDIANA: Barronelle Stutzman, a Washington state florist who became a national figure for refusing to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding is scheduled to testify in Indiana against two LGBT rights bills that will be taken up by a state Senate committee. full story

USA, INDIANA: During a town hall meeting Saturday in his hometown of Whiteland, in central Indiana, Republican Rep. Woody Burton compared LGBT rights protections to protections for psychopathic killers, pedophiles, and overweight people. full story

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USA, INDIANA: After hours of testimony from local and national hate groups as well as sobbing out-of-state martyred anti-LGBT business owners, the Indiana Senate Rules and Legislative Procedures committee tonight advanced a heavily-amended “LGBT rights” bill that actually worsens the already poor civil rights status of LGBT Hoosiers. full story

USA, NEBRASKA: The state’s defunct same-sex marriage ban could once again go before voters under a measure that seeks to remove it from the state constitution. full story

USA, NEBRASKA: On Wednesday, Nebraska Family Alliance and the Nebraska Catholic Conference both came out opposed to measures that would update language in state law to reflect last year’s U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down bans on gay marriage. full story

USA, SOUTH DAKOTA: By a vote of 58 to 10, the South Dakota House of Representatives passed discriminatory legislation targeting transgender students. full story

USA, TEXAS: David Watts Jr., who’s running for the House District 7 seat in ultraconservative East Texas, refuses to let the LGBTIQ community gays might actually prefer to bend him over and dominate him. full story

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USA, VIRGINIA: “If I have a child who has cancer, there’s a chance we can cure that cancer with chemo therapy rather than watch that child suffer,” said state Sen. Charles Carrico (R-Galax) during a subcommittee hearing on a bill that would ban so-called conversion therapy in Virginia. “It is a form of therapy, the chemo therapy, and to know it goes in remission and find out the child has cancer again, that is a parents’ decision to try and help the child.” full story

USA, VIRGINIA: Brad Kutner, a journalist who writes for the Virginia paper GayRVA (you may remember he also broke the story of the anti-gay attack at Amazon that’s now being prosecuted as a federal hate crime), has penned an open letter to an anti-gay Republican lawmaker he discovered cruising on Grindr over the weekend. full story

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USA, VIRGINIA: Dan Savage thinks the closeted lawmaker is fair game:I disagree: this legislator’s votes against workplace protections for LGBT people, adoption rights for same-sex couples, and the judicial appointment of a qualified out gay man speak loudly of his hypocrisy and the the particular kind of damage done when closeted conservatives abuse their political power to protect their closets. full story

USA, VIRGINIA: A state senator’s effort to allow local clerks to opt out of issuing marriage licenses to gay couples narrowly cleared committee Wednesday. Senate Bill 40 is heading for the Senate floor. full story

 

Cycles of Life: Ashland, Oregon Wedding Officiant

Written by scott on January 27th, 2016

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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.

Carl Jung said ceremony and ritual are essential for people to mark the important transitions of life. Ceremony is a noble and life affirming way to mark important rites of passage. Thoughtful ritual gives optimal meaning and guides you on a path to your new status in a life affirming way.

I am Julian Spalding , a Certified Life Cycle Celebrant(c), in Ashland, Oregon. I officiate same sex, transgender and gender non-conforming weddings, as well as funerals, memorials and any other occasion. I will work with you to create a ceremony that reflects your personal beliefs and includes any traditions or customs that are important to you. My ceremonies are inclusive of gender variations, race and affectional orientation.

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – January 27th

Written by scott on January 27th, 2016

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories from all around the internet. If we missed anything, let us know. Enjoy!

POP CULTURE: Bindle & Keep, a custom clothier that specializes in dressing people across the gender spectrum, is the subject of “Suited,” a documentary premiering at the Sundance Film Festival. full story

AUSTRALIA: Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has defended his predecessor Tony Abbott’s right to speak at an anti-gay event in New York. full story

AUSTRALIA: The prominent conservative senator Eric Abetz says every Coalition MP will be free to decide how to cast their parliamentary vote on same-sex marriage, contradicting the prime minister and, according to the marriage equality lobby, rendering the promised $160m national plebiscite pointless. full story

AUSTRALIA: Australian rugby pro Simon Dunn, the first openly gay man to represent Australia in the sport of bobsledding, took to Instagram on Tuesday (26 January) to speak put against his country’s ban on same-sex marriage. full story

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CHINA: A court case demanding marriage equality caps a trend of increasing acceptance for homosexuality in China. full story

CHINA: Nearly 92% of Hong Kong youth support LGBTI protections, according to a new study published Tuesday. full story

GERMANY: A branch of Germany’s leading right-wing party is demanding LGBTI people shouldn’t be discriminated against – while implementing discriminating policies themselves. full story

INDIA: MP Shashi Tharoor said today that he will continue to fight bigotry after his bill to decriminalise gay sex failed. full story

ISLE OF MAN: A recent government consultation on British dependency the Isle of Man shows that the majority of respondents are in favor of same-sex marriage – of 176 respondents, 76 were opposed to gay marriage, 90 were in favor and 10 were neutral. full story

ITALY: Council of Europe Secretary-General Thorbjorn Jagland on Tuesday encouraged Italy to pass a civil unions bill guaranteeing rights for gay couples. full story

MEXICO: Gays and lesbian can now marry in six of the 32 Federal Entities of Mexico with the Mexican Supreme Court ruling unanimously that denying them the right to marry in the state of Jalisco is unconstitutional. full story

SAUDI ARABIA: Two same-sex couples have been arrested in Saudi Arabia for holding a gay marriage ceremony, cross-dressing and possessing alcohol and hashish. The men were arrested in the capitol city of Riyadh by the nation’s religious police, the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice. full story

SPAIN: Metro Metro will give out 38 free annual passes in an effort ‘to promote the full social integration of women and transgender men.’ full story

USA: A study released Tuesday (26 January) by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law shows that US states that legalized same-sex couples from November 2012 through July 2013 experienced the most dramatic drop in anti-gay attitudes. full story

USA, ARKANSAS: A gay graduate student in Arkansas says he lost his job as a teaching assistant after putting up a poster in his high school mathematics classroom saying “Tolerance = Peace,” below a rainbow-colored peace sign. full story

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USA, FLORIDA: The Florida Senate Judiciary Committee voted 7-3 to move forward the so-called Pastor Protection Act “providing that churches or religious organizations, related organizations, or certain individuals may not be required to solemnize any marriage or provide services, accommodations, facilities, goods, or privileges for related purposes if such action would violate a sincerely held religious belief,” according to the bill’s text. full story

USA, FLORIDA: The Florida Senate Judiciary Committee today postponed until next week its hearing on SB 120, a comprehensive LGBT anti-discrimination bill. full story

USA, HAWAII: Lawmakers have proposed a law that would protect LGBTI teens from the practice that the World Health Organization calls very dangerous to a person’s mental and physical health. full story

USA, MISSOURI: Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon used his final State of the State address to implore lawmakers to bar discrimination against LGBT people, but leaders in the Republican-dominated Legislature say that’s unlikely to happen before Nixon leaves office. full story

USA, OKLAHOMA: With state lawmakers set to convene Feb. 1 for the 2016 legislative session, at least 26 bills attacking LGBT Oklahomans and their families are already in the docket for consideration – the most of any state in the nation. full story

USA, OREGON: An Oregon judge who has refused to perform gay marriages and has drawn a formal ethics complaint for a raft of other issues should lose his job, a judicial commission leading an investigation into his conduct has found full story

USA, SOUTH DAKOTA: The South Dakota House State Affairs Committee yesterday voted in favor of legislation that would prevent transgender students in public schools from using facilities that are consistent with their gender identity. The legislation would also require educational institutions to pay the costs of any resulting legal challenges. full story

USA, TENNESSEE: Thanks to a proposed resolution against same-sex marriage on the Washington County agenda that would have no legal impact, commissioners were forced to postpone the meeting for at least 10 days. That’s because an estimated 350 people showed up, with many wearing red in opposition to the anti-gay marriage resolution. full story

USA, VIRGINIA: A federal appeals court on Wednesday will hear the case of a transgender student who is challenging a Virginia school district’s controversial restroom policy. full story

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USA, VIRGINIA: Members of a Senate committee on Monday approved two anti-discrimination bills, one of which would ban anti-LGBTIQ discrimination against state employees, and a second that would codify into law Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s 2014 executive order banning discrimination against state employees based on their sexual orientation and gender identity. full story

USA, WEST VIRGINIA: West Virginia lawmakers from both sides of the aisle vocalized their support for the state’s LGBT community in video released Monday, a little more than a week after a bill that would allow discrimination on the basis of religious freedom was introduced in the state’s House of Representatives. full story

 

Marriage Equality Round-Up – January 26th

Written by scott on January 26th, 2016

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories from all around the internet. If we missed anything, let us know. Enjoy!

HISTORY: President John F Kennedy had a special room in the White House just for his gay best friend, a book claims. full story

PEOPLE: Britney Spears tweeted her appreciation for GLAAD’S “Accelerating Acceptance” study on Friday but says the fight for LGBT awareness is far from over. full story

PEOPLE: British journalist Rod Liddle has said poppers and lube is ‘God’s way of telling you that…[gay sex] is unnatural and perverse’. full story

PEOPLE: Graham Norton had this great advice for bisexual teen: ‘It is important in life that you strive to be the most authentic version of yourself’ full story

POP CULTURE: Actor Ian McKellen told the Press Association that the diversity issue in Hollywood is a “legitimate complaint” and as a gay man he sympathizes with black actors who feel they aren’t represented. full story

CANADA: New posters have gone up in Toronto District School Board schools, which include 76,000 middle school and high school students. Launched by LGBTQ advocacy group Toronto Pflag, the posters depict a rainbow that spells out the LGBTQ acronym: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Straight, Queer and 2-Spirited. When students use the flash on their camera phones to take a picture of the poster, the words are suddenly accompanied by nouns that illustrate LGBTQ folks are people they know, respect and love: partner, teammate, buddy, friend, ally, supporter, and BFF. full story

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GREECE: Greek same-sex couples began entering into civil unions on Monday after the legislation passed in December by the Greek Parliament came into effect. full story

INDIA: Last month, I made a personal journey home for a BBC Radio 4 documentary, to explore how dramatically India’s sexual landscape has changed in recent years. full story

ITALY: The Local went into the streets and spoke to protestors, both those in favor of and those against the civil unions bill, to find out what they think about gay marriage and gay adoption. full story

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PORTUGAL: Outgoing President Anibal Cavaco Silva has vetoed a bill recently approved by lawmakers that granted full adoption rights to gay and lesbian couples. full story

SENEGAL: The head of an anti-gay coalition says police have arrested 11 people in Senegal’s capital during a demonstration against the release of 11 people accused of homosexual acts. full story

USA: Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, said last week that “it’s time to start impeaching” Supreme Court justices in response to the Obergefell marriage equality ruling, which he called an “illegal decision” that amounted to the court declaring itself to be God. full story

USA: Martin O’Malley renewed his commitment to fight for LGBT rights at the federal level on Monday night, although he omitted any mention of federal non-discrimination legislation known as the Equality Act. full story

USA: The legal battle over same-sex marriage that culminated in the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges was a costly one for American taxpayers – $13.5 million in plaintiffs’ attorneys’ fees in 41 cases. full story

USA, FLORIDA: Pine View, a grades 2-12 magnet school in Osprey, Fla., is now the first school in Sarasota County to pass a transgender student inclusive bathroom policy. full story

USA, INDIANA: Indiana may have lost as much as $60 million in hotel profits, tax revenue and other economic benefits when a dozen groups decided against hosting conventions in Indianapolis last year due at least in part to the controversy surrounding the state’s religious objections law. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Kim Davis has said it was a ‘joy’ to be chosen by God to stand against same sex marriage. full story

USA, NEW YORK: A new study of the quality of healthcare provided to transgender patients in the New York City correctional system revealed significant areas for improvement and reported a greater than 50% decrease in patient complaints after the healthcare staff at 12 jail clinics received LGBT training. full story

USA, TENNESSEE: State Rep. Susan Lynn (R) has filed a resolution in the House supporting a lawsuit that would invalidate all state weddings after June. full story

USA, TENNESSEE: Despite a few voices of opposition, the Hawkins County Commission approved a resolution Monday asking the Tennessee General Assembly to defy last year’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage. full story

USA, TENNESSEE: Students at a rural Tennessee high school reportedly wore “straight pride” signs last week to protest a newly founded chapter of the Gay Straight Alliance. full story

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USA, UTAH: An overwhelming majority of Mormons in Utah support their church’s horrific new policy labeling same-sex couples as “apostates” and barring their children from being baptized. full story

 

Hillbrook Inn & Spa – Gay Friendly Wedding Venue, Charlestown, West Virginia

Written by scott on January 25th, 2016

Hillbrook Inn & Spa

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.

Situated on beautifully landscaped grounds, our historic mansion becomes a focal point for your storybook event. Whether an intimate gathering for a few or a lavish occasion for 150 guests in a beautiful pavilion tent, we give attention to every detail to ensure that your event is all you imagined it could be.

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – January 25th

Written by scott on January 25th, 2016

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories from all around the internet. If we missed anything, let us know. Enjoy!

PEOPLE: Ricky was cagey about liking guys back in the ’90s; now he’s giving mixed messages about his feelings for women. Seems like being bisexual is now the big taboo, writes Mike Szymanski. full story

PEOPLE: The head of the Catholic Church sat down Friday for approximately 15 minutes with Apple CEO Tim Cook, beginning at 11:30 a.m. local time, reports ABC News. full story

PEOPLE: Disgraced Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson, who was fired by the BBC last year for punching a producer, said parents who support their transgender children are guilty of ‘poisoning’ their minds. full story

POP CULTURE: Ray Liotta says a bisexual twist for his Shades of Blue character left him doing a double take. full story

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POP CULTURE: The Edmonton Oilers became the first NHL team to use Pride Tape, a multicolored tape to promote inclusiveness in sports. full story

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POP CULTURE:A thought-provoking new photography project captures a host of international celebrities posing as same-sex couples and families in a bid to show ‘love is love’. full story

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AUSTRIA: First launched by the Austrian interior ministry, a new ‘behavior guide’ includes drawings of a man hitting a woman – covered by a red cross – and an image of gay kissing – approved with a tick. full story

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EUROPE: Legal recognition of same-sex partnerships is far from uniform across Europe. full story

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INDONESIA: Muhammad Nasir, minister of research, technology and higher education, said LGBTI students should be banned from university. full story

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ITALY: Different polls show that support for same-sex civil unions has dropped to 46 percent in January, compared with 67 percent last May. A poll conducted in January by Ipr, an independent polling and marketing firm, also found that only 15 percent of respondents supported stepchild adoption for gay couples. full story

NEW ZEALAND: Despite its reputation of being one of the most LGBTI friendly countries on the planet, New Zealand is still holding out on removing past convictions for sex between men from people’s permanent records. full story

USA: Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott will give a speech on the topic of “the importance of family” to the Alliance Defending Freedom, an anti-LGBTIQ, pro-Christian, Republican-aligned lobby, which opposes abortion, wants to end gay marriage and is pushing to roll back some feminist advances. full story

USA, COLORADO: As part of a broad reexamination of restrooms on its campuses, Naropa University has created two “all gender” restrooms at its Nalanda campus in Boulder. full story

USA, INDIANA: Fewer than half of convention planners and prospective tourists agree that “Indy Welcomes All” or “Indiana Welcomes All” in the wake of last year’s controversy over the state’s anti-LGBT Religious Freedom Restoration Act. full story

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USA, IOWA: A former Iowa women’s field hockey coach has a “reasonable possibility” of proving that gender or anti-gay discrimination played a role in her firing. full story

\USA, MISSOURI: Senate Minority Leader Joe Keaveny, of St. Louis, filed a bill that would ban housing and employment discrimination based on a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. full story

USA, MONTANA: Greg Gianforte, the front-runner in the race for Montana governor, is one of the state’s leading financial backers for anti-gay organizations including Family Research Council, Focus on the Family and Alliance Defending Freedom. full story

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USA, SOUTH DAKOTA: Discriminatory legislation targeting transgender students is gaining traction in South Dakota. Scheduled for a hearing on Monday in the House State Affairs committee, HB 1008 seeks to prevent transgender students in public schools from using restrooms or locker rooms that are consistent with their gender identity and requires taxpayers to assume the costly financial consequences in resulting legal challenges. full story

 

Marriage Equality Round-Up – January 24th

Written by scott on January 24th, 2016

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories from all around the internet. If we missed anything, let us know. Enjoy!

USA: MTV’s documentary series True Life will look at the lives of two teens with transgender parents. full story

POP CULTURE: or so many people, it was the only book on the shelf that had anything about someone like themselves was “Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out.” It’s the Bible of Bisexuality. full story

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AUSTRALIA: The Victorian government has vowed to crack down on so-called gay conversion therapists who claim to be able to ‘cure’ homosexuality. full story

CHINA: The Chinese couple suing their local affairs bureau for refusing to issue a marriage licence will present their case on January 28. full story

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ITALY: Demonstrators flooded the streets in cities across Italy, urging their government to legally recognize unions for same-sex couples. full story

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UK: Maria Miller has criticised the “extraordinary” hostility from women claiming to be “feminists” following her report into the treatment of trans people across the UK. full story

VENEZUELA: Her historic swearing-in makes Tamara Adrián only the second transgender person to be elected national legislator in the Americas. full story

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USA, ARIZONA: Democrats in the Arizona Legislature want a law that requires judges to give preferences to married heterosexual couples in adoption stricken from the books. full story

USA, TENNESSEE: If only Southern states had pursued David Fowler’s anti same-sex marriage legal strategy in the 1950s, he says, they could have avoided complying with the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling desegregating public schools in Brown v. Board of Education. full story

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USA, WASHINGTON DC: Protesters on Friday forced the cancellation of a reception at the National LGBTQ Task Force’s annual conference that was to have featured two advocates from Israel.
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Marriage Equality Round-Up – January 23rd

Written by scott on January 23rd, 2016

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories from all around the internet. If we missed anything, let us know. Enjoy!

PEOPLE: Italian fashion label Gucci has come under fire for its decision to cast a trans woman in a male runway. full story

USA: Already known as the first transgender contestant in the Ms. Senior California Pageant and a consultant to Jenji Kohan in the development of Laverne Cox’s character on Netflix’s Hit drama series Orange is the New Black, Michaela Mendelsohn is now adding another new groundbreaking title to her resume – she has just been named the first transgender board member of the Trevor Project. full story

HISTORY: Gay & Lesbian History for Kids” by Jerome Pohlen, provides age-appropriate LGBTIQ gistory. full story

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POP CULTURE: Candace Cameron Bure wouldn’t mind if her Fuller House came with a married same-sex couple. full story

INTERNATIONAL: The International Olympic Committee will be allowing trans people to compete without being expected to get surgery first, according to a new report. full story

ITALY: A total of 6,000 amendments have been filed to the government’s civil unions bill which goes to the Senate floor on January 28 – the rightwing opposition Northern League (LN) announced yesterday it had filed over 5,000 amendments. Silvio Berlusconi’s center-right opposition Forza Italia (FI) party filed 300 amendments. full story

ITALY: Italy’s battle over legalising same-sex civil unions is about to get heated, with supporters and opponents ready to take to the streets as lawmakers address the deeply divisive issue. full story

FRANCE: Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has dropped a controversial pledge to scrap same-sex marriage. full story

MALAWI: The United Nations human rights office on Friday expressed concern over recent developments in Malawi, after the spokesperson of one of the country’s main political parties had repeatedly called for gay and lesbian people to be killed and describing them as ‘worse than dogs.’ full story

ROMANIA: Emboldened by Parliament’s rejection of a civil unions bill last month, anti-LGBT activists in Romania are well on their way to a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. full story

USA: While it would be a milestone for an out man to lead the Army, it wasn’t a big deal during Eric Fanning’s confirmation hearing. full story

USA, MINNESOTA: Gov. Mark Dayton announced Friday he would appoint Court of Appeals Judge Margaret H. Chutich as associate justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court. Chutich would be the first openly gay member on the state’s highest court. full story

USA, NEW YORK: New York City Councilman James Vacca (D-Bronx) on Jan. 22, 2016, came out as gay on his Twitter page. full story

New York City Councilman James Vacca

PENNSYLVANIA: A former teacher in Pennsylvania has told the astounding story of the events which eventually led to her resignation. full story

USA, TEXAS: A Houston restaurant offered half price to ‘Brown & Gay’ employees on MLK Day, inspiring a flurry of angry calls to local Houston station KHOU. “Brown and Gay employees get 50 percent off their lunch,” explained owner Pink Logan, “What that references is a company one block from here called Brown and Gay Engineering! full story

Brown & Gay

 

Marriage Equality Round-Up – January 22nd

Written by scott on January 22nd, 2016

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories from all around the internet. If we missed anything, let us know. Enjoy!

HISTORY: Author and journalist David Boyle writes for PinkNews about how homosexuality came to be outlawed in the UK. full story

POP CULTURE: Many movies that America loved have a shameful track record of including transphobic storylines and characters. Here are a few of the worst offenders. full story

POP CULTURE: Actor Cody Saintgnue talks about his hopes for the future of Teen Wolf’s first out bi guy in the latest episode of Advocate Spotlight. full story

Cody Saintgnue

INTERNATIONAL: It was announced today at the World Economic Forum in Davos that an additional four companies were joining the Open for Business initiative as supporters: Accenture, Barclays, Microsoft and Tesco. full story

AUSTRALIA: One of Australia’s leading Catholic figures has said he is happy for gay and lesbian teens to take same-sex partners to school dances after a Melbourne Catholic school stopped a female student from taking another girl to her school formal but then relented after 1250 people signed a petition in support of the student. full story

BOTSWANA: Former Botswanan President Festus Mogae has expressed his support for LGBT rights in Africa. – See more at: http://www.washingtonblade.com/2016/01/21/former-botswana-president-speaks-in-support-of-lgbt-rights/#sthash.bLhJ5Gty.dpuf full story

ITALY: Pope Francis said in a speech for the opening of judicial year of the Vatican’s Roman Rota tribunal that the Catholic Church cannot accept traditional families and other types of unions being given the same status. full story

ITALY: Italy’s gay civil union debate started early Thursday (21 January) with proposals to jail couples who use surrogates abroad. Catholic senators from the ruling Democratic Party tabled an amendment to the draft law with punishments of up to two years imprisonment and fines of up to one million euros. full story

JAMAICA: Three out of four LGBTI Jamaicans want to flee their country to escape persecution, according to a recent study on the developmental cost of homophobia in the Caribbean island. full story

RUSSIA: Russia has banned a festival celebrating gay fish. full story

RUSSIA: A Russian court Monday (18 January) fined an LGBTI activist 100,000 rubles ($1,200; ) for promoting ‘non-traditional sexual relations’ to minors. Sergei Alekseyenko was the former director of Maximum – a now-defunct group providing counseling and legal advice to victims of homophobia in the northwestern city of Murmansk. full story

UK: After three and a half years, a bisexual Jamaican man finally won the right to stay in the UK this week. Orashia Edwards’ struggle to get asylum on the basis of his sexuality demonstrates the problems people attracted to more than one gender face. full story

UK: The British Government has changed its policy meaning if a married couple travels to Australia and one of them dies, their spouse will be recognised on the death certificate. full story

UK, NORTHERN IRELAND: A Northern Irish comedian has put down a lack of same-sex marriage there in an amazing way. full story

USA: Right-wing activist Phillip Jauregui of the Judicial Action Group criticized Justice Kennedy’s “horrendous” opinion in Obergefell, said that the justice is “horrible and he’s honestly a judge that ought to be impeached full story

USA: The honeymoon is over, and it’s time for us to think about issues that continue affect the LGBT community aside from marriage equality — and what we can do to help. full story

USA: A new HRC report isn’t recommending that Congress close the loophole that’s allowing for religiously-owned schools to receive Title IX waivers; instead the group is recommending more “transparency” at these at federally-funded institutions. full story

USA: One of the ten US soldiers taken in Itan is gay, and hadn’t come out, so his partner was not notified about his status. But when they were released, the soldier called his partner and asked him to marry him. full story

USA: A new poll shoes that 29% of non-LGBT Americans say they are uncomfortable seeing a same-sex couple holding hands. full story

USA: The American Civil Liberties Union has a hefty 2016 to-do list when it comes to LGBTIQ rights. full story

USA, ARIZONA: A transgender woman in Arizona is to receive $115,000 (€105,500) from her former employers after a judge ruled that they had discriminated against her. full story

USA, CALIFORNIA: An anti-gay Christian ministry has erected a billboard at one of the entrances to San Diego’s heavily LGBT Hillcrest neighborhood. full story

San Diego Billboard

USA, INDIANA: Lambda Legal on newly introduced bill: “This bill is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. This doesn’t protect LGBT people—it is a road map for discrimination against LGBT people.” full story

USA, IOWA: An investigator with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission says a former Iowa women’s field hockey coach has a “reasonable possibility” of proving that gender or anti-gay discrimination played a role in her firing. full story

USA, TENNESSEE: The Carter County commission voted 20-0 in favor of a resolution defending the state’s alleged right to define marriage as exclusively for heterosexual couples. full story

USA, TENNESSEE: Jim Coley, a longtime Republican state representative, was the lone representative to vote for a bill to enable flouting of last year’s decision of the U.S. Supreme Court legalizing same-sex marriage. full story

USA, TENNESSEE: Hawkins, Unicoi and Washington County Commissioners will vote on anti-marriage equality resolutions on Monday night. full story

USA, TENNESSEE: A day after Tennessee Republican lawmakers shot down a bill that purported to “nullify” the U.S. Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision, former state Sen. David Fowler filed a state lawsuit he believes ultimately can lead to the nation’s highest court’s review of its gay marriage ruling. full story

USA, VIRGINIA: West Virginia State Rep. John O’Neal on Thursday claimed that the state needs a religious freedom law because Christians can lose their businesses over ‘who they love,’ referring to God full story