Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Rabbi Jeffrey Kurtz-Lendner, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Written by scott on January 21st, 2015

Rabbi Jeffrey Kurtz-LendnerPeriodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding.

Gay Wedding Officiant in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA. Rabbi Kurtz-Lendner is a member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and will perform Jewish ceremonies for gay and lesbian couples in accordance with his religious policies for all couples. He is most delighted to welcome all people and recognizes the fundamental humanity of all individuals.

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Chile: House Passes Civil Unions Bill

Written by scott on January 21st, 2015

Chile FlagThe bill had previously been passed by the Senate on a 28-6 vote in a slightly different version.

The Washington Blade reports:

The Chilean House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a bill that would allow same-sex couples to enter into civil unions. La Tercera, a Chilean newspaper, reported the measure passed by an 86-23 vote margin with two abstentions. “People of the same-sex will have the opportunity to demonstrate that they have the right to be happy,” said gay Congressman Claudio Arriagada Macaya after the vote, according to La Tercera.

Rolando Jimenez, president of the Movement for Homosexual Integration and Liberation, a Chilean LGBT advocacy group, also praised the vote. “We dedicate this day, this moment, to the gay and lesbian families that have suffered a historic burden of misunderstanding and prejudices,” he said in a statement. “Today it will be the state’s turn to strengthen them and protect them on equal terms.”

Some opponents cried foul, claiming God had sparked a forest fire last year in protest.

President Michelle Bachelet says she will sign the bill when it reaches her desk.

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – January 21st

Written by scott on January 21st, 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!

Ireland: The country’s public television network yesterday interviewed British hate group leader Sharon James during a forum on the coming marriage equality referendum. full story

Ireland: The Government has promised to enact legislation to allow for same-sex adoption before the referendum on same-sex marriage. full story

Macedonia: Parliament just passed a constitutional ban on marriage equality. full story

UK, Northern ireland: The new Health Minister, Jim Wells, said he supports the lifetime ban on gay men donating blood. full story

Vietnam: The ministry of public security by the Social, Economic and Environmental Institute is considering separate prisons for its LGBTI inmate population. full story

USA: President Obama used the words “lesbian”, “bisexual” and “transgender” for the first time in a State of the Union speech. full story

USA: President Obama also re-iterated support for marriage equality during the speech. full story

USA: Brad Friedman at Brad Blog speculates that Chief Justice Roberts may be aiming for a middle ground on marriage equality that would still let some states deny marriage equality. full story

USA: Some companies will now require marriage licenses for gay and lesbian workers who want spousal benefits. full story

USA: Mike Huckabee, Austin Ruse, and the former CEO of medical equipment supplier Baxter International have stepped in to speak at the anti gay Legatus conference after others bowed out. full story

USA: Speaking of the Legatus Conference, FOX News’ Bret Baier said he pulled out because it doesn’t “line iup with the loving Church I know.” full story

USA: A new marriage equality cartoon from The Washington Blade. full story

marriage equality cartoon

USA: E! will televise a wedding special behind the scenes of Former NSync member and Mississippi native Lance Bass and his husband, Michael Turchin’s wedding. full story

USA, Colorado: Sen. Pat Steadman’s bill would answer nuts-and-bolts questions for people in civil unions, such as whether their union counts toward the length of a marriage if they choose to marry. full story

USA, Illinois: State Rep. Kelly Cassidy introduced the bill to ban conversion therapy for youth. A Senate version will be introduced soon. full story

USA, Mississippi: LGBT activists launched a Twitter hashtag, #WeAreStarkville, and staged a rally Saturday outside the county courthouse in favor of an embattled protections ordinance. full story

USA, New Jersey: Jersey Shore “star” Snooki says that she’s ordained to perform weddings and looks forward to officiating for her hairdressers. full story

USA, New York: Transgender woman Leyth O. Jamal is firing back at Saks Fifth Avenue after the store claimed it has the right to discriminate against transgender employees. full story

USA, North Dakota: A federal judge has halted lawsuits seeking marriage equality in the state until the high court rules. full story

USA, Ohio: Out Magazine profiles one of the plaintiff couples in a case before the Supreme Court. full story

USA, Texas: Opponents of LGBT protections in Plano say they’ve gathered enough signatures to place a repeal of the city’s Equal Rights Ordinance on the ballot in May. full story

USA, Virginia: A fair housing bill was derailed over “religious freedom” fears, while a bill to protect LGBT workers in public employment was delayed. full story

USA, Virginia: Delegate Patrick Hope and Senator Louise Lucas introduced a bill to ban conversion therapy for youth. full story =

USA, Washington DC: The second same sex couple to marry in Florida attended the State of the Union speech. full story

USA, West Virginia: West Virginia democratic lawmakers are again promoting a bill to prohibit employers and landlords from discriminating against people based on sexual orientation. full story

 

Marriage Equality Round-Up – January 20th

Written by scott on January 20th, 2015

Gay Wedding - RingsHere’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, ACT: The Australian Capital Territory will appoint Yvette Berry as government Minister for Equality, the second state to do so. full story

India: An Indian film that humiliates a transgender character has sparked a weekend of protests in Chennai. full story

Ireland: The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) will launch its campaign for the marriage equality referendum on Tuesday at the Dublin City Council Offices in Wood Quay. full story

Ireland: Actor Colin Farrell said he supported the legalization of marriage equality ‘with every fiber of my being’. full story

Israel: The country will re-draft its recognition laws so transgender people will no longer be forced to undergo surgery to legally change their gender. full story

Lithuania: Algirdas Vaclovas Patackas, a politician, is using the Paris massacre to try to cow a gay rights group. full story

Russia: The country is set to introduce new rules for film screenings which could impact the showing of LGBT movies. full story

Turkey: The country’s first ever sheltered housing project for transgender women has opened in Istanbul. full story

UK: Newly appointed member of the House of Lords Michael Cashman says the Labor party will try to achieve decriminalization of homosexuality worldwide by 2020 if elected. full story

UK, England: A poster at the University of Bristol claims transgender women “rape women every nine minutes”. full story

UK, Northern Ireland: The government spent over £40,000 defending a decision to keep a permanent ban on gay men donating blood. full story

USA: A US Supreme Court ruling favoring marriage equality could create complications for the GOP presidential nominee. full story

USA: The American Family Association (AFA) is calling on two liberal Supreme Court justices to recuse themselves from the upcoming case challenging marriage equality bans. full story

USA: Jonathan Capehart looks at the Court’s questions in the marriage equality cases. full story

USA: Actor Billy Crystal says todays gay characters are sometimes “pushing it a little too far for my taste.” full story

USA: Fed Ex denies death benefits to spouse of employee who died 6 days before the Windsor decision. full story

USA, Florida: A group of Jacksonville attorneys wants to take over the job of performing courthouse weddings, now that the Duval County court clerk has stopped offering the ceremonies. full story

USA, Missouri: The Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau is “deeply concerned” about a decision from a Catholic-based hospital group to extend benefits to same-sex spouses of employees. full story

USA, New York: New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has sent a letter to Saks informing the store he will investigate its treatment of transgender employees. full story

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USA: Pennsylvania Gov.-elect Tom Wolf (D) has announced that Dr. Rachel Levine, a transgender woman, is his his choice for Physician General of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. full story

USA, South Carolina: Five upstate lawmakers have introduced four new bills aimed at putting up roadblocks for same-sex couples to get their marriage licenses. full story

US, Wyoming: State Representative and pastor Nathan Winters is sponsoring the state’s proposed “right to discriminate” bill. full story

 

Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Hacienda Vargas Bed and Breakfast, Algodones, New Mexico

Written by scott on January 19th, 2015

Hacienda Vargas Bed and Breakfast

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.

Gay Wedding Event Location in Algodones, NM, USA. Conveniently located between Albuquerque and Santa Fe in the village of Algodones, we are a historic inn with a romantic chapel. We specialize in catering to just the couple by providing witnesses and an officient in an intimate candelight ceremony in our chapel or can accommodate small events up to 20 people indoors or up to 150 in an outdoor garden setting. We have 7 rooms, all with private entrances and bathrooms.

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – January 19th

Written by scott on January 19th, 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, Queensland: The Labor Party says it would re-instate civil unions if it is elected to power in the state. full story

Austria: Thousands showed up to protest a cafe in Vienna that kicked out a lesbian couple for kissing. full story

Cameroon: A priest was arrested in Cameroon for being gay on Friday. full story

Ireland: An exact date for the marriage equality referendum cannot be announced until the Amendment of the Constitution Bill is passed. full story

Italy: The Mayor of Milan says he is facing criminal charges, after he agreed to register a number of same-sex marriages carried out abroad. full story

Sri Lanka: Sri Lankan LGBT rights group Equal Ground hopes that the incoming government of President Maithripala Sirisena will be more open minded to the needs of sexual minorities and transgender people. full story

UK: Staff of the NHS in England have been instructed not to facilitate access to gay “cure” therapy any longer. full story

UK: An officer in the British Army has come out publicly as transgender. full story

USA: A same-sex couple have become the first in the UK to marry in a Pagan ceremony. full story

USA: AFER lawyer Ted Olson took on Family Research Council President Tony Perkins on FOX News Sunday this morning. full story

USA: Lee Daniels, the director of Oscar-winning film Precious has attacked homophobia running “rampant” in the black community. full story

USA: Jane Clementi, the mother of Tyler Clementi, the 18-year-old Rutgers University freshman who killed himself in 2010 after learning that his roommate had videorecorded him kissing another man, offered words of wisdom in the wake of the suicide of 17-year-old Leelah Alcorn. full story

USA: Bill Maher and his panel discussed whether we’ve reached the “final frontier” of LGBT rights. full story

USA: ABC News’ “20/20.” recently aired a special about Bianca and Nick Bowser, a transgender couple who are the parents of two boys. full story

USA:Rachel Maddow considers the possibility that the US Supreme Court decision may not be a slam dunk for marriage equality. full story

USA: Lisa Keen at Keen news Service looks at how the questions are being asked by the Supreme Court. full story

USA: Will the US Supreme Court decision give the GOP political cover on marriage equality? full story

USA: Androgynous model Dylan Stephens graces the cover of Love Inc in a caped Inbal Dror wedding gown, looking positively beautiful. full story

USA, California: Think Progress profiles transgender harassment in a San Diego State University locker room. full story

USA, Louisiana: Nola.com looks at what may happen next in the state’s marriage equality case now that the Supreme Court has taken four other cases. full story

USA, Oklahoma: 3200 marriage licenses have been issued in the state since marriage equality became legal. full story

 

Matt Baume’s Marriage News Watch – January 18th

Written by scott on January 18th, 2015

Matt BaumeFlorida has finally legalized driving while gay.

Bills to discriminate against gay couples are rapidly multiplying in Texas.

And multiple states are still wasting hundreds of thousands of dollars to try to reverse marriage equality.

Authored By Matt Baume – See the Full Story at AFER

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Should We Report on Gay Men Executed by ISIS?

Written by scott on January 18th, 2015

iraq-syria-map-isis-cnnToday when I awoke here in California my feed was abuzz with disturbing pictures and articles of (purportedly) gay men being thrown from a rooftop by ISIS, which appears to have taken place in Mosul. The internet is aflame right now with pictures of ISIS, displaying these horrors for the world to see and of course to share. And there are more pictures showing contorted bloody bodies on the ground, and others depicting the shooting of people on crucifixes, beheading, stoning and more and more and yes it is horrific.

Pictorial accounts of the murders were apparently disseminated on Twitter by Isis, and it was easy to find. It did not take long for the West to jump to their call. Almost every LGBT and progressive outlet will undoubtedly continue to do their bidding. Are we spreading the intended fear? Or will we simply be angry! What do we do – do we succumb, do we remain silent and is there a middle road?

This is indeed a predicament – one in which I find myself caught too. There is fine balance and I do not now how to play it. On the one hand compelled as we are to spread news and create awareness, we do their bidding, while we inflame outrage- which is precisely what they want – and at the same time outraged we should be.

Authored By Melanie Nathan – See the Full Story at O-blog-dee-o-blog-da

 

Marriage Equality Round-Up – January 18th

Written by scott on January 18th, 2015

Gay Wedding - HandsHere’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we didn’t have time to add. We’re able to get more news and analysis to you this way every day – enjoy!

Ireland: Hollywood actor Colin Farrell will try to persuade his country to support marriage equality by discussing the issue in a TV interview with Claire Byrne on Monday night. full story

Ireland: Ireland’s Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar, has come out as gay.full story

Mexico, BCS: Mexicali officials finally let Victor Fernando Urias Amparo and Victor Manuel Aguirre Espinoza wed Saturday, after a long fight that included the couple being labeled “mad” by a Christian counselor. full story

UK: Stephen Fry has married his partner, stand-up comedian Elliott Spencer. full story

USA: [Dot-Marie] Beiste, one of Glee’s recurring characters, came out as transgender in last night’s episode. full story

USA: The National Organization for Marriage’s Brian Brown says he is “confident” that the US Supreme Court will uphold the bans on marriage equality in fur states. full story

USA: Ilya Shapiro at Forbes looks at the way the Supremes are approaching the marriage equality cases, and wonders if it suggests their ultimate ruling. full story

USA, Michigan: A Detroit minister is suing the state, alleging state law violates his right to religious freedom by barring him from conducting same-sex and polygamous marriages. full story

 

Marriage Equality Round-Up – January 17th

Written by scott on January 17th, 2015

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we didn’t have time to add. We’re able to get more news and analysis to you this way every day – enjoy!

China: A new report looks at the lives of transgender sex workers in the country. full story

Iraq / Syria: ISIS released images showing two men accused of being gay being thrown off a building to their deaths. full story

Italy: Michael Sam has confirmed that he proposed to his partner in Italy – on top of the Vatican. full story

Michael Sam Proposes

Mexico: The mayor of Mexicali and other local officials may face criminal charges for refusing the Mexican Supreme Court’s order to marry two gay men, according to news reports. full story

UK: Out & Proud Diamond Group is urging political parties in the United Kingdom to include in their upcoming General Election Manifesto, a commitment to work toward LGBTI equality and human rights worldwide, especially in Africa. full story

UK: Absolutely Fabulous’ Joanna Lumley is now a patron of the Peter Tatchell Foundation, a gay and human rights foundation. full story

USA: Fox News will host a debate on marriage equality between Ted Olson and Tony Perkins. full story

USA: Michelangelo Signorile wonders what Mitt Romney will say about marriage equality in 2016. full story

USA: The Social Security Administration has issued an update saying that in states where marriage equality is legal, SSA offices must allow same-sex married couples to change their names. full story

USA, Colorado: A measure which is likely to be introduced within the next two weeks that would make it easier for transgender people to change their gender on their birth certificates. full story

USA, Florida: Florida Family Action is suing the Orange County Clerk to try to make her stop issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples. full story

USA, Florida: Florida Today looks at the steps major area employers are taking in the wake of marriage equality in the state. full story

USA, Indiana: A transgender inmate’s lawsuit is shining a light on the treatment of transgender citizens in our prisons. full story

USA, Michigan: The state Republican Party this week took steps to repudiate Dave Agema, a member who’s made anti-gay and racist comments. full story

USA, Mississippi: Someone spray-painted “No 2 Gay Marriage Kill Them” on the side of a building in Jackson. full story

Mississippi graffiti

USA, Nebraska: The American Civil Liberties Union is seeking an injunction against Nebraska’s ban on marriage equality. full story

USA, South Carolina / Texas: Legal experts say moves by GOP representatives in both stats, who have been in contact with one another, to strip salaries of clerks who issue marriage licenses to same sex couples are likely unconstitutional. full story

USA: Wyoming Republican Nathan Winters has introduced a bill which would allow citizens, including government officials, to deny services to gays if doing so conflicts with their religious beliefs. full story