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You Gotta Watch This “What Would You Do?” Segment

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

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In a recent segment on “What Would You Do?”, the show filmed a gay couple in a restaurant in Mississippi.

Towleroad.com reports:

ABC News’ John Quinones took his “What Would You Do?” hidden cameras down to Vicksburg, Mississippi. As you may recall, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant recently signed a bill into law allowing business to discriminate against gays based on religious beliefs. Quinones placed a gay couple in a Mexican restaurant to see the reactions they would elicit in various scenarios after it became clear to other customers that they are together. The show even went so far as to kick the couple out in order to see what would happen.

Watch it through to the end to see how two straight college students stood up for the couple. It made me cry.

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UK: Same-Sex Marriage Dawns, Equality Fight Continues

Sunday, April 6th, 2014
Warren Hartley and Kieran Bohan sign the Schedule of Civil Partnership at Ullet Unitarian Church in Liverpool

FIRST FOR EQUALITY: My partner and I become legally recognised as a couple on May 6th 2012 – the first time a civil partnership was registered in a place of worship in the UK.
PHOTO: Simply Perfection

THE CLOCKS WENT FORWARD in the UK last weekend, in more ways than one. The official start of British Summer Time with daylight saving coincided with the legalisation of same-sex marriages in England and Wales. So began an extraordinary week for LGBT equality.

On Saturday March 29th, lesbian and gay couples around the country vied to be the first to be legally married, with several timing their services as close to midnight as possible:

NEWS: Same-sex marriage now legal as first couples wed

An estimated 70 couples across England and Wales took advantage of the change in law on Saturday, and the media was filled with mostly positive portrayals of this landmark for equality.

A BBC survey revealed that 80% of people would attend a gay wedding if invited (though their headline focussed on the negative responses:

NEWS: Gay weddings: ‘Fifth of Britons would turn down invitation’

Twitter feeds filled with supportive messages from celebrities. Actor and comedian Les Dennis tweeted:

Sadly it was not all good news.

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USA, Florida: Another Marriage Equality Lawsuit

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Florida From SpaceYet another marriage equality lawsuit, this one from a gay couple in Key West.

Joe.My.God reports:

Two bartenders at Key West’s popular 801 Bourbon Bar have filed a marriage equality lawsuit against the office of the Monroe County Clerk after being refused a marriage license. Via Steve Rothaus at the Miami Herald:

“We want the right,” said Aaron Huntsman, 43, who has been partnered for more than a decade with William Lee Jones, 42. Huntsman and Jones, both bartenders at 801 Bourbon Bar on Duval Street, want to wed on June 10. “It’s going to be our 11-year anniversary being together and the 10-year anniversary of our commitment ceremony on the Las Vegas strip.” Ron Saunders, general counsel for the clerk’s office told the Florida Keys Reporter that Heavilin’s staff had no choice but to deny the men a license.

Another day, another marriage equality lawsuit.

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UK: Moment of Awwww – The UK’s First Gay Wedding

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

UK Gay WeddingSaturday just after midnight, same sex couples began marrying in Wales and England.

Queerty has one of the first weddings on video.

One of the UK’s first gay married couples, Sinclair Treadway, 20, and Sean Adl-Tabatabai, 31, have released a video of their marriage ceremony. The wedding took place at 00:01 today (GMT local time) at Camden Town Hall, North London. Queerty were the first to break the news with a speech from openly gay Mayor of Camden, Jonathan Simpson.

Awww…..

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Taiwan: Court Rejects Gay Couple’s Attempt to Register Union

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

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A same sex couple in Taiwan was rebuffed by a judge yesterday.

Gay Star News reports:

Veteran gay rights activist Chi Chia-wei and his partner filed the complaint with the Taipei court last year after a local household registration agency refused to register their marriage. The Taipei High Administrative Court on Thursday ruled that the agency did not violate the law that stipulates that ‘a marriage contract should be between a man and a woman,’ according to the Taipei Times. Gay and lesbian activists have been lobbying the government for years to make same-sex unions legal while Chi himself has launched multiple legal bids to seek recognition of his marriage since 1986, but all have been rejected.

Hopefully one day soon Taiwan’s LGBT community will be accepted rather than rejected, and this couple will finally be able to marry. But today is not that day.

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USA, Texas: Adorable Gay Couple Won’t Give Up on Marriage Equality Lawsuit

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Sven Stricker, left, and Chris McNosky

Photo by Anna Waugh/Dallas Voice

Check out this adorable same sex couple who is suing for marriage equality in Texas – although the AG is trying to quash their lawsuit, they won’t give up.

The Dallas Voice reports:

When Chris McNosky and Sven Stricker talk about their strategy to win the freedom to marry in Texas, they come across as unfazed, determined and admittedly out of their element. The couple is one of five couples in three federal lawsuits suing for the freedom to marriage in the Lone Star State. They sat down with Dallas Voice recently at the University of Texas at Arlington, where Sven is currently studying, to discuss their lawsuit filed back in July…

McNosky, 28, and Stricker, 26, met through mutual friends in the summer of 2010. They decided to take on marriage equality in the state after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act in June. They applied for a marriage license in Tarrant County on July 1 and were denied. They then decided to file the lawsuit, making them the first couple in Texas to file a suit. “We just decided instead of waiting for somebody else to act, we would go ahead and do it just in case,” McNosky said. “We thought we had a unique argument that hadn’t been used before.” They opted to argue their right to marry based on sex discrimination alone because sex is protected more than sexual orientation, McNosky said.

You have to love their enthusiasm and their dedication to fighting for what’s right.

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UK: Couple Sues Government for Delay Converting Civil Partnership to Marriage

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Big BenA UK couple is not happy that they may have to wait an extra year before their civil partnership can become a marriage.

Gay Star News reports:

A British couple is to take legal action over the delay in being able to turn their civil partnership into a marriage. While the first gay couples will be able to marry on 29 March, those already in civil partnerships will have to wait until the end of the year. Paul and Michael Atwal-Brice have said they have waited long enough, giving formal notification to the government they will be taking legal action. They hope a judge will rule the government has failed to implement section nine of the Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) act, which allows conversions to take place.

Seriously, it does seem to be taking the UK government long enough to implement the new gay marriage law, let alone the extra time it is taking for converting existing civil partnerships. Does the UK just have an exceptionally hidebound bureaucracy? Or…?

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USA, Utah: Gays Can File Taxes Jointly; ACLU Files Suit to Protect Marriages

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Utah MapWe have a couple new stories out of Utah this morning. First off, in a surprise move, the state Tax Commission said they will allow married gay and lesbian couples to file their taxes jointly this year.

Joe.My.God reports:

Utah same-sex couples legally married in the Beehive State or any other state may file joint state income tax returns, the Utah State Tax Commission announced Thursday. It is the latest — and apparently final — tax guideline on the issue, at least for 2013 returns. Previously, the Utah Tax Commission had issued a policy statement saying it would not allow joint filing of state returns by gay or lesbian couples married legally in any other state. That was before a federal judge struck down Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage but after the Internal Revenue Service had announced it would allow joint filing by same-sex couples married legally anywhere, regardless of their state of residence. The Utah tax agency did not immediately explain its reversal Thursday.

Next up, the ACLU is filing a class-action lawsuit to protect the legality of all the same-sex weddings performed this last month.

Equality on Trial reports:

The ACLU of Utah itself had solicited emails from same-sex couples whose marriages became legally in doubt after the stay. Now, there’s official confirmation that a new lawsuit will be filed, likely in “less than a week”: “When we announced Jan. 9 that we were seeking plaintiffs, that really was the beginning stages of planning and thinking of a lawsuit and after January 9th we did hear from hundreds of people,” said John Mejia, the legal director of the ACLU of Utah. Mejia said it’s not a matter of if, but when they file a suit. There’s also a question of what the plaintiffs should get.

In other Utah news, the Star Tribune reports that of the approximately 2,700 calls, emails, and letters sent to the Governor’s office as same-sex couples were marrying, two thirds supported marriage equality:

More than 2,700 calls, emails and letters flooded the Utah governor’s office in the days and weeks after a surprise ruling legalized gay marriage in the state… From the day the marriage ban was struck down through Jan. 15, Herbert received about 1,800 phone calls, letters and emails from those generally supporting of same-sex marriage, according to the governor’s office. Some of the messages did not necessarily endorse same-sex marriage but implored the governor to drop the legal fight. Another 900 messages were from opponents of gay marriage. Many said they felt their votes had been invalidated and their religious views ignored. A review of roughly 100 of the letters and phone call transcripts Thursday by The Associated Press showed several people contacted Herbert’s office more than once. Other messages came from advocacy groups or apparent social media campaigns to contact the governor en masse.

Seth & MichaelOver the Advocate, they’re profiling the first a couple to marry in the state.

Meet Seth Anderson, a social historian, and Michael Ferguson, a Ph.D. candidate in bioengineering. You know them as the first gay couple to get married in Utah. Anderson leads us through the couple’s journey from their first date to their wedding day to the aftermath of having their marriage invalidated and their hope that the 1,300 same-sex marriages in Utah will be recognized not only by the federal government but also by their home state.

And finally, LGBTQ Nation reports that Utah is paying outside attorneys $300,000 to help defend the ban:

Utah will spend $300,000 to bring in a team of three outside attorneys to help defend the state’s same-sex marriage ban before a federal appeals court. The Utah Attorney General’s Office announced Thursday it has chosen Gene Schaerr of a Washington, D.C., law firm to lead the legal team. Schaerr has handled dozens of cases before federal appeals court, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes said in a news release.

Looking back over the last year, it’s an amazing change. Here we are, now fighting for marriage equality rights in Oklahoma and Utah, with a number of other cases in conservative states ready to come to a head. Stunning.

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TV Producer Looking for Gay Married Couples

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Gay WeddngJust got this from producer Jonathan Tanzman:

Are you a gay couple thrilled to be already officially married?? Did you have an amazing wedding and want to share your story? If so, we want to hear from you!

A Major Cable Network and a Major Television Studio are now casting gay couples that are already legally married willing to share their fabulous wedding story with a gay couple about to be legally married. You and your partner will star in your own television segment all about your amazing wedding experience. If you would like to be a part of this extraordinary television experience, please contact Jonathan Tanzman ASAP at tanzman.casting@gmail.com

Be sure to include: 2 photos of you and your husband; location, contact number, and a little bit about your wedding.

Please get back to him if you know anyone who qualifies – they need folks by Friday.

Thanks!

–Scott & Mark, GMW

USA, Oregon: Adorable Gay Couple of 60 Years Crosses River to Marry

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

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60 years! Mark and I’ve been together for 21 – these guys been together three times as long. Amazing.

OPB reports:

Eric Marcoux and Eugene Woodworth have been together since they the day they met in Chicago in 1953. “I am here today to be legally married to Eugene Woodworth, with whom I have had an intimate deeply committed relationship for a little over sixty years,” Marcoux says. Marcoux is 83 years old and Woodworth is 85.

They can’t marry in Oregon, where a constitutional amendment outlaws same-sex marriage. Still, when same-sex marriage was legalized in Washington last year, they didn’t rush across the state line to get married. “We wanted to have it in Oregon,” Woodworth explains.

Since then, however, Woodworth has been diagnosed with congestive heart failure and has been given only weeks to live. They’re getting married today with the hope that Marcoux might be eligible to receive social security benefits as the surviving spouse.

In a nutshell, this is why the piecemeal approach to marriage equality is so painful for so many couples. We’ve see the same thing New Mexico, where a judge allowed a couple with a terminally ill partner to marry, and in Illinois, where a judge just opened up marriage equality to any couple where one partner is terminally ill. Some day, we won’t have to jump through all these hoops anymore.

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