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Kim Davis – Let me show you what persecution looks like

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

KimDavisABClargeON US TV today (Sept. 22), the clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to ANY couple because she didn’t believe in same sex marriage has said what hurts her most about how she has been treated since she defied the Supreme Court ruling on marriage in June – being called ‘a hypocrite’.

Kim Davis of Rowan County, Kentucky, has been jailed, received a ‘Religious Liberty’ award for fighting ‘legal tyranny’, been called ‘the bravest woman in America‘ and compared to Abraham Lincoln by her lawyer. She has also been called a martyr and a victim of anti-Christian persecutionShe even admitted denying marriage licences to friends, and receiving death threats.

All because she believes in her Christian duty to break the oath she took as a US Government official to uphold the law, in a country whose constitution explicitly forbids the primacy of any religion. The First Amendment clearly states that the US government cannot make any law ‘respecting an establishment of religion.’ In the words of the Supreme Court, this generally means that the government can’t “pass laws which aid one religion, aid all religions, or prefer one religion over another,” or otherwise become entangled in religious affairs.

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Featured Lesbian Wedding Vendor: Colorado Commitments, Denver, Colorado

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

Colorado Commitments

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.

Welcome to Colorado Commitments – we’ve been planning lesbian and gay weddings in Denver and Boulder County, Colorado since 2001, and have overseen hundreds of Denver area weddings and commitment ceremonies since that time. We’re proud to welcome diversity, including interfaith, multi-cultural, and same-sex couples.

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Married Italian Gay Couple Interviewed By Local Paper

Monday, 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.

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Italian Gay Couple Weds in Hawaii, Prepares to Return to Italy

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Italian Gay Couple Marries

We thought we’d share a little more happy, personal news. Two friends of ours, Fabrizio and Marco, just married on a beach in Hawaii at sunset. Their wedding took place on Kauai at Tunnels beach on September 24th, and they are now fully legally married in the US.

The wedding was a beautiful ceremony, attended by Mark and I and the wonderful officiant, Kate Sample. Marco and Fabrizio wrote their own vows, which brought the rest of us to tears. They’ve been waiting a long time to do this – together almost 13 years, they are unable to marry back home in Italy, and the last time they were here, marriage equality was illegal in California.

We had planned a trip at that time to Washington state, where it was legal, but the anti gay forces snatched that possibility away when they put the ultimately futile measure on the ballot to try to block marriage equality.

Now, as our dear friends prepare to return home to Italy, they have to face the news that the Interior Minister, Angelino Alfano, is pandering to right-wing voters by stating that the country will not recognize any same sex weddings from other countries. In one small ray of good news, the mayor of Bologna, the region where Fabrizio and Marco live, is standing up for the rights of same sex couples and refusing to annul their marriages.

Still, they face a long uphill battle against the country and the Catholic Church for recognition at home.

Here are some more photos of the happy couple – enjoy!

Italian Gay Couple Marries

Italian Gay Couple Marries

Italian Gay Couple Marries

Italian Gay Couple Marries

Italian Gay Couple Marries

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

Thursday, June 19th, 2014


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


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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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