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LGBTQ Nation reports:
Mint Springs Farm in Nolensville, Tenn., rose to national attention when it told Anthony Wilfert and Brian Blas that state law prohibiting same-sex marriage prevented them from hosting commitment ceremonious for same-sex couples. “Our hands are tied in this situation,” the owner told the couple in an email. The couple called the owner’s response “a horrible excuse” for not wanting to hold a same-sex ceremony, and said citing a state law was both erroneous and “baffling.” Now, after consulting with the Tennessee Equality Project, a statewide advocacy organization, Mint Springs Farm announced Tuesday it was changing its policy and will welcome same-sex couples for both weddings and commitment ceremonies.
It’s a happy ending to something that didn’t need to be a problem in the first place – I don’t know of any state law in the US that actually says a business venue can’t perform a ceremony for a same sex couple. It may not be recognized by the state as a wedding, but the ceremony itself is allowed, right?
Equality on Trial reports:
The Court had considered the petition over several conferences, and this morning, they officially denied certiorari, meaning that the unanimous New Mexico Supreme Court decision against the business will remain in effect in the state. The challenge was brought by the photography business, Elane Photography, after they declined to photograph a same-sex commitment ceremony (before same-sex marriage was legal in the state) and were cited under the state’s public accommodations law, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, among other things.
Will this and the Mozilla flap rekindle the fire under those Right to Discriminate bills that were recently shot down in many states across the country?
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:
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:
Twitter feeds filled with supportive messages from celebrities. Actor and comedian Les Dennis tweeted:
If you're Gay and getting married today it's appropriate that the clocks go forward. We are no longer in the Dark Ages. Congratulations.
— Les Dennis (@LesDennis) March 29, 2014
Sadly it was not all good news.
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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On Top Magazine reports:
A California catering business that refused to serve a gay couple might be small enough to avoid the state’s anti-discrimination laws… Zimmerman’s catering company, Janet Zimmerman Catering, operates mainly on Facebook, possibly making her outfit too small to be subject to California’s anti-discrimination laws. “The law does make a distinction” between a service and a business establishment, David Hakimfar, a West Hollywood attorney, told The Advocate.
Should size matter? Is discrimination not discrimination? OTM notes the couple is not currently suing.
A gay man’s sister makes him an amazing wedding day gift.
LGBT Weekly reports:
This sister got an old Bert and Ernie pop-up book and reworked with pictures of her brother, husband and their entire wedding party. The post states: “My brother finally got the chance to marry the man of his dreams, my Sister took every photo from the wedding and altered a Bert and Ernie pop-up book. I made this video to show you that hard work from my siblings. Family is those who show up when you need them.”
Sweet and awesome.
A San Diego woman, Karen Grube is calling for a boycott of the popular Pasadena Rose Parade because two men from Los Angeles are scheduled to be married on a float called “Love is the Best Protection,” the Pasadena Star News reports. The cake-shaped float is being sponsored by The AIDS Healthcare Foundation to help raise awareness of HIV infection in the gay community.
Earlier this month ABC News reported that Aubrey Loots, 42, and his partner Danny Leclair, 45, will tie the knot as nearly 68 million people watch, which will mark the first time a same-sex couple marries during the Rose Parade’s 125-year history. The men, who have been dating for 12 years, won the opportunity after they entered a contest at a wedding expo in October.
Grube believes the float should be removed from the New Year’s parade. She’s gone as far as to call corporate sponsors to gain their support in case the wedding goes as planned.
Grube has also created a Facebook page called “Boycott the 2014 Rose Parade” to get others on her side.
“Gay marriage is illegal in over 30 states, why would they promote something that is blatantly illegal?” Grube wrote. “That’s just stupid.”
As of this writing her Facebook page has 227 likes. She says she doesn’t believe the Rose Parade should be involved in a “political agenda.”
“It used to be a family thing, to get up on New Year’s Day morning and watch the parade,” she said. “It no longer is.”
Same-sex marriage has been legal in California where Grube resides since Proposition 8 was struck down by the United States Supreme Court in June.