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In what may have been the first gay wedding ever performed in the US, a Minnesota Pastor made history in 1971. Now he talks about it in the wake of the passage of marriage equality in the state. KSTP reports:
On a September day in 1971, Pastor Roger Lynn was quite aware that what he was about to do was big. “I knew it was and they were very clear about that. It was the first gay marriage in modern history,” Lynn said. Jack Baker and Michael McConnell wanted to get married in Minneapolis. Their original pastor had dropped out, so Pastor Roger Lynn stepped in. “They loved each other, they had every reason to be married, to live together in a committed relationship, and I was excited and honored to be a part of that,” Lynn said.
“When I pronounced them husband and husband, and they kissed, I just had this tremendous sense of, wow, this is really different. Kind of, it was shocking to me, because it was different. And really challenged me to come to terms with my own innate homophobia, which I did,” Lynn said. Jack Baker and Michael McConnell are still together in what Lynn calls one of his more successful marriages.
I wonder if the couple plans to marry again, this time with the full blessing of the state?
Remember the florist who turned away her long-term gay clients because they wanted flowers for their wedding day? Now she’s suing the state. LGBTQ Nation reports:
Attorneys for Alliance Defending Freedom, a legal ministry, filed suit on behalf of Stutzman Thursday in Benton County Superior Court, the Tri-City Herald reported. “Everyone knows that plenty of florists are willing to assist in same-sex ceremonies, so the state has no reason to force Barronelle to violate her deeply held beliefs,” Senior Legal Counsel Dale Schowengerdt said in a statement.
Whenever there’s a lawsuit like this, scratch the surface and you’ll find the odious Alliance Defending Freedom (formerly the Alliance Defense Fund) behind it. One more thing to thank Arizona for.
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A gay couple in Toronto who met by chance at the city’s airport released photos and a description of their adorable, quirky wedding day. Queerty reports:
Last week, Toronto-based graphic designer, Michael DePippo, posted pictures of his beautiful marriage to his husband, Shaun Robinson. The theme of their wedding was ‘Love At First Flight’ due to the fact that they met each other at the Toronto Pearson Airport on Christmas Eve. They planned and designed the entire wedding themselves with the help of a few friends and family. The result was a unique, very DIY-chic, and memorable event.
Unlike most love at first sight tales, ours began at an airport one Xmas eve. We each were traveling alone, set to see our families. We shared a few glances. An introduction. Then somewhere between poor weather conditions, fate and a cancelled flight, we found ourselves seated side-by-side as the plane took off. And that’s how we plan to stay.
See the full story and more photos over at Queerty.
Photo District News Magazine puts on the Top Knots competition every year. This highly competitive contest attracts thousands of entries from some of the best wedding photographers around the world. There are eight categories – and Brooklyn photographer Steven Rosen won first place in the “getting ready” category.
Says Rosen: “To the best of my knowledge, this is the first image of a male couple ever chosen, which makes the win particularly sweet.”
Congratulations to Steven. To see more of his images, click here.
Yesterday, we reported on Arlene’s Flowers in Washington State – the State’s Attorney General had filed a lawsuit against the florist after she refused to provide flowers for a gay wedding. Now the couple themselves have also threatened to sue. Joe.My.God reports:
After five weeks of biting their tongues, a gay couple in Richland, Washington, is making a loaded offer to a florist who refused to sell them flowers based her biblical belief that “marriage is between a man and a woman.” Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed’s lawyers, working with the legal powerhouse at the ACLU of Washington, sent a letter today to Arlene’s Flowers owner Baronelle Stutzman saying she has two options: (1) She can vow to never again discriminate in her services for gay people, write an apology letter to be published in the Tri-City Herald, and contribute $5,000 to a local LGBT youth center, or (2) she can get sued for violating the Washington State Civil Rights Act.
Predictably the right is up-in-arms over the suits.
A gay couple married in neighboring Argentina ran into the usual roadblock when they returned to Paraguay. The Washington Blade reports:
“The national constitution in Articles 49, 50, 51 and 52 establishes that a marriage for the formation of a family can only be formed by a man and a woman,” Judge Nery Kunzle wrote in the decision, according to the Associated Press. Simon Cazal, the chief executive officer of the LGBT advocacy group Somosgay who married Sergio Lopez in Rosario, Argentina, in March 2012, told the Washington Blade from New York City the ruling does not come as a surprise. “It is a decision that we were expecting, based on the judge’s previous history,” Cazal said, noting he hopes to eventually bring the case before the country’s Supreme Court.
It’s typical, but sad that this couple has to face this kind of bigotry at home.
Actress and comedian Sandra Bernhard officiated at a gay wedding in Manhattan this last week. Queerty has the details:
Last Wednesday, actress-comedienne-Universal Life minister Sandra Bernhard officiated the wedding between Manhattan power gays, Georgi Dimitrov Balinov and Bradford Shane Shellhammer. According to The New York Times, Balinov (right), 30, is a vice president for investment banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Shellhammer, 36, is a founder and the chief design officer of the social shopping site, Fab.com.
Congrats to the happy couple. She still scares the sh*t out of us, though.
Just months after the Mexican Supreme Court dramatically struck down a ban on marriage equality in the state of Oaxaca, a gay couple in the state of Colima got married. On Top Magazine reports:
A male gay couple became the first to marry in the Mexican state of Colima on February 27. The men, both 30, married in the town of Cuauhtemoc, CNNMexico reported. Two additional gay couples are set to marry and seven couples have also filed a formal request, said the town’s mayor, Indira Vizcaino Silva.
The town’s Mayor allowed the weddings, in light of the recent Supreme Court ruling. The Mexican court system works a little differently than the US’s system – the Court doesn’t have the ability to extend a ruling like the one in Oaxaca automatically to all the other states. Still, it set a strong precedent, one that the other states may be loath to break.
Congratulations to the happy couples!