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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Maui Sunseeker LGBT Resort, Kihei, Maui

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Maui Sunseeker LGBT Resort

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Hawaii is the number one destination for US and Canadian honeymoon couples, both straight and gay, for very good reason. With its very mild tropical climate and fresh breezes full of exotic flower scents, the island romances you as soon as you step off the plane. The warm Aloha attitude of the native Hawaiian people is so welcoming, they do not judge people. They merely love to share their paradise with all.

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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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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Rainbow Weddings & Celebrations, Kapa’a, Kauai, Hawaii

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Rainbow Weddings & Celebrations Kauai

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Gay Friendly Wedding Planner in Kapaa, Kauai, Hawaiii – Rainbow Weddings & Celebrations coordinates, plans and creates a lifetime of memories for you, with their Aloha Spirit. We welcome gay weddings, commitment ceremonies and civil union ceremonies. personalized to fit your particular needs.

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Paradise Dream, Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Paradise Dream, Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

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Gay Wedding Planners in Kihei, Maui, HI, USA. Picture this … bare feet on sand the texture of ground sugar, the fragrance of tropical flowers borne on gentle trade winds caress your skin, as the Maui sun bids Aloha to another day in paradise.

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Weddings A La Heart, Kailua-Kona, Big Island, Hawaii

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Weddings A La Heart

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Gay Wedding Officiants in Kailua-Kona, Big Island, HI, USA. Aloha Gay beloveds. I warmly welcome you to Weddings A La Heart and eagerly await creating a one-of-a kind sunset soul ceremony for you both, to touch your hearts deeply. Complete wedding services and civil unions with gracious personal service from beginning to end. Gorgeous private and public Hawaiian beach venues. We also travel anywhere in the world bringing the sacred and romantic traditions of the gay Hawaiian ceremony to you.

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: I Do Hawaiian Weddings, Honolulu, Hawaii

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

I Do Hawaiian Weddings - Honolulu, Hawaii

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Gay Wedding Officiants in Honolulu, Oahu, HI, USA. I Do Hawaiian Weddings perpetuates the magic that you have created together, evoking bliss in the culminating moment of “I Do”. Sharing the same commitment you feel for each other, we passionately create your dream wedding with you. Declare your vows of love on a warm sandy beach or at a private historic estate. Choose to have your ceremony performed in the Hawaiian style, traditional or contemporary format. We are here for you with Aloha!

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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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Featured Lesbian Wedding Officiant: Kate Sample, Kauai, Hawaii

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

Kate Sample - Kauai, HawaiiPeriodically 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 Officiants in Kilauea, Kauai, HI, USA. I love performing weddings and to finally be able to do legal weddings here on Kauai for our GLBTQ family is pure joy! I do ceremonies that are of a spiritual nature and are personalized to reflect your choices and values. I am also ordained as an interfaith minister and am delighted to integrate Christian, Jewish, Wiccan, Native American or any religious, ethnic or cultural traditions you like. Let’s be creative and celebrate in paradise!

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Analysis of the Ninth Circuit Hearing for Idaho, Nevada and Hawaii

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Ninth Circuit, San Francisco - Apple MaosA soft-spoken attorney representing Idaho started his state’s anti-marriage equality argument by suggesting that allowing gays to marry violates the “bonding right” of children that they will be raised by their biological mothers and fathers. It took Judge Marsha Berzon just 15 seconds to ask her first question: “What is that word you’re using before ‘right'”? Judge Berzon can hear just fine; it’s just that she had never heard anyone make such a ridiculous claim before today. The rest of the hearing followed similarly.

Judge Stephen Reinhardt, a Carter-appointee and liberal leader of the appellate courts, was joined by Judge Berzon, a sharp-minded progressive appointed by President Clinton, and Judge Robert Gould, another Clinton appointee, in a nearly two-hour long interrogation of attorneys from Idaho and Nevada that may not have been as bombastic as Judge Posner’s treatment of attorneys from Wisconsin and Indiana in the Seventh Circuit, a hearing which resulted in a marvelous unanimous victory (“Go figure!”), but was every bit as damaging to the forces opposed to marriage equality.

It also brought marriage equality full circle. Judge Reinhardt was the judge that wrote the first decision from a federal appellate court on marriage equality, affirming District Judge Vaughn Walker’s pioneering rejection of California’s Prop 8. We all know how that case turned out.

Authored By Ari Ezra Waldman – See the Full Story at Towleroad.com

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Ninth Circuit Panel Hears Marriage Equality Cases from Idaho, Hawaii, and Nevada

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Ninth Circuit, San Francisco - Apple MaosYesterday, a three-judge panel at the Ninth Circuit heard marriage equality cases from Idaho, Hawaii, Nevada.

Equality on Trial reports:

Much discussion was made of the proper level of constitutional scrutiny which should be applied to the laws. Judge Berzon suggested that marriage equality proponents would be in trouble if the court resorted to traditional rational basis scrutiny, but all three judges entertained arguments that the Ninth Circuit’s earlier decision in SmithKline—which ruled that sexual orientation discrimination merits heightened scrutiny—requires a similar holding in these cases. Judge Berzon also expressed an interest in a possible ruling on sex discrimination grounds, which most other courts have been hesitant to do.

In short, it seems quite likely that the judges were unimpressed by [Attorney Monte] Stewart’s arguments and will invalidate the state marriage bans on heightened scrutiny. The real question at this point is whether the case will hinge only on sexual orientation discrimination claims or will instead include sex discrimination claims. Another question is whether the judges’ opinion will invalidate the laws as impermissible restrictions on same-sex couples’ fundamental right to marry, or if they will simply rely on equal protection to make their decision.

The Washington Blade points out that this case is unique, in that the Ninth Circuit has already held that laws dealing with gays and lesbians should be subject to heightened scrutiny in an earlier case:

The Ninth Circuit is uniques among other circuit that have heard marriage cases following the DOMA decision because the jurisdiction — along with the First Circuit — has precedent for subjecting laws related to sexual orientation to heightened scrutiny, or a greater assumption they’re unconstitutional. The precedent came about in June as a result of the decision in SmithKline v. Abbott, a case involving a gay juror who was excluded from deciding a case because of his sexual orientation. [Judge] Reinhardt — who also wrote the Ninth Circuit decision against California’s Proposition 8 — wrote the SmithKline decisio and was joined by Berzon. Meanwhile, Gould delivered a favorable ruling for gay people in the Ninth Circuit decision of Witt v. Air Force, which challenged “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

SDGLN says the defense used the same tired old arguments:

It was clear that Stewart had no real evidence to show the harm that is caused by gay marriage. All he could do is predict horrible things will happen if Idaho has gay marriage, such as the state will see a rise in “dad-less” or “mom-less” families. When Judge Berzon challenged him to cite evidence, Stewart fumbled through that question, citing numbers that showed that only about 58% of the state’s children came from a mom-dad family unit. Judge Gould grew weary of the “child’s bonding right” argument, and asked Stewart where that “bonding right” came from since it was not in the Bill of Rights. Stewart then admitted that he made up the phrase to collectively describe his argument that a child does best when it has a mother and a father who are married. Judge Reinholdt said if the state was so worried about marriage, shouldn’t it ban divorce? Stewart then launched into a diatribe against no-fault divorce, again veering far off the issue at hand. Judge Berzon summed it up best when she told Stewart that the “train has already left the station” on marriage being redefined, using historical milestones to rebut his argument.

If you want to watch for yourself, here’s the video stream from the court:

It’s about 2 hours and 33 minutes long.

These decisions seem to becoming faster and faster these days – hopefully we won’t have to wait too long for the results of this one.

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