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USA, North Carolina: New County Official Said He Would Give Marriage Licenses to Same Sex Couples

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

North Carolina MapMark Chilton campaigned on a promise to give marriage licenses to gays and lesbians, and he won his election yesterday.

Joe.My.God reports:

Chilton announced earlier this year that, if elected, he would violate state law and the Register of Deeds’ oath of office by issuing same-sex marriage licenses. Doing so could bring misdemeanor charges and removal from office. The real estate attorney said Article 1 and Article 6 of the N.C. Constitution, which includes the oath of office, defer to the U.S. Constitution when there are conflicts. Chilton said he would stop if a court orders it.

So will he keep his word in defiance of state law? Stay tuned…

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Esquire Photography, Newport Beach, California

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

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.

Esquire PhotographyEsquire Photography is a gay friendly studio in Newport Beach, California, with over 20 years experience of capturing life’s special moments!

I’m David Esquire, a caffeine-fueled photographer who loves working with gay and lesbian couples! My photographic philosophy is “a riot of color in a grey world”, evident in my romantic and whimsical style.

Thanks for stopping by and checking me out. I know I’m supposed to write something here that describes me, and about how hiring me to be your photographer will be the best experience in the world. And even though being an artist makes me a bit of a narcissist and slightly vain, I know the universe doesn’t revolve around me. LOL!

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FL: Orange County to Adopt Orlando Domestic Partner Registry

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Orlando, Florida Domestic Partner RegistryLawmakers in Orange County, Florida, agreed Tuesday to broaden the scope of the domestic-partner registry currently in effect in the city of Orlando, which will extend certain benefits to unmarried gay and straight couples throughout the county.

The Orlando Sentinelreports that the agreement comes after several weeks of debate between advocates for gay rights and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, who two years ago publicly stated her opposition to same-sex marriage and adoption.

Full Story from The Advocate

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FL: Gay Activists to Push for Orange County Domestic Partner Registry

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Orlando, Florida Domestic Partner RegistryEquality advocates in Orange County, Florida are will pressure Mayor Teresa Jacobs to support a countywide domestic-partner registry, which would provide “a handful of rights in certain situations, such as allowing visitation at a hospital or to make funeral arrangements after a loved one’s death.”

Organizers “plan to flood Jacobs with personal stories, adding to the positive feedback she has received from Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Orange County Comptroller Martha Haynie and her own legal staff.” “She hasn’t said no, but why isn’t she saying yes?” asked attorney Mary Meeks of the Orlando Anti-Discrimination Ordinance Committee.

Full Story from Think Prpgress

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FL: Orange County Unanimously Approves Domestic Partner Benefits

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Florida Gay Domestic Partner BenefitsThe Orange County Commission is so in favor of domestic partner benefits for county employees that they almost approved the motion twice.

After the usual proclamations and public comment, Mayor Teresa Jacobs called for a vote on the proposal. All commissioners quickly voted “aye,” none voting “nay,” before Commissioner Ted Edwards and County Comptroller Martha Haynie cut in, mentioning that they would like to make some comments. Ten minutes later the commissioners voted again and officially approved the motion unanimously, with benefits taking effect on Jan. 1, 2012.

“It is somewhat complicated from a tax and administrative standpoint,” said Haynie. “We’ll do everything we can to make sure everyone is treated fairly, but please bear with us as we work through implementation.”

Full Story From Watermark

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FL: Orange County May Extend Benefits to Partners, Children of Gay Employees

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

Florida Gay Domestic Partner BenefitsOrange County leaders are poised Tuesday to extend benefits to the domestic partners and children of gay employees, a move that would mark another significant victory for local rights activists.

Five months ago, Orange leaders passed a human-rights ordinance that extended discrimination protections in local businesses and workplaces to gays, lesbians and transgender residents.

On Tuesday, commissioners are expected to approve a change to personnel policies that would give the families of gay workers the same life, health, dental, bereavement and other benefits that heterosexual employees receive.

Full Story from The Orlando Sentinel

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FL: Orange County Considers Domestic Partner Benefits

Sunday, January 16th, 2011

A push by gay-rights activists for Orange County to offer domestic-partner benefits will likely come down to costs – a significant worry as local governments face harsh budget realities.

But city and county governments in Florida that offer similar same-sex benefits show relatively low annual costs to taxpayers – about the same amount Orange commissioners awarded in staff bonuses during better times.

Those local governments also say few employees have signed up for the benefits so far.

Full Story from The Orlando Sentinel

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