Europe

...now browsing by category

Europe LGBT rights and marriage equality news

 

A&C Wedding Ravello, Ravello, Italy – Gay Friendly Wedding Planner

Monday, April 18th, 2016

A&C Wedding Ravello

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:

Marriage equality is an important right for gay and lesbian couples – love should have no constraints or boundaries.

A symbolic wedding, organized by Wedding Ravello, is always a success – we work with love and passion to make your ceremony unique and beautiful, according to your tastes and budget.

No matter whether you choose a wedding on the beach or in the mountains, we promise that you will have a wedding day that you will never forget.

Say “I Do” with Rainbow Weddings by Wedding Ravello: we serve the most beautiful cities of Italy – Venice, Florence, and Rome – as well as the Amalfi Coast, Cilento, and the Lakes. If your favorite place isn’t listed, don’t worry – we will be there for you.

See the A&C Wedding Ravello Expanded Listing on Purple Unions Here

Gay Friendly Wedding Vendors in Italy

Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Tuscan Pledges, Florence, Italy

Sunday, January 17th, 2016

Tuscan Pledges, Florence, Italy

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.

If you find the need to rejoice a change in life, and to share the celebration with others, regardless of gender, religious, secular, or nondenominational background. If you wish to mark rites of passage and express the glory of living, you will discover that, held in Tuscany, your ceremony will mean so much more. Jo and her team will celebrate and help you create personalized ceremonies such as weddings; vow renewals; commitment ceremonies; baby welcomings.

See the Tuscan Pledges Expanded Listing on Purple Unions Here

Gay Friendly Wedding Vendors in Italy

Duccio Argentini, Florence, Italy Wedding Photographer

Saturday, January 2nd, 2016

Duccio Argentini

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.

Duccio Argentini, Italian photographer, his deep love for the art of photography urged him to turn his life-long hobby into a profession. The training that this kind of photography taught him allows him to give his wedding photo services a very personal touch, comparable more to fashion photography than to classical posing wedding services.

See Duccio’s Expanded Listing on Purple Unions Here

Gay Friendly Wedding Vendors in Italy

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.

Click to continue »

‘Rainbow Profile Pictures for Sex Offenders’ – Homophobia NOT Satire

Sunday, July 12th, 2015
Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was one of 26 million people who used the rainbow filter on his profile picture. SOURCE: Facebook

IT’S LATE – my phone rings. It’s someone I haven’t heard from in a while. I answer.

His greeting is warm, but it sounds like he’s been drinking.

He chats about Facebook – he says he doesn’t use it much but he’s logged in and noticed the rainbow filter on my profile picture, the only one among his list of friends on the site.

He says he is concerned because he has just read an article claiming that sex offenders have been ordered to use rainbow profile pictures on social media so others can easily identify them as potential predators. Click to continue »

Italian Support for Marriage Equality Reaches a Majority

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

titleItalian public opinion has moved decisively in favour of legally recognising same sex couples after Ireland`s “Yes” to gay marriage, the first poll issued since the landmark referendum revealed Wednesday.

The survey published by Italian daily La Stampa found that 51 percent of voters would support gay marriage in a country where the Catholic Church still wields considerable political influence.

Just over two thirds, 67 percent, said they were in favour of civil unions but opposition to adoption by lesbian and gay couples remains high at 73 percent.

See the Full Story at Zee News

Find more articles and gay wedding resources in Italy.

Greenland Unanimously Approves Marriage Equality, Gay Adoption

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Greenland

Greenland’s parliament Tuesday voted unanimously to adopt Danish laws legalizing gay marriage and gay adoption.

Greenland is an autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark and has been self-governing since 2009.

The Arctic nation adopted Denmark’s civil union law in 1996. But it did not do the same when Denmark legalized gay marriage in 2012.

The law will take effect on 10/1.

Authored By Darren Wee – See the Full Story at Gay Star News

Find more articles and gay wedding resources.

Ireland: First Same Sex Weddings Before Christmas!

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

Irish Times

Although the public just overwhelmingly approved a referendum on marriage equality, it’s gonna be a few more months before same sex couples can marry in the country.

The International Business Times reports:

Arrangements will start within the next few days to pass a law to give create the Constitutional amendment that will allow Ireland’s first same-sex marriage to take place before Christmas. The expected Yes vote will result in a new sentence being added to Article 41 of Ireland’s Constitution. It will read: “Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex.”…

To give effect to the amendment, the Oireachtas (Ireland’s parliament) will enact the Marriage Bill 2015, which will state in law that being of the same sex is no longer an impediment to marriage. Officials in the Department of Justice are due to start the drafting the legalisation next week. A spokesman said the Bill would be ranked with a view to it being passed by the Oireachtas before the summer recess. The law will set out the practical changes to come. When it comes into place, two people getting married will declare that they accept each other as “husband and wife” or as “spouses of each other”. It will also state that a change of gender will have no effect on marriage…

When the Marriage Bill has been drafted, it will go to Cabinet for a formal sign-off. It will then be enacted by the Oireachtas – probably in July – before practical work is done on changing marriage forms and procedures. Lastly, the Minister for Justice will sign a commencement order.

Ireland Votes “Yes” on Marriage Equality

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

irelandThe voters in Ireland have embraced marriage equality, the first time this has happened on a national level.

From The Washington Blade:

Local media reports indicate a referendum to allow same-sex marriage in Ireland appears to have passed by a wide margin. “It is about removing discrimination,” Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny told NBC News during an interview after voting in support of marriage rights for same-sex couples on Friday. “It is about removing inequality. It’s historic, and that’s why I’ll be voting yes.” Ireland is the first country in the world to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples through a popular vote.

According to Pink News, the “no” side has conceded defeat:

Anti-same sex marriage campaigners in Ireland have conceded defeat in the referendum. David Quinn of the anti-same sex marriage Iona Institute tweeted, just an hour after the count began, to congratulate the Yes campaign.

It looks like the measure passed with a wide margin:

The Republic of Ireland looked set to pass same-sex marriage this morning, with early counts indicated a margin of up to 2:1 for the measure. According to early tallies, a yes vote was likely in most of the 43 constituencies in Ireland, with some reports suggesting up to a 2:1 split in favour of same-sex marriage. Even in more conservative areas, early reports suggested only a 50/50 split, and an exceptionally high turnout in urban areas offered reassurance to those supporting the ‘yes’ campaign.

It’s an amazing day for Ireland, and for the world.

Find more articles and gay wedding resources.

New Gallup Poll Finds Majority in US Think Gays Are Born That Way

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

titleA new Gallup poll shows that 51% of Americans now think gays are born gay.

The Advocate reports:

Affirming what most LGBT people already believe, the results of a new Gallup poll, published yesterday, indicate that a majority of Americans now believe that gay and lesbian people are “born, not made.” In the poll, over 51 percent of those surveyed said they think same-sex orientation is a matter of birth versus “something that is determined by their upbringing or environment,” writes Gallup’s Jeffrey M. Jones in an article on the results. As he points out, this is the first time that a majority of Americans have expressed this belief.

The same poll also showed that Americans continue to overestimate the size of the LGBT community.

Joe.My.God reports:

The American public estimates on average that 23% of Americans are gay or lesbian, little changed from Americans’ 25% estimate in 2011, and only slightly higher than separate 2002 estimates of the gay and lesbian population. These estimates are many times higher than the 3.8% of the adult population who identified themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender in Gallup Daily tracking in the first four months of this year.

So… progress?