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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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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Italy’s High Court Rejects Marriage Equality

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Italy - Google MapsIn a disappointing move, the highest court in Italy found no right to marriage equality in the country’s constitution.

Gay Star News reports:

The Cassation Court has said there is nothing in the Constitution that requires the government to extend marriage rights to LGBTI people. However, it did say same-sex couples should have the same rights as unmarried Italian opposite-sex couples. The Constitution states: ‘All citizens have equal social dignity and are equal before the law, without distinction of sex, race, language, religion, political opinion, personal and social conditions.’

So, civil unions, maybe?

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Italy: 64% Support Civil Unions, But 59% Oppose Marriage Equality

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

titleSome disappointing marriage equality and gay adoption numbers out of Italy today.

Gay Star News reports:

A public poll, conducted by Eurispes pollsters, found that 64.4% of those polled supported juridical protection for de facto couples of any gender – a benefit of legally recognized civil unions. However, 59.2% opposed gay marriage – up from a figure of 50.7% in 2014.

The percentage of people against gay adoption was 72.2% – a similar figure to previous polls. Adoption of children is currently restricted to opposite-sex married couples only, although a court in Rome recently allowed a woman to legally adopt and become the co-parent of her female partner’s child.

The support for civil unions is a good thing, but a nine point increase in marriage equality opposition seems drastic.

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

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

Original Tuscan Wedding

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.

Gay Wedding Planners in Florence, Italy. We are USA/UK-born wedding planners living in Tuscany. Our business is 10 years old and we organize large and intimate events in all of Tuscany. Commitment ceremonies, anniversary celebrations and vow renewals. Native English speaking, experienced officiant. All our venues and vendors are gay friendly.

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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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Italian Photographer May Sue Party for Misuse of Pro Equality Photo

Saturday, September 6th, 2014

After a far right wing group in Italy stole his photograph to create an anti-gay ad, a photographer is considering suing.

Italy Anti Gay Ad

The Advocate reports:

An Italian photographer has threatened to sue a conservative political party for misusing a photo — he originally shot it for a newspaper article supporting adoption rights for same-sex couples, but the right-wing group used it in a campaign opposing such rights. The photographer, famous for shooting a series of Benetton ads, contends the political party did not secure his permission to use the image, but more importantly, objects to how the party used it, according to Italian English-language news site The Local. “The photo was used in the opposite way [it was intended],” Oliviero Toscani told Italian news agency Ansa. “[Originally,] there were editorial photos to explain the various possibilities of a family for a French newspaper.” Instead, Toscani said, Italy’s conservative Fratelli d’Italia party “used the photos in an ignorant way, like they are.”

These anti-gay groups seem to have a history of stealing photographs – remember this one from Colorado? Or this time that NOM stole a lesbian couple’s photo? Or this time when the president of Poland stole a gay couple’s video?

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