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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Fantail Weddings, Wanaka, South Island, New Zealand

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

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Fantail Weddings is a destination Wedding specialist in Wanaka, New Zealand, offering local knowledge, professional service and the skills to make the wedding planning process fun. We take a huge amount of pride in helping add another layer to your love story together, and we are passionate about doing it with lots of love.

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Thousands turn out for Perth’s Marriage Equality Rally

Sunday, July 5th, 2015

About 5,000 people have attended a rally in Perth urging Prime Minister Tony Abbott to allow Coalition MPs a free vote on any same-sex marriage bill.

Queensland Liberal National Party (LNP) MPs Warren Entsch and Teresa Gambaro will co-sponsor a private member’s bill, to be seconded by Labor backbencher Terri Butler, which is expected to be introduced to Parliament in August 11th.

Organiser Sally Rugg from GetUp! said it was the biggest marriage equality rally so far this year. “It’s been remarkable,” she said.
“This is the fourth in a series of events. We had Sydney, then Melbourne, then Canberra and Perth’s outdone them all combined.”
“It’s absolutely thrilling.”

ABC Report

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Guam Marriage Equality Ban Struck Down

Friday, June 5th, 2015

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A federal judge has struck down a Guam law that defines marriage as between a man and a woman. The Pacific Daily News reported that U.S. District Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood’s ruling will take effect on Monday at 8 a.m. local time (6 p.m. EST on Sunday.)

Kathleen Aguero and Loretta Pangelinan filed a lawsuit against the marriage ban in April after the Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services denied them a license that would allow them to tie the knot in the U.S. territory.

The Pacific Daily News reported that Aguero and Pangelinan plan to apply for a marriage license on Monday.

Authored By Michael K. Lavers – See the Full Story at The Washington Blade

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Same-sex marriage: Greens set date for parliamentary vote

Monday, May 25th, 2015

The Greens will bring forward a Senate debate on the party’s marriage equality bill next month, in a bid to stir Federal Parliament into action on same-sex marriage.

The party has also set November 12 for a Senate vote on the bill, before Parliament rises for the summer.

In the wake of Ireland’s historic vote to legalise same-sex marriage on the weekend, Liberal backers of same-sex marriage have also been calling for the party to decide its position on a free vote by the end of the year.

Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young already has a private member’s bill to legalise same-sex marriage before Parliament.
On Tuesday, she will announce the party will use its allotted Senate time on June 18 to start debate on the bill.

“Gay and lesbian Australians deserve better than being treated as second-class citizens; it’s well and truly time the Parliament acted,” Senator Hanson-Young said.

“Cupid doesn’t discriminate and neither should the law.”

The party has then nominated November 12 for a vote on the bill. This would be in the second last sitting week of the year.

Full story from the canberra times.

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Same-sex marriages now protected in NSW law.

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Today NSW same-sex couples married overseas can have their marital status recognised by the NSW Relationships Register.

Alex Greenwich won government support for his Relationships Register Amendment (Recognition of Same-sex and Gender-Diverse Relationships) Bill 2014, which ensures same sex couples who marry overseas will be able to reflect their marital status on relevant forms and will no longer have to declare that they are not married.

The New South Wales Registry of Births, Death and Marriages website has been updated today to clarify that same sex couples who marry overseas are eligible to register their relationship.

To see eligibility criteria on the Births, Deaths & Marriages website click here!

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Could Tiny Norfolk Island Be Next for Marriage Equality?

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Norfolk Island

The self-governing Australian territory us considering a bill to legalize gay marriage.

Gay Star News reports:

At 10.30 today, Sydney time, a bill to create legal same-sex marriages was tabled in the parliamentary Assembly of the autonomous Australian territory of Norfolk Island – putting it on a course to become the first part of Australia where same-sex couples will be able to legally marry. The bill was put forward by Norfolk Island Assembly member Hayden Evans and aims to allow Australian same-sex couples to marry on their home soil rather than having to travel overseas.

‘Over the years, gay and lesbian Norfolk Islanders have made a really important contribution to our community and I want to recognize this by giving them equality and dignity in return,’ Evans said. ‘That’s why I am tabling a draft Bill to allow same-sex couples to commit to each other through marriage and have the same rights and recognition heterosexual couples have. If the bill becomes law it will showcase to the world that Norfolk Island is an accepting and supportive community where everyone is valued.’

Norfolk Island would be the third South Pacific same sex wedding destination, by my calculations, after Hawaii and New Zealand.

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Seriously? What Marriage Equality Opponents Are Saying

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Seriously?Here’s the the latest in our ongoing series of some of the crazy things the anti-gay marriage equality opponents are saying and doing around the world.


When Heterosexuality is Outlawed

From Matt Barber’s site, via Joe.My.God:

Outlaw

You just have to laugh. These people are so deep in their own paranoia they can’t even see straight, pun intended.

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Lesbians Win the Competitive Victimhood Derby

Arguing that lesbians are more dangerous than gay men because they are also women, Robert Stacy McCain issues this warning:

While much conservative criticism of the gay-rights movement has focused on male homosexuals, however, few conservatives noticed that lesbians actually bring greater ideological resources to the battlefields of the Culture War. They are both gay and women and, in terms of the Competitive Victimhood Derby that is modern progressivism, this places lesbians in a position to claim that they are suffering from double discrimination. Because feminism has always been a movement of the political Left, and because the Left is fanatically committed to gay rights, no woman who considers herself a feminist would dare disparage the militant lesbians who increasingly dominate the official institutions of feminism. Heterosexual women concerned about workplace harassment or abortion rights might not publicly lock arms in solidarity with lesbian radicals. The ‘mainstream’ feminist may quietly ignore the angry dykes ranting about the heteronormative patriarchy. Yet no woman could hope to maintain her status as a feminist if she were to publicly denounce the academic radicals who relentlessly strive to teach girls that lesbianism is the feminist ideal.

In fact, lesbians were excluded from the women’s rights movement for many years. But unlike the Right, the Left has learned to include people, not exclude them.

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Six Loony Anti Gay Rants

John Gallagher at Queerty has pulled together six crazy anti-gay rants from this week, including:

Michelle Duggar, a Z-list reality star from TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting, is making robocalls against a nondiscrimination measure in Fayetteville, Ark., claiming that transgender people are “males with past child predator convictions that claim they are female.” (Proof that the fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree, oldest son Josh works for the homophobic Family Research Council.)

These people would be hilariously backward if they weren’t so bent on denying rights to the LGBT community

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Gay Marriage is a Tidal Wave

Masterfully combining the current far right trend of comparing gay marriage to things and blaming it for natural disasters, “ex-gay” Robert Oscar Lopez had this to say this week:

“I supported marriage for a long time, but the problem is that the people who have supported gay marriage have chosen to yoke gay marriage and gay parenting together. That put me in the horrible situation where I have to oppose gay marriage, because it ultimately means that in order to protect the sexual relationship between two adults, you have to shatter the relationship between a child and either his father or his mother. A lot of the people who I might have disagreed with ten years ago, who kept on warning that gay marriage was a portal to new things, unfortunately those people were right and gay marriage became this tidal wave that then swept up children.”

I call bullshit. Gays and lesbians were raising children before they were able to marry, and the only difference now is that those families will have the same protection that Street families have.

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My Gay Son Is a Pillow Biter and Shirt Lifter

Australian Northern Territory Deputy Chief Minister Dave Tollner had some homophobic things to say about another politician’s son:

“An Australian deputy chief minister is in trouble for allegedly calling the gay son of another politician a “pillow biter” and “shirt lifter”… The incident happened during a row over the content of a draft speech.

It’s bad enough that these folks say nasty things about gays in general, but to go after the son of one of your fellow politicians in such a personal manner? Disgusting.

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Gay Marriage is a Tidal Wave II

Writing on BarbWire, “Pastor” Scott Lively picks up the title wave theme:

“…one last barrier to ‘gay’ cultural hegemony remains: the Christian church. All of the battle-hardened ‘gay rights’ activists with all of their formidable resources are mobilized for an assault on Christianity itself under the hijacked rainbow banner of ‘Gay Theology. Indeed, the process has already begun, like the retreat of the tide before the tsunami.”

The Christian church was never the target here. Equal rights are the target. No one fighting for LGBT rights is suggesting that churches should be forced to marry same-sex couples. However many on the far right among Christian churches are suggesting that same-sex couples should not be allowed to be married at all. So who is really pushing an assault here?

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Australia Marriage Equality Conscience Vote Called Highly Likely

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

Sydney, AustraliaIt’s looking like we might get another vote on Australia marriage equality shortly – this time a “conscience vote”.

Pink News reports:

According to lone Liberal Democrat MP David Leyonhjelm, who first announced he would introduced a same-sex marriage bill last month, it is “highly likely” the government will allow MPs a free vote on the issue. Senator Leyonhjelm told the Sydney Morning Herald that he has sped up the process, while he previously only planned to introduce the bill after a conscience vote was secured. He said: “I have heard from Liberal senators that a conscience vote is highly likely.” Despite 72% of Australians supporting marriage equality, with just 21% opposed, Liberal Prime Minister Tony Abbott remains staunchly opposed.

Amazing that a party can oppose something with 72% support. But then again, we see similar things here in the US – look at sensible gun legislation and the GOP.

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Barge Showgrounds Events Centre, Whangarei, New Zealand

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

Barge Showgrounds Events CentrePeriodically 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.

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Australia Marriage Equality Support Reaches 72%

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

titleA new poll out in Australia shows marriage equality support at an astonishing level.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports:

Support among Australians for same-sex marriage and for a conscience vote in the Coalition has reached an all-time high, according to a survey by the Liberal Party’s own pollster. A Crosby Textor poll, commissioned by Australian Marriage Equality, has found that 72 per cent of Australians want same-sex marriage legalised, while 77 per cent think Coalition MPs should be granted a conscience vote.

Amazing. And yet, even while there was a left wing government, marriage equality was blocked, in large part by single, atheist Prime Minister Julia Gillard. And now with a conservative government on place…

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