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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Carolyn Burke – Wedding Officiant, St. Louis, Missouri

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

Carolyn Burke - Wedding Officiant

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Carolyn Burke is a St. Louis area wedding coordinator and officiant – she would love to work with you to arrange an event that you and your guests will never forget. Carolyn is available in both St. Louis, Missouri, and in Metro East Illinois. Effective November 2014 – Same sex marriage is legal in St Louis City and St Louis County. You can apply for a license and use it anywhere in the state.

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Hawaii Gay Weddings, Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

Friday, July 31st, 2015

Hawaii Gay Weddings

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Hawaii Gay Weddings has been arranging weddings, commitment ceremonies, and civil unions for LGBT couples for 10 years. What better place to be married with your same-sex partner than in the “Rainbow State” of Hawaii? We offer a number of wedding venues to choose from as well as wedding & honeymoon packages at hotels, condominiums, and private villas.

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Common Ground Ceremonies, New York, New York

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

Common Ground Ceremonies, New York City

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Gay Friendly New York City Wedding Officiant – Congratulations!! I am an Interfaith Minister/Singer/Musician. I have been in the wedding business as a Singer/Pianist for over 10 years.

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Rev. Will Mercer, New York City, New York

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Reverend Will Mercer, New York City

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Gay Friendly New York City Wedding Officiant – Your Wedding Ceremony is the heart of your Wedding and your Officiant is the heart of your Ceremony.

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Chile: House Passes Civil Unions Bill

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Chile FlagThe bill had previously been passed by the Senate on a 28-6 vote in a slightly different version.

The Washington Blade reports:

The Chilean House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a bill that would allow same-sex couples to enter into civil unions. La Tercera, a Chilean newspaper, reported the measure passed by an 86-23 vote margin with two abstentions. “People of the same-sex will have the opportunity to demonstrate that they have the right to be happy,” said gay Congressman Claudio Arriagada Macaya after the vote, according to La Tercera.

Rolando Jimenez, president of the Movement for Homosexual Integration and Liberation, a Chilean LGBT advocacy group, also praised the vote. “We dedicate this day, this moment, to the gay and lesbian families that have suffered a historic burden of misunderstanding and prejudices,” he said in a statement. “Today it will be the state’s turn to strengthen them and protect them on equal terms.”

Some opponents cried foul, claiming God had sparked a forest fire last year in protest.

President Michelle Bachelet says she will sign the bill when it reaches her desk.

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2014: A big year for UK marriage equality

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

Keep calm and support marriage equality2014 was a big year for marriage equality in the UK.

Same-sex marriage is now possible in the United Kingdom, with the exception of Northern Ireland. As marriage law is devolved to the governments of each country in the Union, the status of same-sex marriage is different in England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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Estonia Approves Civil Unions

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Estonia - Google MapsSome good news out of Europe this morning – the Parliament passed a civil unions bill there.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

Estonia’s Parliament on Thursday narrowly passed legislation to legalize gay partnerships, the first such decision by a former Soviet republic. In a 40-38 vote, lawmakers approved a partnership act that recognizes the civil unions of all couples regardless of gender. Twenty-three lawmakers were absent or abstained in the third and final reading of the bill. The new law will give those in civil unions — heterosexual or gay — almost the same rights as married couples, including financial, social and health benefits provided by the government and legal protection for children. It does not give full adoption rights for couples in such unions but does allow one partner to adopt the biological child of the other.

It’s a big step forward for Estonia, especially in light of a well funded opposition by the World Congress of Families, an anti-gay group.

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Italy’s Government Will Debate Italian Civil Unions in September

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

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The Parliament will begin debate on a proposed Italian civil unions law in September.

The Local reports:

Italy’s government will begin debating a law on civil unions in September, a move that could give gay couples the same rights as heterosexual married ones, Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has announced. Renzi was quoted in La Repubblica on Tuesday saying “gay rights will be the same as those for married heterosexual couples.” In a move the newspaper described as the “rainbow revolution”, gay couples could be entitled to benefits including inheritance guarantees, welfare assistance and be able to claim a deceased partner’s pension.

Will the Pope and the Vatican stand in the way? Pope Francis has seemed to indicate on several occasions that the church could accept civil unions.

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Could Italy Transgender Marriage Case Bring Civil Unions to the Country?

Monday, June 16th, 2014

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A case in Italy of a transgender woman who stayed married to her wife after she transitioned is making waves in the country after a Constitutional Court decision.

The Daily Beast reports:

Now the Italian state is facing a perplexing dilemma. By allowing the Alessandra Bernarolis to stay married, it essentially has given the green light to civil unions. In its ruling last week, the high court said it was aiming to balance “the State’s interest in not changing the model of heterosexual marriage with the interest of the couple where one of the two components changes sex.” The court also asked Italian lawmakers to explore an “alternative” form of marriage to accommodate such same-sex couples.

Italy has been inching away from the Catholic Church’s insistence not to recognize same-sex unions for months. The mayor of Rome, Ignazio Marino, even went so far as to hang rainbow-colored Christmas lights across Rome to support LGBT rights this year, and he marched in last week’s Gay Pride parade, promising a civil union registry for gays who marry abroad in Rome soon, in direct defiance of the Vatican’s conservative views. Still, the country has a long way to go. The Italian parliament has not been able to pass an anti-discrimination law for gays and lesbians despite several attempts. Adoption is not granted to same-sex couples. “We need to put pressure on parliament so Italy can overcome the shame of lagging behind the rest of the European Union,” Marino told revelers at the parade.

It’s rare that the fight for transgender rights advances ahead of the fight for marriage equality. Wouldn’t it be a wonderful thing if this case helped bring about both?

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Italian Court Rules in Favor of Transgender Marriage

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Italy Transgender WomanA transgender woman who had her marriage to another woman annulled after she transitioned has won her case.

Pink News reports:

A landmark ruling has been made in the case of a trans woman whose marriage was dissolved despite her and her wife wishing to stay together, to say that the annulment was unconstitutional, despite the country having no legal recognition of same-sex marriages. Alessandra Bernaroli, 43, maintained that her marriage of nine years was strong and she and her wife wished to remain married. Her local marriage registry dissolved the marriage because it would not acknowledge a same-sex marriage.

The Constitutional Court on Tuesday began hearing the case, and said it had aimed to balance “the State’s interest in not changing the model of heterosexual marriage…and the interest of the couple where one of the two components changes sex”. In its ruling, the court suggested that politicians should consider introducing “an alternative form” of marriage.

Will this ruling open the door to some kind of legal recognition of same sex couples in Italy?

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