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Producers Looking for Same Sex Couple Getting Married

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

Gay WeddingHey all… just got this in… if you fit the bill or know someone who does, please let them know:

Are you an engaged or soon to be engaged couple whose family disapproves of your relationship? Have family members made it clear that they will not attend your upcoming wedding? Have you found the love of your life, and desperately want the support of your whole family?

Introducing a new docu-series that follows star-crossed lovers who have family that disapproves of their relationship because of race, religion, sexual orientation, class, or culture? The series will work to break down barriers separating couples and their disapproving families.

If you fear the moment when the officiant asks those who do not approve to rise, we want to hear from you! Are you ready to put your love to the test?

To be considered for the show, please submit a brief bio, contact info, and recent photos of yourself and your significant other to:

starcrossedcasting@gmail.com

Kinetic Content
Casting Department
310-752-0846 – Main line
starcrossedcasting@gmail.com
http://www.kineticcontent.com

A #Texas Family Defies the Haters and Loves their Gay Son – A #Holiday Message:

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014
Nymont Final

Nancy K. (Middle)

We loved our Gay son – period | Originally seen on SeanSala.com

“Celebrate Me Home,” for the Holidays. – By Nancy K. 

This weekend I’ve been busy taking down my Thanksgiving decorations in order to fill the house with my wonderful obsession; the Christmas Holidays!

While doing so, of course I had to play my Christmas music to begin my joyful tradition!

My first choice of the season…”Celebrate Me Home” by Kenny Loggins.

As I was singing along at the top of my voice, “Home for the Holidays, I believe I’ve missed each and every face – let’s turn on every love light in the place”   I just stopped after carefully setting out my childhood Santa’s  that spelled out “J O Y”, I stared at those words and just listened to the entire song.

All my heart could think about was everyone, absolutely everyone being home for the Holidays and turning on every love light.   For me, the term “Love Light” means being open to pure truth and acceptance – love with no conditions.    You see, I am the proud mom of a Gay son. When he comes to visit he will be home for the Holidays surrounded with love.   The Love Light in our family has always been turned on. As the song says, “he will find himself totally surrounded in our circles.”

As I stood there staring at that simple 3 letter word “JOY” and listening to the words “Celebrate Me Home” I thought of the many kids that were facing hatred, unacceptance and very conditional type love, because they are gay.  They do not have this Joy in their soul. Joy doesn’t just happen, it is acquired from acceptance for the beautiful spirit that they are.   Are they being celebrated home this holiday season?  It is time for this acceptance, surround them in your circle with Pride.

When our son was just a 3 years old, we knew.   His dad and I always embraced his differences.  At Christmas time, we honored all of his wishes.  After all, for children it is a time of magic, wonderment and they are watching to see if Santa “listened” to their hearts desire!

One Christmas our son’s heart desire was a very special order – a pink Convertible electric car!

This was a mission my son’s  dad was determined to accomplish.  It took a lot of work, but on Christmas morning, my son awoke to the magic of seeing his pink Convertible electric car sitting right under that tree! Naturally, we would  love and honor our son  for who he is.  Gender expression is something we should cherish, even if it’s against the status-quo.

There is one song that my son will always remember, “True Colors” by Cyndi Lauper.  It was my lullaby to him, dancing on my toes as I sang to him this song! I wanted for him to know, before he knew, that his True Colors would always shine through.  When the day came that he wanted to share with us his True Colors, we were so happy for him!   We knew almost his whole life.  We made the condition that it would be on his terms. We loved him for who he was – period.

Parents – there is a line in this wonderful holiday song that stands out, “It is a very uneasy highway,” yes it is.   Our job as parents is to make sure that this uneasy highway leads them to a home that is celebrated with complete love.  This is the season, right now to turn your love light on. If your relationship is dark, do not allow your child to sit in this darkness one minute more.  They are only waiting for that phone call from you. Please, bring JOY into your child’s life.   This will be the greatest gift you could give at this beautiful season of love.

All your child wants, all any of us want is to be Celebrated Home!

It’s time

Celebrate them home

 

How To Talk To Your Evangelical Uncle About Marriage Equality

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time when millions of Americans come together to celebrate cherished, time-honored traditions: gathering with those we hold most dear, scarfing down unhealthily large meals, and of course, arguing with loved ones. For instance, let’s say you are sitting at the dinner table, eating delicious stuffing and having a pleasant conversation about The Hunger Games, when suddenly your conservative Christian uncle launches into the following rant:

I’m telling you, the “homosexual agenda” is coming after religious freedom in this country. Did you hear about that Christian florist who is being sued for not selling flowers to a gay couple? Next thing you know, they’ll be forcing pastors to perform gay weddings. I mean, anyone who reads the Bible knows that you can’t be a Christian and support homosexuality.

Okay, that’s a lot. But don’t panic — we’ve got you covered. Here are a few bits of info (including some biblical arguments) you can use to respond to your evangelical uncle’s diatribe:

Claims that “religious liberty” is under attack in America are overblown, although the refrain is likely to be repeated ad nauseam by many religious conservatives over the next few years. Many “religious liberty” advocates cheered the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, for instance, where judges ruled that the craft store giant could be granted religious exemption from the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate. But despite assertions that the ruling protected all religious groups, a substantial majority of almost every major U.S. Christian group actually disagreed with Hobby Lobby’s position. What’s more, the decision arguably hurt people of faith overall, because it only privileged the religious views of people who own and operate corporations — and not the faiths of their employees.

Authored By Jack Jenkins- See the Full Story at Think Progress

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USA, Utah: Tenth Circuit to Hear Marriage Equality Lawsuit Today

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Today is the day the first of the new marriage equality lawsuits reaches a district court.

Ari Ezra Waldman has a few things to look for at today’s hearing:

1. Will the court issue a ruling as broad as Judge Shelby’s or limit it in some way?

2. What, if anything, does the court say about the required level of scrutiny in antigay discrimination cases?

3. Will the political backgrounds of the judges play a role in their decision making?

Lisa Keen has a detailed look at the trial and its participants.

Towleroad reports:

The judges: The three-judge panel tasked with hearing the appeal includes two Republican and one Democratic appointee. Judge Paul Kelly (an appointee of President George H.W. Bush) is considered conservative. Judge Carlos Lucero (a Clinton appointee) is considered liberal. But both judges voted with the majority at the Tenth Circuit in the Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius case. They said the owners of the retail store were allowed, under the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the First Amendment free exercise clause, to cite their religious beliefs in order to deny contraceptive services in their health plans under the Affordable Care Act. Judge Jerome Holmes (a George W. Bush appointee) is the wild card. He was recused from the Hobby Lobby case. He was one of two judges in the Tenth Circuit to deny an emergency request from the state of Utah to stay a district court decision pending appeal. They said a stay was “not warranted.”

Tenth Circuit LawsuitsHRC has a map and recap of the marriage equality cases pending before the 10th Circuit:

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit has jurisdiction over Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah and Wyoming. Presently there are at least seven marriage equality cases in states within the Tenth Circuit that ban marriage equality. Some of the cases were filed in state courts, while the others were filed in federal courts. The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled on December 19, 2013, that same-sex couples in the state had the right to marry. The decision took effect immediately.

Meanwhile, the state just threw Mark Regnerus and his flawed gay parenting study under the bus in a last-minute brief.

Joe.my.God reports:

First, we wish to emphasize the very limited relevance to this case of the comparison addressed by Professor Regnerus. As the State’s briefing makes clear, the State’s principal concern is the potential long-term impact of a redefinition of marriage on the children of heterosexual parents. The debate over man-woman versus same-sex parenting has little if any bearing on that issue, given that being raised in a same-sex household would normally not be one of the alternatives available to children of heterosexual parents.

Second, on the limited issue addressed by the Regnerus study, the State wishes to be clear about what that study (in the State’s view) does and does not establish. The Regnerus study did not examine as its sole focus the outcomes of children raised in same-sex households but, because of sample limitations inherent in the field of study at this point, examined primarily children who acknowledged having a parent who had engaged in a same-sex relationship. Thus, the Regnerus study cannot be viewed as conclusively establishing that raising a child in a same-sex household produces outcomes that are inferior to those produced by man-woman parenting arrangements.

Ouch.

Finally, a Mormon couple with a gay son is defying the church by being featured in an ad for marriage equality.

Towleroad.com reports:

A Utah Mormon couple with a gay son (below), four other kids, and 18 grandchildren pushes for marriage equality in a new ad campaign airing this week as the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals considers a challenge to the state’s ban on gay marriage.

Will the Utah case be the next to reach the US Supreme Court?

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Finding Home

Monday, December 30th, 2013

Sally Farrar: “Now my thoughts are a bit frustrated. We had planned to make Christmas cookies and treats with my sisters, nieces, and nephews—all of whom are Mormon (which is irrelevant, but thought you all should know). I am upset that chasing a marriage license has taken away our family time together—time we cannot get back. This is not fair and is wrong in so many ways. There is a rustle in the crowd as the Weber County door opens and cheers erupt. I quickly make my way to the front of the line to hear the announcement. The cheers turn to moans as it is announced the clerk cannot let us in. Humiliated, I grab Brenda’s hand and say ‘Let’s go.’ On the long drive back home, we discuss the legal significance of Judge Robert Shelby’s ruling and contemplate the behind-the-scenes scenario that must be taking place.”

Read the full story on the MEUSA News Blog…

USA, Alaska: State Personnel Board Votes For Inclusion of Same-Sex Partners As Family

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Alaska MapAlaska’s personnel board has decided to include partners of gay and lesbian employees as family for medical leave purposes.

Towleroad reports:

The board adopted new wording in regulations that allows state employees to take leave due to a serious health condition involving a same-sex partner and include same-sex partners in the definition of immediate family for that purpose. To be eligible, the rules state the same-sex partners must provide proof that they meet five of eight criteria, including such things as a joint mortgage or rental agreement, joint ownership of a vehicle or being named as the primary beneficiary in a partner’s will.

A small but certainly welcome step in the states not known for its gay friendly policies

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Missouri, USA: Gay Man Arrested for Refusing to Leave Partner’s Bedside

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Missouri Gay CoupleIn Missouri, a gay man who refused to leave his partner’s bedside in the hospital was arrested. The Raw Story reports:

Roger Gorley told WDAF that even though he has power of attorney to handle his partner’s affairs, a family member asked him to leave when he visited Research Medical Center in Kansas City on Tuesday. Gorley said he refused to leave his partner Allen’s bedside, and that’s when security put him in handcuffs and escorted him from the building. “I was not recognized as being the husband, I wasn’t recognized as being the partner,” Gorley explained.

Gorley and his partner did everything they could in conservative Missouri to insure their rights – and as one of them lies alone in the hospital, it still was not enough. This, in a nutshell, is why marriage equality is so important.

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California, USA: Marriage Equality Conversation Training Around the State in March

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Just got this from our partner Marriage Equality USA – learn how to discuss marriage equality with friends and family:

Breakthrough Conversation Training

We are living in exciting times! At the end of the month the Supreme Court will hear the Proposition 8 (Prop 8) and Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). California Faith for Equality is proud to offer four opportunities throughout March around California to help prepare you to speak with your friends and family about equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. Using research-based messaging participants will learn new information and skills that will enable them to move minds and hearts to support equality AND participate in ongoing research. We hope that you will join us at one of these sessions!

* Sunday, March 10 in Sacramento training sponsored by CF4E, Soulforce and St. Mark’s United Methodist Church
From 1pm-3pm. (Sandwich bar available at 12:30)
At St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 2391 Saint Mark’s Way Sacramento, CA.
RSVP here or via email to info@cafaithforequality.org

* Monday, March 11 in El Dorado County training sponsored by CF4E and Federated Church’s Neighbors Group
From 6:30-8:30 pm
At Federated Church’s Price Hall, 1031 Thompson Way Placerville, CA
RSVP via email to info@cafaithforequality.org

* Saturday, March 16 in Los Angeles training sponsored by the Breakthrough Coalition
From 9am-12:30 (Continental breakfast at 9am, training begins at 9:30am)
Location TBA
RSVP here or via email to info@cafaithforequality.org
(When you RSVP to the above link you will also receive location information via email)

* Saturday, March 23 in San Francisco training sponsored by the Breakthrough Coalition
From 9am-12:30 (Continental breakfast at 9am, training begins at 9:30am)
Location TBA
RSVP here or via email to info@cafaithforequality.org
(When you RSVP to the above link you will also receive location information via email)

There are many queer people who are deeply religious and actively involved in their faith communities. The number of religious communities that openly welcome and support LGBT congregants is growing, but news of this is not reaching the greater society. Breakthrough 2 Love is trying to change that. This campaign is based on “The Breakthrough Conversation” – and idea that change happens when people of faith have open and honest conversations about LGBT inclusion and equality with their friends and family.

The Coalition of Welcoming Congregations of the Bay Area, a program of California Faith for Equality, The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry,The Umoja Project and Progressive Christians Uniting are teaming up in coalition to encourage local congregations to speak and live out inclusive love beginning the weekend of Valentine’s Day (Feb 15-17) through the end of Pride month (June 30).

Clergy and faith leaders! Register your congregation here.

Everyone can join the social media campaign! There are memes, Facebook cover photos and more all available here. You can even get your own customized meme by following these instructions.

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Washington, USA: Child and Family Groups Support Marriage Equality

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Washington, USA: Child and Family Groups Support Marriage Equality“Protect the children” the opponents of civil marriage for same-sex couples plead. The implication is that gay and lesbian parents will somehow harm or disadvantage their own children if allowed to marry.

In contrast, over 30 child and family advocacy organizations from across Washington state have endorsed the approval of Referendum 74 to defend the state’s freedom to marry law. Why? Because marriage promotes health and well-being in all children, not just the children of heterosexual couples.

From Washington United for Marriage:

The endorsing organizations, which work with tens of thousands of families and children statewide, include the Washington Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (WCAAP), the Washington Academy of Family Physicians, and the Children’s Alliance.

Authored By Laurel Ramseyer – See the Full Story at Pam’s House Blend

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Australia: New TV Ad for Marriage Equality

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

A new ad has been released in Australia for marriage equality that emphasizes how marriage is all about family, all families.

See the Full Story at the Gay Marriage Blog

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