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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Just Imagine Weddings, San Diego, California

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

Just Imagine Weddings

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.

Since 2007, Gayle Feallock of Just Imagine Weddings has officiated nondenominational wedding ceremonies throughout San Diego County. She tailors her services to your personal beliefs, goals, and traditions. Gayle brings a calm and sacred energy to your ceremony as well as a joyous spontaneity and sense of humor.

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Utah Supremes Lift Hold on Same Sex Adoptions

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Same sex couples can now adopt in the state of Utah.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

The Utah Supreme Court is lifting its hold on adoptions by same-sex couples. The high court halted all such adoptions in May as the state appealed a federal ruling striking down Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage. But earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court allowed that decision to stand, effectively legalizing same-sex unions in Utah and 10 other states. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Thursday’s decision to lift the hold comes in the cases of four adoptions sought by wedded same-sex couples, and will presumably allow those adoptions and others to proceed.

I wasn’t sure I would live long enough to see marriage equality come to Utah, and now this!

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Gay Couples React to Anti Gay Ads

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

Gay Couples React

OK, something fun for your Sunday – gay couples react to anti-gay ads together:

Towleroad.com reports:

Remember those hilariously awful anti-gay marriage ads a few years back? The ones that tried to paint a ominous future for America should we (God forbid!) allow gay couples the same rights as heterosexual couples? Well YouTube user Michael Rizzi has dug up some of those absurd ads and asked gay couples to watch and react. The results, as you can probably image, are quite entertaining.

It’s hilarious and heartbreaking. “Is it possible to want to laugh and cry at the same time?” one of the guys asks.

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US Census Will Count Same Sex Couples as Families

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

titleThe results for the 2013 survey by the US Census will, for the first time, categorize same sex couples as families.

The Washington Post reports:

The 2013 American Community Survey results, which will be reported in September, will mark the first time the census integrates an estimated 180,000 same-sex married couples with statistics concerning the nation’s 56 million families. Until now, they had been categorized as unmarried partners, even when couples reported themselves as spouses. Because of the large disparity between the number of gay and straight married households, combining the two is not expected to have a significant effect on the statistics that scholars and planners use to analyze how families are changing. Its significance is largely symbolic of the growing acceptance of gays in American society. “I think the American public already thinks same-sex married couples are families, and the Census Bureau is just catching up with public opinion,” said Andrew J. Cherlin, a sociologist at Johns Hopkins University who studies families.

Slowly but surely. the wheels of government are turning toward equality for the LGBT community.

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UK: Same-Sex Marriage Dawns, Equality Fight Continues

Sunday, April 6th, 2014
Warren Hartley and Kieran Bohan sign the Schedule of Civil Partnership at Ullet Unitarian Church in Liverpool

FIRST FOR EQUALITY: My partner and I become legally recognised as a couple on May 6th 2012 – the first time a civil partnership was registered in a place of worship in the UK.
PHOTO: Simply Perfection

THE CLOCKS WENT FORWARD in the UK last weekend, in more ways than one. The official start of British Summer Time with daylight saving coincided with the legalisation of same-sex marriages in England and Wales. So began an extraordinary week for LGBT equality.

On Saturday March 29th, lesbian and gay couples around the country vied to be the first to be legally married, with several timing their services as close to midnight as possible:

NEWS: Same-sex marriage now legal as first couples wed

An estimated 70 couples across England and Wales took advantage of the change in law on Saturday, and the media was filled with mostly positive portrayals of this landmark for equality.

A BBC survey revealed that 80% of people would attend a gay wedding if invited (though their headline focussed on the negative responses:

NEWS: Gay weddings: ‘Fifth of Britons would turn down invitation’

Twitter feeds filled with supportive messages from celebrities. Actor and comedian Les Dennis tweeted:

Sadly it was not all good news.

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What You Need to Know This Tax Season

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Taxes and LGBT CouplesThe independent research organization Tax Foundation has released an informative summary of each state’s guidance to gay and lesbian married couples on filing income taxes.

For the 2013 tax year, gay and lesbian couples holding a valid marriage certificate from a state that recognizes same-gender marriage will be able to file a joint federal return. Twenty-two states still do not recognize same-gender marriage while requiring taxpayers to reference their federal return when filing state income tax. Revenue officials in these states must therefore provide guidance for taxpayers.

Authored By Andy Kelly – See the Full Story at SDGLN

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USA, Ohio: Gay Couples Sue Over Marriage Equality and Birth Certificates

Monday, February 10th, 2014

OhioAnother day, another marriage equality lawsuit, this time in Ohio.

Watermark reports:

Four legally married gay couples are seeking a court order to force Ohio to recognize same-sex marriages on birth certificates despite a statewide ban, echoing arguments in a similar successful lawsuit concerning death certificates. The couples filed the civil rights suit in federal court in Cincinnati Feb. 10, arguing that the state’s practice of listing only one partner in a gay marriage as a parent on birth certificates violates the U.S. Constitution. “We want to be afforded the same benefits and rights as every other citizen of the United States,” said one of the plaintiffs, Joe Vitale, 45, who lives in Manhattan with his husband and their adopted 10-month-old son, who was born in Ohio. The pair married in 2011 shortly after New York legalized gay marriage.

Ohio was also the state where a couple sued to have their marriage recognized on one partner’s death certificate. I wonder who no one is bringing a lawsuit for marriage equality per se, instead of these side issues in the state?

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USA: As Colorado Tries to Make It Easier for Gay Couples to File Taxes, Idaho Makes It Harder

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Taxes and LGBT CouplesIt’s a tale of two states. one state is moving to make it easier for married same-sex couples to file joint taxes, while the other is trying to make it more difficult.

KDVR reports from Colorado:

A proposal that seeks to allow legally married same-sex couples file joint state tax returns cleared its first legislative hurdle Tuesday. Senate Bill 19 passed the Senate Finance Committee on a 3-2 party-line vote. The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Pat Steadman, D-Denver, would tweak state statutes so that the formal filing status used on state tax returns is linked to a resident’s federal returns.

Meanwhile, in Idaho:

A legislative House committee Tuesday approved a rule that will make it more complicated for married same-sex couples in Idaho to file their taxes. It’s a rule designed to try and appease state law, which does not acknowledge same-sex marriage, and the federal Internal Revenue Service, which does. It was a rare chance for gay Idahoans to speak their mind before lawmakers. The Idaho Legislature is 81 percent Republican and many in the GOP oppose gay marriage. It’s not a topic that comes up often, if at all, in the Legislature, since Idaho law and its constitution both define marriage as between one man and one woman.

They will fight us every single step, every single step of the way. But I firmly believe that love will win out, in the end.

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Brazil: 130 Same Sex Couples Married in Mass Wedding in Rio De Janeiro

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Rio de Janeiro mass weddingIt was a joyous scene in Rio de Janeiro as more than 100 gay couples were married in a mass ceremony.

Towleroad reports:

In Brazil on Sunday, approximately 130 gay couples married in a mass wedding, as same-sex marriage became legal in the city/state of Rio de Janeiro. 14 of Brazil’s 27 states have legalized same-sex marriage. RioAFP reports: In mid-May, Brazilian courts determined that public offices that oversee marriages cannot reject gay couples, even though Brazil’s national congress has passed no law on the matter. Some public offices had already been accepting marriage applications from homosexual couples, while others denied them.

Brazil still has no official nationwide marriage equality policy, and almost half the country’s states don’t yet recognize it.

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USA, Kentucky: Couple on Trial for Trespassing For Marriage License Fined One Cent

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

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A gay couple who was put on trial for trespassing for demanding a marriage license in Louisville just received their fine.

Edge Boston reports:

A gay couple arrested after refusing to leave the county clerk’s office where they had been refused a marriage license have been found guilty of trespassing and fined one cent. WLKY-TV says the judge conditionally discharged the fine… Blanchard told The Courier-Journal after the verdict was returned it seemed the jury understood their stance and called it “a big victory.”

Congratulations to the couple – let’s hope that one day soon, they’ll actually be able to marry in the state.

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