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Pope Francis wants to “study gay unions”

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

The VaticanThere’s time of changes in Roman Catholic Church. Pope Francis, who took Peter’s throne one year ago, is studying the reasons why some people have decided to enter in gay civil unions, as stated by Cardinal Dolan in an exclusive interview on NBC’s Meet the Press.

Dolan stated that “[Pope] dind’t come right out and say he for gay civil unions” but he wants to study the reasons that have driven them. Dolan also claimed he himself believes that marriage between one man and one woman is “not something that’s just a religious, sacramental concern. It’s also the building block of society and culture”.

According to a survey conducted among Catholics in United States and Spain, they back gay marriage. In the rest of the world opposition persist but with increasing of support among young believers.

We also find growing support among clergy: last October, Pistoia’s Bishop Mansueto Bianchi, former vicepresident of episcopal conference of Tuscany, said to Italian newspaper “La Repubblica” that “Church is wrong with gay people” and that “People are more important than morality”. In April, Piero Marini, arcibishop of Martirano and Master of Ceremonies during Benedicts XVI’s papacy, stated that “we need to recognize same-sex unions”.

Maybe it’s time for Roman Catholic Church to come out to support LGBT rights?

Italy: Mayoral Candidate in Rome Pledges to Allow Same Sex Unions

Monday, May 13th, 2013

RomeIn the city that wraps around the Vatican, home to one of the staunchest opponents of marriage equality, Mayoral candidate Ignazio Marino says he would allow same sex unions. Dot429 reports:

Rome’s candidate for mayor, Ignazio Marino, made the announcement on Monday that if elected, he would allow same-sex unions. Marino believes the children of Rome should be introduced and educated regarding gay and lesbian equality. Mariano is running against three other candidates. The election takes place on May 26 and 27.

Wouldn’t that be amazing? I’ll bet the Pope is not happy…

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Engagement Season Has Begun – Are You Ready to Take the Plunge???

Monday, December 24th, 2012

So you know that the next six weeks are the BIGGEST time of the year for new engagements, right?  And if you’re a gay couple, let’s face it – you have so many more proposal options.  He can propose, or he can propose!  Same with the lesbians out there – she can pop the question, or she can surprise her with a ring?  There are no expectations, except within your own relationship.  There are no rules.  Whoever gets up the nerve (and the cash for a ring in some cases) can be the one to take that big step.  Forget the stereotypes.  Have fun with it.  Bill and I got engaged on December 20, 2003, and we celebrate that date together every year.

Dwayne Byrum proposed to Rodney Stroth on their one year anniversary, this Thanksgiving 2012.

So is there a chance this is the holiday season to begin making plans to formalize your relationship?  If so, I have a few tips that might come in handy – for the partner asking, and the partner being asked.1)    Go get a manicure (unisex demand here).  You cannot have ganked-looking nails if there is the slightest change that somebody is going to be slipping an engagement ring or promise band on your hot little hand over the next two weeks.  Start the basics now – gentlemen who don’t consider themselves “metro” ought to take a serious look at their paws.  Maybe it’s time to take a walk on the wild side and get somebody to tame those nasty cuticles.  Ladies who don’t lunch – your hands matter too.  Stop chewing the nails, invest in a file, and remember that everybody is going to be looking at the symbol of your love resting on the hands.  You’re just providing an attractive backdrop.  Or at least an inoffensive one.  I know it’s hard when you work with your hands – I have a hard time myself because wedding flowers tear me up – but this is the time that it’s really worth the extra effort (or hand cream).

Dwayne Byrum and Rodney Stroth Byrum show off their rings the morning after their 12/12/12 elopement on Vieques Island.

2)    There are no rules about how a proposal has to go – you don’t have to have the ring there, you don’t have to have a ring at all!  Just depends on what the two of you have talked about and whether your expectations are met overall (let’s face it, if you ALWAYS wanted a diamond and you don’t get it, you’re gonna be bumming).  So if you feel the moment, take it.  Even if you’re not formally prepared, if you sense your partner is trying his or her hardest to actually, formally “pop” the question and you’re watching them struggle… be kind and help out.  If, of course, you love your mate enough to make that life commitment.3)    If you do get engaged, be ready to share that information together.  It’s okay to keep it a secret for a short period of time while you get your ducks in a row.  It’s the holiday season for goodness sakes.  Even if you’re bursting with joy to announce that you’re making a life commitment to each other, if your partner’s family is going to be all around you for the next week and they’re not all as supportive as you would both prefer, it might not be the exact right time to share that information.  By all means, tell your friends and those who love and support you, but save the bombs for dropping after the holiday season.  Let’s face it; anybody who doesn’t support your union is wrong.  And it’s going to be unpleasant when you deal with it, right?  So why the hell would you want to put a damper on the most amazing thing in the world by telling THOSE people when you are in a celebratory mode?  Let them find out through the grapevine down the road unless you relish the idea of a drama-filled holiday engagement.  Not!

4)    Don’t think you have to have a long engagement – nowadays, you can get married as soon as you’re ready to do it.  If you want to go someplace far away and bring your best friends and closest family with you, you probably need to give them a little bit of notice, but not that much.  How long you draw things out may complicate matters that don’t need to be complicated.  Remember, nobody but you and your intended spouse actually gets to have an opinion.

5)    Have fun with your engagement!  Go out and buy a beautiful ring holder for the dresser (if you got something to put on it), get some ring cleaner (I find the red jar at Bed Bath and Beyond is pretty gentle and effective and also comes in a toothbrush-looking travel applicator that’s good to keep in a Dopp kit or cosmetic bag).  Celebrate your love and take lots of pictures.  Make the date of your engagement something you celebrate every year for just that reason – it’s the date the one (or both) of you got up the nerve to commit every day for the rest of your lives to one another.  Pretty significant.  And for gay couples who have struggled just to have the right to be together and actually have this moment, it’s probably even more important.  Don’t let anybody poop on your party – go celebrate, show off and have a blast.  Congratulations!

Until next time, happy holidays from Weddings in Vieques and Weddings in Culebra!  Good luck popping the question!  It’s going to be just fine. 🙂

Sandy

Sandy Malone, a guest blogger with Purple Unions, is the owner of Weddings in Vieques, a full-service destination wedding planning company based on Vieques Island, seven miles off the coast of Puerto Rico.  She and her team (including her husband Bill, a retired SWAT team commander) have planned and executed almost 400 weddings and commitment ceremonies in the Spanish Virgin Islands.  Sandy is a veteran event planner from Washington, DC, with years of experience planning large and small weddings, press conference, and corporate and political events.  She has planned countless events on Vieques Island, beginning with her own wedding back in 2004.  Since that time, her professional staff has executed large and small weddings of all styles, including elopements, vow renewals and fabulously posh events at multi-million dollar waterfront villas.  She has also planned family reunions, destination baby showers, corporate retreats and a variety of other events for clients from all over the United States and Canada.  Sandy is also the owner of Weddings in Culebra (wedding planning on Vieques’ little sister island) , Boutique in Vieques and Flowers in Vieques (a full service floral and décor firm).  Visit her at www.weddingsinvieques.com.

Colombia: Congress to Consider Legislation to Recognize Gay Relationships

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

The Congress of Colombia announced on Friday the start of legislative efforts to recognize the relationships of gay and lesbian couples.

The Senate on Monday will begin debate on a proposal to legalize civil unions. The bill is sponsored by Senator Armando Benedetti and Rep. Alfonso Prada.

Last year, Colombia’s Constitution Court upheld marriage as a heterosexual union but gave lawmakers an ultimatum: recognize gay unions before July 20, 2013 or we’ll do it for you.

See the Full Story at On Top Magazine

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US: New Poll Says 73% of Democrats & 69% of Catholics Support Gay Unions

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

New York Gay Marriage PollMore than two-thirds of Catholics and an overwhelming majority of Democrats support gay unions, a new New York Times/CBS News poll found.

According to the nationwide poll, 63 percent of Americans support recognizing gay and lesbian couples with either marriage (39%) or civil unions (24%). Thirty-two percent said there should be no recognition and 5 percent gave no opinion.

The survey, released Tuesday, is based on 1,197 telephone interviews conducted between February 8-13 on land lines and cellphones. Forty-four percent of Catholics surveyed favored marriage, and 25 percent preferred civil unions. Twenty-four percent said gay couples should not be recognized by the government.

Full Story from On Top Magazine

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More Than 40% of Americans Live in States That Recognize Gay Unions

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Forty-two percent of Americans live in states that in some form recognize the unions of gay and lesbian couples. The survey released by the gay rights group Equality Matters shows that 19 states and the District of Columbia have approved laws that recognize gay unions.

Gay marriage is legal in five states – Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont – and the District of Columbia, covering 7 percent of the American population. Another 7 states – Hawaii, Illinois, California, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon and Washington – offer gay couples similar rights to marriage with civil unions or domestic partnerships. Nearly 30 percent of Americans live in these 13 states.

Wisconsin, Rhode Island, New York, Maryland, Maine and Colorado also offer domestic partnerships, but these laws only offer a limited set of benefits.

Full Story from On Top Magazine

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WA: House Approves Bill to Recognize Out of State Gay Unions

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

Laurie JenkinsA bill that recognizes the out-of-state marriages of gay and lesbian couples with domestic partnerships cleared the Washington House on Friday.

With a 58 to 39 vote lawmakers in the Democrat-controlled House approved the measure sponsored by Representative Laurie Jinkins, a Tacoma Democrat, The Olympian reported.

“This bill is about fairness for all families,” Jinkins said. “Right now, there’s a hole in the law.”

Full Story from On Top Magazine

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Italy: Churches Agree to Bless Gay, Lesbian Unions

Monday, August 30th, 2010

The joint synod of Italy’s Waldensian and Methodist Protestant churches has, as the denominations’ highest governing body, agreed to authorise the blessing of same-sex couples in church under certain conditions.

The Synod president, Marco Bouchard, described the 26 August decision as “a clear and firm step forward that needs to be placed into a context that will be better defined, especially the relationship between churches and homosexual couples”.

The synod statement said, “The words and practice of Jesus, as seen in the Gospel, call us to welcome each experience and each choice marked by God’s love, freely and consciously chosen.”

Full Story from Ekklesia

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