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Featured Lesbian Wedding Vendor: Colorado Commitments, Denver, Colorado

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

Colorado Commitments

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.

Welcome to Colorado Commitments – we’ve been planning lesbian and gay weddings in Denver and Boulder County, Colorado since 2001, and have overseen hundreds of Denver area weddings and commitment ceremonies since that time. We’re proud to welcome diversity, including interfaith, multi-cultural, and same-sex couples.

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Wisconsin Lesbian Couple Granted Adoption Rights, Marriage Recognition

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

Wisconsin MapIn yet another ruling, a lesbian couple in Madison, Wisconsin has been granted the right to adopt each other’s biological children and have their marriage recognized by the state.

The Advocate reports:

The Madison-based couple, Teresa and Kat Riley, who were registered as domestic partners in Wisconsin, then traveled to Iowa last year, where they were legally married. Together, they have two young children, one of whom was birthed by Teresa and the other by Kat. Though legal guardians of each other’s biological child, both mothers wanted full parental rights, which could only be optioned through legal adoption. But because Wisconsin does not recognize same-sex marriage, the couple had to petition the court for this nearly unprecedented right.

It really does feel like it’s only a matter of time now, doesn’t it? And a very short amount of time, at that.

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Indiana Agrees to Recognize Marriage Of Lesbian Couple

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

IndianaThe state of Indiana has agreed to recognize the marriage of Veronica Romero and Mayra Yvette Rivera, lesbian couple. Rivera has advanced ovarian cancer.

Gay Star News reports:

US District Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen approved an agreement this week (11 September) as the state appeals a ruling that struck down its marriage ban. Veronica Romero and Mayra Yvette Rivera, a couple for more than 27 years with two children, were legally married in Illinois earlier this year. They filed a suit in federal court this week seeking to have the union recognized in the state in which they live. There is urgency in the case because Rivera has advanced ovarian cancer and entered hospice care in late July. Indiana has not only agreed to recognize the marriage but to also issue a death certificate listing Rivera as married with Romero as the surviving spouse.

This is another case where simple human decency has prevailed.

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Lesbian Couple in Their 90’s Marries After 72 Years Together

Monday, September 8th, 2014

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A lesbian couple in Iowa have married, after being together for 72 years. Vivian Boyack, 91, and Alice Dubes ,90, met in Yale, and then moved to Davenport in 1947.

They exchanged vows in the First Christian Church in Davenport on Saturday, accompanied by family and friends, reports the QCTimes.

Reverend Linda Hunsaker told the couple: “This is a celebration of something that should have happened a very long time ago.”

Authored By Joseph Patrick McCormick – See the Full Story at Pink News

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USA, Alabama: Another Marriage Equality Lawsuit Filed

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Alabama mapA lesbian couple filed a marriage equality lawsuit in Alabama Wednesday.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

Two Alabama women filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday seeking to force the state to recognize their out-of-state marriage so they can both be legal parents to their 8-year-old son. The suit contends that Alabama’s ban on same-sex marriage – and refusal to recognize such marriages from other states – violates the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution. The plaintiffs, Cari Searcy and Kimberly McKeand, have been a couple for more than 14 years, and have lived in Mobile since 2001. They traveled to California in 2008 to be married there after they won a contest run by the San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Another day, another lawsuit – will 2014 end up being as big a year for marriage equality as 2013 was?

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USA, South Dakota: Lawsuit Planned to Challenge Marriage Equality Ban

Friday, April 25th, 2014

South Dakota mapAnd then there were three. A lawsuit will be filed shortly in South Dakota pushing for marriage equality in the state.

Twin Cities.com reports:

The couple, Nancy Robrahn, 68, and Jennie Rosenkranz, 72, say that along with two other gay South Dakota couples, they plan on filing a federal class-action lawsuit against state officials. Robrahn and Rosenkranz will argue that South Dakota should recognize same-sex marriages when performed outside of the state. In addition, the suit will seek to overturn South Dakota’s statewide same-sex marriage ban enacted by a constitutional amendment in 2006.

The couple is getting married in Minneapolis this weekend, and the ceremony will be officiated by Mayor Betsy Hodges. Once the lawsuit is filed, only North Dakota, Montana, and Alaska will not be facing marriage equality lawsuits.

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USA, Wisconsin: Lesbian Couple Takes Marriage Equality Lawsuit to State Supreme Court

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Wisconsin MapA lesbian couple in Wisconsin is asking the court to overturn the state’s marriage equality ban.

Edge Boston reports:

Katherine Halopka-Ivery and Linda Halopka-Ivery filed a lawsuit directly with the high court Wednesday, bypassing the trial and appellate courts. The lawsuit says the couple lives in Milwaukee County and married in San Diego. They allege Wisconsin’s gay marriage ban denies them federal rights afforded to opposite-sex married couples, violating their rights to equal protection and due process. They also argue the state is improperly restricting gay marriage based on religious opposition to same-sex marriages. An American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit challenging the ban is already pending in federal court in Madison.

Does the court ever actually take this kind of direct challenge? What’s the make=up of the WI Supreme Court? Insight, anyone? 🙂

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Nebraska: Lesbian Couple Asks for Divorce

Friday, March 28th, 2014

NebraskaA lesbian couple has asked for a divorce in a case that could challenge the state’s marriage equality ban.

The Journal Star reports:

A Raymond woman who married her longtime, same-sex partner in Iowa in 2009 is now petitioning the Nebraska Supreme Court to be allowed to divorce.

How many states are left that don’t either have full marriage equality or have a lawsuit pending?

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USA, Michigan: Day 3 of the Marriage Equality Trial

Friday, February 28th, 2014

MichiganYesterday was day three of the trial for marriage equality in Michigan.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

Gary Gates of the Williams Institute at UCLA law school co-authored a book on demographics of the gay and lesbian population. He’s used census data to study the characteristics of same-sex couples. Gates is expected to testify Thursday in Detroit federal court. Detroit-area nurses Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer are asking a judge to overturn a 2004 constitutional amendment that bans same-sex marriage. They say it violates their rights under the U.S. Constitution.

A group of religious leaders plans to rally for marriage equality in Kalamazoo tonight.

WWMT reports:

Friday night Kalamazoo area religious leaders will rally together in support of marriage equality in Michigan… Friday night’s rally will take place at Bronson Park at 6:00.

If anyone has been at the trial and wants to share their impressions, we’d love to hear from you.

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USA, Michigan: Marriage Equality Trial, Day One

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

MichiganThe marriage equality lawsuit trial started in Michigan yesterday.

MLive has a recap:

The points for both sides of the debate are fairly simple. The state argues that voters made a rational decision in banning gay marriage “to encourage the raising of children by a man and a woman.” Attorneys for DeBoer and Rowse argue that numerous studies indicate same-sex parents are just as successful in raising healthy children as heterosexual parents.

Further, they argue, despite the 2004 vote, the law violates the couple’s civil rights. “It’s always mind boggling to me how people don’t look back in history at so many examples at other human rights battles and see a connection,” said Krista Contreras, 30 of Royal Oak, a gay marriage supporter who attended with her Vermont-married wife, Jami Contreras, 29. “At what point are people going to make that connection and understand that these are people and these are human rights.”

Protesters for both sides were outside the court house:

The day began with dozens of gay marriage opponents picketing the entrance to the federal courthouse in Detroit. Among them walked a smaller number of same-sex marriage supporters. “I peacefully protest in favor of Biblical marriage,” and “We support traditional marriage, one man-one woman,” were among the signs carried. The two groups protested peacefully without any clashes.

Many of the protesters came from Free Will Baptist Church in Ypsilanti. Gay marriage opponent Christine Weick, who drove to Detroit from Hopkins in southwest Michigan, became frustrated when she attended a hearing in October and was the lone dissenter. She said the wife of the pastor at Free Will Baptist Church saw a “frustrated” message she posted on Facebook and mobilized the congregation. “If it takes two weeks, I’ll be here every day,” Weick said Tuesday. “The Lord needs a voice.”

It’s a little sad that these folks have so much time to protest to try to block the rights of others.

The now-infamous Mark Regnerus is one of the state’s witnesses.

Time Magazine reports:

Mark Regnerus, a sociologist at the University of Texas, is among the state’s witnesses. In 2012, he published a study in an academic journal, saying young adults with a parent who had a same-sex relationship were more likely to experience unemployment and other social woes. He later acknowledged that his study didn’t look at children raised by stable same-sex couples.

And yet, even though his study has been widely discredited, it’s used again and again by marriage equity foes – because that’s all they have.

They also cited the oft-used “will of the majority”.

USA Today reports:

But during their opening statement, attorneys for the state argued that Michigan voters addressed this issue already — they banned gay marriage in 2004 — and their decision should stand. “This case is about one thing: the will of the people. … And the people of Michigan have already decided that marriage is one man and one woman,” said state attorney Kristin Heyse. “Plaintiffs may claim that voters were irrational or ignorant. That’s simply not the case … This was not the whim of a few, but the vote of a majority.”

And if the “majority” wanted to re-instate slavery? Or put the Japanese in internment camps? Or…?

Testimony will resume today. CBS Detroit reports:

A Stanford University professor is returning to the witness stand in a trial testing Michigan’s ban on gay marriage. Michael Rosenfeld will be cross-examined Wednesday in Detroit federal court. He says he’s looked at national census data of children living with same-sex parents and finds their progress through school is the same as kids with heterosexual parents. Two weeks have been set aside for testimony in a landmark trial that could overturn Michigan’s ban on gay marriage, the latest in a series of marriage-equality challenges across the country.

We have the facts and love on our side. They have nothing but half-baked studies, “tradition”, and a strong feeling of “eeeew” about LGBT Americans on theirs.

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