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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.

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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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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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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, North Dakota: New Tax Form for Married Gays

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

North DakotaNorth Dakota is rolling out a new tax form specifically for married gays and lesbians.

Joe.My.God reports:

North Dakota now has a tax form for married same-sex couples, and it’s precisely because the state doesn’t recognize such marriages. For the North Dakota tax department, that posed a bit of a dilemma, according to Lorie Bowker, who oversees the department’s income tax section. She said its answer was the form ND-1S, which was posted online about a week ago. It’s basically a work form for divvying up a couple’s federal tax filing so they can file as individuals in North Dakota. Bowker said, like the federal government, there is a “marriage penalty” built into the North Dakota tax code, so filing as individuals could be beneficial to same-sex couples.

So they recognize that we’re married. But they won’t recognize that we’re married.

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UK: Married Same Sex Couples Eligible for 1,000 Pound Tax Break

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

UK Prime Minister David CameronGay and lesbian couples who marry in the United Kingdom next year will be eligible for a 1,000 pound tax break, Prime Minister David Cameron announced yesterday.

Gay Star News reports:

The leader of the Conservative party announced his support over Twitter, stating that the recently announced #1000 tax break to married couples will apply regardless of sexuality. In a tweet, the PM said: ‘The #1000 marriage tax allowance will apply to straight and gay couples, as well as civil partners. Love is love, commitment is commitment.’

Just a little more incentive for gay and lesbian couples in UK to marry.

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USA, Tennessee: Drivers Licenses the Latest Battleground in Marriage Equality Fight

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

Tennessee mapTennessee’s gay and lesbian citizens who got married in other states are finding it’s not so easy to change their names on their driver’s licenses.

The Tennessean reports:

Without a driver’s license that agreed with his Social Security card, Oak Ridge resident Jeremy May wasn’t able to take a drug test for a much-needed job working with children with autism. He was rejected from the license bureau in Clinton, Tenn., when he took his Washington, D.C., marriage certificate. Within the week, he’d printed out paperwork for a legal name change and filed it at the Anderson County courthouse for $179.50. By 10 a.m. Friday, he’d been through a five-minute appearance before a judge and gone back to the license bureau, where May said the same employee he encountered before tried to reject him even with the order. A coworker corrected the man, and May had his temporary license a few minutes later.

It just seems so petty to me to deny a name change on a drivers license. Whatever they can do to make life more difficult for gay and lesbian couples.

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Europe: Parliament Votes For Equal Divorce Rights For Gay and Lesbian Couples

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Europe: Twenty Seven Different Interests on Gay MarriageThe European Parliament took another step toward full equality for its gay and lesbian citizens with a vote Tuesday.

Gay Star News reports:

The European Parliament has passed resolutions urging that couples in registered relationships have the same legal options as those as married couples if the couple move countries in an overwhelming vote. Last year the European Commission proposed draft laws that aimed to simplify the way a couple would split their assets, due to death or divorce, between European member states. The regulations mean that married spouses who moved to another European country would have been able to choose which national law most suited them when dividing their assets.

With more and more states and countries allowing marriage equality, divorce is bound to move to the forefront of LGBT rights issues.

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USA: Leave for Gay Couples to Marry Begins in September

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

USA MapGay and lesbian US Military members are eligible for leave starting this month to trace to a state that allows marriage equality,

NBC News reports:

Starting Tuesday, the Pentagon is allowing gay troops to take travel leaves for up to seven days — or as many 10 days for those stationed abroad — as long as those service members live 100-plus miles away from a state that allows same-sex marriages. Scores of service members are draining their savings just to pay for airfare, hotels and rental cars — common, logistical necessities for obtaining a marriage certificate in one of the 13 states where same-sex marriage is legal, advocates say.

Do you think there will be a military wedding boom?

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