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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Rev. Tanya K. Young, Nags Head, North Carolina

Saturday, June 13th, 2015

Rev. Tanya K. Young

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.

Very often couples that seek my services are not comfortable with traditional church affiliation and desire a meaningful spiritual alternative. My goal, as the writer, is to create a ceremony that touches the hearts of you and your guests and speaks to your joined personality. I will blend all types of backgrounds into one formal moment and I am deeply honored to now legally join same-sex couples in North Carolina!

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Anti-LGBT Bills Become Law in Michigan, North Carolina

Friday, June 12th, 2015

Two states enshrined anti-LGBT discrimination into law yesterday, legalizing dangerously broad “religious freedom” aka right to discriminate laws.

The first one was North Carolina, where the House rushed through a veto override with no time for discussion. The Washington Blade reports:

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The North Carolina legislature has succeeded in overriding Gov. Pat McCrory’s veto of controversial legislation that would enable magistrates to opt out of performing marriages to which they have religious objection, including a same-sex union. The override succeeded in the House on Thursday by a vote of 69-41, which is three votes more than the three-fifths vote needed for the legislative maneuver. The Senate already succeeded in overriding the veto last week by a vote of 32-16. The legislation, Senate Bill 2, would enable magistrates and registers of deeds to opt out of issuing marriage licenses for a period of at least six months to same-sex couples — or any couple — based on a religious objection.

Up north in Michigan, Governor Rick Snyder wasted no time signing his own state’s bills. The Washington Blade reports:


“Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law on late Thursday morning a package of religious freedom bills seen to enable anti-LGBT legislation in the state’s adoption agencies. Snyder announced he had signed the legislation — House Bills 4188, 4189, 4190 — just one day after the Michigan Senate approved the bills. The Michigan House already passed the bills in March. In a statement, Snyder said he signed the legislation as a means to ensure children without homes in Michigan have access to families to care for them. The new laws are set to go into effect in 90 days.”

Let’s be clear that the laws in both states allow someone to refuse service to anyone, not just gays and lesbians, based on their own personal religious beliefs.

Marriage News Watch – North Carolina to Turn Away the Gays?

Monday, June 8th, 2015

Matt BaumeA bill to allow North Carolina officials to refuse to serve any couple they don’t like is several steps closer to passing, even after the governor vetoed it.

Texas is coming up with new excuses for refusing to issue marriage licenses.

And with a federal ruling on marriage due any day now, Judge Roy Moore continues to speak out against the Supreme Court.

Authored By Matt Baume – See the Full Story at Joe.My.God

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: A Touch of Rose, Asheville, North Carolina

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

A Touch of Rose

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.

At a Touch of Rose, we’re musicians with twenty years experience performing at Asheville weddings, including weddings for same sex couples. Our group includes a violinist and other instrumentalists to help you create the Asheville wedding of your desires. We can play all genres music, and special requests are welcome.

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Bistro Catering and Events, Charlotte, North Carolina

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Bistro Catering and Events

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.

Bistro Catering and Events is a gay friendly and gay managed catering business located in Downtown Concord, North Carolina. We cater within a two hour travel radius, including the greater Charlotte area. We offer a professional, open minded staff for your wedding day reception. Our pricing includes elegant appointments – real china, glassware, flatware, and linen napkins. Call us today and schedule your no cost and no obligation tasting consultation.

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Your Perfect Gay Ceremony, Asheville, North Carolina

Friday, December 5th, 2014

Your Perfect Gay Ceremony

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Gay Wedding Officiants in Asheville, NC, USA. You’re standing in front of your family and friends prepared to make your dreams of a lifetime come true, it’s at that moment that you are grateful that you have a professional guiding your ceremony. There is a great amount of time dedicated to you, in assuring your perfect wedding day is easy and joyful, filled with treasured memories. Call now to book an appointment, and let’s get started.

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NOM Beats a Dead Horse in North Carolina Marriage Equality Case

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

NOM LogoProving it never gives up on a dead horse until it’s beaten, cut up, burned, and buried, The National Organization for Marriage is trying to appeal the settled North Carolina case.

Joe.My.God reports:

Anti-gay state lawmakers in North Carolina, joined by the National Organization for Marriage, have appealed Judge Max Cogburn’s October 10 ruling striking down the state’s gay marriage ban to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

The News & Observer reports: Within hours of a split ruling by a 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel upholding gay marriage bans in four states, attorneys for North Carolina legislative leaders filed notice in the federal courts of their plans to appeal rulings in North Carolina that struck down a gay marriage ban. The court document, filed by John C. Eastman [right], a California lawyer and chairman of the National Organization for Marriage, outlines the plans of Phil Berger [left], president pro tem of the N.C. Senate, and Thom Tillis [middle], speaker of the state House, to appeal a ruling in October by U.S. District Judge William Osteen Jr. that nullified a 2012 amendment to the state constitution defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

To go with another farm metaphor, talk about slamming the barn door when the horse is already gone.

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North Carolina Judge OK’s GOP Intervention, Says It’s a Waste of Time

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

North Carolina MapThe GOP and NOM have been granted the standing to intervene in a marriage equality case in North Carolina. Joe.My.God reports:

United States District Court Judge William Osteen today ruled that the GOP/NOM legal team has the standing to appeal North Carolina’s marriage equality case… But check out this smackdown towards the end of the ruling: Notwithstanding some of the ongoing cases on a national level, this discussion is merely academic in this court. The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has issued its ruling in Bostic. As recognized by the district court in General Synod, this district court, sitting in North Carolina and the Fourth Circuit, is bound to apply that law. The parties to this case have the right to expect nothing less, whether they agree with the law or not. The issue presently before this court is solely whether to permit intervention for the purpose of preserving and taking an appeal. Although it is a very close issue, this court concludes that the motion to intervene should be granted, but only for the purpose of lodging an objection and preserving that objection to this court’s application of Bostic.

In otherwords, you’ll get your day in court, but at this point you’re just wasting everyone’s time and money.

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Victory in North Carolina – Asheville Judge Overturns Marriage Equality Ban

Friday, October 10th, 2014

North Carolina MapOK, here we go – the expected ruling in North Carolina has finally been handed down by a Federal judge in Asheville.

Think Progress reports:

District Judge Max Cogburn ruled in a very short decision that North Carolina’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. Unlike the many federal rulings that preceded Cogburn’s, he didn’t have to write much, because all he had to do was point to the Fourth Circuit’s now-binding ruling against Virginia’s ban. Still, he noted that same-sex marriage is “neither a political issue nor a moral issue,” but a “legal issue” that is now settled law. Cogburn’s ruling permanently enjoined North Carolina’s ban, and the effect of lifting Idaho’s stay was immediate, meaning marriage equality is now the law in both states.

The ruling opens the door for gay and lesbian couples to marry now in North Carolina.

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Marriage Equality: What’s Going On in North Carolina

Friday, October 10th, 2014

North Carolina MapAnd in North Carolina, the march toward marriage equality in the wake of the non-decision continues. Here’s what happened yesterday.

The state’s GOP leaders hired the Chairman of the National Organization for Marriage, of all people, to head up their attempt to intervene in the case. LGBTQ Nation reports:

House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate leader Phil Berger filed a motion seeking to intervene in legal challenges to the state’s gay marriage ban approved by voters in 2012. They also asked for a one-week delay to file additional documents. The GOP legislators have hired California lawyer John C. Eastman, chairman of the conservative National Organization for Marriage. Berger spokeswoman Shelly Carver said Eastman has agreed to forgo his first $10,000 in legal fees. After that, he will be paid $400 an hour.

Seriously. I guess they couldn’t find an impartial lawyer to take the case? The state asked for an 8 day delay to prepare their case, but a judge shot the request down. Joe.My.God reports:

…the attorneys requested an extension of eight days to make their arguments against same-sex marriage. Late Thursday evening, U.S. District Court Judge William Osteen issued an order denying their request. “In light of the stage of this litigation, and the arguments and positions previously asserted by both parties to this case, this court does not find good cause to extend the time for filing a proposed Answer,” Osteen’s order read. The judge gave them until noon tomorrow to file their motion to intervene.

In the meantime, church leaders and court officials were preparing for same sex weddings. The News Observer reports:

As the legal machinations grind on, prospective spouses, church leaders and court officials are preparing for the unprecedented change in North Carolina’s legal definition of marriage that could arrive any day. There were no lines of hopeful couples at the Wake County Justice Center on Thursday, but court employees cased the lobby, planning for potentially large crowds and trying to keep TV camera crews out of the way. In the office of the register of deeds, Laura Riddick, employees prepared to modify hundreds of marriage documents by hand. The state hasn’t yet given much guidance, according to Riddick.

Gay and lesbian couples are waiting, too. LGBTQ Nation reports:

Same-sex couples in North Carolina are eagerly awaiting federal court rulings they hope will allow them to get married. Lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina filed a request late Wednesday asking Chief U.S. District Court Judge William L. Osteen, Jr. to strike down the state’s gay marriage ban.

And the Asheville City Hall flew a huge rainbow flag to celebrate the coming of marriage equality. Joe.My.God reports:

The Campaign for Southern Equality reports that gay couples are camping out at county clerk offices across North Carolina in anticipation of a ruling to enact same-sex marriage.

Expect a ruling in North Carolina SOON.

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