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USA, Arizona: Here We Go Again

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

Arizona mapThere’s another bill brewing in Arizona that would allow some public employees to refuse to perform weddings for same sex couples.

Towleroad.com reports:

House Bill 2481, which has advanced on mostly party-line committee votes and is awaiting a debate by the full House of Representatives, would prevent government from requiring ordained clergy and judges to “solemnize a marriage that is inconsistent with the minister’s sincerely held religious beliefs.” The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Steve Montenegro, R-Litchfield Park, is narrower than SB 1062, which would have offered a legal defense for individuals and businesses facing discrimination lawsuits if they could have proved they acted upon a “sincerely held religious belief.”…

The Anti-Defamation League has spoken against a provision that would extend the right to refuse to conduct ceremonies to judges, justices of the peace and clerks who perform them. Religious officials are already exempt from lawsuits filed by people who feel they were wrongly denied marriage services, said Tracey Stewart, assistant regional director for the Anti- Defamation League. But judges and other civil servants are not men of the cloth, she said. “Those are usually individuals who are employed by government,” Stewart said. Part of their public service as a government official extends to performing civil, not religious, marriage ceremonies, she said.

You would think Arizona lawmakers, so recently stung by the Right to Discriminate bill, would be gun-shy about taking up another bill that allows discrimination. We shall see.

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USA, New Mexico: Two Judges Quit Officiating Weddings to Protest Marriage Equality

Friday, February 21st, 2014

New Mexico MapTwo judges in Southeastern New Mexico have announced that they will no longer officiate any weddings to avoid having to marry same sex couples.

KRWG reports:

Judges in two southeastern New Mexico counties say they will no longer officiate weddings after the state’s high court ruled in favor of marriage equality. The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports that judges in Eddy and Chaves Counties recently announced they won’t officiate civil marriage ceremonies for straight or same-sex couples. In December, the New Mexico Supreme Court decided it was unconstitutional to deny marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples. Officials in both counties say the decision was made a few months ago.

It’s the kind of tantrum that any 5 year old child would be proud of. If I can’t have it my way, I won’t do it at all! Judges in the state are not required to officiate at weddings, but county clerks must issue licenses to same sex couples.

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USA: Humanist Society to Marry Gay and Lesbian Troops for Free

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Humanist Society LogoThe Humanist Society has just announced that it will marry gay and lesbian military members for free throughout 2013.

Joe.My.God reports:

Free weddings services for same-sex couples are now being offered by humanist celebrants for active duty military personnel. This national endeavor is in support of the Jan. 2014 implementation of full spousal rights for same-sex couples in the military. Scores of humanist celebrants certified by the American Humanist Association’s Humanist Society are waiving their ceremony fee as part of this national effort. A listing of celebrants participating in the program can be found on the Humanist Society’s website.

What a great wedding gift for our gay lesbian service members.

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UK, Scotland: Church Wants “Conscience Clause” in Marriage Equality Bill

Friday, August 16th, 2013

ScotlandAs Scotland gets ready to follow in the footsteps of Wales and England on marriage equality, a church there wants the government to exempt Christian officiants from performing same sex weddings. Pink News reports:

A spokesmen for the Church called on the Scottish Government to include a conscientious objectors clause similar to that which applies for the 1967 Abortion Act and added that “the Free Church wants some reassurance that in the eyes of the state it will still be legal to believe that marriage is between a man and a woman.” The Free Church also wants amendments made to the Equalities Act to protect all those who are opposed to same-sex marriage on the grounds of religious conviction.

Would this exemption only cover officiants, or any wedding vendor? On the plus side, it sounds like they are resigned to the fact that the law is going to pass.

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Rev. Jill Dillner, Englishtown, New Jersey

Monday, December 31st, 2012

Rev. Jill Dillner, Englishtown, New jerseyPeriodically 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.

Thanks for considering me as an officiant for your wedding – we’re going to have a great time together!

I’m a Universalist Minister who lives in Monmouth County, New Jersey. I’ve been officiating at same-sex weddings for fifteen years – though gay marriage has just become legal in a number of states, loving same sex couples have been celebrating their commitments for centuries.

Your wedding officant needs to bring passion, great energy, and a warm personality to your wedding day – it should be everything you hoped it would be, and a good officiant can help you achieve that.

See Rev. Jill Dillner’s Expanded Listing on Purple Unions Here

Gay Friendly Wedding Vendors in New Jersey

Washington, USA: Judges to Donate Time to Marry Gay/Lesbian Couples

Friday, November 16th, 2012

Seattle City Hall will open for a special event on the Sunday following a new law taking effect, which will allow same-sex couples to marry in the state of Washington.

Mayor Mike McGinn, said through spokesperson, Aaron Pickus, that eight municipal judges will donate their time on Sunday 9 December, three days after Referendum 74 becomes active, allowing equal marriage in the state, reports the Associated Press.

The judges will be available between 12-5pm on Sunday 9 December, the first day it is possible for couples to have their marriage licenses signed, despite being allowed to collect them from 6 December.

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

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Loving Heart Ceremonies by Risa Marlen, New York

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

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.

Loving Heart Ceremonies by Risa Marlen, New York CityAt Loving Heart Ceremonies, we know that there’s no formula to honor the Big Events that happen during our lifetimes – especially true at a time when many of us come from diverse cultures and backgrounds.

Often, couples bring together various religious, spiritual or secular beliefs, and many of us may no longer have a personal relationship with a rabbi, pastor or priest.

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Netherlands: Town of Urk Supports Anti Gay Officiants

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

NetherlandsThe Dutch town of Urk, known for its many churches and fishing traditions, says it will not dismiss public servants refusing to officiate at gay weddings, despite an adopted law proposal by parliament.

In a statement seen by BosNewsLife Thursday, November 17, Urk’s local government said it has employed seven registrars. “Four of them refuse to marry gays and lesbians. If the government decides they must be dismissed, Urk refuses to do so. Homosexuals can still be married by the other three officials.”

Urk’s announcement came after Dutch parliament on Tuesday, November 15, supported a motion to crackdown on at least 104 known civil servants refusing to oversee same-sex marriages.

Full Story from BosNewsLife

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: San Francisco Weddings by the Bay

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

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.

Gay Friendly San Francisco Bay Area Wedding Vendors

San Francisco Weddings by the BayPaula Hollander is a former Deputy Marriage Commissioner for San Francisco, and is now an ordained minister with the Universal Life Church. She officiates over non-denominational, civil marriage ceremonies, and can also do as commitment ceremonies and same-sex marriage ceremonies.

She enjoys celebrating gay and lesbian unions, and can come to you anywhere in the San Francisco Bay Area.

If she’s not available to personally conduct your ceremony, she can refer you to someone else who will be able to. She can also arrange an interview with the officiant at no cost to you.

Paula was first sworn in as a Deputy Marriage Commissioner in 1989, and since has conducted hundreds of weddings at San Francisco City Hall and other off-site locations.

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Blessings From Italy, Florence

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

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.

Gay Friendly Italian Wedding Vendors

Blessings From Italy, Florence, ItalyBlessings from Italy provides wedding officiants and inter-faith blessing celebrants who specialize in weddings and VIP events and who operate independently as certified members of The Association of Independent Celebrants.
We’re based in Italy but can also officiate throughout Europe.

Although we’re independent, we’re also regularly requested by a number of professional wedding planners who are proud to name us as their main celebrants.

We are active participants of an International Association concerned with assessing the professionalism of its members, and we are proud to offer unique collaborative packages for couples who are interested in hiring only the best.

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