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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Ludwig Photo & Video, Cincinnati, Ohio

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Ludwig Photos

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.

Around 1980 I was just starting my photography career when my cousin, who is gay, ask me to photograph a commitment ceremony. I was raised to be very accepting of people so I happily said yes. I borrowed some camera equipment from the photo studio I worked for so I could get some great images. When the photos came back through the studio I almost lost my job because my boss said I shouldn’t have used his cameras for such an event. It was difficult for me to understand why he was upset.

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Andre Maier Photography, New York, New York

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

http://www.purpleunions.com/el/a/andre-maier-photography-new-york.html

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 New York Wedding Photographer – All day, Andre will take photos of the whole wedding, including preparation, ceremony, reception, focusing on his unique photojournalistic photography.

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Italian Photographer May Sue Party for Misuse of Pro Equality Photo

Saturday, September 6th, 2014

After a far right wing group in Italy stole his photograph to create an anti-gay ad, a photographer is considering suing.

Italy Anti Gay Ad

The Advocate reports:

An Italian photographer has threatened to sue a conservative political party for misusing a photo — he originally shot it for a newspaper article supporting adoption rights for same-sex couples, but the right-wing group used it in a campaign opposing such rights. The photographer, famous for shooting a series of Benetton ads, contends the political party did not secure his permission to use the image, but more importantly, objects to how the party used it, according to Italian English-language news site The Local. “The photo was used in the opposite way [it was intended],” Oliviero Toscani told Italian news agency Ansa. “[Originally,] there were editorial photos to explain the various possibilities of a family for a French newspaper.” Instead, Toscani said, Italy’s conservative Fratelli d’Italia party “used the photos in an ignorant way, like they are.”

These anti-gay groups seem to have a history of stealing photographs – remember this one from Colorado? Or this time that NOM stole a lesbian couple’s photo? Or this time when the president of Poland stole a gay couple’s video?

Find more articles and gay wedding resourcesThe Advocate.

USA: Wedding Magazine Refuses to Publish Lesbian Wedding Photo, Then Relents

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Lesbian Wedding PhotoA wedding magazine that initially refused to publish a lesbian wedding photograph has relented after an outcry from the LGBT community, Gay Star News reports:

Atlanta-based photographer Anne Almasy wanted her first print ad to show off her ‘heart for photographing these momentous (and often wonderfully ridiculous) celebrations.’ For US-based Weddings Unveiled, she chose a picture of a lesbian couple smiling as their lips are coming closer together for a kiss.

The magazine was against the idea at first:

‘We just don’t feel comfortable publishing an ad featuring a same-sex couple. These aren’t our personal beliefs, of course, but you know…’ they said.

But they ultimately came around:

The owners behind Weddings Unveiled, Terri and Brooke, have now published an apology. ‘When we were faced with the decision of whether or not to publish Anne Almasy’s advertisement, we acted in a manner that does not reflect our personal beliefs,’ they wrote… ‘We are so sorry that we acted out of fear and uncertainty. We had never been faced with such a decision and we should have acted with our hearts.’

At least they finally did the right thing.

Facebook Apologizes for Removing Marriage Equality Photo, Temporarily Blocking Access to Page

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Gay WeddingFacebook has apologized for removing a photo of a mixed-race gay couple’s wedding from Gay Marriage USA’s page then subsequently blocking the administrator from gaining access.

The marriage equality campaign’s Facebook page has over 295,000 followers, but its founder, Murray Lipp, was notified that the photo of a bishop getting married to his husband at a small Pentecostal church was deemed “offensive”.

Lipp was also banned for a week from posting content to Gay Marriage USA for violating Facebook’s “policies and community standards”.

Authored By Lester Brathwaite – See the Full Story at Queerty

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UK: Anti Marriage Equality Group Uses Pro Equality Politician’s Photo Without Permission

Monday, January 14th, 2013

LondonThe main group campaigning against equal marriage in the UK has used a Conservative MP’s photograph on its publicity leaflets without her permission.

The Coalition for Marriage (C4M) handed out the leaflets in the Truro area of west Cornwall and urged residents to object to the government’s equal marriage plans for England & Wales.

Sarah Newton, the Conservative MP for Truro and Falmouth, said it wrongly implied she supported the group.

Authored By Scott Roberts – See the Full Story at Pink News

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Virginia, USA: Eugene Delguadio Tries to Make Photo Copyright Lawsuit Go Away

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Virginia-based hate group leader Eugene Delgaudio has filed a motion seeking the dismissal of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s lawsuit for his usage of a gay couple’s wedding photo in anti-gay mailers.

Public Advocate, represented by Arrington Law Firm in Centennial, Colo., claimed that the use of the couple’s photograph was fair and protected by the First Amendment. “This case is about one and only one thing: the politics of same-sex unions,” the memorandum stated.

Because the plaintiffs acknowledged that Public Advocate used the photograph to express its view on the issue of same-sex unions, “this admission is fatal to their case,” the memorandum said. “Public Advocate was engaging in the type of political speech the protection of which is at the very core of the freedom of speech guaranteed by the First Amendment.”

See the Full Story at Joe.My.God

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New Jersey, USA: Gay Couple to Sue Over Unauthorized Use of Wedding Image in Anti-Gay Colorado Flier

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

A gay couple from New Jersey is suing a group that used their engagement photo in an attack mailer against a Republican Colorado state lawmaker who supported civil unions this year.

The Southern Poverty Law Center said it will file a federal lawsuit against the Virginia-based Public Advocate of the United States on behalf of the couple Wednesday. In the photo, Brian Edwards and Tom Privitere hold hands while facing each other and kissing with a New York City skyline as a backdrop.

The photo was used in mailers in a June primary election involving Sen. Jean White, one of a handful of Republicans who supported a civil unions bill that was blocked in the state House. The mailer, which replaced the Manhattan skyline with a snowy background, read: “State Senator Jean White’s Idea of `Family Values?'”

Authored By Ivan Moreno – See the Full Story at the Seattle Times

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Maine, USA: Hate Group Emails Patently Insulting Image of Barney Frank to Raise Funds

Saturday, July 7th, 2012

Note: put of respect for Congressman Frank and his wedding day, we’re not reproducing the photo here – you can see it at the Joe.my.God link below.

Via JMG reader Louise, the above is how Maine hate group leader Mike Heath illustrates his latest beg for money.

The accompanying press release notes that Frank is spending the summer “sodomizing his boyfriend Jim” in anticipation of their coming wedding. As classless as we’d expect.

See the Full Story at Joe.My.God

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NOM Steals Picture of Lesbian Couple

Friday, May 13th, 2011

World, take note: you do not want to be on Kerri Carder-McCoy’s bad side, because she is not putting up with any of your shit.

You may remember, back in 2008, when Kerri and her wife Erin made headlines right before the vote on Prop 8. When they got married at San Francisco City Hall, Erin’s first-grade class greeted her at the door to throw rose petals. It was all done with parental permission, of course, but the anti-gays latched onto the event as proof that schools would “teach gay marriage.”

That touched off a nightmare for Kerri and Erin, as their faces and the faces of the kids were appropriated and re-used by anti-gay groups. Two and a half years later, it’s still going on: NOM’s anti-marriage ad in New York features a flash frame of Kerri and Erin.

Full Story from Queerty

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