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Italy: Gay Couple Marries in Rome

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Gay Couple Marries in RomeGay marriage is not legal in Italy, but that hasn’t stopped a number of same-sex couples from tying the knot.

On a rainy Sunday afternoon in the historic All Saint’s Anglican Church near Rome’s Piazza del Popolo, Francesco and Alessandro made their vows of marriage in the presence of friends and family. One groom wore a blue suit; the other a white one. A flower girl dressed in pink and a young ring bearer accompanied the couple, who both smiled and cried tears of happiness like thousands of other newlyweds.

The one-hour ceremony included communion, scripture readings, and lively spiritual music by a visiting choir invited to help celebrate the first same-sex marriage known to be held in Rome, the base of the Roman Catholic Church. The grooms held hands and exchanged rings that had been blessed by Mother Teodora Tosatti, the first woman to be ordained as a priest in Italy under the Vetero Catholics, which is an offshoot of the Catholic Church. “Why should love that does not follow tradition be illegal?” she asked the congregation made up of same-sex and heterosexual couples. “Your vows to each other are as important as any other’s.”

Authored By Barbie Latza Nadeau – See the Full Story at The Daily Beast

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Outstanding Italia, Rome, Italy

Tuesday, January 10th, 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.

Gay Friendly Wedding Vendors in Italy

Outstanding Italia, RomeOutstanding Italia specializes in creating customized homeymoons and weddings in Italy.

We design personalized journeys and present an array of alternatives and solutions that can fits specific needs. We take care of minute details to delight you.

Italy is one of the most romantic places where to get married!

Rome, Venice and Florence are undoubtedly beautiful cities, but also the Lakes District, the Tuscany or the Italian Riviera offer unforgettable scenery: we will set your wedding in the world’s most beautiful natural landscapes.

Outstanding Italia specializes in creating customized travels and events in Italy.

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: 66 Imperial, Rome

Saturday, May 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 Italy Wedding Vendors

66 Imperial, Rome66 Imperial is a luxurious accommodation in the heart of Rome, close to the Coliseum and the Roman Forum.

Our exclusive rooms are on an upper floor (4th and 2nd floor with elevator access)., Each of our seven guest rooms has a private bath with a Jacuzzi Hydromassage Shower, hair dryer, and Italian Carrara bath fittings.

Rooms also feature double or twin beds, TV, radio, work desk, safe-deposit-box, mini-fridge, a/c heat, and free wifi access in every room.

There’s also a 4th floor common area, iron/ironing facilities, daily cleaning and a change of linens every 3 days).

Our rates include breakfast, free-bar and taxes. We offer a 20-40% discount for travel agents.

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Italy: Catholic Priests Caught Trolling Gay Bars

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

An Italian magazine owned by Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has exposed a large number of Catholic priests going out to gay bars and having sex with men that they meet there. These men are having consensual relationships with other men in direct violation of their oath of celibacy and the teachings of their own Church.

Their actions have brought about the condemnation of the Italian Catholic diocese of Rome. The article in the Italian magazine Panorama detailed the sexual encounters of these priests and their trips to clubs. The diocese characterized their behavior as sullying the honor of all others.

The Roman Catholic Church teaches that sex outside of marriage is sinful and homosexuality is unnatural. It is teaching these in a day and age when scientific research has shown that homosexuality is perfectly natural and many Catholics are refusing to get married because of the Church’s stance on divorce.

Full Story from Lez Get Real

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