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South Church, Mount Prospect, Illinois – Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Venue

Saturday, March 26th, 2016

South Church

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The South Church welcomes you and invites you to celebrate your union in our beautiful sanctuary in Mount Prospect, just outside of Chicago.
Built in 1937, our church building captures an air of the traditional as well as the modern. Its white frame structure is patterned on a colonial design that sets it off from most other churches in the area.

New stained glass windows were installed in the 1990s. The windows’ modern designs allow a great deal of natural light into our air-conditioned sanctuary while depicting important scenes from the history of the faith. Our front doors open onto a wide staircase that spills onto the lawn, providing a perfect setting for your guests to congratulate you after your ceremony, and for keepsake photos to be taken.

Set in a lovely residential neighborhood in Mount Prospect, Illinois, The South Church has ample parking for you and your guests. This northwest suburban location is about 20 miles from Chicago, easily accessed by major highways and only a few blocks from the Metra Station.

Our location places The South Church near many restaurants and banquet halls, and our wedding package includes the services of the pastor, the music director/organist, and our wedding coordinator.

The church and surrounding grounds provide such a lovely backdrop for wedding pictures that many photographers include photos taken at The South Church in their portfolios.

When you are married at The South Church we place a congratulatory message featuring your names on the church sign, which also makes for a memorable picture.

Since its inception The South Church has served the needs of people from many different faith traditions. We are a church that encourages our members and friends to explore their questions and to construct a faith that is meaningful to them.

We take pride in our mission work, which serves mainly local needs. We offer an ongoing class in World Religions, believing that God has spoken in many different ways throughout human history.

For years The South Church has supported equal rights for gay men and lesbian women, and both the current and previous pastors have performed civil unions. We look forward to the day when marriage will be legal in our state, and in our country.

We hope you consider having your wedding at The South Church. If you are looking for a church setting with a very gay friendly staff, please give us a call.

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Featured Gay Wedding Vendor: Steven Rosen Photography, New York City

Monday, June 15th, 2015

Steven Rosen Photography

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.

There is a certain irony in being a gay wedding photographer. While I am always honored to be a part of my client’s wedding day, the fact that until recently I couldn’t legally get married was never lost on me. The experience of witnessing so many beautiful weddings made me determined to work towards marriage equality.

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USA, Utah: Attorney General Will Issue an Opinion on Existing Same-Sex Marriages Today

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Utah Attorney General Sean ReyesMore than 1300 same-sex couples married in Utah during the brief window when a judge made it legal. Now we’re waiting for the state’s Attorney General to weigh in.

Joe.My.God reports:

The opinion, which is expected to be presented to Governor Gary Herbert on Wednesday, will determine if the state provides services to legally wed same-sex couples pending the appeal. The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to stay same-sex marriages in Utah pending an appeal of Amendment 3 has placed hundreds of couples in a legal gray area. After the Dec. 20 decision declaring it unconstitutional, Governor Gary Herbert directed state agencies to offer services in compliance with a federal judge’s order. But now that the Supreme Court justices have stayed the request, many agencies are wondering if they still must comply.

Given the Attorney General’s expressed hostility toward marriage equality, we’d be surprised if he declared the marriages valid.

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UK, England/Wales: Same-Sex Couples Can Marry Starting March 29th

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

LondonWe finally have a date for the first same-sex weddings in England and Wales, and it’s three months earlier than we thought.

Gay Star News reports:

The first same sex weddings in England and Wales will be able to take place from Saturday 29 March 2014, Women and Equalities Minister Maria Miller announced today (10 December). Following the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 successfully completing its journey through Parliament in July 2013, the government has been working to ensure that all the arrangements are in place to enable same sex couples to marry as soon as possible. As a result of this work, the first weddings in England and Wales will now be able to happen several months earlier than the government anticipated.

That’s great news for same-sex couples in England and Wales, who had to endure a longer waiting period than most places that have passed marriage equality. Will Scotland get its act together to let couples marry at the same time?

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France: High Court Says Mayors Cannot Refuse to Perform Same-Sex Weddings

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Paris, FranceFrench mayors must perform weddings for all couples who have the legal right to marry, including same-sex couples, the High Court there has ruled.

Pink News reports:

A law recognising equal marriage took effect in May, but several mayors rejected it as a matter of “conscience”. Earlier this summer Jean-Michel Colo, the mayor of Arcangues, in south-west France, refused to marry a gay couple and said “I will go to the gallows” in order to defy the law. However, the Constitutional Council ruled on Friday that the law does not provide a “conscience clause” for its opponents. “The council judged that, in view of the functions of a state official in the officiating of a marriage, the legislation does not violate their freedom of conscience,” it said in a statement.

If they don’t like the law, they can either try to change it, or not be Mayor anymore.

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Churches in New Zealand, USA Consider Marrying Same-Sex Couples

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Gay Wedding RingsSeveral churches are considering allowing their priests to marry same-sex couples.In New Zealand, the Anglican Church may allow the practice by 2016, according to one Reverend.

Gay Star News reports:

St Matthew’s in the City’s the Reverend Clay Nelson says he expects a majority of Anglicans in New Zealand will support same-sex couples being allowed to marry in their churches by 2016. He made the comments to after a motion at a meeting of the Anglican Synod backing same-sex marriage was barely defeated. ‘I do believe it will eventually pass, I hope no later than 2016,’ Rev. Nelson said.

In the US, a United Methodist Tribunal is considering the same issue.

Gay Star News reports:

The United Methodist Judicial Council will decide late October if its clergy and local church regions can hold different opinions on the issues of homosexuality and marriage and will also decide the fate of four priests who have been charged with marrying same-sex couples. A 1972 rule in the United Methodist Church’s internal law book states, ‘The UMC does not condone the practice of homosexuality and considers this practice incompatible with Christian teaching,’ and bars its clergy from officiating same-sex marriages but many United Methodist churches have been doing so anyway.

What started with small groups of supportive clergy is now making its way into the mainstream of these church organizations. And that’s a good thing.

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USA: No Same Sex Weddings for Catholic Military Chaplains, Archbishop Says

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Archbishop Timothy BroglioArchbishop Timothy Broglio has ruled out same-sex weddings for Catholic military chaplains.

Pink News reports:

“No Catholic priest or deacon may be forced by any authority to witness or bless the union of couples of the same gender. No Catholic priest or deacon can be obliged to assist at a ‘Strong Bonds’ or other ‘Marriage Retreat’, if that gathering is also open to couples of the same gender. A priest who is asked to counsel non-Catholic parties in a same-gendered relationship will direct them to a chaplain who is able to assist. Catholic parties will, of course, be encouraged by the priest to strive to live by the teaching of the Gospel. While the tradition of the Catholic Church always tries to find reasons to bury the dead, a priest may not be placed in a situation where his assistance at a funeral for a Catholic would give the impression that the Church approves of same sex ‘marital’ relationships… Obviously, anyone who is known to be in a sinful relationship is excluded from ministries in the Catholic community.”

I guess Broglio didn’t get the Pope’s memo…

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Colombia: After Legislature Fails to Act, Judge OK’s Marriage for Gay Couple

Friday, July 12th, 2013

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After the Colombian legislature failed to act for two years on a Constitutional Court order to give gay and lesbian couples official recognition, a court has just ok’d a same sex wedding. The Washington Blade reports:

A judge in Colombia on Thursday said a gay couple can legally marry. Caracol Radio reported that Carmen Lucia Rodriguez Diaz, a civil judge in Bogota, the country’s capital, “defended the viability of marriage for gay couples” in a five page ruling she wrote after a couple identified as Diego and Juan petitioned her to legally recognize their relationship. The two men are expected to tie the knot in a civil marriage ceremony on July 24.

It’s not clear yet whether this ruling clears the way for all same sex couples in Colombia to be able to marry, or if it will be appealed. But, wow!

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USA: Supreme Court Turns Down Request to Block Same Sex Weddings

Monday, July 1st, 2013

Prop 8 OverAngry that the ninth circuit court didn’t wait the full 25 days to lift the stay on same sex weddings in California, Protect Marriage asked for an injunction from Supreme Court Justice Antonin Kennedy. Yesterday morning, they got their answer. The Los Angeles Times reports:

The Supreme Court rejected an emergency request to stop same-sex marriages in California, a lawyer for the gay couples who sued said Sunday. Theodore J. Boutrous Jr., one of the lawyers who challenged Proposition 8, said that he had just received word from the court Sunday morning that Justice Anthony M. Kennedy denied a request by ProtectMarriage, the sponsors of Proposition 8, to halt the marriages. Boutrous said that Kennedy, who handles petitions from the Western states, did not comment on the decision.

They could still petition another Justice – it would be amusing to see them try each one and get rejected nine times…

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USA: “The Knot” Releases Same Sex Wedding Survey

Saturday, June 29th, 2013

titleThe mainstream wedding site “The Knot” just released a survey on wedding trends for same sex couples. Gay Today reports:

Same-sex couples are less likely to have a formal proposal than their straight counterparts, with about 58% proposing, compared with approximately 91% of straight couples. They are far more likely to just decide to get married; two out of five (40%) opted for this route, compared with one in 10 (9%) straight couples. The proposal is equally as likely to be a surprise. One in four of both couples’ proposals were a surprise. They’re also equally as likely to be private, with one in four proposals for each type of couple done in private. While most straight couples stick to tradition with one member getting down on one knee, this is where same-sex couples split – 16% were traditional, where 14% had a nontraditional proposal.

This makes sense – for many of us, a lot more than romance has to go into the decision to marry – is it allowed where we live? What will friends/family think? Will we be able to find supportive venues? How will those around us react if I go down on one knee for my same-sex partner? I hope one day we can let all that go and just be carried away by romance.