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Featured Gay Wedding Vendor: Rising Lotus Photography, Tampa, Florida

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Rising Lotus Photography - Tampa, Florida

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 Tampa Wedding Photographer – Rising Lotus Photography specializes in couture wedding and engagement photography catering to those who view photography as an art located in Tampa, FL serving all of Florida and beyond.

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Tampa Church Cancels Gay Man’s Funeral Service

Friday, August 8th, 2014

FloridaA church in Tampa, Florida cancelled the Funeral service of a man once they learned he was gay.

Watermark reports:

A Tampa mother received a phone call a day before her son’s funeral saying the service was cancelled after the pastor found out the deceased was gay. Julie Atwood, Julion Evans’ mother,was told she could not have the funeral services at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church because it be “blasphemous.” Pastor T.W. Jenkins for New Hope said he did not know Evans,42, was gay until he saw his obituary which listed a surviving “husband.” After members of the congregation saw and called to complain, Jenkins said he did not think it was acceptable to hold the funeral services at New Hope. Kendall Capers, Evans’ husband and partner of 17 years, said their relationship was not a secret. The two were even married a year ago in Maryland.

Can you even imagine having to deal with homophobia like this when your son has just passed away?

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Ceremonies By Nan, Tampa, Florida

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Ceremonies By Nan - TampaPeriodically 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 Wedding Officiants in Tampa, FL, USA. Ceremonies by Nan is a non-denominational ceremonial service serving the Tampa Bay Area. The wedding ceremony is the heart of the wedding day. Out of everything special that makes up your wedding day, it will be the ceremony that you will remember most. I will custom design your wedding or commitment ceremony to your exact style and specifications. Each ceremony is created with taste and sensitivity.

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Another Florida County Passes Domestic Partner Benefits

Friday, January 18th, 2013

FloridaPinellas County became the sixth county in Florida to approve a domestic partner registry, though the rights afforded couples through that registry are not recognized in much of the rest of the state.

“This has no legal merit,” Commissioner Norm Roche told the Tampa Bay Times, adding that if a couple has a medical emergency in a county that does not recognize partnerships, they’re out of luck.

Still, the law will grant registered couples the right to visit one another in hospitals, make medical decisions for one another and possibly share health insurance coverage, if the contract is recognized by employers.

Authored By Phil Reese – See the Full Story at The Washington Blade

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Florida, USA: Pro Marriage Equality Conservatives Buy Full Page Ad on Tampa Paper Criticizing RNC Platform

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Florida, USA: Pro Marriage Equality Conservatives Buy Full Page Ad on Tampa Paper Criticizing RNC PlatformTwo conservative groups which support gay marriage have criticized the GOP’s stance on marriage in a full-page ad.

The ad, set to appear in Wednesday’s Tampa Tribune, is sponsored by Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry and gay GOP group Log Cabin Republicans.

Last week, Republicans approved language in the 2012 Republican Platform which supports a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as a heterosexual union. Republicans meeting in Tampa this week are expected to ratify the platform.

Authored By Carlos Santoscoy – See the Full Story at On Top Magazine

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USA: San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders to Star in Ads for Marriage Equality During RNC Convention

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

In a TV ad set to air in the Tampa area during the Republican National Convention next week, San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders speaks out about his support for the freedom to marry and encourages others in his party to do the same.

“As a Republican, I believe in conservative values like responsibility and limited government,” Sanders says in the ad, titled “Family and Freedom,” a project of the Human Rights Campaign and Freedom to Marry.

Sanders, who is also a chair of the Mayors for the Freedom to Marry, became a prominent symbol of GOP support for marriage for same-sex couples in 2007, when he had a last-minute change of heart in favor of marriage instead of civil unions.

See the Full Story at SDGLN

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Florida, USA: GetEQUAL to Join March On the RNC

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

GetEQUAL to Join March On the RNC in Tampa, FloridaActivist organization GetEQUAL has joined a coalition of groups which will march on the Republican National Convention at 10 am on August 27th, Towleroad has learned.

Writes the group:

GetEQUAL has been approached to endorse this coalition as the very first national LGBTQ organization to join forces with students, immigrant, African Americans, women and workers to reclaim our voice and hold accountable those in federal government, as well as in every local community across the country, who stand in the way of equality for all Americans.

Authored By Andy Towle – See the Full Story at Towleroad.com

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FL, USA: Methodists to Debate Marriage Equality

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Methodist Church and Marriage EqualityAs nearly 1,000 delegates from across the world gather in Tampa, Fla., for the United Methodist Church’s General Conference, gay and lesbian activists have printed pamphlets promoting their cause in five languages, including Portuguese and Swahili.

The UMC’s global reach, stretching from the Philippines to Philadelphia, compels the multilingual lobbying. Nearly 40 percent of the delegates, who meet through May 4, live outside the United States, according to church leaders.

“We see it as a challenge to deal with the cultural differences,” said Bishop Rosemarie Wenner of Germany, who will be installed in Tampa as president of the UMC’s Council of Bishops. “But we also see it as a gift.”

Full Story from The Washington Post

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Gay Marriage Events This Coming Week

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

(Full Events List & Details: http://www.purpleunions.com/mn/gay-marriage-events-list.html):

–USA, CA, Culver City: 08/07-08/28, Love Conquers All: Art for Equality, Thinkspace.
–USA, FL, Orlando: 08/08, NOM Anti Gay Marriage Tour, First Christian Church, 2-3 PM.
–USA, FL, Orlando: 08/08, Counterprotest NOM’s Tour, TBD, 2-3 PM.
–USA, FL, Tampa: 08/08, Counterprotest NOM’s Tour, TBD, 1:30-3 PM.
–USA, FL, Tampa: 08/08, Counterprotest NOM’s Tour, TBD, 12-1 PM.
–USA, IA, Decorah: 08/1-08/14, Achieving Marriage Equality in the Heartland, Dahl Ctrl Union, Luther Coll Cam.
–USA, MN, St. Paul: 08/09, HRC’s Tee Up for Equality Golf Tournament, Hillcrest Golf Club, 12:30 PM.
–USA, NY, TBD: 08/08, MENY Sea Tea, TBD, 7-10 PM.

Gay Marriage Events Today/Tomorrow

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

(Full Events List & Details: http://www.purpleunions.com/mn/gay-marriage-events-list.html):

–USA, CA, Culver City: 08/07-08/28, Love Conquers All: Art for Equality, Thinkspace.
–USA, CA, Palm Springs: 08/07, Equality Happy Hour, Hamburger Mary’s, 4-7 PM.
–USA, CA, Palm Springs: 08/07, Czarina’s Ball Benefit for Harvey Milk Foundation – $100, Private Home, 6P<-12 AM. --USA, CA, San Jose: 08/07, Tabling w/MESV, De Anza Flea Market, 6:30 AM-2 PM. --USA, FL, Orlando: 08/08, NOM Anti Gay Marriage Tour, First Christian Church, 2-3 PM. --USA, FL, Orlando: 08/08, Counterprotest NOM's Tour, TBD, 2-3 PM. --USA, FL, Tampa: 08/08, Counterprotest NOM's Tour, TBD, 1:30-3 PM. --USA, FL, Tampa: 08/08, Counterprotest NOM's Tour, TBD, 12-1 PM. --USA, GA, Atlanta: 08/07, NOM Anti Gay Marriage Tour, TBD, 2-3 PM. --USA, GA, Atlanta: 08/07, Counterprotest NOM's Tour, TBD, 2-3 PM. --USA, GA, Atlanta: 08/07, Counterprotest NOM's Tour, TBD, 5-8 PM. --USA, IA, Davenport: 08/07, One Iowa House Party, Private Residence, 3-4 PM. --USA, IA, Decorah: 08/1-08/14, Achieving Marriage Equality in the Heartland, Dahl Ctrl Union, Luther Coll Cam. --USA, IA, Des Moines: 08/07, Voter Canvassing With One Iowa, One Iowa Office, 9 AM-12 PM. --USA, IA, Iowa City: 08/07, Voter Canvassing With One Iowa, Java House, 1-5 PM. --USA, NY, TBD: 08/08, MENY Sea Tea, TBD, 7-10 PM.