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Featured Gay Wedding Vendor: Destination Weddings & Honeymoons, Providence, Rhode Island

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Destination Weddings & Honeymoons

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.

Welcome to Providence, Rhode Island’s Destination Weddings and Honeymoons. We are a full service travel agency with a specialty in destination weddings and honeymoons. We work with gay welcoming resorts and hotels. We are proud members of IGLTA and are 14 Stories certified. We plan and book land vacations and tours and cruises for clients in the USA and Canada to destinations around the world.

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Worldwide, 600 Million Live in States/Countries With Marriage Equality

Monday, July 1st, 2013

titleA new study shows just how many people now live in countries (or in the US, states) that have full marriage equality – it’s almost 10% of the global population. Queerty reports:

According to Australia’s Melbourne Ports Residents for Marriage Equality (MPRME), globally there are now 607 million people living in jurisdictions with full marriage equality. That number represents 8.6% of the total world population. “What this shows it that marriage equality is not just a temporary fad,” said MPRME spokesperson, Tony Pitman. “It’s a wave of equality that’s sweeping the globe. It’s a fundamental human rights reform that’s an inevitable part of social progress.”

That’s amazing – now if we could just get China and India on board… 😛

Marriage Equality Countries

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DC, USA: Turnout Disappointing for Worldwide LGBT March

Monday, April 23rd, 2012
Turnout Disappointing for Worldwide LGBT March in Washington, DC

Photo by Michael Key, Washington Blade

Saying they were unwavering in their commitment to LGBT equality, a contingent of 14 LGBT activists and their straight supporters held a rally across the street from the U.S. Capitol early Saturday afternoon as part of a series of Worldwide LGBT Civil Rights marches in the U.S. and abroad.

The event was promoted mostly on Facebook without the involvement of established local and national LGBT organizations. It was the brainchild of Oklahoma City gay activist Joe Knudson, who called for a series of simultaneous LGBT marches and rallies in cities throughout the world on April 21.

With less than 20 participants present at the conclusion of the rally, organizers chose to forego the march. “These marches are occurring in over thirty cities around the globe,” said Curtis Sledge, a Richmond, Va., gay activist who organized the D.C. event and was among three speakers at the rally held at Upper Senate Park.

Full Story from The Washington Blade

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Worldwide LGBT Marches on Saturday

Friday, April 20th, 2012

rallyAn estimated crowd of between 1,000 and 2,500 people are expected to assemble in a park next to the U.S. Capitol on Saturday, April 21, to kick off one of at least 30 Worldwide LGBT Civil Rights Marches set to take place in the U.S. and abroad, according to a D.C. police parade permit obtained by organizers of the event.

The D.C. march is scheduled to begin with a 10:45 a.m. rally at Upper Senate Park located at Constitution and Delaware avenues across the street from the U.S. Capitol. Among those scheduled to speak at the rally is D.C. gay activist Brian Watson, an official with the local group Transgender Health Empowerment.

The march, which is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m., will travel from Upper Senate Park along Constitution Avenue to 15th Street, N.W, according to information posted on the march’s website. From there it will travel west to Pennsylvania Avenue and turn right again to head east along Pennsylvania Avenue to Third Street, N.W., where it will end.

Full Story from The Washington Blade

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Summary of Marriage Equality Status Worldwide

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Marriage EqualityHere is a breakdown of legislation on gay marriages around the world, after the French constitutional court on Friday upheld the country’s gay marriage ban.

Ten countries have so far authorised marriages between people of the same sex.

  • NETHERLANDS: in April 2001 became the first country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage. Includes the right to adoption.
  • BELGIUM: Homosexual couples in Belgium won the right to marry in June 2003 and in April 2006 parliament voted into law a bill allowing homosexual couples to adopt children.
  • SPAIN: In July 2005 became the third member of the European Union to pass a law to allow same-sex marriages. Gay couples can adopt children.
  • CANADA: The law allowing gay couples to marry and adopt children came into force in July 2005.
  • SOUTH AFRICA: In November 2006 became the first African country to legalise same-sex marriage.
  • NORWAY: A January 2009 law allows homosexuals to marry and adopt children and permits lesbians to be artificially inseminated.
  • SWEDEN: Sweden’s homosexuals have been allowed to wed in religious or civil ceremonies since May 2009.
  • PORTUGAL: Under a June 1, 2010 law Portugal legalised gay marriage, while excluding the right to adoption.
  • ICELAND: Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir married her long-time partner in June 2010 as a new law legalising homosexual marriages came into force.
  • ARGENTINA: On July 15, 2010 a bill that legalizes same-sex marriage came into force — a Latin American first. Homosexual couples can adopt children.

Two countries allow gay marriage on part of their territory: the United States — the states of Iowa, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and the capital Washington DC, and Mexico in the federal capital.

Other countries have adopted legislation on civil partnerships, notably Denmark, France, Germany, Finland, New Zealand, Britain, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Uruguay and Colombia.

Full Story from ABSCBN

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Nate Silver: 250 Million Now Live in Places With Marriage Equality

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Thanks to Joe.My.God for tipping us to this:

Gay Marriage Chart

Although the past year has been frustrating to liberals and libertarians on many levels, one exception is in the increasing willingness of governments around the world to recognize same-sex marriage, as Argentina determined to do yesterday. There are now about 250 million people worldwide living in jurisdictions which provide for marriage equity, as this colorful chart will help to demonstrate.

The big spike you see in 2008 is California recognizing gay marriage through the courts, and then un-recognizing it through the passage of Proposition 8. Right now, it’s possible to marry your same-sex partner in Buenos Aires, in Mexico City, in Ames, Iowa, and in Pretoria, South Africa, but not in San Francisco. With countries like Argentina and Portugal now recognizing same-sex marriages, however, the global trajectory has returned to its slow-but-steady upward pace.

Full Story from FiveThirtyEight

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New US State Department Report Documents LBGT Life Around the Globe

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

This year’s U.S. State Department “Country Reports on Human Rights Practices” looked at LGBT life in nearly every nation on the planet and did an excellent job of documenting anti-LGBT abuse across the globe, the Council for Global Equality said March 11. The council further applauded State for urging “the use of diplomacy to counter this trend” of anti-gay hostility.

Introducing the report, which covered 2009, Michael Posner, assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labor, singled out the situation in Uganda, where a draconian anti-gay bill has resulted in a seriously deteriorating atmosphere for LGBT people.

Among much else, the bill punishes “aggravated homosexuality” and a second conviction for “the offense of homosexuality” with the death penalty.

Full Story from the Bay Area Reporter

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