Monthly Archives: March 2018

Ninth Circuit Judge Who Struck Down Prop 8 Passes Away

Stephen Reinhardt

Liberal 9th Circuit Judge Stephen Reinhardt, who struck down California’s Proposition 8 as well as gay marriage bans in Nevada and Idaho, and wrote a ruling that barred jurors from being removed because of sexual orientation, has died at 87. Reinhardt died suddenly during a medical appointment according to a Court spokesman. One of his… Read more »

UK Parliament Advances Marriage Equality Bill for Northern Ireland

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Two former Conservative equalities ministers have given their backing to a bill that would bring equal marriage to Northern Ireland, as it passed its first reading. Northern Ireland is currently the only part of the UK that continues to ban same-sex marriage, due to opposition from the ultra-conservative Democratic Unionist Party.  Following the collapse… Read more »

Gay Male Couples Least Likely to Divorce

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Married gay male couples are the least likely to divorce and break up. Researchers have found same-sex male couples are twice as likely as not break up as lesbians. Women in same-sex relationships are 1.5 times as likely as heterosexual couples to have broken up. A study following 515 couples in Vermont has found longer… Read more »

Kay Wolff Design – Berkeley Gay Friendly Wedding Florist

Listening to and interpreting a client’s wishes and style are hallmarks of Kay’s approach to planning for a special event. Grace filled designs and years of experience allow Kay to design and craft a memorable event for each of her clients. Kay is a member of The American Institute of Floral Designers AIFD, a California… Read more »

French Quarter Wedding Chapel – New Orleans Gay Friendly Wedding Venue

French Quarter Wedding Chapel - New Orleans Gay Friendly Wedding Venue

We are the only wedding chapel in the French Quarter, serving the world since 2000 by celebrating love and uniting ALL couples of numerous diverse backgrounds with individual tastes, in the officially proclaimed “romantic capital of the world” New Orleans, Louisiana. We present the couple with options to pick whatever they want, in a very… Read more »

Oregon Juuge Booted for Refusing to Marry Gay Couples and Then Lying About It

Vance Day

The Oregon Supreme Court Thursday took the unusual step of suspending a sitting state court judge — Vance Day of Salem — for three years. The high court found that Day — a Marion County Circuit Court judge — had committed “willful misconduct” and made “willful misstatements” to investigators to cover-up the truth. Among Day’s… Read more »

US Supreme Court Cases Could Expand Title VII Protections to Queer Americans

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A series of court cases winding their way toward the U.S. Supreme Court offer the prospect of fundamentally expanding the federal Civil Rights Act to provide definitive statutory inclusion for LGBT Americans. This development portends a clarification that federal protections on the basis of “sex” are to be interpreted as encompassing “sexual orientation” and “gender… Read more »

South Carolina GOP Governor: Adoption Agencies Can Reject Non-Christian Parents

Gov. Henry McMaster

Gov. Henry McMaster is coming to the defense of an Upstate foster care agency that requires participating families to be Christian. McMaster issued an executive order Tuesday that allows foster care providers to discriminate based on religion without losing their license. For nearly three decades, Greenville-based Miracle Hill Ministries has only allowed foster children to… Read more »

Bakies – Mount Pleasant Gay Wedding Cakes

Bakies - Mount Pleasant Gay Wedding Cakes

Bakies has established itself as a landmark Mount Pleasant bakery by creating elegant and unique customized wedding, groom’s, shower, occasion and novelty cakes, sweet trays, custom shortbread cookies and other edible gifts. Their bakers have a love and a passion for baking, and their decorators have the creativity and experience to bring to life anything… Read more »

GOP Goes After LGBTIQA Rights

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The Trump era is seeing a concerted effort to roll back LGBTIQA rights: Alabama Senate Passes Bill to Erase Marriage Licences So Judges Won’t Give Them to Gay Couples The Senate in Alabama has passed a Republican-sponsored bill which aims to outlaw same-sex marriages by eliminating marriage licences altogether. State Sen. Greg Albritton, the bill’s… Read more »

Coral Sea Resort – Airlie Beach Gay Friendly Wedding Venue

Coral Sea Resort - Airlie Beach Gay Friendly Wedding Venue

The award winning Coral Sea Resort, in the exclusive sea side enclave of Airlie Beach, in the stunning Whitsundays, is an oasis of luxury and tranquility offering exclusive Whitsunday wedding packages and the most special wedding venues Airlie Beach has on offer. The ideal location for your oceanfront Airlie Beach wedding venue, breathtaking reception and… Read more »

Hawaii May Ban Conversion Therapy

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waii, ban, conversion therapy The Hawaii State Senate passed a bill banning conversion therapy on minors in the Tuesday (6 March) session. In SB 270’s text, conversion therapy, both in practice and advertisement, is prohibited. ‘No person who is licensed to provide professional counseling shall: (1) Engage in or attempt to engage in sexual orientation… Read more »

Court Unleashes Marriage Equality Flood in Latin America

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Last January, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights issued a marriage-equality ruling that effectively brought marriage equality to 20 Latin American countries in a single swoop .The catch was that the countries have to change their laws themselves. Now that process is well underway, with a lot of bright spots and the occasional expected backlash…. Read more »

It’s time for Marriage Equality in Northern Ireland

Conor McGinn

Conor McGinn, a Northern Ireland-born Labour MP, writes for PinkNews as he tables a bill in the UK Parliament to bring marriage equality to the region. Since equal marriage was approved in England and Wales in 2012, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Scotland and Ireland have followed suit in changing the law to allow same-sex couples to… Read more »