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Scott Walker’s Family Doesn’t Support his Anti-Gay Marriage Statement

July 7th, 2015 No comments
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It’s expected that Scott Walker will announce his presidential bid next week, and those around him are already going against the conservative’s core beliefs, including his family. After Scott Walker found out the Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage, the Wisconsin governor called it a “grave mistake” and suggested that Constitutional amendment should should allow each state to decide. The governor’s family, though, reacted with a lot less anger toward the decision. According to his wife, Tonette, who gave an interview with the Post, “Our sons were disappointed.” His wife also continued by saying she is “torn” on the issue, as she has a gay cousin “who I love deeply.” [WaPo]

 

 

 

The Episcopal Church Will Marry Gays and Lesbians

July 6th, 2015 Comments off
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Image via Passport.

The Episcopal Church voted to allow clergy to preside over religious ceremonies for same-sex couples as of November 1.“We commend and celebrate the Episcopal Church for this embrace of marriage equality,” said Rev. MacArthur Flournoy, HRC Foundation’s Director for Faith Partnerships and Mobilization. “Episcopalians today, in voting to allow religious marriage ceremonies of all couples in the church, regardless of sexual orientation, set an example of love and inclusion that will resonate across the religious community and beyond.”

“This move signals yet another step in the affirmation and inclusion of LGBT people by the Episcopal Church, which made history in 2003 when it elected its first openly-gay bishop, Gene Robinson,” added Rev.  Flournoy. “The timing of this decision, coming just days after marriage equality became the law of the land, builds on progress the country continues to make on our journey toward equality.”

 

 

Decadence Says ‘I Do’ with a Gay and Lesbian New Orleans Benefit

June 25th, 2015 Comments off
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The New Orleans Southern Decadence Grand Marshals XL1 in partnership with The Chicory venue and event planner Anthony Leggio announced today Decadence Says “I Do,” a multi-sensory exploration into the LGBT wedding experience on Friday, June 26th, 2015, 7 P.M.-2 P.M. at the Chicory, 610 South Peters Street New Orleans. The event will feature an open bar, music, a fashion show by local designers, and the best in LGBT wedding trends. An After-Party will follow at Ernst Café. Tickets are $25 in advance, $35 at the door and a very special $50 “I DO” VIP tickets are available. VIP tickets include a special pre-event Meet & Greet, Gift Bag, and Reserved Seating. Proceeds from the benefity will go to LGBT+ Archives Project of Louisiana, Louisiana Equality Foundation, and the PFLAG Scholarship fund.

Tickets are on sale now.

Kids Agree ‘All Dreams Are Equal’ in Esurance #EqualDreams Video

June 24th, 2015 Comments off
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Photo via Esurance

“Sometimes children can make complex issues so simple,” says Brian Shembeda, EVP and Creative Director at Leo Burnett Chicago. “Their words, as heard in the video, help us understand why equality is important. Because all children deserve the same right to pursue their dreams.”

“#EqualDreams,” an adorable short film and homage to marriage equality, coincides with Esurance’s long-standing loyalty to its LGBT clientele by illustrating, in a series of vignettes, that all dreams are equal, no matter who their dreamer may be. The short, set at a Chicago wedding, features young attendees who sound off on their imaginative musings over what their own wedding day may be like.

“At my wedding, all my friends and family and my doggies, and my friends and family’s doggies, and my cousin’s doggies, will be there,” says Ruby, a young, smiley attendee sporting a frilly pink bow and sparkly pink nails. “And it’s gonna be the best day of my life.”

With a toothy grin, another attendee, a young boy, says, “When I kiss the bride, it’s gonna both be exciting and disgusting.”

But other, older interviewees weren’t always so hopeful that wedding bells would be chiming in their futures.

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Hillary Clinton Releases Powerful Video Ahead of Gay Marriage Decision

June 24th, 2015 Comments off
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Screen Cap via YouTube

“The story of America is a story of hard fought hard won progress and it continues today. New chapters are being written by men and women who believe all of us, not just some, but all should have the chance to live up to our god given potential. This progress was not easily won, people fought and organized and campaigned in public squares and private spaces to change not only laws but hearts and minds.”

 

World’s Littlest Country Legalizes Gay Marriage

June 22nd, 2015 Comments off
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Photo via Passport Magazine

The Pitcairn Islands, the least-populated national jurisdiction in the world, quietly legalized same-sex matrimony last month among its 56 residents.

Encompassing four volcanic islands in the South Pacific – Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie, and Oeno – Pitcairn is the last and only British Overseas Territory in the region. Most natives of the archipelago’s second-largest isle, Pitcairn, can trace their ancestry back to the mutineers of the British navy vessel Bounty, or to the Tahitians that traveled with them at the close of the eighteenth century.

The new mandate, Same Sex Marriage and Civil Partnership Ordinance 2015, went into effect on May 15, granting islanders the ability to wed their same-sex partners – that is, if the island boasted any same-sex couples.

Pitcairn Deputy Governor Kevin Lynch said Monday that the law was recommended by British authorities following legalizations last year in England, Wales, and Scotland, respectively.

According to The Independent, the tiny nation “has made the move despite having a population of 48 and no gay couples looking to wed,” with locals citing that there was “no reason not to.”

The same-sex sanction was “unanimously approved by the local council” according to Pitcairn’s deputy governor, and could attract same-sex couples, especially Australians, who are unable to marry in their own country, to set sail for these sandy shores, which enjoy year-round warm weather, but are only accessible by boat.

Mexico’s Supreme Court Strikes Down Gay Marriage Bans

June 15th, 2015 Comments off
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Image via Passport

Mexico’s supreme court ruled that failing to recognize gay and lesbian marriage is unconstitutional. The ruling was delivered on June 3, but doesn’t necessarily allow gay people to marry throughout the country. According to the AP: “But the court’s ruling is considered a “jurisprudential thesis” and does not invalidate any state laws, meaning gay couples denied the right to wed would have to turn to the courts individually. Given the ruling, judges and courts would have to approve same-sex marriages.”

The ruling will strike down bans in certain states that read “procreation, and or defines (marriage) as celebrated between a man and a woman.”

 

Australian Couple Vows to Divorce If Gay Couples Can Say ‘I Do’

June 12th, 2015 Comments off
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Photo via CityNews

An Australian couple has vowed to divorce if marriage between same-sex couples becomes legalized. In an op-ed in the Canberra City News, Nick Jensen wrote that he and his “perfect match,” his wife Sarah, are facing the grim potentiality of divorce, but “refuse to recognise the government’s regulation of marriage if its definition includes the solemnisation of same sex couples.”

Later, he pens that he and his wife would remain one with another for decades, always considering the other as there not-so-lawfully wedded spouse before God, while also enjoying the benefits of identical tax and legal provisions under the state’s “de facto” laws – but, nevertheless, no longer “wish to be associated with this new definition.”

Jensen’s op-ed set the Web ablaze shortly thereafter, catching the attention of Time Magazine, Buzzfeed, and the Huffington Post, among others, as well as eliciting a statement from the subsequently slandered magazine editor, Ian Meikle. “The article does not reflect the opinion of the paper” he said, but Jen’s contention was “a serious enough argument to genuinely warrant some attention.”

The Australian Parliament is expected to approach the marriage equality bill by the end of the year, and in the mean time, the formal union of this married couple hangs in the space between.

 

Arkansas Must Recognize 500+ Gay Marriages Performed, Judge Rules

June 9th, 2015 Comments off
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Image via Freedom to Marry

A judge in Arkansas today has ruled that the state must recognize the over 500 gay and lesbian marriages performed in the past year. The ruling by Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen says that the couples who were married in the brief time it was legal in the state will now enjoy the benefits of full legal marriage—including filing joint tax returns and state health insurance plans. Gay and lesbian marriages were stopped in the state after the Supreme Court continues to consider an “appeal over a voter-approved same-sex marriage ban.”

According to the AP: “Some of the same-sex couples who married in Arkansas last year filed a lawsuit in February alleging that the state was violating their rights by not recognizing the unions. Griffen’s ruling means the couples can file taxes jointly, appear jointly on a child’s birth certificate, enroll together on state health insurance plans and even file for divorce.”

 

Cover Your Down Under with aussieBum and Help Fight for Gay Marriage

June 3rd, 2015 Comments off
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A majority of Australians are ready for marriage equality in the Land Down Under, but the momentum isn’t enough to pass legislation to grant gay and lesbians the right to marry as Prime Minister Tony Abbot strongly opposes equality. aussieBum, the famous men’s underwear brand, is hoping to not only show their support for for a fair and equal Australia, but to also raise money for organizations leading the fight like Australian Marriage Equality. Their “Stand and be counted!” campaign is selling two boxer briefs ($15-16.51) and 100% of profits will go to the AME.

Sean Ashby, the founder of aussieBum, has a long history of supporting LGBT rights, you can read about him and his company by reading our profile on him over at Passport magazine online…

You can purchase the underwear here.