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Lance Bass Marries Michael Turchin!

December 21st, 2014 Comments off
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Photo by DFree

Congratulations to Lance Bass and Michael Turchin! The sexy couple were married at the Park Plaza Hotel in Angeles last night where 300 guests gathered for the ceremony and celebration.  According to the New York Times: Mr. Bass and Mr. Turchin met about four years ago at a birthday party in Palm Springs, Calif. “We spent an hour or more talking, then he hit me up on Facebook as younger people do,” Mr. Bass said. “We were attracted and became best friends before anything got romantic.”

We get excited just thinking about all the love and joy this beautiful gay couple will share with each other and the world! Hugs and kisses from all of us to Lance and Michael.

For more about their magical wedding, click here.

Judges Who Take Gay Marriage Cases in South Carolina Could be Fired

December 19th, 2014 Comments off
South Carolina Supreme Court. Image via Passport

South Carolina Supreme Court. Image via Passport

A bill, HB 3022 , filed in the South Carolina legislature would prevent state judges from recognizing or upholding marriage rights for same-sex couples, and stipulates that judges who do not dismiss cases regarding these rights will be automatically removed from the case and not be paid. “This is a brazen political attack on the independence of the judicial branch, of the ‘end run’ variety.  Judges can’t do their jobs when legislators threaten their livelihood for ruling on properly-presented legal cases.  The legislative branch needs to respect the unique role of courts in protecting everyone’s rights, regardless of whether it’s politically popular or expedient to do so, ” Justice at Stake‘s Director of State Affairs Debra Erenberg said in a statement:

The bill at issue states, “No state or local taxpayer funds or governmental salaries may be paid for an activity that includes the licensing or support of same-sex marriage.”  It also declares, “No state or local governmental employee officially shall recognize, grant, or enforce a same-sex marriage license.” A portion of the bill pertaining specifically to judges states, “If a judicial officer violates this section, that judicial officer is disqualified from office pursuant to Section 19, Article V of the South Carolina Constitution, 1895.”

Ireland is Set to Vote on Gay Marriage in May

December 17th, 2014 Comments off
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The same-sex marriage referendum, the first of its kind in the world, will take place inMay. Currently, well over half the country now supports marriage equality (with 71% supporting a referendum allowing civil marriage). Student unions around the country have held voter-registration drives in the hope that college-aged men and women, who traditionally have a poor voting record, will help with passing the referendum. Ireland has come a long way, with homosexuality only being decriminalized in 1993.

Be sure to check out our coverage on gay-friendly mondern-day Dublin and its past through an Oscar Wilde lens.

Gay Marriage Begins in Scotland

December 16th, 2014 Comments off
Douglas Pretsell and Peter Gloster formalised their marriage in Sydney. Image via BBC.

Douglas Pretsell and Peter Gloster formalised their marriage in Sydney. Image via BBC.

Today, exisiting civil partnerships will be recognized as offical marriages and gay couples can give their notices for their intention to marry. One couple, living in Australia, unintentionally became the first Socttish couple to be officially married when they inquired about when they will receive their full marriage certificate. As Australia is 11 hours ahead of Scotland, the consulate was able to give them their full marriage certificate before any one in Scotland. Gay marriages in Scotland will take place on Hogmanay. [BBC]

Congratulations Scotland!

More info over at BBC.

Could Chile be the Next South American Country to Grant Gay Marriage?

December 9th, 2014 Comments off
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Image via Passport

A bill has been introduced into the Chile legislature that would extend gay marriage to same-sex couples. Working with both LGBT advocacy groups, such as The Movement for Homosexual Integration and Liberation, and lawmakers, like Congressman Gabriel Silber Romo of the Chirstian Democratic Party, the recently introduced bill hopes to change “a man and a woman” on marriage certificates to “two people.” It would also replace “husband and wife” to “spouse.” The Movement for Homosexual Integration and Liberation wrote in a press release: “With this bill we are looking to eradicate the historic discrimination that affects people simply for loving and living with someone of the same sex…Respect for family diversity is at the heart of this bill that we celebrate with backing throughout the political world and also with the broad support of citizen organizations.” [WB]

Gay Marriage May Begin After January 5 in Florida

December 4th, 2014 Comments off
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The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals refused to extend a stay on marriages for same-sex couples in Florida, the court announced yesterday. The stay expires at the end of the day on January 5, meaning that same-sex couples should be free to receive marriage licenses after that. Evan Wolfson from Fredom to Marry says: “The 11th Circuit did the right thing today by refusing to delay marriages for same-sex couples in Florida any longer. As the first joyful weddings take place, Floridians will see firsthand that the freedom to marry helps families and communities, and harms no one. And against this backdrop of happy families and more marriages, we hope the court soon hands down a final ruling that ensures that all committed couples in the Sunshine State, as well as Georgia and Alabama, finally have the freedom to marry the person they love.”

Finland’s Parliament Votes for Gay Marriage

December 1st, 2014 Comments off
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This Friday, Finland’s parliament voted in favor of gay and lesbian marriage, making Finland the 12th European country to do so. The measure, though, only passed by a narrow margin, 105-92. In addition to allowing same-sex couples to marry, they were also granted the right to adopt children as well as to share a last name.

 

 

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Marriage Equality Moves South: Arkansas and Mississippi Judges Rule Gay Marriage Bans Unconstitutional

November 26th, 2014 Comments off
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Yesterday District Judge Kristine G. Baker ruled that denying marriage for same-sex couples in Arkansas is unconstitutional. And then,  U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves ruled that denying marriage for same-sex couples in Mississippi is unconstitutional. While both judges ordered the rulings, both states have put the decisions on hold so the state can consider appeals.

Gay Marriage Comes to Montana After District Judge’s Ruling

November 20th, 2014 Comments off
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Image via Freedom2Marry

US District Judge Brian Morris ruled in favor of marriage equality yesterday. The ruling comes after another ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in cases out of Idaho and Nevada. The circuit court holds jurisdiction over Montana, as well as Alaska and Arizona. In yesterday’s decision, Morris overturned Montana’s ban on same-sex marriage, officially making it the 34th state in the US with gay and lesbian marriage. “Montana no longer can deprive Plaintiffs and other same-sex couples of the chance to marry their loves. This Court recognizes that not everyone will celebrate this outcome,” he wrote in the ruling.

 

 

Supreme Court Lifts Stay on Gay Marriage in Kansas Making it 33rd State with Same-Sex Marriage

November 13th, 2014 Comments off
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In yet another victory for same-sex marriage, the Supreme Court lifted a stay on issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples making it the 33rd state in the US to grant marriage equality to its citizens. According to WaPo: “The decision indicated that the justices are content to allow the list of states where gay marriages are sanctioned to expand, even as it seems more likely that they eventually will have to answer for the nation whether gays have a constitutional right to marry.”