Showing posts with label Gay Marriage Ceremony. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Gay Marriage Ceremony. Show all posts

April 18, 2015

Which President Wannabes Would Attend A Gay Wedding Ceremony?


                                                                                

When it comes to attending a gay wedding, not all presidential aspirants say, I do.

It sounded like a simple, if unusual, question to ask a potential leader of the free world: Would you attend a gay wedding?

But it has become a new kind of conservative litmus test for potential presidential candidates on a key social issue.
 
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Most of the Republican hopefuls stand squarely in the traditional camp of defining marriage as between a man and a woman, and they oppose efforts, like the one looming before the Supreme Court, to legalize gay marriage nationwide.

But would attending the gay wedding of a friend or family member be a bridge too far?

The question was first posed this week to Sen. Marco Rubio, the Florida Republican, after the 43-year-old launched his presidential campaign as the party's face of a new generation of leadership.

"If it's somebody in my life that I care for, of course I would," Rubio told Fusion's Jorge Ramos.
 

"I'm not going to hurt them simply because I disagree with a choice they've made," he said. "You respect that because you love them."

Not so fast, said former Republican Sen. Rick Santorum.

The conservative Catholic, who expects to use family values to attract a wide following if he jumps into the race, drew the line at celebrating gay marriages.

"No, I would not," Santorum told radio host Hugh Hewitt. "As a person of my faith, that would be something that would be a violation of my faith. I would love them and support them, but I would not participate in that ceremony."
                                                 
 
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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) seemed to wriggle out of the question, saying he had not yet been invited to any gay weddings so had not considered whether he would attend such a bash.

Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor, also does not appear to have yet faced the question, though he joined most of the other Republican hopefuls in siding with a recent Indiana measure that gay-rights advocates feared would allow businesses to refuse services to gays on religious grounds. 

"This is simply allowing people of faith space to express their beliefs," Bush said before the Indiana legislature -- facing pressure from business and civil rights groups -- passed another law to clarify that such discrimination would not be allowed.

Public attitudes toward gay marriage have been among the most rapidly changing of any social issue as polls show voters have essentially flipped in recent years to support it.

The swift and unexpected shift has forced Democratic and Republican candidates to scramble to adjust -- or evolve, as many say -- with the times.


President Obama acknowledged his own evolution on the issue, and a spokeswoman for the Democratic front-runner, Hillary Clinton, said Thursday she would like to see the Supreme Court clear the way for same-sex couples to marry.

The high court will be asked later this month to strike down the remaining state bans on gay marriage.

The Human Rights Campaign, the large LGBT advocacy organization, welcomed Clinton's belief that "all "committed and loving couples should be able to marry," said Fred Sainz, the vice president of communications. “It’s unfortunate that all of the Republican candidates have chosen to be on the wrong side of history."

 

September 23, 2014

Eight Egyptian Men Referred for Trial Today for Gay Marriage Video (enclosed)

                                                     
                                                                         
 The eight Egyptian men detained on accusations of "debauchery" for appearing in an online video of a gay wedding on a Nile party boat are set to be tried by a misdemeanour court, after prosecutors referred them to trial on Monday.
The defendants have been detained since early September as per an order from Egypt's prosecutor-general to investigate charges of debauchery and spreading acts that violate public decency.
The investigations identified nine men who appear in the video as well as the boat's location and the person who shot the footage.
Prosecutor-General Hisham Barakat watched the video and confirmed that the footage was of two men getting married, a statement from the prosecution said.
Egypt's forensics authority had announced earlier this month that the defendants had undergone physical inspections and were found to be "not gay".
Human Rights Watch condemned news of the forced inspections, saying that they "violate international standards against torture".
Consensual same-sex relations are not explicitly prohibited in Egypt, but other laws have been used to imprison gay men in recent years, including "debauchery" or "shameless public acts."
A man who said he was one of those who appeared in the video denied the allegations in an interview with privately-owned Rotana Masriya TV channel in early September.
He said he was holding a birthday party for his friend and got him a silver ring as a present because it was something he wanted.
In April, four men were convicted and sentenced to eight years in prison for debauchery after holding parties involving homosexual acts and women's clothing and makeup.
In 2001, Egypt grabbed the world's attention when 52 men were arrested in a police raid on a Nile boat restaurant and accused of taking part in a gay sex party.
After a highly publicised trial in an emergency state security court, 23 of the men were convicted and sentenced to prison terms of one to five years for immoral behavior and contempt of religion.

September 14, 2014

Intolerant face Jan Brewer Looses to Judge who Allows The Gay Union on Death Certificate of Vet


 picture not retouched of jan Brewer

In a ruling that calls into question Arizona's gay marriage ban, a judge handed a victory Friday to a gay man who lost his spouse to cancer last month and was denied death benefits because the state prohibits same-sex unions.
U.S. District Judge John Sedwick allowed Fred McQuire to be listed on his spouse's death certificate, marking another development in the national debate over gay marriage as state and federal judges across the country have struck down bans in more than a dozen states at a rapid rate since a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year.                     UPDATE
Friday's decision only applied to McQuire, but the judge signaled that Arizona's gay marriage ban may not hold up after he hears a broader challenge to the constitutionality of the law.
"The court has not yet decided whether there is a conflict between Arizona law and the Constitution, but the court has decided that it is probable that there is such a conflict that Arizona will be required to permit same-sex marriages," said Sedwick, who was nominated to the federal bench in 1992 by President George H.W. Bush.
A death certificate listing McQuire as the surviving spouse of George Martinez was issued late Friday afternoon at a state records office in Tucson, one of McQuire's lawyers said.
McQuire and Martinez were partners of 45 years who got married in California this summer, fulfilling one of their final wishes as they both dealt with serious health issues. Martinez, a Vietnam War veteran, was in the throes of pancreatic cancer blamed on exposure to Agent Orange when they got married, calling it "demeaning and unfair" to have to go to another state to exchange their vows.
Martinez died in late August, but his spouse was unable to receive Social Security and veteran benefits because Arizona bans gay marriage.
Sedwick quickly issued an order granting McQuire's request to be listed on Martinez's death certificate as the surviving spouse, which McQuire hoped would qualify him for the federal benefits. But Sedwick said federal regulations unrelated to the legality of gay marriage mean McQuire will not be able to succeed in getting the benefits.
The request from the couple from Green Valley, Arizona, was made as part of a lawsuit in which 19 people are challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriages. The lawsuit alleges that the ban violates the U.S. Constitution.
Arizona lawmakers approved a state law barring same-sex marriages in 1996. Seven years later, an Arizona appeals court upheld the constitutionality of the law. Voters in 2008 amended the Arizona Constitution to include a ban.
Cathi Herrod, president of the Center for Arizona Policy, which led a coalition of groups that pushed for the 2008 law, said in a statement that the decision was driven by politics, not constitutional law. She said Sedwick "has joined the judicial stampede of other lower federal judges who have tried to override or ignore marriage laws based on no precedent other than their own political bias."
Ohio has an ongoing case that's similar to the McQuire situation. Two gay men whose spouses were dying sued to win the right to be listed as the surviving spouses on their husbands' death certificates and for their spouses to be listed as having been married. A ruling on this case is pending before the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Before the ruling, McQuire, 69, wiped away tears as he talked outside court about the disappointment of being told by government officials that he wasn't considered Martinez's lawful husband. He said he was expecting that kind of reaction, but it still hurt deeply. "It doesn't make it easier," McQuire said.
"George would have loved to have been here today," McQuire said outside court, still wearing a gold and diamond wedding ring on his left hand.
McQuire issued a written statement after the ruling was handed down. "No one else should have to deal with the pain and humiliation of not being able to take care of something as simple and sensitive as a death certificate for their spouse," he said.
"George would have been thrilled with this outcome. All he ever wanted to do was take care of Fred and Judge Sedwick's order will make sure his last wish is fulfilled," said Lambda Legal attorney Jennifer C. Pizer, who argued the case in court for McQuire.
James Campbell, a lawyer arguing on behalf of the state, said McQuire's request should be rejected, arguing that he can always have the death certificate amended if the courts overturn the ban on same-sex marriage. Campbell also said granting this request would open up the doors for others to make similar requests.
The judge had sided with the state in ruling that McQuire hadn't shown irreparable harm based on the financial consequences of not having his marriage recognized in Arizona. But he ruled that McQuire demonstrated that he faced irreparable emotional harm because his marriage wasn't recognized in Arizona while he was the midst of his grief.
“McQuire likely faces irreparable emotional harm by being denied this dignity and status as he grieves Martinez’s death," the judge wrote.
AP

April 8, 2014

Tom Ford Marries Richard Buckley, 27 years Together

                                                                                               

They're married! Tom Ford casually drops bombshell after he secretly weds partner of 27 years

  • Revealed the news yesterday in candid interview at London's Apple store
  • Couple have a two-year-old son together, Alexander John Buckley Ford.
  • Mr Ford went on to explain: 'I lost so many friends in college - I would say more than half of my closest friends. Richard, my partner of 27 years, had also gone through something also quite tough in his life.'
    The couple, who welcomed son Alexander, their first child together, into the world in September 2012, met at a fashion show in 1986 and Tom Ford has spoken openly of his insTom Fords’s Historytant attraction to the former Vogue Hommes editor.
    All these years: The couple met in 1986 at a fashion show when Mr Ford was only 25 and Mr Buckley was 38.


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November 19, 2013

Terminally Ill She Travels The Country to Marry Her Partner

Terminally Ill Woman Travels Cross-Country to Legally Marry Her Partner


About three weeks ago, Kristen Eberhard had prepared her goodbyes. 
The Woodstock, N.Y., resident, 48, packed her bags and headed west to Boulder, Colo., to spend time with her terminally ill cousin Lisa Dumaw, 47, during what was presumed to be her final days.

Dumaw, a retired attorney, was hospice-bound, following a five-year battle with ovarian cancer. At 90 lbs., she was no longer able to eat. Even though she was sick, Dumaw's time with Eberhard was meaningful and enjoyable. 

"We talked about everything," Eberhard tells PEOPLE. "We laughed about the past, we cried, we talked about death, frustration, regrets. It was pretty intense. And at one point, I asked her if she and her partner had ever thought about getting married." 

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Dumaw has been in a committed relationship with Therese Pieper – who she met through friends at a Halloween party – for 15 years, and when Eberhard returned from her trip, the unthinkable happened.

Planning a Wedding

"She called me after I got home from Boulder and asked if I was going to be in Woodstock on this [particular] weekend," Eberhard says of her cousin, who was now functioning slightly better by means of a doctor-prescribed steroid. "And I thought to myself, 'Oh, my god. You're not really going to do this.' She said 'yeah,' she was going to do it." 

And just like that, Eberhard, her local community and her friends and family got to immediate wedding planning. 

"I think it's the resilience of the human spirit," she says. "When you hear a story like this and you realize that someone who has been in such a committed, loving relationship has to go to these extremes to marry her partner, [it's ridiculous]. She wants her partner to have those benefits, legally."

Loving Partnership

Arriving on a Wednesday night, the couple was taken to obtain their marriage license the following morning. They had a 24-hour wait period and were then free to wed on Friday in a special ceremony that took place in Eberhard's living room. 

"Her partner is so loving and doting on her," Eberhard says of Pieper. "She rubs her feet with essential oils and she makes her teas and broths. When I was visiting and my cousin couldn't eat, her partner was cooking her broths. She's very, very loving." 

Unfortunately, the beautiful weekend concluded with a hospital visit. 

"Sunday morning, I was in the emergency room with them," Eberhard says. "That was a harsh wakeup call. We were in this magical little wedding bubble."

Dreams Do Come True

And when she dropped them off at the airport, "I knew this time I wasn't going to see her again," Eberhard says. "It was different. How do you say goodbye to someone when you really know? In a way, it's a gift because you can make sure you have those [important] conversations beforehand, but on the other hand, I didn't want to upset her getting onto the plane, but then I got in my car and cried." 

As for Dumaw's wife, "Therese obviously knows that every minute counts and every minute is precious and that the end is in sight – but at the same time, she balances that with a belief in miracles," Eberhard explains. "I think even when you're staring cancer in the face, you've always got to hold on to something. It's not over 'til it's over." 

In fact, the couple still has hopes of honeymooning. 

"They are dreaming of warm beach breezes and Key West," Eberhard says. "And who knows? Dreams do come true!” 
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October 5, 2013

A Moving Gay Marriage Ceremony

One of the many things in this marriage ceremony that stuck in my mind was how far was the person who would be his half, his lover his friends, his coach, his legally married partner was how long he was and how far he has to go to find him. Sometimes our ‘man’ lives in our building block or city but sometimes not. Lets talk and see for  which one of us would make more sense to move. May be we will both move and find our heaven somewhere in ?  I don’t know but flexibility to find what I and may be you are looking for could be anywhere. Lets keep looking may we will find each other. Im looking for you.
Adam Gonzalez, a romantic I think

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