Showing posts with label Gay Wedding. Show all posts
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September 25, 2018

Queen Elizabeth Cousin Lord Ivar Makes History Today With The First Gay Royal Wedding

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Queen Elizabeth II's cousin Lord Ivar Mountbatten made history over the weekend as the first royal to have a same-sex wedding when he wed his now-husband, James Coyle. The couple quietly tied the knot in Devon in front of family and friends, Cosmopolitan U.K. reports. 
It's unclear if familiar royals like Kate Middleton, Prince William, Prince Charles, or the sovereign herself were present. (The Cambridges were seen at a friend's weddingon Saturday.) 
Although Lord Ivar's wedding to James took place out of the public eye (unlike Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's highly publicized nuptials in May), he did share details and photos from the intimate ceremony on Instagram this morning. 
"Well we did it finally!" he wrote in the caption. "It was an amazing day despite the miserable British weather." The images show the grooms wearing velvet jackets for the occasion, with James in deep blue and Lord Ivar in emerald green.
The couple was married by Trish Harrogate, chief Registrar for Devon, "who set the perfect but lighthearted tone for what is a serious occasion," Lord Ivar added. Music was provided by the Bristol’s Teachers Rock Choir. 
Lord Ivar previously married Penelope "Penny" Vere Thompson in 1994, but they divorced on amicable terms in 2011. Five years later, he publicly came out as gay. They have three daughters together, ranging from ages 15 to 22, USA Today reports. The whole family was present at the wedding—and Penny was the one who walked Ivar down the aisle. 
"Most importantly a massive thanks to my 3 gorgeous girls for being so understanding and supportive, without their support this could never have happened!" Ivar added in his Instagram post. "And finally the biggest thank you to James for being just perfect......"
Lord Ivar previously said he could do without an official ceremony, but he decided to have one for James, who hasn't been married before. "For me, what's interesting is I don't need to get married because I've been there, done that and have my wonderful children; but I'm pushing it because I think it's important for him," he told Daily Mail. "James hasn't had the stable life I have. I want to be able to give you that."
We don't know many details on the wedding celebration, but the couple previously teased that it would be very low-key. They didn't even have an official proposal, James told the Mail in June. The ceremony would only be for family and friends, and the afterparty would have about 120 guests, said.
"We went to a wedding a couple of weeks ago and said: 'We're not doing that. We're not cutting cakes. We're not having a first dance," James added at the time.
Congratulations to the happy couple!

July 26, 2018

This Oklahoma Wife and Mom Won't Mind Being Your Mom on Your Gay Wedding Day

An Oklahoma mother's offer to stand in as the parent for LGBTQ couples if their own parent or parents choose not to on their wedding day has been shared thousands of .
Sara Cunningham, a 54-year-old mother of two and an ordained minister, wrote her Facebook post after hearing from several same-sex couples without a supportive parent on their wedding day.

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 Cunningham back in 2013 raising her right hand and wearing a necklace.  

Just days before her now-viral post, Cunningham said several women had shared with her emotionally devastating stories at a same-sex wedding rehearsal in which Cunningham was participating.
One woman recounted how her mother asked to be given "a heads up" when it was time for her daughter to kiss her bride, presumably so her mother could turn away. Another woman shared how her mother chose not to attend.
“That’s what prompted the post, and I had no idea I would hear from so many in the community,” Cunningham said, including “parents from all around the world that are willing to stand in."
Cunningham said her own story of not initially accepting her son as gay is a big part of what triggered her advocacy and support for the LGBTQ community.
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 Sara with her husband and son at a pride parade in Oklahoma CityCourtesy of Sara Cunningham
“His whole life he came out to me, but I thought it was a phase,” she said.
In 2014, Cunningham’s son Parker “came out” to her about his relationship with a man.
“When he turned 21, that’s when he said 'I met someone, and I really need you to be okay about it,'” Cunningham recalled.
That’s when Cunningham said she went into a deep depression and stayed in her room not accepting reality.
“I wrestled with my faith as if I had to choose between my faith and my son,” Cunningham added. “I reexamined everything I believed."
Her mindset changed when her son lay beside her and told her why she needed to support him.  “I’ve sucked it up being your son for 21 years. I need you to suck it up and be my mom,” she recalled her son saying.
Cunningham then sought out resources to learn more about the LGBTQ community and eventually became an advocate, even self-publishing a book about her experience.
A pastor from Expressions Church, an LGBTQ-affirming church near Cunningham's home, reached out to her after learning about her struggle. She started attending after serving at a conservative church for 20 years.
As a part of Expressions Church, she founded a group called Free Mom Hugs that offers resources for and about the LGBTQ community for schools, churches and hospitals.
In 2015, she and her husband met a same-sex couple on vacation in Virginia Beach that asked her to officiate their wedding the following year. Cunningham's pastor ordained her so she could grant the couple's request.
Cunningham traveled to Mississippi to marry the couple in 2016 and has been officiating other weddings for LGBTQ couples ever since.
“We’re lucky to have each other and be in each other’s life,” Parker Cunningham said of his relationship with this mom. “We have to represent parents giving their children a chance."
Since her viral Facebook post, Cunningham said she has received roughly 100 private messages of encouragement, along with “horror stories” from same-sex couples whose parents do not support them.
"Everyone needs their mom,” she said, regardless of whether their child is gay or straight. Cunningham also has a son who is straight.
“To deny that on the most important day of their lives is devastating,” she added. “I wanted to make the day better."

by Rima Abdelkader
NBC News

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