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August 13, 2015

Mass Gay Wedding in Ex-homophobic Puerto Rico


More than 60 gay couples are preparing to exchange vows at a mass wedding in Puerto Rico, celebrating a U.S. Supreme Court ruling affecting the socially conservative U.S. territory, organizers said Wednesday.
Most of the couples are Puerto Ricans, but others from Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Cuba and Venezuela also are participating in the event scheduled for Sunday in San Juan's colonial district.
"This is a historic event for all of Puerto Rico," said organizer Ada Conde, an attorney who had filed a federal lawsuit seeking to have her gay marriage recognized in the U.S. territory prior to the Supreme Court decision. "This is not a show. This is not a parade. This is a solemn event to celebrate the fruit of our sacrifice."
Conde said she anticipated protests and noted that police officers would be posted at the ceremony.

 Puerto Rico until recently prohibited same-sex marriage and the recognition of such marriages, but the government struck down those laws after the Supreme Court decision. Officials also now allow gay couples to adopt children, and two couples have already begun that process, said Nancy Vega, director of the island's demographics office.
Among those getting married Sunday is Maritza Lopez, who has been with her partner for 39 years and was among those who filed a lawsuit against Puerto Rico’s government.
"You would think that after 39 years I wouldn't be nervous, but I am," she said with a laugh. "I have butterflies in my stomach. I didn’t think any of this was going to happen so quickly."

Previously, the administration of Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla had approved several measures in in favor of the gay community, including one that prohibits employment discrimination based on gender or sexual orientation and another that extends a domestic violence law to gay couples. This week, the governor also signed two executive orders that will allow transgender and transsexual people to change their gender on their driver’s license and protect their rights when seeking medical services.

By DANICA COTO Associated Press

May 20, 2015

In India Mother Looks for Groom for Her Son } Subverting The Tradition of Finding a Bride


 Harish Iyer talks at cultural event THiNK 2013 in Goa. His mother has placed a marriage advert in a newspaper seeking a groom for him, defying India’s homosexuality ban. Photograph: Hindustan Times via Getty Images
Harish Iyer talks at cultural event THiNK 2013 in Goa. His mother has placed a marriage advert in a newspaper seeking a groom for him, defying India’s homosexuality ban.
In all but one word, the advertisement was like thousands of others published in the still hugely popular matrimonial section of newspapers across India every week.
“Seeking 25-40, Well Placed, Animal-Loving, Vegetarian Groom for my son (36, 5’11’’) who works with an NGO,” it read.
Printed in a tabloid newspaper on Tuesday, it was the first advertisement for a partner in a same-sex marriage in India, where homosexuality is illegal.
The son in question was Harish Iyer, a prominent Indian activist, and it was placed, as is  “I’m proud of her. It was her idea. My mum was like: ‘You don’t have a boyfriend, you’re not so young.’ She was concerned for her ageing son like any Indian mum would be, irrespective of whether he is homosexual or heterosexual,” Iyer, 36, said.
Homosexuality was in effect re-criminalised in India in 2013 in a decision by the supreme court that stunned campaigners and led to international criticism.
Gay rights activists say gay people face significant discrimination and police harassment, even if prosecutions for same-sex activity have been rare.
Iyer said three major newspapers refused to carry the advertisement, on the grounds that it was illegal.
Sachin Kalbag, executive editor of the Mumbai daily Mid-Day, said there had never been any question of not publishing it.
“Normally if there is a problem with an ad, then the department will come to me. It raised no eyebrows at all. We are pro-equal rights and have been running vociferous campaigns against discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation,” Kalbag said. 
Gay activists say that though much prejudice remains in India, there is increasing support for their cause. Only about a dozen people attended India’s first gay pride march, in the eastern city of Kolkata in 1999. Now thousands gather there each year and similar events are held in Delhi, Mumbai and other major cities. Gay film festivals and university campus groups have also sprung up.
Homosexual marriages, however, remain a distant prospect.
“Historically, Indians have always had marriages arranged by parents or relatives as the preferred way of getting hitched. There has been an outpouring of support for the gay community but there remains a huge conservative community too, which is a majority and is unwilling to accept gays,” Kalbag said.
2009 judgment of the high court in Delhi to repeal the law banning gay sex, known as section 377, had been seen as a landmark in the campaign for equality in India.
Few had expected the 2013 legal challenge launched by conservatives – including Muslim and Christian religious associations, a rightwing politician and a retired bureaucrat turned astrologist – to succeed.
With a rightwing government currently in power, it is unlikely the new ban on homosexuality will be overturned soon.
India was recently ranked below below China, Nepal and Qatar in an index of “gay happiness”.
The last line of the advertisement for a husband for Iyer, who was listed among the 100 most influential gay men and women by the Guardian in 2013, has prompted some debate.
It read: “Caste no bar (though Iyer preferred)”. “It’s more like fixing a date. I’ll make my own choice. There’s no issue for me, as long as he is vegetarian and loves animals,” Iyer said.
 in Delhi

October 4, 2014

Wedding Postpone Because of Insults Finally Takes Place


Coronado residents and merchants have banded together in an extraordinary effort to save a wedding, and maybe even the city’s reputation.
A “do-over” wedding is scheduled Oct. 11 at one of the city’s fanciest hotels for a gay couple whose August nuptials in one of Coronado’s bayside parks were marred by a heckler shouting hateful slurs.
The goal of the second ceremony is giving the couple a more positive experience and showing that Coronado is a welcoming community where discrimination won’t be tolerated.
“The people of Coronado, who said they wouldn’t tolerate what happened to us, have created a happy ending,” said Oscar de Las Salas, who will marry Gary Jackson again next week. “We never expected this. It’s incredible.”
Leaders of the region’s gay and lesbian community said Thursday that the outpouring of support from such a wide cross section of Coronado shows the military town isn’t as conservative as its image. They said it also strengthens San Diego County’s reputation as one of the most welcoming places in the world for lesbians, gays and bisexuals.
The aggressive rallying on behalf of a gay couple, which has been a hot topic on Facebook and message boards focused on gay rights, is also a sign of the times, community leaders said. Gays have not only won the right to get married, but now the public won’t tolerate it when someone fails to respect that right, they said.
“A decade ago we wouldn’t have had same sex marriages here, much less this kind of response to a same-sex wedding gone wrong,” said Stephen Whitburn, executive director of San Diego Pride.
Coronado residents and city leaders have called the heckling, which police said Thursday they’re investigating as a possible hate crime, an isolated and unusual incident.
“The hateful shouts of one person should not serve as a representation of how our community as a whole behaves,” Mayor Casey Tanaka, who is scheduled to officiate next week’s do-over wedding, said Thursday. “I’m happy our city has a chance to make things right.”
That was the goal of four young Coronado women who have spearheaded planning for the event, said attorney Alisa Kerr, a member of the foursome.
“Their wedding being marred by some jerk is such an inaccurate reflection of the community and the kindness we have here for everybody,” she said.
“We were planning at first to just throw them a little party, but the whole community has been so generous that we’re really going to be able to show them how awesome Coronado is.”
Loews Coronado Bay Resort donated a 300-seat venue, Coronado’s Blue Bridge Hospitality restaurant chain will supply the food, Coronado Cupcakery is handling the wedding cake and Vigilucci’s Ristorante contributed champagne for the toast, Kerr said. Many other local restaurants and merchants have also made contributions, she said.
“It’s insane how much they’re donating,” said Kerr, whose planning partners are Rita Alipour, Kate Blumenthal and Cerissa McPartlin Kieffer. “I mean a Loews wedding on a Saturday — I have no idea how much that would cost.”

Brian Johnson, managing director for Loews Coronado, said it was an easy decision when his staff heard about the circumstances.
“For us, it’s really an honor to take part,” he said, estimating that such a wedding would typically cost between $15,000 and $20,000.
Jackson and de Las Salas called the outpouring of support they’ve received remarkable.
“We’re excited this group of people are showing us there is not homophobia in Coronado,” de Las Salas said Thursday. “These people are standing up against that little heckler who tried to destroy our day.”
The heckler, who witnesses say shouted “go home homos” and other gay slurs, was hiding on the balcony of an upscale condominium on the edge of Centennial Park, an area open to the public that extends from San Diego Bay to First Street in Coronado.
De Las Salas, who lives with Jackson in Phoenix but visits San Diego frequently, said he was surprised the heckling happened in this part of the country.
“We chose Coronado without hesitation because it’s California, one of the most open and inclusive states,” he said. “I wouldn’t be as surprised if we had been in Iowa or Idaho or some other states.”
The scene at the August wedding was awkward and upsetting, said David De Alva, who played live music at the event.
“Everyone started fidgeting when we first heard it — we all just hoped it would stop,” De Alva said Thursday. “It was in the background but it was loud enough to hear. The guy sounded a little drunk and it was clear he wanted what he was saying to be heard.”
Lea Corbin, community relations director for the Coronado Police Department, said police have a few more witnesses to interview before they decide whether the heckling was a hate crime.
She said one factor that might make a prosecution tough is that no one heard the man say anything threatening. Another problem is that no one has been able to identify the man or exactly which condo balcony he was on, she said.
Kerr said extra precautions are being taken to prevent hecklers from marring the do-over wedding. She noted that Loews Coronado has significantly more security than a public park.
But Kerr said she doubts the heckling would happen again no matter where in Coronado the second wedding was held.
“There’s great tolerance in Coronado because there’s so much diversity,” she said. “We have military people stationed here from all over the country and tourists come here from all over the world.”
Maureen Steiner, a gay Coronado resident who organized an “Out in Coronado” event for local gays more than 20 years ago, agreed with Kerr.
“Because of the military presence, many of our residents are well-educated and have had worldly experiences," Steiner said. “They’ve seen up close real discrimination, poverty and hardship.” (619) 269-8906 @UTDavidGarrick

September 13, 2014

The Gay World Responds to the Sham Straight-Gay Wedding (update)

"Not here to insult anyone": Best mates Travis McIntosh and Matt McCormick married in Auckland on Friday morning. 
"Not here to insult anyone": Best mates Travis McIntosh and Matt McCormick married in Auckland on Friday morning. Photo: s


Two men got married in New Zealand this morning and people aren't happy about it.
Heterosexuals Travis McIntosh and Matt McCormick tied the knot on Friday morning as part of a radio competition to win tickets to the Rugby World Cup. The "best mates" got hitched at Eden Park stadium in Auckland before a crowd of 60 family members and friends, with tens of thousands listening live.
But the stunt has prompted a rare union between gay rights groups and social conservatives, who have both condemned the sham marriage - for very different reasons.

Travis McIntosh and Matt McCormick.
Alex Greenwich, independent MP for Sydney and former convener of Australian  Marriage Equality, said "all sides" of the marriage equality debate would be understandably upset.
 "It essentially makes a mockery of marriage. Marriage is a really important institution about love and commitment and it's sad to see that there are people who are making a joke out of that," he said.
"Gay and lesbian people are fighting for the right to marry in Australia and have been fighting for the right in New Zealand, and it's because they take marriage extremely seriously, and the commitments and responsibilities that come with that. Here are two straight guys making a joke of that, and that's deeply concerning."
Shelly Argent, a spokesperson for Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, said the stunt was in poor taste.

"This is two straight men who have done a wonderful job of trivialising marriage on their own," she said. "I hope it takes them quite a while to get the marriage annulled."
New Zealand legalised gay marriage in 2013, and approximately one-third of the subsequent ceremonies have involved Australian couples.
Bob McCoskrie, director of the conservative NZ lobby group Family First, said condemnation of the radio stunt by gay rights groups was ironic.
"This competition makes a mockery of marriage, but so did the redefining of marriage," he said. He described gay matrimony as “ n arrogant act of cultural vandalism".

The "Love You Man" contest, run by youth FM station The Edge, saw more than 200 "bromances" enter for their chance to see New Zealand play England at the 2015 Rugby World Cup. 
The competition, open only to heterosexual males, has divided opinion since it was first announced. Master of ceremonies James McOnie, a television presenter, reportedly acknowledged the controversy and called the whole thing "a bit weird".
"It's just a couple of genuine mates willing to go the full 80. That's a rugby term, not a position in the karma sutra", he joked at the wedding, according to website Gay NZ. He reportedly noted the happy couple would “ ome together in marriage but not in other ways".

Mr McCormick, 24, told the Otago Daily Times his friendship with Mr McIntosh, 23, began when the pair met at Pirates Rugby Club in Dunedin when he was aged six. He said both families were supportive of their decision to wed.
"They're backing us 100 per cent," he said. "We are not here to insult anyone. We are here to do our own thing and travel our own path.

And not all gay and lesbian commentators in Australia rushed to condemn the stunt. Some argued it was a welcome development in the decline of marriage as an important institution, while Rodney Croome, national director of Australian Marriage Equality, said he was not treating it particularly seriously.
"Heterosexual couples have used marriage to win competitions for years, just look at The Bachelor and Farmer Wants a Wife," Mr Croome said.
"But it's still disappointing that straight people are enjoying New Zealand's equality laws, while committed Australian couples can only watch from across the Tasman."

April 30, 2014

A Wedding Alliance Might Make Central FL the Gay Wedding Destination in the State


The Wedding Alliance — an Orlando organization that raises awareness on marriage equality — is partnering with MBA Orlando to better notify local businesses about the $150 million economic impact waiting to hit Central Florida if same-sex marriage is approved.
The two organizations' efforts could lead to Central Florida becoming the top gay wedding destination, which could mean big business for Central Florida's tourism and hospitality industries.
Mikael Frank Audebert, president of MBA Orlando, said based on a recent survey conducted by MBA Orlando and Converge Orlando Inc. — Central Florida’s LGBT visitors bureau — the region is losing an estimated $150 million over a three-year span (about 6.5 percent of that would be sales tax for our local governments) to other states that offer marriage equality. Statewide, that is $1.1 billion.
As previously reported by the Orlando Business Journal , Orlando is among thetop 10 destinations for the gay travel market and that the LGBT community is responsible for nearly $3 billion impact.
Converge Orlando launched a campaign in December to attract more same-sex married couples to honeymoon in Orlando, but Audebert said that may prove to be a hard task if marriage equality is not welcomed in Central Florida.
“A positive unintended consequence to bringing marriage equality to Florida would mean more LGBT honeymoons as well. Couples married in other states are very sensitive to the laws that affect their rights when traveling to other states,” Audebert said via email. “Right now, Hawaii is a much more desirable honeymoon destination than Florida simply because of [Florida's] anti-gay marriage laws. So marriage equality goes beyond what the wedding industry can benefit from. It is at the core of major economic impact that would positively affect our primary source of revenue in Florida: tourism.”
The partnership between the Wedding Alliance and MBA is looking to prepare businesses now for if and when marriage equality is accepted in Florida.
From the partnership, Audebert will become the alliance’s president, effective April 30, and founders and chairperson of the organization Andrew Springer and Jamie O’Donnell will transition into an advisory board.
Richardson is a general assignment reporter for online and print.

April 4, 2014

‘Who’s The Boss’ Co-Star Now 38 Gets Married to His Boyfriend

Danny Pintauro

Point, Calif., on Thursday, April 3, he tells Us Weekly exclusively. The Who's the Boss alum tied the knot in an intimate beach ceremony.

"Everything went off without a hitch," Pintauro, 38, tells Us. "The wedding was terrific and everyone was so happy to be there. We had fun!" He adds: "We went into it with no stress or worries or cares, except to have a good time." The couple wore cream-colored suits for their special day, with a matching lavender flower in place of a pocket square.
Us exclusively confirmed back in April 2013 that the couple got engaged during a Palm Springs getaway. Tabares, an Entertainer and Cosmopolitan casino employee, popped the question with a homemade video.

"He made a video, and in the video held up the box [with the ring]," Pintauro told Us at the time. "I looked up and he had it in his hand!"
The couple, who reside in Las Vegas, celebrated their wedding reception on a hotel balcony overlooking the beach. The decor included Christmas lights, seashells, linens, and a fire pit.
"I never thought I would ever get married," Tabares tells Us. "I knew I would never marry a woman, and never thought I'd see the day that same-sex marriage would be legal, so it's definitely a life-long dream come true."

"The beautiful reality is starting to set in," he adds. "This is one small step for man, one giant step for equality." (At the time of their engagement, Nevada did not yet allow same-sex marriage. Last February, the ban was overturned and same-sex marriage became legal. Pintauro came out as gay in 1997.)
Pintauro is best-known for playing Jonathan Bower in the ABC sitcom Who's the Boss from 1984 to 1992 with Tony DanzaJudith Light, and Alyssa Milano. His wedding to Pintauro aired live via Livestream Thursday, and will replay again from 6:30-7:30 p.m. PST tonight. 

March 31, 2014

Watch The UK’s First Ever Gay Wedding

Watch The UK’s First Gay Wedding Ceremony In London
Sinclair Treadway, 20, and Sean Adl-Tabatabai, 31, were among the first same-sex couples (and quite possibly the first) to get married once marriage equality was legalized in England and Wales after midnight, on Saturday.
The wedding took place at Camden Town Hall, North London.
Watch their ceremony below:

Peter McGraith and David Cabreza of Islington were also among the first same-sex couples to get married at Islington Town Hall.

January 30, 2013

Gomer Pyle Marries His Partner of 38 years

Photo courtesy: MidWeek

Rock HudsonOn top is Jim (Jim is bottom) with his partner and adamfoxie* wishes him happiness go both of them. It’s a nice thing for a gay person in their senior years to have a partner to share life with.. Jim was never a well looking chump like you can see on his early pictures. He had his artistic coming out with Andy Griffith Show, playing a dumb witted mechanic. {the sheriff, barney five and Oppie were co stars}   Jim could sing the Ave Maria like the pope could count gold ounces. 

He was always kind of femme but people accepted him because he was funny and people never took him serious. He was not a Leading Man like Rock Hudson, who died of AIDS in his forties.
There was then and now talk that the two had a romantic relationship. I mean Rock could have anybody he wanted and to go for this tall skinny guy with a funny way of talking. I doubt it..The only he would have gotten out of it would have been secrecy. Of course if they shipped them somewhere to a site in which Rock could not find what he needed then..but  otherwise I think is just talk to sell books.      adamfoxie*

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
Jim NaborsJim Nabors, the Hawaii resident well known for his starring role in the 1960s television sitcom "Gomer Pyle, USMC," married his longtime male partner early this month, he told Hawaii News Now Tuesday.
Nabors, 82, said he married his companion of 38 years, Stan Cadwallader, who's 64, in Seattle on Jan. 15. 
Nabors declined an on-camera interview but spoke to Hawaii News Now by phone. 
"I'm 82 and he's in his 60s and so we've been together for 38 years and I'm not ashamed of people knowing, it's just that it was such a personal thing, I didn't tell anybody," Nabors said. "I'm very happy that I've had a partner of 38 years and I feel very blessed.  And, what can I tell you, I'm just very happy." 
Nabors said he and Cadwallader traveled to Washington state, where gay marriages became legal in early December 2012. They were married at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle. 
A judge performed the marriage ceremony in the privacy of their hotel room with a couple of friends who live down the street from them near Diamond Head as witnesses, Nabors said. 
Before they were married, Nabors said, "It's pretty obvious that we had no rights as a couple, yet when you've been together 38 years, I think something's got to happen there, you've got to solidify something.  And at my age, it's probably the best thing to do." 
Nabors said he met Cadwallader in 1975 when Cadwallader was a Honolulu fire fighter.  He eventually went to work for Nabors and they began a relationship. 
Nabors has no plan to get involved in the gay marriage debate. 
"I'm not a debater.  And everybody has their own opinion about this and actually I'm not an activist so I've never gotten involved in any of this," Nabors said. 
His only involvement in a campaign happened last year, when Nabors recorded a radio spot for former Hawaii Gov. Ben Cayetano's campaign for Honolulu mayor, because he's a close friend of Cayetano and his wife Vicky. 
When he worked full-time in Hollywood in the 1960s and 1970s, Nabors said he was open about his homosexuality to co-workers and friends but never acknowledged it to the media until now. 
"I haven't ever made a public spectacle of it. Well, I've known since I was a child, so, come on.  It's not that kind of a thing.  I've never made a huge secret of it at all," Nabors said. 
"This is really no big deal.  My friend and I, my partner, we went through all of this 38 years ago," Nabors added. "So I mean, we made our vows and that was it.  It was to each other, but nevertheless, we were a couple." 
Asked if he had any advice to young gays and lesbians just beginning to deal with their sexual orientation, he said: "I really don't have any advice.  I don't think I'm qualified because I just could handle it my own way.  And you don't ever understand what people look down on you, or say cruel things to you about that sort of thing, but nevertheless, that's just life, and you just have to get above it." 
Last May, Nabors underwent open heart surgery at Queens Medical Center.  
He starred in the television show "Gomer Pyle, USMC" from 1964 to 1969, and new audiences became familiar with him in the years that followed through re-runs of the program.  He also was a regular guest on the Carol Burnett Show and hosted his own variety and talk shows in the 1970s. 
A singer known for his rich baritone voice, Nabors also performed in musical theater productions in Florida, Nevada and Hawaii.  For ten years, he starred in the annual production of A Merry Christmas With Friends and Nabors at Hawaii Theatre in Honolulu, ending in 2006. 
Nabors said he said he knew he loved Hawaii the first time he traveled to the islands in the 1960s. 
"I just walked off that plane and knew this is where I wanted to be.  It was the air and the friendship and the friendliness and the people, you know.  I just knew, there's something inside me that told me 'Hey, you're gonna end up here,'" Nabors said. "I love this place. I love everything about it.
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