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August 28, 2014

Frank Bernard quit job as a manager with third largest pizza chain in US when it refused to cover his husband of six years

California resident Frank Bernard is suing the Little Caesars pizza chain because it refused to provide health insurance benefits for the former manager's husband.

The chain, the third-largest in the US, offers benefits to the spouses of its heterosexual employees. Bernard, 47, has been legally wed to his husband for six years.

August 25, 2014

A Minnesota hunting club has reached a legal settlement with young fiancés Cole Frey and Adam Block after it accepted a booking to host their wedding but then refused them when it realized they were a gay couple

Minnesota’s state Department of Human Rights announced a legal settlement on Friday in a dispute between a young gay couple who are getting married and a hunting club that refused to host their wedding.

Cole Frey, 20, and Adam Block, 18 met last October and announced plans to marry in November and the pair contacted LeBlanc’s Rice Creek Hunting and Recreation in February to book its hunting club building as the venue for their wedding.

August 22, 2014

Hallmark cards celebrating same-sex marriages have been pulled from the shelves of the Bringham Young University bookstore because it is owned by the Mormon church

A bookstore at Utah’s Bringham Young University has removed greeting cards celebrating same-sex marriages from its shelves because they aren’t in line with the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, also known as the Mormons.

The Hallmark card company has been quick to capitalize on moves to legalize same-sex marriages across the United States and produces a range of cards for same-sex couples and they reached the shelves of the university’s bookstore on Tuesday.

August 21, 2014

'The bottom line is that regardless of how you were made or who you love, you should be able to get married if you want to get married'

Kristin Chenoweth makes no attempt to downplay her Christianity or her support of gay marriage in a video released today by the Human Rights Campaign.

The Emmy and Tony award winning actress describes herself as 'an American and marriage equality supporter - yup, I'm also a Christian.'

She then lists other things about herself that reflect 'how I was made' including being 'a shorty,' 'an Okie,' a lover of gospel, and a dog lover.

August 20, 2014

Two Iranian Muslim women have done what would be unthinkable in their homeland by entering into a same-sex marriage, and the ceremony was performed by an openly gay Imam

Iranian Muslim women Sahar Mosleh and Maryam Iranfar married in Stockholm on 2 August during the city’s annual LGBTI pride festival – perhaps the first Iranian women to marry each other in a religious ceremony in the world, and the first in Sweden.

The couple married in a ceremony performed by Algerian born South African based Imam Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed who was in Stockholm as the festival’s nominated Imam.

The wedding was filmed by Swedish television news and has made headlines as far a field as Afghanistan.

August 12, 2014

Freida Hurdle had wanted to wait until after partner's daughter's wedding to get married herself

Frieda Hurdle died last week an unmarried woman.

She and longtime partner Lynn Hurdle were among the plaintiffs in the lawsuit that resulted in Pennsylvania's ban on gay marriage being overturned by a federal judge in May.

But the couple, already together for 24 years, did not rush to marry because the wedding of Lynn Hurdle's daughter was scheduled in November and they didn't want to steal her thunder.

In a tragic turn of events, Hurdle suffered a stroke last Friday (8 August) and died at the age of 50.

August 6, 2014

The Target retail chain, one of the largest corporations in North America, has filed a ‘friend-of-the-court’ brief in a challenge against Wisconsin’s ban on same-sex couples marrying

Target Executive Vice President Jodee Kozlak yesterday announced her company is joining the fight to legalize same-sex marriage in Wisconsin, signing an amicus brief to the US Seventh District Court case appealing the repeal of its ban on gay couples marrying.

August 2, 2014

Same-sex marriage activists including 28 gay couples made a dramatic entrance at a household registration office in Taipei on Friday

As part of a campaign seeking same-sex marriage to be legalized in Taiwan, 28 same-sex couples – accompanied by activists from the Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights (TAPCPR) – walked into Zhongzheng District Household Registration Office in Taipei on Friday and attempted to register their unions.

Taiwan’s Civil Code stipulates that a marriage must be a union between a man and a woman.

August 2, 2014

'I find it difficult sometimes to understand why ministers are willing to abandon the scripture to go along and get along. I just find that very puzzling'

Ben Carson, a noted US neurosurgeon and Republican activist, is standing against religious leaders who support gay marriage.

The potential 2016 presidential GOP candidate was a guest on James Dobson's 31 July radio program. According to Right Wing Watch, Carson expressed dismay toward ministers who support marriage equality.

August 1, 2014

A young loving gay couple were married in Hanoi at the British Embassy under the new England and Wales same-sex marriage law

A British couple has become the first to marry in Vietnam.

Yein Kai Yee and Sutpreedee Chinithigun, both British citizens, had their wedding held by the British Embassy in Hanoi on 29 July.

The couple’s relatives and the embassy staff attended the historic wedding. It was the first in the country since England and Wales’ marriage law came into effect in March.

July 28, 2014

'...The State regulates marriage for the primary purpose of channeling potentially procreative sexual relationships into enduring unions for the sake of joining children to both their mother and their father'

The US state of Arizona is arguing its gay marriage ban protects children, procreation, and straight parents.

Attorneys for the state filed papers in the District Court for Arizona this past Wednesday (23 July).  The legal team maintains the prohibition has nothing to do with LGBTI citizens.

July 27, 2014

Despite being a vehement opponent of same-sex marriage, a French mayor said he did not hesitate when his gay son asked him to officiate at his wedding

'It seemed perfectly normal for me to carry out the marriage even though I still don't agree with gay marriage,' said 72-year-old Raymond Bardet, who has been the mayor of a small village of Ville-la-Grande, in the Haute Savoie near the Swiss border, since 1981.

Bardet is known for his hardcore opposition to the country's highly controversial decision last year to allow same-sex marriage. Although legalized in May last year, same-sex marriage continues to face fierce opposition from conservative quarters.

July 25, 2014

Conservative ministers have agreed to rewrite rules for England and Wales gay couples seeking to convert their civil partnerships into a marriage

Gay couples in England and Wales will be able to convert their civil partnership into a marriage in a ‘ceremony with heart’.

From 10 December, thousands of couples already in civil partnerships will be allowed to convert their unions into marriage.

But according to the proposals, they would have only had to pick up a ‘certificate of conversion’ – a piece of paper with very little romance.

As no witnesses would be required, the guidance to councils suggested no family or friends would be able to end and it would not be an official ceremony.

July 24, 2014

The Quakers church in the UK are concerned that same-sex couples who are converting their civil partnerships to marriage will not have the option of doing that in a church

The Quakers, also known as the Religious Society of Friends in Britain, have gone public with their concern that same-sex couples who are converting their civil partnerships to marriages in England and Wales will only be able to do that via register offices and not by a church wedding.

Churches in the UK register the marriages they perform with the government and the Quakers want to be able to perform their members’ same-sex marriages just as they do for opposite-sex Quaker couples.

July 22, 2014

Florida representative speaks out in favor of judge's ruling to allow same-sex marriages in the state's Monroe County

Republican David Jolly is quickly proving to be his own man.

Less than five months into his term as a freshman member of the US House of Representatives from Florida, Jolly has come out publicly in favor of same-sex member despite being a member of a political party that has steadfastly been opposed to it.

July 19, 2014

Same three-judge panel from US Court of Appeals ruled last month that Utah's ban was unconstitutional

A federal appeals court ruled on Friday (18 July) that Oklahoma's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

The 2-1 decision came from the same three-judge panel in Denver that last month ruled that a similar ban in Utah violated the constitutional rights of same-sex couples.

The US Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit placed a stay on its ruling pending expected appeals so same-sex marriages cannot yet begin taking place in the state.

July 7, 2014

Even though the UK religious organization already blesses civil partnerships, United Reformed Church members might have to wait years until they can get married in a church

Even though the majority of the United Reformed Church supports holding same-sex weddings, but the ban will stay in place.

One of the largest Churches in the UK, its General Assembly met in Cardiff at the weekend to discuss whether they would allow gay marriage.

Under the new gay marriage law in England and Wales, religious organizations must ‘opt in’ to offer weddings to gay couples. The Church of England and Church in Wales are automatically banned under the legislation.

July 3, 2014

Australian LGBTI rights activist Tony Pitman has crunched the numbers to find one-in-ten human beings now live in jurisdictions where same-sex couples are allowed to marry

A new analysis undertaken by Melbourne, Australia based LGBTI rights activist Tony Pitman has revealed that over ten per cent of the world’s population now lives in jurisdictions where same-sex couples can marry.

Pitman calculates that the legalization of same-sex marriage in the US state of Pennsylvania was the tipping point.

The world’s population is 7,176,000,000 and as of May 725,000,000 people live in countries or jurisdictions within countries where same-sex couples may marry.

July 1, 2014

Comic legend unites a happy couple in matrimony at a book signing in New York City

Joan Rivers may be a comic that gets into more trouble than most, but she knows love when she sees it.

She was at a Barnes & Noble in New York City to sign copies of her new book, Diary of a Mad Diva, when two fans asked her if it was true she was an ordained minister.

Joe Aiello and Jed Ryan then asked her if she’d marry them right then and there.

The 81-year-old icon brought the couple of three years up on stage and performed the ceremony, as fans cheered from the crowd.

June 28, 2014

'We can just do away with that state law the same way we did away with sodomy laws'

A candidate from the US midwestern state Wisconsin cautions the removal of same-sex marriage bans leads to incest.

Karen Mueller is a Republican hoping to challenge incumbent Ron King, a Democrat, for Wisconsin's 3rd Congressional District.

Earlier this week, at a forum for the GOP candidates, Mueller criticized US District Court Judge Barbara Crabb's ruling against the state's same-sex marriage ban.

June 27, 2014

The first same-sex couple to be legally married on Australian soil wed today at the British consulate in Sydney but their marriage won’t be recognized by the Australian Government anytime soon

From today British consulates around Australia are allowed to marry same-sex couples where at least one of the parties is a UK citizen.

What is believed to be the first such marriage in Australia took place today around 3pm at the British consulate near Sydney’s Circular Quay and involved a Scottish Australian couple.

Peter Fraser and Gordon Stevenson married wearing matching kilts in the Fraser clan tartan after 19 years together.

June 27, 2014

Mayor Francis Slay: 'It makes me proud as a citizen and as a mayor'

Four same-sex couples were married in the office of St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay on Wednesday (25 June) if defiance of Missouri's ban on gay marriage.

Slay looked on approvingly as Bruce Yampolsky and Terry Garrett, David Gray and Tod Martin, John Durnell and Richard Eaton, and Miranda Duschack and Karen Davis exchanged vows.

June 27, 2014

Jersey Evangelical Church, in a leaked letter, same-sex couples already have civil partnerships and a ‘small minority’ should not be allowed to change the definition of marriage

A Jersey group claiming to represent a quarter of Jersey churches says gay couples shouldn’t be able to get married.

In a leaked draft letter, the Jersey Evangelical Alliance has asked church members to oppose marriage equality ahead of a debate on 1 July.

While England and Wales already has same-sex marriage, and Scotland gay couples will be able to get married by the end of the year, the British crown dependencies Jersey and Guernsey do not yet allow it.

June 25, 2014

Ruling comes in lawsuit filed by lesbian couple - one of whom is terminally ill with cancer

A federal judge has struck down Indiana's ban on same-sex marriage.

US District Court Judge Richard L. Young did not stay his ruling which means Indiana immediately becomes the 20th state in the US where same-sex marriage is now legal.

Young acknowledged the string of recent rulings in favor of gay marriage and wrote: 'It is clear that the fundamental right to marry shall not be deprived to some individuals based solely on the person they choose to love.'