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April 19, 2015

The Republican is not a supporter of marriage equality

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has been a guest at the wedding reception of a same-sex couple.

The likely candidate for a 2016 presidential run made the announcement last night, 18 April, after a speech in New Hampshire, an early primary state.

April 8, 2015

A separate event for same-sex couples will be held later in the year

Taipei has rejected a lesbian couple's application to participate in the city's annual mass wedding, despite promises to include same-sex couples this year.

The Department of Civil Affairs said Ray and Hsiao Ting did not conform to the Civil Code's requirements for marriage, which stipulates that an agreement to marry must be made between male and female parties of their own accord.

April 6, 2015

More than half the total has been raised within the past week

Almost $95,000 has been raised for a florist in the US who refused to supply flowers for a same-sex wedding. 

Barronelle Stutzman, from Washington, was given 60 days to pay a fine of $1,000 (€922) after she refused to sell flowers for a same-sex couple's wedding. The ruling also required the shop to make all of its services available to same-sex couples. 

Back in 2013, Robert Ingersoll - who had bought flowers from Stutzman for years - asked her to provide flowers for his wedding to Curt Freed.

April 3, 2015

Nearly 16,000 people donated in less than two days

A pizzeria that closed after refusing to cater gay weddings has received nearly $500,000 in donations in less than two days.

The O’Connor family, who own Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Indiana, made headlines after they told local reporters that they would refuse to deliver pizzas to a gay wedding due to their religious beliefs.

Under a now-fixed 'religious freedom' law, turning away LGBTI customers would have been legal in the state.

March 10, 2015

Up to 200 couples will marry in two ceremonies scheduled for 2015

A Taipei government official has promised to do his utmost to include gay couples in the city's mass weddings.

Xu Li-min, secretary of Taipei city's bureau of social affairs and gender equality office, made the vow on Friday (6 March) at a public gender forum at National Taiwan University.

He said he would need to discuss with other departments whether gay couples would marry alongside straight couples or separately, but either way he hoped to bring about 'symbolic' ceremonies for gay couples this year.

March 9, 2015

'I tell people that I am married but still single'

After years of waiting in vain, Andrew Chan decided to stop looking for 'the one' and start planning his wedding.

The LGBTI community worker promised himself he would get married on his 40th birthday, even if he had not found Mr Right and in spite of Singapore’s anti-gay laws.

‘A wedding is a special and beautiful occasion that marks the romantic union of two people. Many people, especially singles like me dream to experience that,’ he told Gay Star News.

March 5, 2015

Star Trek icon launches campaign to make a statement

The Alabama Supreme Court has incurred the wrath of Sulu.

Star Trek icon George Takei has launched a social media campaign to give the finger to court after it voted this week to halt same-sex marriages in the state. This despite the US Supreme Court declining to issue a stay that would have stopped the marriages from taking place.

Takei posed with husband Brad in a photo that has them flipping their wedding ring finger for the camera.

February 20, 2015

Televangelist defends florist who has been ordered by court to service same-sex wedding

Televangelist Pat Robertson says it is 'outrageous' that a florist in the state of Washington has been ordered by a judge to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding.

The 84-year-old Robertson, who has a long history of anti-gay remarks, likened the order to having to provide flowers for a man-dog wedding.

'To tell as florist that she's got to provide flowers for a particular kind of wedding - what if somebody wanted to marry his dog? She's got to have flowers for that?'

Robertson said during a broadcast of The 700 Club. Then he brought up polygamy.

February 5, 2015

Blued gives 10 couples the best Valentines Day's gift ever

Blued is giving 10 gay couples the best gift Valentines Day gift ever.

The Chinese dating app is flying the lovers to the US for a group wedding and seven-day honeymoon.

The We Do! competition is sponsored by e-commerce company Taobao and supported by the Beijing LGBT Center, PFLAG and several Chinese celebrities and academics. These include The Voice of China contestant Momo Wu and sexologist Fang Gang.

February 3, 2015

Co-owner’s refusal, based on religious beliefs, will see the bakery pay up to $150,000 in compensation

A bakery in Gresham, Oregon will have to pay thousands to a lesbian couple for refusing to bake them a wedding cake.

Laurel Bowman and her fiancée could get up to $150,000 (£99,300, €131,700) after being refused service in January 2013.

The exact amount of compensation will be determined in a hearing on 10 March, but the couple could receive up to $75,000 (£49,650, €65,550) per person from the shop owners, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) announced.

February 2, 2015

See more photos of Asia's most fabulous wedding inside

Vietnam has got its first gay showbiz wedding, just weeks after the southeast Asian country lifted its ban on same-sex marriage.

Fashion designer Adrian Anh Tuan marred his entrpreneur boyfriend Son Doan in a star-studded ceremony last week (24 January) to intense public interest.

Tuan and Doan, both 35 this year, tied the knot in front of 50 guests at a five-star beach resort in the coastal city of Nha Trang.

The couple have known each other for five years, and been together for three, and live together in Ho Chi Minh City.

January 19, 2015

See pictures from the magical day here

The UK's first official Pagan same-sex wedding took place yesterday (18 January).

Tom Lanting, 34, and Iain Robertson, 39, tied the knot (literally) in the handfasting ceremony held in Marlin's Wynd, Edinburgh.

What once served as an interrogating room during the grisly witch hunts of the 16th century now served as the enchanting venue for the blessed couple, encompassing ancient Pagan traditions.

They cast a circle, invoked the elements, exchanged rings, drank mead out of a two handed cup called a quaich and jumped the broom.

January 12, 2015

Pair's third attempt to wed is thwarted by an anti-gay activist

A gay couple have been barred from tying the knot in the Mexican state of Baja California for a third time following a complaint the men are insane.

Hairstylists Victor Manuel Aguirre, 43, and Fernando Urias, 37 have been trying to get married since the Supreme Court ruled they could in June 2013.

December 22, 2014

Find out which bandmate sang at the wedding

Former N'Sync singer Lance Bass Saturday (20 December) married his boyfriend of four years Michael Tuchin in a star-studded ceremony in Los Angeles.

The ceremony was held at the Park Plaza hotel and only lasted 15 minutes.

Bass, 35, started dating his 27-year-old husband in 2011 and proposed to him in September last year.

'Today I marry the man of my dreams. He makes me smile; he makes my heart melt; he makes me....me,' he tweeted.

December 22, 2014

Attorneys acting for Washington State and a same-sex couple have asked a court to rule against a florist who refused to provide flowers for the couple’s wedding ceremony

When Curt Freed and Robert Ingersoll were planning their wedding in March 2013, they approached Baronelle Stutzman, who owns Arlene’s Flowers in Richland, Washington.

Despite providing services to Ingersoll on previous occasions, she declined to provide flowers for their wedding.

December 13, 2014

'Although (the protest) is ridiculous, so is the same-sex marriage status'


Read more here: http://www.sunherald.com/2014/12/12/5965928_gay-marriage-protester-puts-horse.html?sp=/99/184/&rh=1#storylink=cpy

Give Rev. Edward James credit. He admits to being ridiculous.

The pastor of Bertha Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Jackson, Mississippi is not behind this whole same-sex marriage thing.

To show his displeasure with District Court Judge Carlton W. Reeves' ruling that the southern state's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional, James put a horse in a wedding dress.

November 30, 2014

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Spartanburg has allowed couples to marry for free under its roof for a day to celebrate the legalization of same-sex marriage in South Carolina, and the couples didn’t even need to book ahead

A Unitarian Universalist Church in Spartanburg, South Carolina, has celebrated the legalization of same-sex marriage in the state by marrying couples for free for a day.

The church opened its doors last Sunday to couples regardless of sexuality from midday to 4pm, marrying them on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Local photographers volunteered to photograph the couples’ weddings and a local bakery donated cupcakes to serve as wedding cakes for the newly weds and their families after the ceremonies.

November 24, 2014

Baja California officials then find 'inconsistencies' in their paperwork

The first gay wedding in the Mexican state of Baja California had to be postponed again after a registry official refused to perform the ceremony and then announced a bomb threat.

After a 19-month legal battle, hairstylists Victor Aguirre Espinoza, 43, and Fernando Urias Amparo, 37, were supposed to be the first gay couple to marry in the northwestern state on Friday (21 November).

The couple arrived at Mexicali city hall both dressed in white suits in defiance the dozen Catholic protesters praying outside.

November 14, 2014

Transgender woman married her girlfriend last week

Russian lawmaker Vitaly Milonov is preparing a bill that would require brides and grooms to wear traditional attire after a transgender woman married her girlfriend in a dress last week.

Alyona Fursova and Irina Shumilova married at a St Petersburg registry last Friday both wearing white wedding dresses and carrying bouquets.

November 10, 2014

Transgender bride cannot change her gender on offical documents so the union is legal

Two women have become the first gay couple to register their marriage in Russia despite laws banning same-sex unions.

Alyona Fursova and Irina Shumilova arrived at a St Petersburg registry on Friday both wearing white wedding dresses and carried bouquets.

The Family Code of Russia states that marriage is 'a voluntary consent of a man and a woman' but the couple found a loophole in the law.

Fursova is transgender and on hormone therapy and despite looking and living as a woman, she is unable to change her gender on legal documents.

October 14, 2014

Oscar De Las Salas and Gary Jackson return to Coronado where town pulls out all the stops

Oscar De Las Salas and Gary Jackson had a wedding to remember over the weekend - and this time for all the right reasons.

The Arizona couple returned to Coronado Island near San Diego where they had a lavish wedding hosted by a town that wanted to erase the memory of an August ceremony marred by anti-gay hecklers.

'This has been a bit of a roller coaster ride as you can well imagine and the outpouring of love and support after what happened I think shows that this touches something,' Jackson told the crowd at Loews Coronado Bay Resort.

October 14, 2014

'If Turkey could understand we too are people, then I do believe one day our marriage will be legal'

A Turkish gay couple have lost their jobs, evicted from their home and are facing death threats from their family for choosing to get 'married'.

Ekin Keser, 21, and Emrullah Tüzün, 27, say they are afraid for their lives after choosing to commit to each other in a symbolic wedding.

The couple wed on a ferry in Istanbul in September. While it had no legal significance, they hoped publicizing it would challenge views.

October 10, 2014

The Nevada city’s Marriage License Bureau says that it issued 40 licenses on the first day it was legally allowed to do so – with many couples rushing to tie the knot

Following the decision taken earlier this week by the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals to strike down Nevada's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, same-sex weddings have begun to take place in Las Vegas.

October 3, 2014

Residents and merchants of Coronado have banded together for event with mayor officiating

Arizona couple Oscar De Las Salas and Gary Jackson are returning to the resort town of Coronado in California to get married - again.

But this time, they don't that expect any anonymous anti-gay hecklers will try and disrupt things.

That's because residents, merchants and leaders of the San Diego-area tourist destination have banded together for the 11 October event and they are footing the bill $15,000 - 20,000 bill.