The council that oversees the country's judiciary said it was wrong for some offices just to issue civil union documents when the couple wanted full marriage certificates.
Correspondents say the decision in effect authorises gay marriage.
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Chef Josette LeBlond is founder and President of Normandie Pate Inc. In 1985, Normandie started out as the first manufacturer of fine French pates and sausages in Los Angeles.
Today, the Normandie label can be seen not only on pates but on bakery goods for airlines, grocery chains and restaurants in California and Nevada.
Josette’s perseverance and hard-working ethic have brought her key accounts such as Disneyland Hotels, The Biltmore, Macy’s, and grocery chains like Whole Foods, Bristol Farms and Pavillions. Hotel restaurants in the Marriott, Hyatt and Ritz Carlton also enjoy her fine pates and baked goods. Award-winning restaurants, like Joan’s on Third in Los Angeles, utilize Normandie’s baguettes as the star component of their sandwiches.
In 2011, Chef Josette expanded the Normandie brand to Farmers Market at Third and Fairfax. Normandie Farmers Market serves breads, croissants, pastries, cakes and pies. In 2012 Chef Josette opened a restaurant in her Normandie Bakery calling it Josette’s Bistro, and serving authentic French bistro cuisine at affordable prices.
Late Tuesday afternoon, in a 12-9 bipartisan vote, the Delaware Senate gave final approval to HB 75, a bill granting same-sex couples the freedom to marry in that state effective July 1 of this year. The Delaware House of Representatives passed the measure last month by a vote of 23-18.
Democratic Governor Jack Markell signed HB 75 into law just minutes later, reportedly telling the crowd, "I do not intend to make any of you wait one minute longer."
With the addition of Delaware to the equality column, eleven U.S. states plus Washington, D.C. allow same-sex couples the freedom to marry. Fifty-one million people -- sixteen percent of the American population -- now live in marriage equality states.
That number may soon swell yet again, as Minnesota appears poised to move forward on equal marriage legislation. That state's Democratic House speaker scheduled a vote on a same-sex marriage bill for Thursday, a move he had vowed not to do unless the votes required for passage were secured. If the bill clears the House, the Senate could vote on it as early as Saturday; leaders in that chamber are similarly confident that the votes are there for passage. Pro-equality Governor Mark Dayton has pledged to sign the bill into law if it reaches his desk.
Illinois is on the final vote - but there are some Republicans SCARED to vote YES.
Illinois Republicans have just forced state party chair Pat Brady to resign because of his support for gay marriage.
What is this, Alabama?
Brady, rather famously, came out in support of gay marriage in January of this year, and even made phone calls to lawmakers urging them to support gay marriage legislation before the Illinois legislature.
And now he’s politically-dead, killed by a Republican party so permeated with hate and intolerance that even in a moderate-Republican state like Illinois, the GOP just couldn’t stomach having a gay friendly man as party chair.
Recently it was announced on his Facebook page, that international DJ Peter Rauhofer was battling a brain tumor. Sadly, he has passed, according to a new message posted on his Facebook page by his manager, Angelo Russo:
Today the music industry has lost one of it's true heroes.
With a heavy heart I must now report that Peter Rauhofer has lost his battle with brain cancer.
He passed quietly today and is survived by his mother, Helga, who resides in Austria.
She will transport Peter back home to his final resting place there, but to all that knew Peter, his heart will always be in New York City.
It makes me sad, not only that I have lost a friend, but that the world has lost an amazing talent and that future generations will never get to understand the magic that Peter created night after night all over the world.
He is gone too soon but we will always have the vast body of music that Peter left for us.
Through his music, Peter will live forever. The brightest stars always burn out too soon. Peter, you were loved and you will be terribly missed. Goodbye my friend. Please rest in peace knowing that you have brought so much joy to so many of us. I ask that his true fans keep his legacy alive by sharing his music with anyone who may not have had the opportunity to experience it for themselves.
Rauhofer was 48.
Our thoughts go out to his friends and family.
Gays, lesbians, their friends and families erupted into cheers Thursday following a final 56-15 vote in the Rhode Island House, and then again an hour later when Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed the bill into law on the Statehouse steps.
"Democracy feels good, doesn't it?" said House Speaker Gordon Fox, D-Providence, who is gay. Fox struggled to keep his composure as he addressed the crowd at the Statehouse, looking over at his longtime partner, Marcus LaFond. "This tells me our relationship does matter. It means that we mean something."
The first marriages will take place Aug. 1, when the new law takes effect.
ABC News reports that sales on #98 jerseys soared this week!:
Team spokesman Scott Hall told ABC News that 100 percent of custom jerseys ordered from the team’s online store bore Collins’ name and number, 98, on the back, after Collins revealed his homosexuality in an article published on Sports Illustrated’s website on Monday...While Hall could not reveal how many custom Collins jerseys were sold, he said that the team’s general merchandise sales and online traffic spiked following Collins’ announcement.
I never knew that the "98" was a tribute to Matthew Shepard. Even Judy Shepard was not aware of the tribute to her gay son.
The mother of a gay University of Wyoming student who was robbed and beaten to death in 1998 says she finds it touching that NBA veteran Jason Collins honored her son by wearing jersey No. 98.
Matthew Shepard’s mother, Judy, said that she hadn’t known about the tribute by Collins, who this week became the first player still active in one of the four major U.S. professional sports leagues to announce that he is gay.
"We’re very touched that he regards Matthew as somebody special," Judy Shepard said in a telephone interview. "We’re especially happy that now he feels free to be himself. We’re happy for him, relieved that his news is being received so well across the board."
While Collins hid his sexual orientation up until now, he said he quietly made a statement for gay rights by wearing No. 98 with the Boston Celtics and the Washington Wizards. The number refers to 1998, the year Matthew Shepard was tied to a fence and beaten outside Laramie.
I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay.
I didn't set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I'm happy to start the conversation. I wish I wasn't the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, "I'm different." If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why I'm raising my hand.
I realized I needed to go public when Joe Kennedy, my old roommate at Stanford and now a Massachusetts congressman, told me he had just marched in Boston's 2012 Gay Pride Parade. I'm seldom jealous of others, but hearing what Joe had done filled me with envy. I was proud of him for participating but angry that as a closeted gay man I couldn't even cheer my straight friend on as a spectator.
Among those told before the article was published were NBA Commissioner David Stern and senior executives at Nike Inc (NKE)., the world’s largest sporting-goods company whose roster of team- sport athlete endorsers includes Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers, Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees and Joe Flacco of the Super Bowl-champion Baltimore Ravens. Nike asked Welts to deliver a message to anyone thinking about becoming the first openly gay athlete in major U.S. team sports -- the company wants him as an endorser.
“They made it clear to me Nike would embrace it,” Welts, 60, now president of the National Basketball Association’s Golden State Warriors, said in a telephone interview. “The player who does it, they’re going to be amazed at the additional opportunities that are put on the table, not the ones that are taken off.”
According to Bob Witeck, 61, a gay-marketing strategist and corporate consultant, the first openly gay team-sport athlete -- provided he’s a recognizable name -- would earn millions in endorsements and speaking engagements from companies seeking to capture more of a U.S. lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adult population whose annual buying power he pegs at almost $800 billion.
“We’ve passed the tipping point to where national advertisers are no longer afraid of the gay market,” said Mark Elderkin, chief executive officer of the Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based Gay Ad Network.
We truly have reached the tipping point! In the last 2 years, more and more LGBTQ supporters have surfaced, to support us and accept us.
How cool is that? Read the whole story at Bloomberg that talks about the Nike dollars, but also gay slurs used by athletes and growing team acceptance.
Read the recent interview with Rick Welts.
"To this culture warrior, gay marriage is not a vital issue. I don't believe the republic will collapse if Larry marries Brendan. However, it is clear that most Americans want heterosexual marriage to maintain its special place in American society. And as long as gays are not penalized in the civil arena, I think the folks should make the call at the ballot box. Traditional marriage is widely seen as a social stabilizer, and I believe that is true."
On March 26, 2013, O'Reilly stated "I support civil unions, I always have. The gay marriage thing, I don’t feel that strongly about it one way or the other. I think the states should do it.” O'Reilly then said, "The compelling argument is on the side of homosexuals ... 'We’re Americans, we just want to be treated like everybody else.' That’s a compelling argument, and to deny that you’ve got to have a very strong argument on the other side. And the other side hasn’t been able to do anything but thump the Bible."
The Hollywood Reporter quizzed FOX News host Bill O'Reilly about his remarks during the Supreme Court marriage hearings that the "compelling argument is on the side of homosexuals" and that "Bible thumpers" are losing.
Asked if he stood by those remarks, O'Reilly said that marriage should be left to the states. Asked if he supports DOMA repeal, O'Reilly said Congress should do whatever they want.
"Ross has been a friend of mine for 10 years, and this book is hilariously sad, hilariously naïve and hilariously gay. I love this book,” Handler said.
"The book is about my experiences, thus far, in life. Growing up in a small town and then navigating Hollywood. The theme that’s been running through that is something I talk about on Chelsea a lot; what I’ve coined as “man-up.” I think I always try to man-up," explains Ross.
"What I mean by that is, understanding you are what you are and you’re going to have your flaws, but rather than heaping a lot of negativity on whatever makes you different or whatever makes you unique, really shine the light on that and use it to make you stand out, I think that’s just something innately that I’ve done my entire life, totally on accident. I probably owe it to my mother, because she was effusive with her compliments, even when they were undeserved. I would love to spread that message. Like, come on, life is short you gotta love yourself. Get over it and let’s keep movin’ on to make a difference in the world."
Mathews currently lives in Los Angeles with his partner, Salvador, and their two rescue dogs, Louise and Mijo. When not working on his many projects, Mathews is a strong supporter of the Human Rights Campaign, speaking at many of their nationwide events and he received their Visibility Award in 2011.
When once asked, Why do you think visibility is so important for our community?
He says, "Oh my gosh, it’s like crazy, super, big time important! I grew up in a teeny farm town in Mount Vernon, Washington, and I was a little gay kid and I didn’t know what it meant to grow up to be a big gay grown-up. I didn’t know any gay people and back then I didn’t see any gay people on TV. I didn’t learn until I went to college that I could be a totally happy grown up, loud, proud, out gay person. It’s a different world now, in part, not to toot my tooter, partly because people like me are on TV, out, loud and proud for a decade now!"
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While we may not change the
minds of those on the stage on Thursday, it is clear to a majority of
Ohioans that this amendment is about family security, civil rights,
and the protection of religious freedom. The truth is, no house of worship
will be required to perform or recognize a wedding that conflicts with
their teachings and beliefs. At the same time, anti-gay houses of worship
and their faithful will not be permitted to stop a loving couple from
marrying; because marriage is and always will be a civil right.
WHO: FreedomOhio and Equality Ohio
WHAT: Marriage Town Hall
WHEN: 7-8 pm Thursday, April 11thWHERE: The OSU Ohio Union, 1739 N High St. Columbus, OH 43210
Vice Merchants, a rebelliously luxe bedding company, has released "Cowpokes," a full line of sheets, pillowcases and throws aimed at gay men. Made from 100 percent Egyptian cotton, 400 thread count, fine Sateen bedding fabric, "Cowpokes" features a ranch scene of playfully undressed men engaging in acts of whimsical outdoor fun and farm work, while frolicking in the buff! Illustrated by K. Commodore, cows, horses and tractors further set the scene as hot men work hard and play hard in the foreground.
They are very high quality and soft, as me and my man, rolled around in the hay, on them this past weekend!
"We’re enthusiastic to expand our brand to cater to the gay community," Jake Katz, president of Vice Merchants said. "’Cowpokes’ is a design unlike any other that allows gay men to spice up their bedroom in a subtle, yet enticing and playful manner. With these sheets, every night can feel like a sweaty day with the boys on the ranch."
Vice Merchants is a company that believes your bedding should be as sexy and as much fun as bedtime activities. The company specializes in fine bedding that brings edgy, richly hued graphics created by illustrators.
They worked with Brooklyn-based artist K. Commodore has an M.A. degree from the Rhode Island School of Design, to create these fun sheets. Her work is known for its insightful and witty look at human sexuality, and has been exhibited in numerous galleries throughout the United States and Europe.
When asked, What was the motivation behind the fun farm setting???
Artists Katie Commodoresaid," We all got together to brainstorm the next pattern and decided to go with a traditional toile. My art has always been about usurping traditional mediums or styles and using them as a vehicle for portraying sexuality. So the idea of taking a traditional toile and using fun homoerotic imagery made perfect sense! Traditional toile, which first became fashionable in the 16th century, has images of pastoral scenes; what's more pastoral than cowboys and farm hands???
She says that some other scenarios considered as well, "Oh Yes! Some of which we will make in the future! But there are only so many drawings I can work on at once!"
"Cowpokes" is available in all sheet sizes with prices ranging from $99 for a Twin Long Sheet set to $235 for a King Sheet set. The print is also available in duvet and sham sets, bed skirts, and throw pillows. A complete nine-piece bedding set can be purchased in Full for $399; Queen for $439; King (and California King) for $499.
You won't find these at Macy's but you can order them now, discreetly online. And they will be shipped in a plain brown box. VIce Merchants.
It could mean big things for Lake View and Boystown. A study of the community has long identified it seriously lacks hotels, a part of the reason why the Ricketts Family now plan to open one near Wrigley Field.
One was also planned in the Addison Park on Clark development, but the developer behind that project recently announced the hotel deal fell through.
Officials with Ald. Tom Tunney’s office say a hotel in Boystown, however, might be just what the community needs.
“I actually followed up and saw the product, and it’s great,” said Chief of Staff Bennett Lawson. “It’s very boutique. Our master plan identifies we need more hotels in the area, so if the space could work with the right kind of anchor tenants, height and zoning, we’re on board.”
Little did I know that I would someday be provided with another opportunity to address this same kind of bigotry. It all began when I attended a gay wedding ceremony in Palm Springs, California. That night, a couple of unforgettable, young men named Shane and Tom joined my table. I learned they were “Designing Women” fans, madly in love and literally brimming with all their big plans for an exciting life together. Sadly, that possibility ended when Tom was killed in an accident last year. When I heard the news, I was haunted by the sheer weight of Shane’s loss. Even though I barely knew them, their good-hearted demeanors and earnest love had made an indelible impression on me.
Then, a few weeks ago, I saw Shane’s YouTube posting, along with his bone crushing grief and the story of what happened to him after Tom’s death—and all because they were never allowed to marry. Like so many others who saw this video, I was deeply touched. And angered. I called Shane told him I wanted to make a documentary that would tell his and Tom’s love story from beginning to end. I have now seen all of Shane and Tom’s videos and home movies. Like a lot of young people, they routinely documented their lives—but this recorded history is so prolific, it almost seems as though they had a premonition or unconscious fear of not getting to live out something important."
The kickstarter campaign went viral! With the incredible support from influential people like Brad and George Takei and Neil Patrick Harris, Bridegroom was successfully funded on July 19, 2012 by over 6,500 people on Kickstarter.com becoming the most funded documentary in the history of crowd funding.
And now the movie has been made. Shane says, ""It has been said that sharing personal stories is one of the most effective ways to change people's hearts and minds. This is my story and I hope you are inspired to share it with others."
Good thing Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana just became billionaires–because the designers may have to fork over a good chunk of their fortune to the Italian government.
According to WWD, Italy’s Tax Commission is fining the designers a whopping 343.4 million euros, or $440.2 million at current exchange, plus interest, for alleged tax evasion.
Dolce and Gabbana are accused of omitted and unfaithful earnings declarations, specifically related to the 2004 sale of the Dolce & Gabbana and D&G brands to the designers’ Luxembourg-based holding company, Gado Srl. According to Italy’s Internal Revenue Agency, Dolce and Gabbana moved the majority of their wealth to Luxembourg, a well-known tax haven, with the sole purpose of avoiding higher corporate taxes in their home country. The designers, for their part, deny all charges.
The sentence comes after years of yo-yo court decisions. The duo were first charged in 2010, after the Italian government accused them of not reporting over 840 million euros ($1.1 billion) in sales. However, the charges were dropped by a lower court due to lack of evidence.
But, in 2011, Italy’s Supreme Court re-opened the case and also ruled that tax avoidance, or tax mitigation, on an earnings declaration is a criminal offense under the law, and would justify a heftier fine and/or jail time. The $440 million confirms this charge, and denies an appeal Gabbana and Dolce filed with the court."
Fate seems to have taken these vampire soldiers in different directions... but as the battle over the race’s throne intensifies, and new players on the scene in Caldwell create mortal danger for the Brotherhood, Qhuinn finally learns the true definition of courage, and two hearts who are meant to be together... finally become one. Gay gay gay!!
Lover At Last: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood