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Marriage Equality in Germany

 

June 2017

 

On June 30, 2017, Germany’s parliament passed legislation legalizing same-sex marriage - a sudden landmark shift for LGBTQ rights in Europe’s most populous country.

 

The vote came days after Chancellor Angela Merkel signaled that she was open to changing Germany’s marriage laws to include same-sex couples, prompting a hurried push from opposition lawmakers to pass the so-called marriage-for-all legislation.

 

 

Merkel’s ruling coalition had long opposed a vote on same-sex marriage, an issue that is divisive among her conservative bloc. But during an interview on Monday with German women’s magazine Brigitte, Merkel said she was open to members of her coalition voting their conscience, rather than holding the party line.

 

Merkel’s shift came after she visited a lesbian couple raising eight foster children. She called her dinner with the family “a life-changing experience” and said she realized her party’s arguments against same-sex marriage were no longer valid.

 

Polls show that a strong majority of German voters favor same-sex marriage. A Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency survey earlier this year showed 83 percent of Germans support it.

 

Germany has allowed civil partnerships since 2001. But unlike many neighboring countries, it has lacked full same-sex marriage equality. A growing number of countries in Europe have legalized same-sex marriage, including Finland and Slovenia this year. Italy remains among European states that permit only civil unions and do not grant full rights afforded to married couples.

 

LINKS:

 

German Lawmakers Vote to Legalize Same Sex Marriage

Gay Pride in Berlin

 


Same Sex Marriage Legal in Taiwan

 

May 2017

 

Taiwan’s constitutional court declared on May 24, 2017 that same-sex couples have the right to legally marry, the first such ruling in Asia, sparking celebration by activists who have been campaigning for the right for years.

The court, known as the Judicial Yuan, said current marriage laws were “in violation of both the people’s freedom of marriage ... and the people’s right to equality”, and it gave two years for legal amendments to allow same-sex marriage.  “If relevant laws are not amended or enacted within the said two years, two persons of the same sex who intend to create the said permanent union shall be allowed to have their marriage registration effectuated,” the court said.

 



Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights activists had harbored high hopes their years of campaigning for same-sex marriage would win the court’s backing.  The ruling Democratic Progressive Party that swept national elections in the self-ruled island last year supported the change.

Hundreds of supporters of same-sex marriage gathered in the street next to the island’s parliament to celebrate the decision, holding colorful umbrellas to ward off a drizzle. “This ruling has made me very happy,” said Chi Chia-wei, a veteran gay rights activist who had petitioned the court to take up the issue.  The ruling clearing the way for same-sex marriage is the first in Asia, where socially conservative attitudes largely hold sway.

 

LINKS:

 

Taiwan Makes History as First Asian Nation to Legalize Same Sex Marriage

Time Mag: In What Countries is Same Sex Marriage Legal?

Pew Research Center: Gay Marriage Around the World

Wikipedia: Same Sex Marriage
 


Marriage Equality Notes

 


Marriage Equality

 

June 2015

 

On June 26, 2015, the US Supreme Court announced its landmark decision, ruling in favor of nationwide marriage equality. In so doing, it officially declared that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States. This historic Supreme Court ruling, which brought great joy to the LGBTQ community, holds that same-sex couples can no longer be denied the freedom to marry guaranteed by the US Constitution, assuring that all loving and committed couples will be able to marry throughout the United States. 

 
President Obama issued these remarks: "Today is a big step in our march toward equality. Gay and lesbian couples now have the right to marry, just like anyone else. The Supreme Court recognized that the Constitution guarantees marriage equality. In doing so, they have reaffirmed that all Americans are entitled to the equal protection of the law; that all people should be treated equally, regardless of who they are or who they love. This decision will end the patchwork system we currently have. It will end the uncertainty hundreds of thousands of same-sex couples face from not knowing whether they’re marriage, legitimate in the eyes of one state, will remain if they decide to move or even visit another. This ruling will strengthen all of our communities by offering to all loving same-sex couples the dignity of marriage across this great land. If we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well. It is gratifying to see that principle enshrined into law by this decision."

 

 "This ruling is a victory for America. This decision affirms what millions of Americans already believe in their hearts. When all Americans are treated as equal, we are all more free. We are people who believe every child is entitled to life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness. There is so much more work to be done to extend the full promise of America to every American. But today, we can say in no uncertain terms that we’ve made our union a little more perfect. That’s the consequence of a decision from the Supreme Court, but more importantly, it is a consequence of the countless small acts of courage of millions of people across decades who stood up, who came out, talked to parents, parents who loved their children no matter what, folks who were willing to endure bullying and taunts, and stayed strong, and came to believe in themselves and who they were. And slowly made an entire country realize that love is love."

 

LINKS:

 

Take Pride in Your Love

Wikipedia: Same-Sex Marriage in the United States

World Chart: Where is Same Sex Marriage Legal?

Enchanted Disney Wedding for Two Princesses

Timeline: Same-Sex Marriage

Same-Sex Union/Marriage Legislation Worldwide


Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the court's majority opinion. Here are some of his comments: "No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than they once were. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization's oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right."

 

Richard Cohen, President, Southern Poverty Law Center, released this statement: "What a great day for our country! With today’s historic U.S. Supreme Court ruling, marriage equality for the LGBTQ community is now enshrined in our Constitution. It’s good news for not only people like our client Paul Hard but also for everyone in our country who cherishes equality. Earlier lower-court decisions reaching the same result propelled a positive change in public attitudes. We hope this ruling will do the same – because we still have a lot of work to do, particularly in the Deep South, where old attitudes are most slow to change. Members of the LGBTQ community, like our client Tristan Broussard, are still being fired from their jobs because of who they are. People like our client Ashley Diamond are still fighting to receive medical care for the same reason. And LGBTQ people everywhere are still at risk of being the victims of violent hate crimes by those with hate in their hearts. We’ll have to continue to fight for the rights of the LGBTQ community for years to come. But, today, we pause to celebrate. A tremendous battle has been won."
 


Marriage Equality in 37 States

February 2015

 

Prior to the US Supreme Court decision to grant marriage equality nationwide, states legalized same-sex marriage one by one. By February 2015, all but 13 states had individually permitted same-sex marriage.

26 by Court Decision:

Alaska (Oct 17, 2014), Arizona (Oct 17, 2014), California (June 28, 2013), Colorado (Oct 7, 2014), Connecticut (Nov 12, 2008), Idaho (Oct 13, 2014), Indiana (Oct 6, 2014), Iowa (April 24, 2009), Kansas (Nov 12, 2014), Massachusetts (May 17, 2004), Montana (Nov 19, 2014), Nevada (Oct 9, 2014), New Jersey (Oct 21, 2013), New Mexico (Dec 19, 2013), North Carolina (Oct 10, 2014), Oklahoma (Oct 6, 2014), Oregon (May 19, 2014), Pennsylvania (May 20, 2014), South Carolina (Nov 20, 2014), Utah (Oct 6, 2014), Virginia (Oct 6, 2014), West Virginia (Oct 9, 2014), Wisconsin (Oct 6, 2014), Wyoming (Oct 21, 2014), Florida (Jan 2015), Alabama (Feb 9, 2015)

8 by State Legislature:

Delaware (July 1, 2013), Hawaii (Dec 2, 2013), Illinois (June 1, 2014), Minnesota (Aug 1, 2013), New Hampshire (Jan 1, 2010), New York (July 24, 2011), Rhode Island (Aug 1, 2013), Vermont (Sept 1, 2009)

3 by Popular Vote:

Maine (Dec 29, 2012), Maryland (Jan 1, 2013), Washington (Dec 9, 2012)

Plus: Washington, DC (March 3, 2010)

 

LINKS:

 

Time Mag: In What Countries is Same Sex Marriage Legal?

Pew Research Center: Gay Marriage Around the World

Wikipedia: Same Sex Marriage

Are You the Husband or the Wife?

Planning an LGBTQ Wedding

 


Marriage Equality Worldwide

 

Netherlands (2000)
Belgium (2003)
Canada (2005)
Spain (2005)
South Africa (2006)
Norway (2009)
Sweden (2009)
Argentina (2010)
Iceland (2010)
Portugal (2010)
Denmark (2012)
Brazil (2013)
England / Wales (2013)
France (2013)
New Zealand (2013)
Uruguay (2013)
Luxembourg (2014)
Scotland (2014)

United States (2015)

Greenland (2015)
Ireland (2015)

Finland (2015)

Columbia (2016)

Taiwan (2017)

Germany (2017)

 


Marriage Equality Nationwide

 

June 26, 2015

 

Today the U.S. Supreme Court announced its landmark decision.   It has ruled in favor of nationwide marriage equality. The U.S. Supreme Court has officially declared that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States.

 

Historic Supreme Court Ruling Brings Joy to Families and Victory to Alabama’s LGBT Community....  Today the Supreme Court held that same-sex couples can no longer be denied the freedom to marry guaranteed by the Constitution, assuring that soon all loving and committed couples will be able to marry throughout the United States.

 

ALGBTICAL Board member, Paul Hard, said:  "Marriages are significant, and my marriage is due the same respect as any other."

 

LINKS:

 

APT Capitol Journal: Alabama Perspective on Marriage Equality

President Obama: Gay Marriage Decision is a Victory for America

LGBTQ Nation: Supreme Court Rules for Nationwide Marriage Equality

Huff Post: Supreme Court Legalizes Gay Marriage Nationwide

CNN: Supreme Rules States Must Allow Same Sex Marriage

NY Times: Gay Marriage Backers Win Supreme Court Victory

Supreme Court Declares: Same Sex Marriage Now Legal in All 50 States

Wash Post: President Obama's Comments on Supreme Court Decision

USA Today: White Turns Into a Rainbow After Court Ruling

NBC News: White House Lights Up with Rainbow Colors


 

President Obama issued these remarks:

 

"Today is a big step in our march toward equality. Gay and lesbian couples now have the right to marry, just like anyone else. The Supreme Court recognized that the Constitution guarantees marriage equality. In doing so, they have reaffirmed that all Americans are entitled to the equal protection of the law; that all people should be treated equally, regardless of who they are or who they love.  This decision will end the patchwork system we currently have. It will end the uncertainty hundreds of thousands of same-sex couples face from not knowing whether they’re marriage, legitimate in the eyes of one state, will remain if they decide to move or even visit another. This ruling will strengthen all of our communities by offering to all loving same-sex couples the dignity of marriage across this great land. If we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well. It is gratifying to see that principle enshrined into law by this decision.  This ruling is a victory for America. This decision affirms what millions of Americans already believe in their hearts. When all Americans are treated as equal, we are all more free. We are people who believe every child is entitled to life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness. There is so much more work to be done to extend the full promise of America to every American. But today, we can say in no uncertain terms that we’ve made our union a little more perfect.  That’s the consequence of a decision from the Supreme Court, but more importantly, it is a consequence of the countless small acts of courage of millions of people across decades who stood up, who came out, talked to parents, parents who loved their children no matter what, folks who were willing to endure bullying and taunts, and stayed strong, and came to believe in themselves and who they were.  And slowly made an entire country realize that love is love."
 

 

Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the court's majority opinion.  Here are some of his comments:

 

"No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family.  In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than they once were.  Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization's oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right."


Benjamin Newbern, Board Chair of Equality Alabama, released the following statement:


“Today, the United States again took a giant step toward the more perfect union we the people aspire to. Today, the Liberty Bell rings alongside wedding bells across an ocean of joy. Equality Alabama calls on probate judges across the state that swore an oath to faithfully and impartially uphold the duties of their office to abide by this ruling. Same sex couples have waited long enough. Today, we celebrate a national decision that will change everything.  The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the freedom to marry for the entire country, meaning that all loving, committed couples everywhere in America will soon be able to marry the love of their life. This is huge news for the nation – and Alabama. This decision from our highest court shows that, for once and for all, the freedom to marry is the law of the land, and no one should face marriage discrimination based on who they love. There’s no excuse to deny devoted couples the rights and responsibilities of marriage any longer – the whole country agrees.  This is the decision we’ve been waiting for – the day that all families will be respected in our home state.  Love has won, but marriage equality is not the finish line. It is the starting gate. While LGBT Alabamians – and Americans nationwide now have the freedom to marry, they do not have full equality under the law. LGBT Alabamians can still be fired from their jobs, forced out of their homes, or denied service at a restaurant or other public accommodations simply based on who they love. Equality Alabama's work will continue and we will harness the momentum from winning the freedom to marry to secure additional advances towards full equality.”

 

 

Richard Cohen, President, Southern Poverty Law Center, released this statement:

 

"What a great day for our country!  With today’s historic U.S. Supreme Court ruling, marriage equality for the LGBT community is now enshrined in our Constitution. It’s good news for not only people like our client Paul Hard but also for everyone in our country who cherishes equality. Earlier lower-court decisions reaching the same result propelled a positive change in public attitudes. We hope this ruling will do the same – because we still have a lot of work to do, particularly in the Deep South, where old attitudes are most slow to change. Members of the LGBT community, like our client Tristan Broussard, are still being fired from their jobs because of who they are. People like our client Ashley Diamond are still fighting to receive medical care for the same reason. And LGBT people everywhere are still at risk of being the victims of violent hate crimes by those with hate in their hearts.  We’ll have to continue to fight for the rights of the LGBT community for years to come. But, today, we pause to celebrate. A tremendous battle has been won."

 

LINKS:

APT Capitol Journal: Alabama Perspective on Marriage Equality

President Obama: Gay Marriage Decision is a Victory for America

LGBTQ Nation: Supreme Court Rules for Nationwide Marriage Equality

Huff Post: Supreme Court Legalizes Gay Marriage Nationwide

CNN: Supreme Rules States Must Allow Same Sex Marriage

NY Times: Gay Marriage Backers Win Supreme Court Victory

Supreme Court Declares: Same Sex Marriage Now Legal in All 50 States

Wash Post: President Obama's Comments on Supreme Court Decision

USA Today: White Turns Into a Rainbow After Court Ruling

NBC News: White House Lights Up with Rainbow Colors

Winter Wonderland: Lesbian Wedding

 


Marriage Equality Stats & Updates
 

June 2015

 

5 Things You Need to Know About Same Sex Marriage

Same Sex Marriage Receives Record Breaking Support From Americans

Chart: Where is Same Sex Marriage Legal?

Alabama Teen Talks About Her Moms' Wedding

Social Revolution: Irish Voters Back Gay Marriage

 


Marriage Equality News

 

USA Today: Timeline of Same Sex Marriage Rulings

ProCon: States With Legal Same Sex Marriage

Freedom to Marry: List of States

Slate: Guide to the Gay Marriage Fight (Map)

Marriage Equality: State by State Report
Wikipedia: Same Sex Marriage in the United States
About: Same Sex Marriage License Laws in US

How to Change Minds on Same Sex Marriage

About: FAQ Same Sex Marriage Laws in US
About: Why Gay Marriage Should be Legal
NPR: Legal Battle Over Gay Marriage (State by State Map)

People Who Are Allowed to Get Married While Gay People Are Not

 


Alabama Becomes 37th State to Legalize Same Sex Marriage

 

February 2015

Same-sex couples began marrying in parts of Alabama on Monday, February 9, acting on the strongest signal yet from the US Supreme Court in favor of gay marriage ahead of an expected ruling, but numerous state judges avoided granting marriage licenses to gay couples in apparent defiance of the high court.  The Supreme Court earlier in the day cleared the way for Alabama to become the 37th state where gay marriage is legal by refusing a request by the state's Republican attorney general to keep them on hold until it decides later this year whether laws banning gay matrimony violate the US Constitution.

But same-sex couples in 42 of Alabama's 67 counties encountered difficulties in getting marriage licenses, gay rights advocates said, with some counties refraining from issuing licenses to gay couples and others shutting down their marriage license operations altogether.  This followed an order by Roy Moore, the conservative chief justice of Alabama's Supreme Court, instructing probate judges to issue no marriage licenses to gay couples despite a federal court ruling in January throwing out the state's gay marriage ban, effective on Monday.  In Birmingham, dozens of same-sex couples married at the courthouse and an adjacent park, where they were greeted by supporters supplying cupcakes along with a handful of protesters bearing crosses and Bibles.  Wiping away tears, Eli Borges Wright, 28, said he was overjoyed to be marrying the man he has been in a relationship with for the past seven years. "After all of these years, I can finally say this is my husband," he said.

 

LINKS:

 

NPR News: Alabama Courts Issue First Marriage Licenses to Same Sex Couples

USA Today: Alabama Now 37th State to Allow Gay Marriage

AP/YouTube: Alabama Becomes 37th State with Same Sex Marriage

CNN: Same Sex Couples Wed in Alabama

ABC News: Same Sex Marriage Stand Off in Alabama

Yahoo News: Judge Roy Moore Refusing to Cooperate with Federal Ruling

Reuters: Same Sex Marriages Begin in Some Parts of Alabama

NY Times: Gay Marriage in Alabama Begins

 


Same Sex Marriage Notes

New Gay Rights Anthem by 95 Year Old Ally

Great Same Sex Wedding Kisses

People Who Are Allowed to Get Married While Gay People Are Not

 


Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA and Prop 8

 

June 2013

 

The US Supreme Court dismissed the Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8 which banned same sex marriage.  In a pair of major victories for the gay rights movement, the Supreme Court on ruled that married same-sex couples were entitled to federal benefits and, by declining to decide a case from California, effectively allowed same-sex marriages there. The rulings leave in place laws banning same-sex marriage around the nation, and the court declined to say whether there was a constitutional right to same-sex marriage. But in clearing the way for same-sex marriage in California, the nation’s most populous state, the court effectively increased to 13 the number of states that allow such unions.

 

Same Sex Marriage Victories Draw Big Crowds for Gay Pride

First Gay Couple Wed in Washington Raises Equality Flag on Space Needle

Same Sex Marriage Alive Again in California

Gay Marriage Resumes in California in a Flurry

Katami-Zarillo Wedding Ceremony Live on TV

Plaintiffs in California Marriage Case Marry in SanFrancisco

Yahoo: Mississippi Newspaper Owner Defends Gay Marriage Cover Story

 


Support for Marriage Equality

 

"I take a position similar to a position that Martin Luther King, Jr. took many, many years ago, that races don't fall in love and get married. Individuals fall in love and get married. So if two men or two women fall in love and want to get married, they should be able to do just that. No government, state or federal, should tell people who they can fall in love with and get married or not."

-John Lewis / Congressman

 

"We shouldn't just allow gay marriage. We should insist on gay marriage. We should regard it as scandalous that two people could claim to love each other and not want to sanctify their love with marriage and fidelity."
-David Brooks / New York Times

 

"It's insane that civil rights are being denied people in this day and age. It's embarassing and it's heartbreaking.  It goes without saying that I am completely in support of gay marriage.  In ten years we'll be ashamed that was an issue."
-Chris Evans / Captain America

 


President Supports Marriage Equality

 

May 2012

 

With his endorsement of gay marriage on May 9, President Obama electrified his liberal base, incensed cultural conservatives and may have ensured that a debate on social issues will play a part in the debate ahead of the November election. His announcement raises the political stakes on an issue over which Americans are evenly split.  The announcement was the first by a sitting president and put Obama squarely at odds with presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who on Wednesday said during an appearance in Oklahoma, "I believe marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman."  For almost two years, President Obama had said that his views on gay marriage were "evolving." Gay-marriage proponents hoped that would signal a full embrace of marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples. But after days of renewed pressure for clarification on the issue following strong endorsements of gay marriage from Vice President Biden and Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Obama decided to change his stated position. "At a certain point, I've just concluded, that for me, personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married," Obama said. "I had hesitated on gay marriage, in part, because I thought civil unions would be sufficient," the president said. "I was sensitive to the fact that, for a lot of people, the word marriage is something that provokes very powerful traditions and religious beliefs."  But, Obama said, his thinking shifted as he witnessed committed same-sex marriages and thought about U.S. service personnel who were "not able to commit themselves in a marriage."  A Gallup Poll released Tuesday indicated 50% of Americans believe same-sex marriages should be recognized by law as valid, with 48% saying such marriages should not be legal.

 

LINKS:

 

MS NBC: Rep. Barney Franks Reaction
USA Today: Obama Supports Gay Marriage
CNN: Obama Announces His Support of Same Sex Marriage
WSJ: Obama Backs Gay Marriage
NY Times: Obama Says Gay Marriage Should be Legal

 


APA Backs Same Sex Marriage

 
August 2011

The
American Psychological Association declares support for "full marriage equality."  The APA cites studies that show same-sex spouses have "sense of security, support and validation."  The American Psychological Association is calling on state and federal officials to stop anti-gay legal measures and to legalize same-sex marriage. The scientific and professional organization's guiding body voted unanimously at its annual meeting this week in Washington to declare its support for "full marriage equality for same-sex couples."  The resolution "clarifies the Association's support for same-sex marriage" in light of new research, the group said. A similar resolution in 2004 opposed discrimination against same-sex relationships, but refrained from a more formal policy recommendation.  Dr. Clinton Anderson, APA associate executive director, said that the timing of the resolution is an indirect result of several states' legalization of marriage.  "We knew that marriage benefits heterosexual people in very significant ways, but we didn't know if that would be true for same-sex couples," said Anderson, who is also director of the APA's Office on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns.  Now that six U.S. states permit same-sex marriage, researchers have been able to conduct studies with those couples.  The research, Anderson said, indicates that marriage "does confer the same sense of security, support, and validation" to same-sex couples as to heterosexual ones. The resolution also points to evidence that ongoing political debate about marriage creates stress for gay men and lesbians and perpetuates stigmas and prejudice about their communities. This stress can make people physically and psychologically sick, the APA says, calling the link between stress and illness "well established."  Maggie Gallagher, chairman of the board of the National Organization for Marriage, takes issue with the assertion that legalizing same-sex marriage would improve community acceptance of homosexuality.  "There is no evidence that gay teens are better off in Massachusetts, a state that has gay marriage, than they are in Wisconsin, a state which has passed a marriage amendment defining marriage as one man and one woman," she said in an e-mail response to CNN.  Gallagher continued, "The release of this statement is unfortunately going to undermine confidence in APA statements generally, I would predict."  Both the National Organization for Marriage and the APA are skeptical of one solution to the gay-marriage debate: civil unions. Rhode Island NOM executive director Chris Plante is quoted in a press release on the NOM website calling the move "nothing more than a Trojan Horse that will usher in same-sex marriage sooner rather than later." Elsewhere on its website, NOM calls for dealing with legal and economic benefits separately from any discussion of marriage or unions.  The APA also feels that civil unions miss the mark.  "Anything other than marriage is, in essence, a stigmatization of same-sex couples. Stigma does have negative impacts on people," Anderson said.  "That's the analysis that we've come to and why we've decided to support full marriage equality -- because domestic partnership or civil union will still convey the message that same-sex couples are not as good."

 

(From Alden Mahler Levine / CNN)

 


Same Sex Wedding Announcement in Birmingham News

 

February 2011

 

Just in time for Valentine's Day, The Birmingham News posted its first wedding/union announcement for a same sex couple on Sunday, February 13, 2011.  The happy couple is Jeremy Cooper Erdreich and Larry Zuendel Slater, both of Birmingham. 

 

 

Mr. Erdreich is the son of former Congressman Ben Erdreich and Ellen Erdreich. A graduate of Harvard and Yale, he is the President of the Erdreich Architecture firm.  Mr. Slater is the son of Frances Slater of Biloxi, MS and Robert Slater of Atlantic Beach, NC. An Auburn graduate, he is currently a PhD candidate at the UAB School of Nursing where he is an adjunct professor.  Ceremonies will take place in June at City Hall in Provincetown, Massachusetts and locally at Temple Emanu-El in Birmingham (Rabbi Jonathan Miller officiating).

 


Gay Marriage Quotes


"Protect marriage? Puhlease. With a 50 percent divorce rate, rampant domestic violence, Las Vegas drive-through chapels, and I wanna-marry-a-really-rich-guy reality TV shows, there's no way gays could trash marriage the way straight people have."    
-Good Times / Santa Cruz County News

 

"We shouldn't just allow gay marriage. We should insist on gay marriage. We should regard it as scandalous that two people could claim to love each other and not want to sanctify their love with marriage and fidelity."
-David Brooks / New York Times

 

"When non-gay people talk about marriage, they mean love, clarity, security, respect, family, intimacy, dedication, self-sacrifice and equality -- qualities that describe the relationships and lives of gay and lesbian couples just as well."

-Evan Wolfson / Freedom to Marry

 

"The consecration of Gene Robinson as bishop of the New Hampshire Diocese of the Episcopal Church is an affront to Christians everywhere. I am just thankful that the church's founder, Henry VIII, and his wife Catherine of Aragon, and his wife Anne Boleyn, and his wife Jane Seymour, and his wife Anne of Cleves, and his wife Katherine Howard, and his wife Catherine Parr are no longer here to suffer through this assault on traditional Christian marriage."

-Owen Keavney

 


Same Sex Wedding Ceremony at ACA Conference on Montreal

April 2006

 

To enhance awareness within the counseling profession of the rights and benefits denied to same-sex couples in the United States, ALGBTIC hosted an official same-sex wedding event in Montreal, Canada on April 1, 2006 for counselors attending the joint meeting of the American Counseling Association and the Canadian Counseling Association. Eight couples, four male couples and four female couples, were married according to the laws of the Canadian Province of Quebec in a civil ceremony officiated by Brenda Langlois. The ceremony included opening words from the President of ACA, Patricia Arredondo, a recitation of vows, a unity candle ceremony, exchange of rings, and the official signature of the registry. The couples came to Montreal from as far away as Utah and have waited to get officially married as long as 23 years. Attending the ceremony were an estimated 300 family members, friends, ACA members, the President of ACA, five ACA past presidents, the ACA President-elect, and ACA divisional leaders who wanted to show their support for the couples and for the legal recognition of same-sex marriage. Following the ceremony, the couples were honored at a wedding reception with champagne and a four-tiered wedding cake. Newly married Dr. Joy Whitman, President of ALGBTIC, stated, “our purpose in sponsoring a public wedding for same-sex couples at this conference is to highlight the inequity same-sex couples experience and to raise awareness of this inequity for counseling professionals. Currently in the United States, same-sex couples are spending their lives together with love and commitment, but they are unable to access the more than 1,138 automatic federal and additional state protections afforded to legally married couples. One of our goals was to identify conditions that create barriers to the human growth and development of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) clients and communities. All counseling professionals are charged with the goal to advocate for clients and to change oppressive systems, systems that serve as barriers towards mental health. I see this event as joining our mission with that of ACA and in doing so, highlighting that same-sex couples continue to face discrimination when it comes to the option to marry in the United States. It is our hope that all counseling professionals, LGBT and heterosexual, will join together to fight for this right and therefore improve the mental health of LGBT clients.”  The ceremony was sponsored by ACA, the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision and the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association and supported by Counselors for Social Justice and the International Association of Addictions & Offender Counselors, all divisions of ACA. The organizations sponsored and supported the event to demonstrate support for lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals and to bring to the forefront ACA’s commitment to social justice. ALGBTIC thanks our sponsors and supporters.

 

 


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