Watermark’s Wedding Bells: Kathleen Harper and Keith Sadler

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“We first met through a mutual friend that was living with me in Park Central,” Keith Sadler shares about first meeting his new wife, Kathleen Harper. “He had brought Kathleen over to the condo but he had to leave, so we proceeded to hang out, eat pork tenderloins, crush beers and binge “South Park.” We didn’t hang out again after that, but remained Facebook friends for the next five years.”

“After becoming friends on Facebook, sharing music links and randomly seeing each other out places, we finally had an actual date three years ago,” Kathleen says. “It was thanks to Tinder that we reconnected.”

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FBI won’t pursue hate crime charges in scalding assault on gay couple

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ATLANTA (AP) – The FBI has decided not to pursue hate crime charges against a Georgia man found guilty of throwing scalding water on a sleeping gay couple.

Martin Blackwell was sentenced to 40 years in prison this week for aggravated assault and aggravated battery.

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Assisted Living: The Musical

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Victory Productions presents Assisted Living: The Musical®

Show date: Sunday, July 31, 2016
Show times: 3 p.m. & 6 p.m.
Tickets start at $35.00
Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater

Assisted Living: The Musical® is an 85-minute, one-act vaudevillian revue. The show’s host couple enters heaven, suspecting their son pulled the plug to get his hands on Dad’s vintage Corvette. They don’t seem to mind. Instead, the couple fondly remembers Pelican Roost, an active, full-ser¬vice retirement community. There, the two actors play eighteen different characters who sing and dance, revel and kvetch, celebrate and bloviate their way through later life. The humor is pointed without mocking. The songs are evocative, clever and quick, featuring: “Help! I’ve Fallen (For You) and I Can’t Get Up,” “My Hide”, “The Uplifting Viagra Medley” and MANY more. You’ll get to know such characters as:

Naomi Lipshitz-Yamamoto-Murphy regularly upgrades her living arrangements as an unintended con¬sequence of spousal mortality.
A Stetson-ed lawyer promises that legal com¬pensation hides in every act of aging.
A Wellness Center nurse actively – very actively – recruits organ donors.
A 93-year-old Cadillac owner redefines “Drive-Thru Window.”
A frenetic hypochondriac chases…
Well, you get the idea. Each one is living his and her life — in the moment — to the max.

Watermark Wedding Bells: Jill Bracero and Karla Mundo

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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Jill Bracero Karla Mundoi“She’s always who she is,” Karla says about Jill. “No matter where she’s at, and as much as it might drive me crazy sometimes, she’s just genuinely Jill.”

Jill Bracero, 36, who is a registered nurse at Florida Hospital East, and Karla Mundo, 31, who is a registered nurseat Florida Hospital Orlando, met in 2007 on MySpace.

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Mississippi same-sex couple granted divorce after 2-year wait

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Two years after their divorce filing got entangled in Mississippi’s efforts to prevent same-sex marriage, a judge Dec. 1 dissolved the legal union of Lauren Czekala-Chatham and Dana Ann Melancon.

Czekala-Chatham and her lawyer, Carey Varnado, said the end came in Water Valley, 50 miles south of DeSoto County, where the pair filed for divorce in 2013.

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Wedding Bells at Watermark: Dean Dover and Les Chittenden

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“We were watching something on TV, and we both have recliners. He slid down off his recliner, got down on his knee and said ‘Will you marry me?’And I went, ‘If you can get back up, I will,’” Dean jokes.

With a 19 year age difference, Dean Dover, a 65-year-old retired chef and dietary manager, and Les Chittenden, a 84-year-old retired businessman, say that is something that never phases them —even their doctor says that Les is as healthy as an 18-year-old man.

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Lesbian couple accuse Florida officer of sexual abuse

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Hialeah, Fla. – A lesbian couple accused a Hialeah, Fla. officer of sexual abuse after one of them was detained over a routine traffic stop June 13.

The couple, who have asked not to be identified, told Miami news station WSVN they made a U-Turn by a police substation and were pulled over by Sgt. Jesus Menocal, Jr.

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Couple in Alabama same-sex marriage case still not allowed to adopt

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The couple whose lawsuit overturned Alabama’s gay marriage ban is headed back to court after a probate judge again refused to grant their adoption petition.

Cari Searcy and Kim McKeand filed the new lawsuit Feb. 24 against Mobile County Probate Judge Don Davis. Searcy is seeking to be recognized as a legal parent to their 9-year-old son.

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Fla.’s 1st married same-sex couple expecting twins

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Miami – The first same-sex couple legally married in the state of Florida have something new to celebrate.

Catherina Pareto and Karla Arguello announced Feb. 17 that they are pregnant with twins, due in August. 

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Washington judge says florist who refused same-sex wedding broke law

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RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) – A florist in Washington state who refused to provide flowers to a gay couple for their wedding violated state consumer protection and anti-discrimination law, a judge ruled Feb. 18.

Benton County Superior Court Judge Alex Ekstrom rejected arguments from the owner of Arlene’s Flowers in Richland that her actions were protected by her freedoms of speech and religion. While religious beliefs are protected by the First Amendment, actions based on those beliefs aren’t necessarily protected, he said.

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Words To Live By: Religious Right

By : Rick Claggett
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Let’s start by clarifying the use of the word right immediately. I’m not referring to the religious right as in the social dictator and presidential doubtful, Mike Huckabee. Or the incoherent speaking marvel that is Sarah Palin.

This column is about the religious right as in the moral or legal entitlement to have or obtain something or to act in a certain way, as defined by Google.

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Alabama gay couple impatient for marriage equality

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Montgomery, Ala. (AP) – The couple that toppled Alabama’s gay marriage ban is urging an appellate court to let the judge’s ruling take effect.

Lawyers for Cari Searcy and Kim McKeand on Jan. 29 asked the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta to reject Alabama’s request to place the ruling on hold for months.

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