Idaho GOP delegates talk immigration, marriage at convention

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POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) – Idaho Republicans spiked a last-ditch effort calling for harsher punishments for employers who hire workers living in the country illegally.

Delegates discussed the issue while finalizing amendments to the Idaho Republican Party platform during the final day of the GOP convention in Pocatello June 30.

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Fashion designer Christian Siriano splits from husband Brad Walsh

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Fashion designer Christian Siriano and his husband singer Brad Walsh have broken up after almost two years of marriage.

Walsh shared the news on his Instagram stories.

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Indiana GOP platform keeps marriage between man and woman

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Indiana Republican Party activists overwhelmingly voted Saturday to reaffirm language first inserted in their platform when Vice President Mike Pence was governor that defines marriage as a union “between a man and a woman.”

The (Northwest Indiana) Times reported that delegates to the party’s biennial state convention chose the existing plank in its party platform over one floated by Gov. Eric Holcomb’s hand-picked party chairman that was intended to be more inclusive of same-sex couples.

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Gay Mormon who made headlines for marrying a woman announces divorce

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Josh Weed, a Mormon who made headlines for his blog post explaining that he was in a happy marriage with his wife Lolly despite being a gay man, is now getting divorced.

Josh and Lolly, who started as childhood friends, have been married for ten years and have four daughters together. In 2012, Josh claimed in a blog post their marriage worked even though he wasn’t straight.

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Australian court dismisses challenge to gay marriage survey

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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) – Australia’s highest court cleared the way Sept. 7 for the government to conduct a public survey on whether gay marriage should be legalized.

Gay rights advocates had argued in the High Court that the government didn’t have the power to conduct the 122 million Australian dollar ($97 million) postal survey without Senate approval, but the court dismissed that challenge.

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Malta prime minister pledging to introduce same-sex marriage law

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VALLETTA, Malta (AP) – Joseph Muscat, who was sworn in June 5 for a second term as Malta’s prime minister, is pledging to introduce a same-sex marriage law when Parliament convenes in the next few weeks.

Official results showed his Labour Party won 55 percent of the vote June 3 to the opposition National Force coalition’s 44 percent, the same margin as his first victory in 2013. The National Force is comprised of the Nationalist Party and the Democratic Party.

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Watermark’s Wedding Guide 2017

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It’s time to celebrate your LGBT love! Watermark is very, very proud and excited to present our third annual Wedding Guide. A wedding guide made specifically to help out YOU plan your big day.

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Evangelical campus ministry group asks pro-gay staff to quit

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NEW YORK (AP) – One of the largest evangelical college ministries in the U.S. has asked any staff members who support same-sex relationships to quit, a move critics call a purge and supporter laud as an affirmation of true Christianity.

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship informed all staff about the policy over the summer after issuing a position paper based on their three years of study of sexuality that concluded sex should be reserved for marriage between a man and a woman. The organization’s leaders said employees are expected to “believe and behave” in accord with InterVarsity’s stand on sexuality, including not engaging in immoral sexual behavior or promoting positions that conflict with the group’s beliefs.

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Wedding Bells: Eric Pinder and Dwayne Smoot

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Eric_Dwayne_Cruise_02_2010“He’s an incredibly creative person,” Dwayne says. “That’s one of the things that I like from talking with him, just how knowledgeable about so much that he is. And I know he can surprise me and make me laugh at any moment, and being in a relationship where you can be laughing at any moment can be a lot of fun.”

Eric Pinder, who is an actor/director/writer, and Dwayne Smoot, who is a programmer/analyst, both met at a party that Eric wasn’t even going to originally attend.

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Australian Parliament gets bill to set up same-sex marriage vote

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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) – Australia’s prime minister introduced legislation to Parliament Sept. 14 that would allow a public but non-binding vote on same-sex marriage early next year.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, a marriage equality advocate who is the only serving prime minister to attend the Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, introduced the bill on the first anniversary of his ascension to the top government job.

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Wedding Bells: Jane Palmer-Summers and Bree Summers

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Wedding Bells July 2016-21“She’s beautiful inside and out,” Bree says about Jane.

Jane, who is a teacher, jokes about the first time she met Bree, a senior analyst, back in 2010 at a lake house party, but somehow Bree doesn’t recall that moment.

“When we did reconnect, I remember meeting Jane,” Bree jokes back. “It was at a friend’s birthday at Southern Nights, and we danced all night long together.”

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Watermark’s Wedding Bells: Lissette Reyes and Karen González

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WeddingBells“She’s very adventurous. She loves trying new things and just being herself and just being out there,” Lissette says about Karen. “She taught me that you just have to live life to the fullest and enjoy every day and not to be afraid of trying new things. If you fail, that’s the just a part of the whole business of being alive.”

Lissette Reyes and Karen González met through a mutual friend. Lissette went to Miami to visit her friend. Karen was staying with her at that time, and that’s how they met – at a party at her friend’s house. Lissette said that from there they just hit it off and the rest was history.

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