Fight brews with farmer who bars LGBTQ weddings at orchard

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A farmer wants the courts to step in after he was barred from a Michigan farmers market because he doesn’t allow gay couples to marry at his apple orchard.

The Lansing State Journal reports that a conservative Christian nonprofit is representing farmer Steve Tennes.

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Osceola County to consider domestic partnership registry

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Officials at Orlando Regional Medical Center — where many victims of the Pulse shooting were treated — refused to disclose medical information to the gay partners of some of those wounded in the attack, according to Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer.

The hospital cited the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA, as the reason. HIPAA is a 1996 law designed to protect citizens’ rights to privacy about their medical information.

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Rep. Grayson urges Orange County to keep domestic partner benefits

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Congressman Alan Grayson is urging the Orange County Commission and Mayor Teresa Jacobs to reinstate domestic partner benefits for county employees.

In a unanimous, consent agenda vote, the Commissioners on Oct. 20 quietly voted to repeal the domestic partner benefits.

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Margaret Cho wants to marry you

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Comedienne extraordinaire Margaret Cho is taking to the road to kick off her PsyCHO Tour in October.

Cho is celebrating the tour by celebrating your love and by marrying you! Well, not marrying YOU, but getting you and someone of your choosing married on stage at her show.

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Gay couple pursues both names on children’s birth certificates

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Madison, Wis. (AP) – A same-sex couple who sued for the right to marry in Wisconsin wants a federal judge to mandate that both gay parents’ names appear on their children’s birth certificates.

Karina Willes and Kami Young were among a group of same-sex couples who convinced U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb to legalize gay marriage last year. They filed a motion with Crabb on April 20 asking her to order records officials to place both gay parents’ names on their children’s birth certificates.

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Stories of love, life, death in high court gay marriage case

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Washington (AP) – A middle-of-the night trip to the emergency room, with her 9-month-old son coughing and laboring to breathe, gave Pam Yorksmith her latest reminder of why she took up the fight for same-sex marriage.

Before baby Orion could be treated for croup, the hospital had to call his birth mother – Yorksmith’s wife, Nicole – “to get permission to treat my child,” Yorksmith said.

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French court allows marriage between French, Moroccan men

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Paris (AP) – France’s highest court has ruled that a gay French-Moroccan couple are allowed to marry despite the North African kingdom’s refusal to recognize marriages between two men.

France legalized gay marriage in 2013 but a 1981 agreement between France and Morocco says marriages between French and Moroccans are subject to the law of their respective countries.

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Two weddings will benefit Sarasota Film Festival

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Sarasota – Just in time for Valentine’s Day, locals can show support for both independent film and recent marriage equality wins by attending “The Perfect Wedding.”

The themed fundraiser is a partnership between The Sarasota Film Festival and Equality Florida and features two weddings—one on screen and one in person.

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First openly gay NY congressman marries longtime partner

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COLD SPRING, N.Y. (AP) – Freshman congressman Sean Patrick Maloney has married his longtime partner.

The New York Democrat exchanged vows with Randy Gene Florke at the Church of St. Mary-in-the-Highlands in Cold Spring.

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GIW Marry Me at House of Blues

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In a sea of 2,500 lesbians, DJ Whitney Day and DJ Pat Pat turned tables with today’s top hits at the Girls in Wonderland Marry Me party at House of Blues.

Dancers such as the popular Ivy Les Vixens and Katie James gave the girls some eye candy.

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Now that some gays can marry, straight couples tie the knot

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Some heterosexual U.S. couples who postponed their weddings until gay couples had the right to marry are now making plans to say “I do.”

Celebrities like Brangelina, Lena Dunham and Kristen Bell all vowed not to marry until gay marriage was legal, though none has rushed to announce wedding dates. Instead, it’s ordinary people who are following through on their pledges. Here are a few of their stories.

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Gay marriage rulings being used in other cases

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When the Supreme Court struck down part of an anti-gay marriage law, Justice Anthony Kennedy took pains in his majority opinion to say the ruling applied only to legally married same-sex couples seeking benefits from the federal government.

But judges and lawyers representing same-sex couples are already using Kennedy’s language and reasoning in other cases about the right to marry.

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