Gay Wedding Headlines October 2007

Gay Wedding Headlines

Week of October 8, 2007

16,000 Gay Couples ‘Married’ In First Year of New Law. (The Daily Mail). ENGLAND – More than 16,000 gay weddings took place in Britain last year, it was revealed today. A National Statistics study shows that in the first full year since civil partnerships were introduced, 16,106 same-sex marriages were registered. London was the area with the highest number of ceremonies, about 4,000, followed by the South-East, which accounted for about 2,700.

‘Dear Abby’ Says She’s For Gay Marriage. (The Associated Press) SAN FRANCISCO – For years, rumblings have surfaced on the Internet, conjecture about her casual references to “sexual orientation” and “respect.” Now, Dear Abby is ready to say it flatly: She supports same-sex marriage.

Lesbian Couple Seeks R.I. Divorce. (The Associated Press). PROVIDENCE – A lesbian couple married in Massachusetts should have the same right as heterosexual couples to divorce in their home state of Rhode Island, lawyers for the women told the state’s highest court Tuesday.

How Gay Marriage Really Will Change Hetero Marriage. ( There’s a trope that I hear a lot among people who support same-sex marriage. It goes like this: “What are these people so afraid of? How does same-sex marriage destroy marriage? How on earth could my marriage in any way affect anybody

else’s?” Or, when spoken by heterosexual supporters of same-sex marriage: “How on earth could somebody else’s marriage in any way affect mine?”

Adverts Aim to Change Californian Minds On Gay Marriage ( A multi-million-dollar advertising campaign asking people to “open their hearts and minds” to same-sex marriage is due to launch in five Californian cities this week.

Loving Commitments Will Outlast Opposition To Same Sex Marriage. (Portland Press Herald). PORTLAND – It’s hard to understand why many people fear the inevitable recognition of same-sex unions. It was a surprise for me to learn years ago that one of my male university chums was married to a man, living in Massachusetts and caring for three adopted children. A surprise, I then thought, simply

because he had always seemed to be one of the most conservative people I knew. He even wrote with a fountain pen, for goodness sake.

Week of October 1, 2007

Gay Couples Head Northeast: New England Inns Are Popular For Same Sex Ceremonies. (The Denver Post/The Washington Post). The two brides from Massachusetts got dolled up in white and made their way down the staircase at the Highlands Inn, a guesthouse for women tucked away in the New Hampshire woods. Then, before a small gathering, they exchanged vows. The ceremony, which took place a few years ago, “was an occasion that left everyone in tears,” recalled Highlands owner Grace Newman. “The only thing that it – and similar ceremonies – lacked was the blessing of the law.”

Double Tax Trouble For Same-Sex Couples: Registered Partners Must File State, U.S. Returns Under Different Rules. (San Jose Mercury News). SAN JOSE – As if filling out your federal tax forms isn’t bad enough, imagine how you’d feel having to do it twice. That’s essentially what California’s 90,000 registered domestic partners face April 15 next year because state and federal tax laws are on a head-on collision course. A landmark state law will require them to file their taxes as married couples for the first time – but federal tax laws don’t recognize such unions.

Court Delivers Victory To Domestic Partners. (San Francisco Chronicle). SAN FRANCISCO. Domestic partners have the same right as husbands and wives to accept or inherit real estate from one another without big property tax increase, a state appeals court ruled Tuesday. In a victory for same-sex couples, the Third District Court of Appeal in Sacramento upheld regulations approved by the state Board of Equalization in 2003 and a law passed by the Legislature in 2005 that gave registered domestic partners the same tax break as spouses under Proposition 13.