Great news here via Gay Star News, with thanks also to Joe. My. God
Lu Zhong and Liu Wangqiang, 24 and 20 respectively, wowed their hometown of Ningde on Tuesday (2 Oct), a day after the national day, as their cascade of wedding cars paraded the city’s roads and parks and showcased their love.
With the newly-weds attracting as many as 1000 onlookers, according to the West Strait Morning Post, Liu Hua-sheng, a well-wishing taxi driver described the scene as being “grander than the Chinese New Year.”
The Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard will no longer be speaking at the upcoming Australian Christian Lobby conference, after ACL’s Jim Wallace said yesterday that “smoking is healthier than gay marriage”.
In a statement issued by the Prime Minister, Ms Gillard said:
“I believe yesterday’s comments by Jim Wallace were offensive. To compare the health effects of smoking cigarettes with the many struggles gay and lesbian Australians endure in contemporary society is heartless and wrong.”
I can’t think of a better way to announce that I am coming back to blog again after a year of drowning in work and kissing a relationship goodbye. Time to start getting back to my passions! Starting with all of you
I don’t know about you but I am sending my thanks to Michelle tonight!
Today, President Obama of the US, most powerful person on the planet, agreed that all couples should have the right to marry.
Like so many others who have made this journey – from Bill Clinton to Laura Bush, most recently Vice President Biden, and a majority of the American people – President Obama has come to know loving and committed gay couples.
It’s telling these personal stories that makes the most differernce, and that has always beethe philosophy of this blog.
The President’s announcement of support today marks a historic turning point for our freedom to marry movement.
Yet there is much left to be done. Forty-four American states and 200 countries globally continue to exclude same-sex couples from marriage.
Wallabies rugby star Dave Pocock, who is boycotting marriage until there is equal love in Australia
It is not realistic to ask male-female couples to do this, but I find it very touching when such couples do make a stand like this. It’s a big sacrifice, and when it comes from a famous rugby player like Dave Pocockit makes a doubly strong point.
This is terribly sad news. Axel Axgil has died, aged 96 – after a lifetime of service to equality. Axel set up the world’s first national gay rights organisation in 1948 in Denmark - years before we had magazines like One, networks like Daughters of Bilitis or anyone had heard of Stonewall.
Axel and a small groups of others were fundamental to the implementation of civil partnerships in 1989 in Denmark and he was the first of the first at the first same sex wedding on Oct. 1, 1989, when he and his partner Eigil were among 11 couples to exchange vows. I interviewed the second couple, Ove Carlsen and Ivan Carlsen, in 2009 and they both spoke very highly of Axel.
LGBT Danmark said it planned a memorial service for Axgil at the organization’s annual meeting on Nov. 5 in Aarhus, western Denmark. Read more
It’s been a big month in Australia – I am just sorry my day has left this blog mostly silent (though I do have a chapter in the new Australian book “Speak Now”!)
The latest news includes, a departing State Premier (South Australia’s Mike Rann backing equality), the Acting Premier of Queensland (basically our Texas) backing federal marriage equality and proposing a state civil union scheme in the meantime, and the national President of the ruling Labor Party saying she also backs equality.
None of this means it’s more likely to happen in the national Parliament this year – but all the momentum is positive. Keep reading for more details Continue reading →