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Caterer Who Discriminated Against Gay Couple Could Escape Consequences

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Friday, 24 January 2014 15:56
  • Written by Scott

Costa-Rica-250x250A California caterer who refuse to serve a gay couple for their wedding might be small enough to avoid any consequences.

On Top Magazine reports:

A California catering business that refused to serve a gay couple might be small enough to avoid the state’s anti-discrimination laws… Zimmerman’s catering company, Janet Zimmerman Catering, operates mainly on Facebook, possibly making her outfit too small to be subject to California’s anti-discrimination laws. “The law does make a distinction” between a service and a business establishment, David Hakimfar, a West Hollywood attorney, told The Advocate.

Should size matter? Is discrimination not discrimination? OTM notes the couple is not currently suing.

 

5 Reasons Being an Orthodox Rabbi Compelled Me to Support Gay Marriage

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Tuesday, 31 December 2013 18:57
  • Written by Scott

jewish-star-of-david-250x250I am coming out of the closet. I am an Orthodox rabbi and an advocate for gay marriage.

The history of the theological issue is complicated, but the moral issue is increasingly clear. Faith leaders must stand as public allies; private support is no longer enough. Fifteen states and counting have formally approved marriage equality. It’s time that traditional faith leaders stand for gay rights, including the right to marriage.

As an Orthodox Jew, I believe the Bible was given by G-d, that Jewish law is binding, and that change in our religious practice cannot happen impetuously. It also means that I take the pervasive biblical call for justice very seriously. I am pro-gay-rights because I am an Orthodox rabbi, not in spite of it.

See the Full Story at The Huffington Post

 

It Always Involves the Bathroom

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  • Published: Friday, 08 November 2013 17:24
  • Written by Scott

bathroom-250x250“Jim Crow states passed statutes severely regulating social interactions between the races,” states a Web page for the Ferris State University’s Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia. “Jim Crow signs were placed above water fountains, door entrances and exits, and in front of public facilities. There were separate hospitals for blacks and whites, separate prisons, separate public and private schools, separate churches, separate cemeteries, separate public restrooms and separate public accommodations.”

“Some places had three restrooms; one labeled ‘white ladies,’ another ‘colored women’ and the third for ‘white men,’” is what the 2000 documentary film Out Of Obscurity, stated about restrooms in Jim Crow America.

Somehow African American men were considered sexual predators of white women, and that about a quarter to a third of lynchings were for alleged rapes of white women. “If it takes lynchings to protect [white] woman’s dearest possession from drunken, ravening beasts, then I say lynch a thousand a week,” said the first woman appointed to the U. S. Senate in 1897, Rebecca Latimer Felton. She was expressing her feelings about the alleged rapes of white women by African Americans.

Authored By Autumn Sandeen – See the Full Story at LGBT Weekly

 

Why Do Gay Couples Have to Struggle with How to Handle Tradition - Tips from the "Queen of Gay Wediquette"

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Sunday, 08 December 2013 20:15
  • Written by SandyMaloneWIV

It’s stressful enough planning a wedding if you’re straight, but gay couples face all sorts of unusual dilemmas about how to handle what’s considered normal or traditional at most weddings.  Today’s blog on Pridezillas.com offers some tips to gay and lesbian couples planning their weddings on how to navigate those roadblocks without too much drama! Check it out here to see what the self-appointed “Queen of Gay Wediquette” advises you to do!

Until next time, happy wedding planning from Weddings in Vieques and Weddings in Culebra!

Sandy

The Gay Divorce Trap

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Monday, 07 October 2013 12:11
  • Written by Scott

gaywedding-04When couples marry, eventually some of them will divorce. Lizzie Crocker at The Daily Beast looks at the flip side of the marriage equality debate.

Few couples say “I do” with the assumption that they’ll at some point break that vow. In recent years, marriage-equality advocates have channeled their energy into momentous victories on the state and federal level—Minnesota became the 13th state to legalize gay marriage in May, just before the Supreme Court’s reversal of the Defense of Marriage—but the issue of gay divorce is an often overlooked aspect of the fight for marriage equality.

It seems obvious that anyone who has the right to marry should also have the right to divorce. And yet that right doesn’t always extend to same-sex couples, exposing a fundamentally flawed legal regime that could take years to catch up with heterosexual marriage. “Divorce is by no means romantic, but it is still one of the most profoundly important incidents as a right of civil marriage,” says Allen Drexel, a divorce lawyer specializing in family law.

When compared with the voluminous public debate on the legal intricacies of gay marriage, there has been a relative lack of discussion surrounding gay divorce. Because same-sex marriage is adjudicated differently by different states, countless complications arise in how each approach issues of inheritance, pensions, and divorce.

We’re already seeing these battles pop up around the US, in states that don’t yet recognize marriage equality.