Anti-Gay Flier in N.J. Senate Race Has “Cory Brooker” Typo

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New Jersey Senator Cory Booker is likely to coast to re-election next month. He’s way ahead in the polls against conservative businessman Jeff Bell.

But that hasn’t stopped the Public Advocate of the United States, a conservative Christian advocacy group that is against gay marriage, taxpayer-funded art, abortion, hate crime laws and the “mainstream media’s promotion and glorification of drug abuse, teenage sex, gangs, atheism, homosexuality and other immoral behavior and beliefs.” It’s a nonprofit 501(c)4 political organization.

And, yes, it misspelled Cory Booker’s name as “Cory Brooker” on a flier sent to New Jersey residents. (The one above was sent to a Mercer County resident.)

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Tie-the-Knot Tuesday: John Brady and Trent Williams

John Brady and Trent Williams. Picture by Mike Hagen.

John Brady and Trent Williams. Picture by Mike Hagen.

Every Tuesday, we are featuring a Philadelphia-area gay or lesbian couple who have walked down the aisle in their own special way. Today: John Brady and Trent Williams, a couple from Media, Pennsylvania. Although they got married in Massachusetts, the newlyweds used several local vendors, and incorporated a touching moment during their marriage ceremony.

Names: John Brady and Trent Williams

How long have you been together as a couple before you got married?: 4 years

When did you get married?: May 11, 2013

Describe the experience of your wedding. Where did you get married? Who was there? What was the most memorable part?: We were living in Pennsylvania, but married in Massachusetts both for legality and one of us (John) grew up there and still has friends and family there. Trent grew up in Texas. We were married at the Plymouth Church in Framingham with over 110 friends and family in attendance. In addition to our vows, we chose to do our “first dance” at the altar as part of the service. The point was to reinforce the idea that when things get complicated, you return to the simple. We often slow danced during the early days of our dating, so it was a way of physically reinforcing our vows, but also celebrating the safety and freedom of doing something openly that most same-sex couples cannot do.

Were there any local businesses that were helpful when you prepared your wedding?: We chose to hire two critical vendors locally and pay the additional money for their travel to Boston. Both were truly perfect, and we are not easily impressed!

Want to be featured in a future Tie-the-Knot Tuesday? If you’re a gay or lesbian couple married in Pennsylvania, we want to hear from you. Take our brief survey!

GOOD NEWS NUGGET: 60 Percent of Americans Will Soon Live in States With Marriage Equality

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Updated U.S. marriage equality map from Freedom to Marry.

Yesterday was a monumental day in the annals of LGBT history. The Supreme Court declined to hear cases from five states that had appealed marriage equality rulings in their state, which cleared the way for same-sex marriage in Utah, Indiana, Oklahoma, Wisconsin and our very first Southern state to allow gay marriage, Virginia.

Gay Star News reports that the ruling also clears the way for marriage in six other states, which would bring the total number of marriage equality states to—are you ready for this—30! That’s more than half!

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GAY NEWS FLASH: Supreme Court Denies Review of Five Gay-Marriage Cases

Over the summer you may remember reading headlines like “Wisconsin Judge Says Gay Marriage Ban is Unconstitutional,” or “Gay Marriage Ban Struck Down in Virginia.” Similar calls rolled in from Utah, Oklahoma, and Indiana, but the stories didn’t really go much further, because government officials in each of those states appealed the ruling, putting off gay marriage until a higher court could hear the ruling.

Well today that higher court—the Supreme Court, thank you— is listening, and if SCOTUS is correct it has decided to deny review in all seven petitions before it.

What does this mean? Amy Howe from SCOTUS blog explains:

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PHOTOS: Barbara Proud’s First Comes Love Book Launch at UArts

A book launch and reception was held Friday night at University of the Arts for photographer and Associate Professor Barbara Proud’s new page-turner First Comes Love: Portraits of Enduring LGBTQ Relationships (Soleil Press).



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Tie-the-Knot Tuesday: Ethelda Makoid and Wendy Sheppard

Ethelda Makoid and Wendy Sheppard

Ethelda Makoid and Wendy Sheppard

Every Tuesday, we are featuring a Philadelphia-area gay or lesbian couple who have walked down the aisle. Today, Wendy Sheppard and Ethelda Makoid, a couple from Ambler, Pennsylvania, one of the couples who married last summer when same-sex marriage became legal for a split-second in Montgomery County.

Names: Ethelda Makoid and Wendy Sheppard

How long have you been together as a couple before you got married?: 10 years

When did you get married?: Officially on May 10, 2014 in Connecticut; unofficially in Montgomery County on August 8, 2013.

Describe the experience of your wedding. Where did you get married? Who was there? What was the most memorable part?: We got married on our 10-year anniversary in Greenwich, Connecticut. One-hundred of our closest family and friends traveled to be with us from 15 states and two countries. Prior to getting married, our son produced an award winning documentary (see clip below) detailing his experience living with two moms. His film won him the Greenfield Youth Film Festival award for best producer and he was nominated for best documentary at the mid-Atlantic division of the Student Emmy’s. The most memorable part of our wedding is the fact that we got nearly a dozen thank-you notes from guests, thanking us for including them in our celebration.

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Tie-the-Knot Tuesday: David B. Devan + David A. Dubbeldam

David B. Devan & David A. Dubbeldam (plus guests)

David B. Devan & David A. Dubbeldam (plus guests)

Every Tuesday, we are featuring a Philadelphia-area gay or lesbian couple who have walked down the aisle in their own special way. Today, we feature David Devan, Artistic Director of Opera Philadelphia, and his husband, David Dubbeldam, from Philadelphia. Yes, they are a pair of Double-D’s!

Names: David B. Devan and David A. DubbeldamHands cropped

How long have you been together as a couple before you got married?: Two years.

When did you get married?: August 4, 2007

Describe the experience of your wedding. Where did you get married? Who was there? What was the most memorable part?: In the summer of 2006 we returned to Victoria, British Columbia, the city we met in and lived in before moving to Philadelphia, to be legally married (marriage equality has been recognized in B.C. since July 2003). Our wedding was the most beautiful day of our lives filled with cherished family and dearest friends (including over 20 from Philadelphia). We were not expecting to be so moved by all the love and support that everyone had for us as a couple—it was so powerful and we will never forget it! 

Want to be featured in a future Tie-the-Knot Tuesday? If you’re a gay or lesbian couple married in Pennsylvania, we want to hear from you. Take our brief survey!

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