This Fishtown Engagement Shoot Begins at Home, But Ends Somewhere Magical

Mikey Ticzon and Brandon Ryan’s love story begins where many do: with mutual friends from college. Mikey’s roommate was dating Brandon’s best friend, and Brandon came to DC for a visit. The night they met, Mikey was supposed to go out dancing with another group of friends, but his roommate convinced him to at least join their group for dessert. Frozen yogurt turned into a movie and late night diner food. Mikey never made it to his original plans, but the next morning he saw a Facebook message from Brandon. Brandon told Mikey he was cute and had “a killer smile.” Mikey responded with his phone number.  Read more »

NATIONAL NEWS: NYC Mayor Calls for Boycott of Chick-fil-A

Photo by iStock

Photo by iStock

Mayor Bill de Blaso does not endorse Chick-fil-A’s stance against same-sex marriage.

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio is urging residents to refrain from dining at Chick-fil-A as it plans to open a fourth location in the city this fall. The fast-food restaurant has been at the center of ongoing controversy since CEO Dan T. Cathy spoke out against same-sex marriage in 2012. “What the ownership of Chick-fil-A has said is wrong,” de Blasio said at a recent press conference. “I’m certainly not going to patronize them and I wouldn’t urge any other New Yorker to patronize them … but they do have a legal right.” The company has not changed its position on the issue, but has instead defended how it treats its customers and employees. A spokesperson for the company responded to the recent backlash by telling the press, “The Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect — regardless of their beliefs, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender.” Read more »

Papyrus Offering the Coolest Same-Sex Wedding Cards

I’m a huge fan of stationery, and, of course, after the recent Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage, there’s been a huge influx of paper stores that are selling greeting cards for the occasion. Lucky enough, I got a package from the folks at Papyrus that included a half-dozen or so of their newer gay wedding cards, and they are really gorgeous.

There’s several Papyrus shops throughout the area (the one in Center City is at 211 South 17th Street), and they also have stores in King of Prussia and Marlton, plus their cards can be found at most Target locations. I included some high-res shots of some of the new cards below, but you can check out their full selection by visiting their website.

WATCH: Cory Booker Argue for Same-Sex Marriage on Senate Floor

Just two weeks from the day the Supreme Court will hear arguments about making marriage equality legal nationwide, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker has taken to the floor of the U.S. Senate to argue the importance of same-sex marriage to his colleagues.

“We cannot fail now. Love is on the line. Citizenship is on the line,” Booker said on the Senate floor. “We cannot deny the worth of one American without denying the worth dignity and strength of our nation as a whole.”

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Gay Couple Get Engaged on Let’s Make a Deal

I can’t stop watching this proposal on Let’s Make a Deal; it’s just so perfect and adorable in every way

In the episode, a lederhosen-clad gentleman asks host Wayne Brady if he could “give a shoutout,” and then commences to ask his partner if he’ll marry him. The man being proposed to literally screams at the top of his lungs (it gets me every time) and then Brady sings them a song as slow dance to commercial break. It’s too cute.

Watch it above.

GAY NEWS FLASH: Presbyterian Church (USA) Changes Its Constitution to Embrace Same-Sex Marriage

The largest body of Presbyterians in the country, Presbyterian Church (USA), has voted to change the definition of marriage in its constitution to include same-sex couples. The Washington Post reports:

The 171 regional presbyteries (local leadership bodies within the PCUSA) have been voting on whether to change the wording to call marriage a contract “between a woman and a man” to being “between two people, traditionally a man and a woman.” On Tuesday, the denomination reached its needed majority of “yes” votes from at least 86 presbyteries to take effect. The change will be included in the church’s “Book of Order,” part of its constitution, taking effect on June 21.

The Presbyterian Church has a growing record of LGBT acceptance. Last June, as the Post points out, the Church voted to allow clergy to perform same-sex marriages. And right here in Philadelphia we have David Norse, who became the first openly gay man to be ordained Presbyterian minister in Philly. He continues to do a variety of outreach for the LGBT community through his work with Broad Street Ministry.

For more, check out the Post’s story here.

96-Year-Old Pastor Has Credentials Revoked After Officiating Gay Son’s Wedding

An all-too-familiar, all-too-unfortunate story:

Chester Wenger has dedicated 65 years of his life to the Mennonite Church USA, serving as a pastor, missionary, and church leader based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania since 1949. That all came to an end recently, however, when he officiated the marriage of his gay son, who, it should be noted, was excommunicated from the church 35 years ago for being gay. More from Think Progress:

Chester Wenger and his wife Sara Jane | Photo from The Mennonite

Chester Wenger and his wife Sara Jane | Photo from The Mennonite

Wenger “grieved deeply” about the church’s decision to expel his child, but when same-sex marriage became legal in Pennsylvania in May, his son asked him to officiate his wedding to his partner of 27 years. The retired pastor “happily agreed,” openly defying the established rules of his tradition in order to perform the union on June 21.

After he reported the marriage to the Lancaster Mennonite Conference credentialing committee, however, church authorities convened on September 10 and formally retired Wenger’s ministerial credentials. They argued his actions violated established church guidelines, which read “Pastors holding credentials in a conference of Mennonite Church USA may not perform a same-sex covenant ceremony.”

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