Cyber-bullied Thai-German gay couple get married

A Thai-German gay couple that was cyber-bullied after those photos of them holding each others hands went viral have got married in Germany.

The former creative director of a Thai modeling agency Noparuj Kaendi , posted photos of his wedding to model Thorsten Mid on Instagram.

This time, the photos got hundreds of good and congratulatory messages from well-wishers and are trending in Southeast Asia.

The couple is together for two years now and the couple wore navy suits at their wedding in Aachen, Germany.

‘Foreigners are fond of pets,’ one wrote.

‘I now believe that potions work,’ said another, commenting on the perceived disparity their looks, while another told Mid to ‘wake up, boy.’

However, others came to their defense and Facebook fan pages gave full support for the couple.

‘I’m not a famous actor nor a public person who knows how to handle criticism… I’m just ME,’ Kaendi said at the time.

‘We’re just another average couple working hard to get to be together.’

 

 

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Gay Jews Celebrate ‘High Homo Days’ — With Eye on Marriage

(JTA) — It was nearly midnight Saturday, and Jayson Littman was milling about an upscale Manhattan nightclub greeting friends with a wide smile and often a big hug. Standing alongside a “shot boy” — clad only in underwear, a kippah and Star of David necklace — he offered partygoers shots of Manischewitz in plastic cups.

 

“I want people to go to the occasional Jewish event outside Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services,” Littman told JTA. “And a lot of people are focused on their relationship to Judaism this time of year.”

 

“I loved being a part of a community that had structure, familiarity and the feeling of being part of something,” he said.

 

Littman’s goal: “For others to feel that sense of Jewish community and self-acceptance of being gay and Jewish, and allowing ourselves to be authentic with who we are — which, in turn, will better our familial and Jewish identity, no matter how that’s expressed.”

 

But he also can’t escape his desire to be a matchmaker.

 

“I want to help gay Jews meet other gay Jews and get married and have kids,” he said. “That makes me very happy.”

 

“I had one mom check in with me afterwards to make sure he [her son] actually went,” Littman said. “She wanted to know if he tried to meet a nice Jewish boy.”

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Taipei organizes mass couples gey wedding this year

It is officially promised by government! There will be mass weddings for gey couples in Taipei!

That mass wedding tradition was held for many years but it was only opened to ‘men and women complying with the requirements of civil law marriage.’

Mass weddings for gay couples is official promised by Taipei government.

Xu Lin-min Taipei citiy’s bureau of social affairs and gander equality office’s secretary said that he will have to discuss with other departments whether gay couples would marry alongside or separately.

Chien Chih-chieh who is secretary-general of the Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights was interviewed questioning this matter and she said “This is not news” – for the Liberty Times.

‘Gay people are also citizens of Taipei. I do not understand why you need to hold a separate gay mass wedding,’ she said.

Two mass weddings are announced for May and October with quota of 100 couples.

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Utah Judge, Scott Johansen, Removes Himself From Gay Foster Parent Case

Judge Scott Johansen reversed his order last week to remove the 9-month-old baby from the home of April Hoagland and Beckie Peirce and allowed the girl to stay with the married couple. But there were concerns he could still have the baby removed from their home in Price, about 120 miles south of Salt Lake City, during a custody hearing set for Dec. 4.

The couple asked that the judge be disqualified. In an order released Monday, Johansen wrote that while the couple do not have legal standing, he is nevertheless stepping aside.

In his initial decision, Johansen mentioned research showing children do better when raised by heterosexual families. The American Psychological Association, however, has said there’s no scientific basis for believing that gays and lesbians are unfit parents based on sexual orientation.

He removed himself from the case after widespread criticism from national gay rights groups, the Republican governor and others. A gay rights group has filed a complaint with state judicial officials, and the Alliance for a Better Utah, a watchdog group, called on Monday for state lawmakers to impeach the judge.

Johansen is barred from speaking about pending cases and a call to his publicly listed phone number went unanswered Monday.

 

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First Gay Marriage Take Place in Ireland

Richard Dowlin (L), 35, and Cormac Gollogly, 35, leave the South Clonmel Community Care Centre in County Tipperary after getting married, November 17, 2015. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton

Barrister Cormac Gollogly, 35, from Terenure in Dublin, and banker Richard Dowling, 35, from Athlone, travelled to south Tipperary to be the first to tie the knot early on Tuesday morning.

The pair were already in a civil partnership, which they described as “really our wedding day”, and celebrated with friends and family at Kilshane House on September 18.

They had to return to Tipperary to exchange new vows and seal their full marriage.

To make sure they weren’t pipped at the post, they decided to go ahead with the formalities at Clonmel Community Care Centre where the registrar works rather than cross the road to a wedding venue.

“It feels really special, we feel so honoured and privileged to be not only the first but now that we actually are married as well,” said Mr Dowling.

“The registrar knew it was so important to us (to be first) so she said will we just do it here.

“Having had the big, lavish ceremony in Kilshane in September, we didn’t feel hard done by in that sense.”

Before two witnesses and senior registrar Mary Claire Heffernan, the couple signed the register on a hospital trolley in the waiting area of the centre at around 8.30am.

The pair have been together since meeting 12 years ago in one of Dublin’s main gay nightspots The George.

They got engaged after Mr Dowling proposed on a beach in Sitges, Spain, two years ago.

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More Than 1,500 People Left Mormon Church Over New Anti-Gay Rules

Ever since she was an infant being blessed during a church naming ceremony, Lindsay Matson had been on the books of the Mormon Church. As it has done with millions of other members, the church kept note of her spiritual life as she moved from congregation to congregation, took youth leadership posts and married at age 19 in a Mormon temple.

 

But now, she and other Mormons upset over new church policies that declare same-sex couples apostates and restrict their children from baptism and other rites are venting their objections by demanding that their names be struck from the church’s meticulously kept records.

 

During the weekend, Matson and two daughters, one of whom is gay, joined more than 1,000 people lining up in a park here beside the church’s temple spires for a mass resignation. Most had not been to church in years, but they described deep ties: They had grown up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, gone on missions, raised their children as Mormons. Even as their faith and attendance ebbed, they remained members on paper.

 

“There’s a constant contact when your name is on the record,” Matson said. “The church considers itself responsible for you.”

 

But walking away can be complicated, both emotionally and administratively, several Mormons at the mass resignation said.

 

“I’ve shed some tears,” said Kathy Franson, who said she had drifted from the church in large part because her son is gay. “It felt like a death of someone close to me. I compare it to a death, going through that mourning.”

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Taipei organizes mass couples gey wedding this year

It is officially promised by government! There will be mass weddings for gey couples in Taipei!

That mass wedding tradition was held for many years but it was only opened to ‘men and women complying with the requirements of civil law marriage.’

Mass weddings for gay couples is official promised by Taipei government.

Xu Lin-min Taipei citiy’s bureau of social affairs and gander equality office’s secretary said that he will have to discuss with other departments whether gay couples would marry alongside or separately.

Chien Chih-chieh who is secretary-general of the Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights was interviewed questioning this matter and she said “This is not news” – for the Liberty Times.

‘Gay people are also citizens of Taipei. I do not understand why you need to hold a separate gay mass wedding,’ she said.

Two mass weddings are announced for May and October with quota of 100 couples.

 

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Captain Underpants book reveals Harold marries a man

In a piece written for the Guardian last month, Pilkey wrote: “People often ask me how I’d want to respond to those critics who would rather see my books pulled from shelves than handed to young readers. I do have an answer, and it boils down to the fact that not every book is right for every person. Some grownups are not amused by the kinds of things that make most children laugh, and so they try to stomp those things out.”

“I understand that people are entitled to their own opinions about books, but it should be just that: a difference of opinion. All that’s required is a simple change. Instead of saying ‘I don’t think children should read this book,’ just add a single word: ‘I don’t think my children should read this book.’

“When it comes to books, we may not all agree on what makes for a good read – but I hope we can agree that letting children choose their own books is crucial to helping them learn to love reading.”

When JK Rowling revealed in 2007 that her character, the wizard Dumbledore, was gay, it prompted worldwide uproar. In March, the author responded to a fan asking “I wonder why you said that Dumbledore is a gay because I can’t see him that way?” with the tweet: “Maybe because gay people just look like… people?”

 

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15,000 gay couples have wed since same-sex marriage became legal in England

More than 15,000 gay and lesbian couples have wed since same-sex marriage became legal, new figures reveal.

There were 7,366 ceremonies in which those not already in a civil partnership tied the knot in the 1 5 months after the law was introduced in March last year.

Of those, 55% were between female couples and 45% male, the official data showed.

In addition, there were 7,732 couples who chose to convert an existing civil partnership into a marriage between December, when they could first do so, and June.

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act was introduced in England and Wales on March 29 last year, with the first ceremonies taking place moments after midnight.

Figures covering the period from that date until the end of June this year were published today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

They showed that the number of same-sex marriages peaked at 844 in August last year.

“Historically the most popular time for marriages to take place is during the summer months, with ceremonies being less popular in winter,” the ONS said.

“Marriages of same-sex couples are following this seasonal pattern.”

Gianna Lisiecki-Cunane, a family lawyer with JMW Solicitors, said: “Even though it might seem to be a stereotype, more female same-sex couples than males are opting for the greater commitment which marriage is taken to represent.

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The first UK’s same-sex wedding predicted in the future?

The broadcaster, Channel 4, have made a prediction that the first UK same-sex wedding will happen before the year 2120.

 

Channel 4 made the prophecy series in a futuristic ad for their All4, new on-demand service. In those series of predicting future for 100 years in the future, the broadcaster predicted there will be alien chat show called “Alien Carr’s Chatty Man”, a robotic Grand National, and also a royal same-sex wedding that will be celebrated with a kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

 

This is not entirely serious prophecy, and it has funny twist as it is narrated by the floating Jon Snow head, held in the air by flapping ties.

 

Recently, the broadcaster was brought into effect, because of a new diversity quota system that requires at least six percent of employees to be identified as LGBT by the year 2020. Which is more than double the 2.4 percent of the broadcaster’s staff that are already identified as LGBT.

 

Channel 4 said that they don’t know where the number of six percent for LGBT came from, and that it made its “own assessment” of the prevalence of LGBT people in society to get the number.

 

The controller of Channel 4, Jay Hunt, said: “We wouldn’t be Channel 4 if we weren’t planning to lightly outrage the Daily Mail.”

 

Watch the video below:

 

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