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Posted on 01/05/2004 4:31:27 AM PST by davidosborne
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Times publishes first same-sex civil union announcement:[SOUTH PINELLAS Edition] St. Petersburg Times. St. Petersburg, Fla.: Jan 4, 2004. pg. 1.B Full Text (313 words) Copyright Times Publishing Co. Jan 4, 2004
The St. Petersburg Times is publishing an item today in some local editions about two Largo residents who traveled to Canada in October for a wedding ceremony.
What makes this notable is that the two residents are men.
This marks the first time that an announcement about a same-sex civil union has reached our threshold for publication, and that is this: The Times will publish the announcement, provided that the couple are local residents and that they had the ceremony in a jurisdiction that recognizes either their civil or religious union. Canada and Vermont fall into that category, and soon Massachusetts will.
While this event might seem to be tied to the recent Massachusetts court ruling involving gay marriage, it has in fact been policy at the Times for some time.
The Times policy is to publish free announcements about marriages (or now, civil unions) that are officially sanctioned by a government. We realized that as other states and Canada changed their laws to include same-sex couples, we would be asked to publish announcements about their ceremonies, too.
In early December, such an announcement arrived, complete with photo and a marriage license number. Today that announcement appears in our Weddings feature in the editions that circulate where the men live.
The Times does not publish announcements for same-sex commitment ceremonies that are held in Florida or other places where there are no legal parameters or registration for such unions. We do, however, offer people an opportunity to buy a paid announcement through our "Celebrations" feature.
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Kim Bryant and Vernon Maxie were married Nov. 8, 2003, at New Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Clearwater.
The bride is the daughter of Ruth Bryant of Clearwater and Harry Bryant of Lakeland. The bridegroom is the son of Lillie and Adell Maxie of Albany, Ga.
The bride is a graduate of Clearwater High School. She is a health care provider.
The bridegroom is a graduate of Dougherty Comprehensive High School (Ga.) and Community College of the Air Force. He served in the Air Force and is a manager for Castle Dental Center of Florida Inc.
They live in Clearwater.
Julie Michele Wolfe and Jonathan Stanley Zimmer were married Sept. 6, 2003, in Burlington, Iowa. The bride is the daughter of John and Sherry Wolfe of Burlington. The bridegroom is the son of retired Lt. Col. Leon "Bud" and Jane Zimmer of Clearwater. The bride is a graduate of Wapello High School (Iowa) and Iowa Wesleyan College. She is a registered nurse. The bridegroom is a graduate of Dunedin High School and the United States Military Academy at West Point. He is a captain in the Army. They live in Hohenfels, Germany.
Stulic-Appleyard Elaine Norma Appleyard and Frank Andrew Stulic were married Nov. 8, 2003, at St. Matthew's Catholic Church in Largo. The bride is the daughter of Dr. Frederick L. and Clara L. Appleyard of Seminole. The bridegroom is the son of Anna B. Stulic and Steve J. Stulic Sr., both of Long Island, N.Y. The bride is a graduate of Seminole High School and Florida State University. She is a legal assistant for Taylor Woodrow Communities. The bridegroom is a graduate of Sayville High School (N.Y.) and Polytechnic University Long Island campus. He is a security consultant for Tribridge Inc. They live in Seminole.
Clover-Kiger Amanda Kiger and Kyle Clover were married Nov. 29, 2003, in Indian Rocks Beach. The bride is the daughter of Wayne and Michele Kiger of Seminole. The bridegroom is the son of Corinne Clover of Naples and Jeff DuMuochele of Clearwater. The bride is a graduate of Seminole High School. She attends St. Petersburg College. The bridegroom is a graduate of Largo High School. He attends SPC and is employed by Circuit City. They live in Seminole.
King-Kazaleh Tanya Kazaleh and Matthew King were married July 5, 2003, in Tarpon Springs. The bride is the daughter of Sam and Lily Kazaleh of Palm Harbor. The bridegroom is the son of Candace King and Craig King, both of Tampa. The bride is a graduate of Tarpon Springs High School and the University of South Florida. She attends USF toward her master's degree and is a teacher for Tarpon Springs High School. The bridegroom is a graduate of Hillsborough High School, USF and the University of Miami School of Law. He is an attorney/prosecutor for the State of Florida. They live in Tarpon Springs. Mavro-Schuler
Frank Christopher Mavro and John "Michael" Schuler were married Oct. 29, 2003, at Two Hearts Wedding Chapel in Niagara Falls, Canada.
Mavro, above left, is the son of Rosemary and Paul Rogers of Seminole. Schuler is the son of Steve and Linda Schuler of Clearwater.
Mavro is a graduate of Union Hill High School (N.J.). He attends St. Petersburg College.
Schuler is a graduate of Osceola High School. He attends SPC and served in the Army.
They live in Largo.
Kennedy-Lizakowski Miranda Lizakowski and Richard Kennedy were married Nov. 8, 2003, at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Largo. The bride is the daughter of Laura Bergman of Grand Forks, N.D. The bridegroom is the son of Wayne and Patricia Kennedy of Largo. The bride is a graduate of Community High School (N.D.). She is employed by Target Corp. The bridegroom is a graduate of Seminole High School and the University of South Florida. He served in the Air Force and is employed by Sherwin Williams Paint Co. They live in Clearwater.
Hoffman-Reed Larisa Reed and Nicolai Hoffman were married Sept. 13, 2003, in Poulsbo, Wash. The bride is the daughter of David and Kathy Reed of Olalla, Wash. The bridegroom is the son of Anja and Michael McConnor of St. Petersburg and the late Ted Hoffman. The bride is a graduate of South Kitsap High School (Wash.) and the University of Miami. She is a physical therapist for Children's Therapies. The bridegroom is a graduate of St. Petersburg High School and the University of Florida. He is employed by Agilis Engineering Inc. They live in Boca Raton.
Young-Dohlmar Lindsay Ann Dohlmar and Thomas Allan Young were married Aug. 21, 2003, in St. Petersburg. The bride is the daughter of Nancy Dohlmar and Raymon Lorenzo and Kenneth Dohlmar, all of St. Petersburg. The bridegroom is the son of Stephanie and Ed Polinsky and Roger Young, all of St. Petersburg. The bride is a graduate of Gibbs High School. The bridegroom is a graduate of Gibbs High School and serves in the Navy. They live in Lake Bluff, Ill.
Lemieux-Buckland Sarah Buckland and Randy Lemieux were married Sept. 20, 2003, in Boca Grande. The bride is the daughter of Bob and Kathy Buckland of Englewood. The bridegroom is the son of Guy and Darlene Lemieux of St. Petersburg. The bride is employed by Colours Inc. The bridegroom served in the Marine Corps and is vice president of Colours Inc. They live in Englewood.
Wedding forms may be obtained by calling Anna Elsenpeter at 1- 800-333-7505, ext. 8735. Completed forms must be returned to Anna Elsenpeter, c/o St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731 no later than six months after the date of the wedding. Photos to accompany the announcements are welcome, and can be returned with a self-addressed stamped envelope.
[Illustration] Caption: Kim Bryant and Vernon Maxie; Julie Michele Wolfe and Jonathan Stanley Zimmer; Elaine Norma Appleyard and Frank Andrew Stulic; Amanda Kiger and Kyle Clover; Tanya Kazaleh and Matthew King; Frank Christopher Mavro and John "Michael" Schuler;; Miranda Lizakowski and Richard Kennedy; Larisa Reed and Nicolai Hoffman; Lindsay Ann Dohlmar and Thomas Allan Young; Sarah Buckland and Randy Lemieux; Photo: PHOTO, (10)
"She" was knocked up, due any day.
They had to get married, the baby needed a name.
Frankly, I have more respect for a free country, where people can be who they are, and a free press, which can publish whatever announcements they feel appropriate. Maybe it's you who don't get it.
If you want on the list, FReepmail me. This IS a high-volume PING list...
A free country still has laws. I am against same sex unions being called marriages. I am against more than two entering into marriage as practiced in some religions.
The reasons I'm against these practices being called marriage is more societal than religious, although our society has roots in the Judaeo-Christian religion.
The laws are not fair in many ways. A heterosexual couple that is living together is not allowed insurance that a homosexual couple is given just for saying they are a couple. Yet, you could be taking care of a person not related to you because you are good friends and not be able to use your insurance for someone in your household unless you are gay.
If a person can prove that they are taking care and responsible for another unrelated person, then why can't they use insurance for the other person. But the way it is set up, any so called "gay couple" can use the insurance, but two buddies that are not "gay" cannot help each other.
Two gays may be a couple, but it is not a marriage and there is no reason it cannot be listed in the newspapers as a civil union and not as a marriage.
This newspaper is trying to make news, not report the news.
This is why I put no merit on speculation. Anyone can play "what if" but we shouldn't base our laws on it.