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They said this would be a "local" publishing only.. I read this in the paper today in Tallahassee !!

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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.

We recognize that many people hold strong feelings and beliefs on both sides of this issue. And this publication will no doubt provoke criticism that we have gone too far - or not far enough. If you'd like to contact us, call Anne Glover, Senior Editor/ Readership, at 727/893-8562 or send an e-mail to glover@sptimes.com.

- The Editors

1 posted on 01/05/2004 4:31:28 AM PST by davidosborne
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2 posted on 01/05/2004 4:32:03 AM PST by Support Free Republic (Happy New Year)
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To: JennieOsborne; /\XABN584; 10mm; 3D-JOY; 5Madman; <1/1,000,000th%; 11B3; 1Peter2:16; ...
Pass it on... Defense of MARRIAGE ping...... !!!
3 posted on 01/05/2004 4:32:35 AM PST by davidosborne (www.davidosborne.net)
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To: davidosborne
"How does a guy look at another guy's H A I R Y A $ $ ... and find love, HUH? HOW DOES THAT WORK?"

-- Sam Kinison

4 posted on 01/05/2004 4:36:41 AM PST by martin_fierro (Apocalypso!)
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To: davidosborne
Yawn. Why give so much unmerited attention to something so insignificant?
6 posted on 01/05/2004 4:38:54 AM PST by tdadams
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To: davidosborne

"She" was knocked up, due any day.

They had to get married, the baby needed a name.


Mavro-Schuler, Jr.

9 posted on 01/05/2004 4:43:31 AM PST by putupon ("Borders? We don't need no steenkin' borders."-Presidente Jorge Dubya del Rino Arbusto)
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To: davidosborne
It's God vs Soddom & Ghomorrah for the title....
the real sodomite agenda is to goad God into destroying America
they hate the real America and what the founders built
Liberty and License are diametrically opposed forces
13 posted on 01/05/2004 5:15:20 AM PST by joesnuffy (Moderate Islam Is For Dilettantes)
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To: Howlin; Ed_NYC; MonroeDNA; widgysoft; Springman; Timesink; dubyaismypresident; Grani; coug97; ...
Frank Christopher Mavro and John "Michael" Schuler were married Oct. 29, 2003, at Two Hearts Wedding Chapel in Niagara Falls, Canada.

[blink-blink!]

Uh.......

Right.

Just damn.

If you want on the list, FReepmail me. This IS a high-volume PING list...

15 posted on 01/05/2004 5:30:48 AM PST by mhking (My brother and I had never seen The Belt........but we had heard about it....)
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To: davidosborne
Where was it in the Tallahassee Democrat?
17 posted on 01/05/2004 5:39:30 AM PST by EllaMinnow (I miss Chancellor Palpatine. Heck, I even miss Illbay.)
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To: davidosborne
And this marriage will last considerably longer than Britney Spears's.
21 posted on 01/05/2004 6:19:50 AM PST by DonQ
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To: davidosborne
What is the big desire for same sex marriage? Is it so that they won't be "living in sin" unmarried in the eyes of God and their families?

As if "marriage" makes it okay?

25 posted on 01/05/2004 8:30:33 AM PST by weegee
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To: davidosborne; little jeremiah; EdReform; 2ndMostConservativeBrdMember; afraidfortherepublic; ...
Frank Christopher Mavro and John "Michael" Schuler

Frank and John?

30 posted on 01/05/2004 9:55:38 AM PST by Coleus (Merry Christmas, Jesus is the Reason for the Season, Keep Christ in CHRISTmas and the X's out of it.)
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To: davidosborne
The links to the article are no longer working.
Did the paper pull it, or did they change the URL because they were being heavily FReeped?
Do you have a working link?
Enquiring minds want to know.
36 posted on 01/05/2004 11:29:48 AM PST by ppaul
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To: *Homosexual Agenda; EdReform; scripter; GrandMoM; backhoe; Yehuda; Clint N. Suhks; saradippity; ...
Homosexual Agenda Ping - Let me know if you want on or off this Ping List.

Start rolling up your sleeves, folks. Those who sit out the war lose.
41 posted on 01/05/2004 1:45:02 PM PST by little jeremiah
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To: davidosborne
Soon to be proud parents!


45 posted on 01/05/2004 1:51:25 PM PST by GunnyHartman
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To: davidosborne
You can't "marry" two people of the same sex anymore than you can put a round peg in a square hole.

If Mother Nature didn't think male and female were desireable ways of reproducing, there would have been only one sex.

These people are sick perverts.
46 posted on 01/05/2004 2:02:06 PM PST by ZULU
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To: davidosborne
they *think* they're married. But they're not, really. They just qualify to increase family law attorney's paychecks now.
47 posted on 01/05/2004 2:26:25 PM PST by Terriergal (Psalm 11: 3 "When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?")
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To: davidosborne
Totally sickening post. But thanks for bringing it to our attention so that we can take some action!
48 posted on 01/05/2004 2:34:43 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: davidosborne
They live in Largo.

Correction: The live in sin.

52 posted on 01/05/2004 4:52:55 PM PST by My2Cents ("Well....there you go again...")
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