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TENNESSEE: Cordova gay couple tie knot in California
Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 6/21/8 | Lani Lester

Posted on 06/21/2008 5:54:26 PM PDT by SmithL

Same-sex union not recognized in Tennessee -

In a brick house on a quiet street in Cordova live a newly married couple whose nuptials are getting national attention.

Derek Norman, 23, and his partner of four years, Robert Blaudow, 40, were married in California on Monday, moments after the state's same-sex marriage ban was lifted.

"This has given us the ability to make that proclamation to the world that we are just like everyone else," Norman said. "We love each other just like heterosexual couples, and we'd like to proclaim that love publicly."

However, their proclamation was more spur-of-the-moment than planned.

Blaudow, an employee of a biotech company Downtown, and Norman, a graduate student at the University of Memphis, were in San Francisco on Sunday morning for a conference when they realized the ban would be lifted Monday evening. They decided to get married.

With a 5:05 p.m. appointment, just four minutes after the ban was lifted, they became the second same-sex couple to receive a marriage license in Alameda County in the eastern San Francisco Bay area.

"It was very no-frills," Blaudow said. "We dressed nicely in some button-downs."

Outside the clerk's office, there was quite a scene. Reporters outnumbered the more than 20 couples scheduled to be married Monday night.

"We weren't doing it for any other reason other than we wanted to be married," Blaudow said. "We quickly realized as we sat there that something was going on around us that was bigger than what we were looking for ourselves."

Norman and Blaudow did not even make it back to their hotel before they began receiving phone calls and text messages from friends who'd read of their nuptials online, they said.

Despite the blessings and recognition from friends and family, their marriage is legal in only California and Massachusetts. They returned Wednesday to a state where their union is not recognized.

In 2006, Tennessee became one of 27 states that constitutionally define marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Licenses issued to same-sex couples in other states are considered void.

"We're not really concerned about it, because we have a binding document, a contract from the state of California that says we're married," Blaudow said.

"If the state of Tennessee and the businesses in the state of Tennessee aren't going to recognize that, maybe it's high time they start, and maybe we're the ones to begin that and push that recognition."

Because of the state constitutional amendment two years ago, area gay rights organizations such as the Tennessee Equality Project are focusing on issues other than marriage.

"We're intent on following some battles we can win," said Jonathan Cole, co-chairman of the Shelby County committee of the Tennessee Equality Project.

The state group is working to enact anti-discrimination legislation that would help same-sex couples seeking benefits, Cole said, a problem Norman and Blaudow are already familiar with.

Norman's health insurance will expire in November. When Blaudow tried this week to add him to his policy, the insurance company refused to recognize their union, Blaudow said.

Blaudow said he thinks many will oppose his marriage -- and the marriage of other gay and lesbian couples -- based on religious grounds.

"We don't live in a religious state. We don't live in a theocracy. We live in the United States of America, where all people are supposed to be equal."

Despite the business policies and laws that do not acknowledge their marriage, Blaudow and Norman intend to move forward, together, with their lives.

They plan to hold a small ceremony for family and friends soon and are thinking of honeymooning later this summer.

Then, maybe children.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Extended News; Government; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: auntnancy; doesntithurt; filthyfaggots; fullfaithandcredit; homosexualagenda; missnancy; nasty; notadamandsteve; playinghouse; sickening; socialdeviants; wronghole
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And you thought what happened in California stayed in California.


Can you say "Full Faith and Credit"?
I knew you could.

1 posted on 06/21/2008 5:54:26 PM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL

Seems like a lot of thought went into this union...

I wonder will they have to go back to California if they want to get divorced one day?


2 posted on 06/21/2008 5:56:31 PM PDT by rwilson99 (Barrack Obama... more in common with Archie Bunker than Tiger Woods)
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To: SmithL

By “gay” I guess they mean these two homosexual pixies, right?


3 posted on 06/21/2008 5:57:50 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (De-Globalize yourself !)
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To: bobbyd; Eaker
gay couple tie knot in California

Ping while you're on the road.

4 posted on 06/21/2008 6:02:03 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: SmithL

” We live in the United States of AmNESIA . “

There , corrected .


5 posted on 06/21/2008 6:02:59 PM PDT by sushiman
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To: SmithL
"We love each other just like heterosexual couples, and we'd like to proclaim that love publicly."

It's not possible for them to love each other like a man and woman. God designed man and woman to unite as one flesh in sexual intercourse with the possibility of bringing new life into the world in marriage. Homosexual couples are unable to do this.

They want to "proclaim" their love in public? Well, well, well.... I thought the liberals told us what they did in the PRIVACY of their bedrooms is none of our business. Now they want to make it public. Isn't that a surprise.

6 posted on 06/21/2008 6:04:29 PM PDT by Pinkbell (Don't blame me, I supported Duncan Hunter.)
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To: wagglebee

Moral Absolutes Ping!


7 posted on 06/21/2008 6:05:03 PM PDT by Pinkbell (Don't blame me, I supported Duncan Hunter.)
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To: SmithL

children children, equal, normal, have they lost the plot all together

er lets get this right

you poke another man up the arse, now that is not normal nor natural, it is disgusting and no matter how many times you have told yourself it is normal it is not.
You will not be accepted nor looked as as an equal while doing your sexual ways with another man.
sick

Now another thing you are not equal and you can not have children naturally, if nature intended for two men to be together then you would be able to reproduce, you cannot,

now get yourselves over to a shrink and get your mental state sorted

All this about they are equal and they think they are normal like others is just plain stupid.The media is not helping them nor are the homosexual mafia who are running around telling us we have to accept them


8 posted on 06/21/2008 6:06:57 PM PDT by manc (A normal natural marriage is between a man/ woman, a sham perverted sick marriage is what MA has)
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To: SmithL

Blow Chunks Alert!!!! What a photo!


9 posted on 06/21/2008 6:09:50 PM PDT by Doc Savage ("Are you saying Jesus can't hit a curve ball? - Harris to Cerrano - Major League)
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To: Pinkbell

correct
my wife and I were just talking about this today and how the media are trying to brainwash us into thinking they are just like a man and a woman

They are not

and why do they always think that you have to be religious to be against this sick perverted act
I am not really religious and do not go to church but I find it not normal and sick perverted and twisted
They say it is their private affair then tell the world and go on homosexual parades acting all weird

another thing too
what is this well if people do not recognise their marriage they will have to change and they will do that

er two perverted mentally sick men poking each other up the arse and doing things to each other and they say the rest of the state which is millions has to come round to a handful of sick people

er no we do not


10 posted on 06/21/2008 6:12:13 PM PDT by manc (A normal natural marriage is between a man/ woman, a sham perverted sick marriage is what MA has)
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To: rwilson99

Funny you should mentions that,.....

I heard on the radio today that lots of previously “married” gay couples were getting “divorced” just like eveyone else.

So much for “happiness”.


11 posted on 06/21/2008 6:13:48 PM PDT by garyhope (It's World War IV, right here, right now, courtesy of Islam. TWP VRWC)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

then if they want people to think they are normal then move to the land of the loons MA as CA will be saying you are not married soon enough

Then come the tears of how they were married(NOT) and then cry about it knowing full well they were never married just like in MA where they think they are married yet even in that state over half do not look at them married

these people are delusional as well as perverted sick and twisted in the head


12 posted on 06/21/2008 6:15:13 PM PDT by manc (A normal natural marriage is between a man/ woman, a sham perverted sick marriage is what MA has)
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To: SmithL

“Then, maybe children.”
.....oh yeah, that’s the ticket alright!....you’re damaged, so pass it on to another generation.


13 posted on 06/21/2008 6:15:56 PM PDT by STONEWALLS
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To: Doc Savage

There’s something about extended body parts and excrement that just don’t seem to me to be anything to be proud of, let alone a reason to proclaim unity in marriage.


14 posted on 06/21/2008 6:17:53 PM PDT by umgud
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To: garyhope

over half of the MA homosexuals who originally got married are now divorced
some went to other states such as RI and said they have to get a divorce there but the state of RI said but you are not married in this state , hence more confusion

just when are these people going to get it into their heads they are not married really

They leave MA and now you are just two queers sitting together in the car

I leave MA with my wife and am married anywhere in the world
I can have my children as I do they cannot.

they need to get a grip and either get help of get back in that closet to the doors can be locked


15 posted on 06/21/2008 6:18:19 PM PDT by manc (A normal natural marriage is between a man/ woman, a sham perverted sick marriage is what MA has)
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To: SmithL

“We weren’t doing it for any other reason other than we wanted to be married,” Blaudow said.

Yeah right. He had no idea this would be made sooo public. And just this week he tried to add the other fella on his insurance (and was denied just in time for the article). What a coincidence. And the “equality centers” and the like just happened to be free right now so they can take up his case. They had no idea... they are just in love...


16 posted on 06/21/2008 6:20:55 PM PDT by cpanter (Steyn is my Obamamania!)
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To: SmithL

“We weren’t doing it for any other reason other than we wanted to be married,” Blaudow said.

Yeah right. He had no idea this would be made sooo public. And just this week he tried to add the other fella on his insurance (and was denied just in time for the article). What a coincidence. And the “equality centers” and the like just happened to be free right now so they can take up his case. They had no idea... they are just in love...


17 posted on 06/21/2008 6:21:20 PM PDT by cpanter (Steyn is my Obamamania!)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Queer as a football bat.


18 posted on 06/21/2008 6:21:37 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (G-d is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: SmithL
"If the state of Tennessee and the businesses in the state of Tennessee aren't going to recognize that, maybe it's high time they start, and maybe we're the ones to begin that and push that recognition."

The Klingon cloak has been lifted, and it ain't pretty. If they want to bring a states rights issue to the front, now is the time. We need SCOTUS to take this up and rule now.

19 posted on 06/21/2008 6:22:01 PM PDT by eyedigress
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To: SmithL

Charades, anyone?


20 posted on 06/21/2008 6:30:13 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Barack Obama--the first black Jimmy Carter.)
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To: eyedigress

After the screwed up decisions they have made over the past few weeks, are we certain we want them to take this case now?


21 posted on 06/21/2008 6:32:17 PM PDT by doc1019 (I was taught to respect my elders, but it's getting harder to find one.)
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To: SmithL

And kids? Now that men can have kids, I shouldn’t be surprised if they want a couple.


22 posted on 06/21/2008 6:33:29 PM PDT by cpanter (Steyn is my Obamamania!)
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To: SmithL

“This has given us the ability to make that proclamation to the world that we are just like everyone else,” Norman said. “We love each other just like heterosexual couples, and we’d like to proclaim that love publicly.”

So I guess the tax and insurance benefits are just incidental to that message.


23 posted on 06/21/2008 6:34:43 PM PDT by rightwinggoth
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To: doc1019

I’m afraid it will only get worse. The more noise that anal grease makes the more it gets into mainstream. (Sorry for the visual).


24 posted on 06/21/2008 6:35:53 PM PDT by eyedigress
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To: garyhope

The huge amount of same sex people getting married is really making for an economic boom in companies hired to support wedding celebrations.

So much so that there are years of business lined up.

I can imagine a queer man in a wedding cake bakery going nuts.

Heh.


25 posted on 06/21/2008 6:36:34 PM PDT by Global2010 (OKIE DOKIE)
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To: SmithL
Cordova gay couple tie knot in California

I hope they enjoy their reech coreentheean leather in their Chrysler Corrrrrrrrdoba. Oh, wait, never mind.

26 posted on 06/21/2008 6:37:06 PM PDT by johniegrad
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To: SmithL

FREAKSHOW!


27 posted on 06/21/2008 6:37:14 PM PDT by icwhatudo
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To: cpanter

I read the part where they say that it’s high time people and businesses recognise them as married
they go on about honeymoons and children

they are seriously delusional and for sure not one business has to give them benefits to both.

so they think that everyone has to conform with them, er no chance , i’d like to see them go to East TN in the smokies and see just how far they get together, try Newport for a start

what happens when CA has the vote and says they are not married now?

How are they going to say in their state that they are married when they are clearly not

again they are delusional


28 posted on 06/21/2008 6:39:54 PM PDT by manc (A normal natural marriage is between a man/ woman, a sham perverted sick marriage is what MA has)
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To: johniegrad
I remember his commercials but I'm guessing all those cars "Petered" out at 50,000 miles.
29 posted on 06/21/2008 6:41:35 PM PDT by eyedigress
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To: eyedigress

Same as this couple......

We’re with each other through thick or thin...
Peter out or peter in.


30 posted on 06/21/2008 6:43:28 PM PDT by johniegrad
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To: eyedigress

the media including Fox and other shows like Ellen try and brainwash us into thinking they are normal in their lives when clearly they are not.

Nothing about getting attention or getting benefits is there, no course not

I cannot get over where they say people in their state will have to come round to them and that they are going to start to get them to plus they will have children, they think they are like a normal straight couple

ER they can’t and they are not like a normal couple


31 posted on 06/21/2008 6:43:45 PM PDT by manc (A normal natural marriage is between a man/ woman, a sham perverted sick marriage is what MA has)
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To: rwilson99

Oh, to be a divorce lawyer in these great and wondrous times … opportunities abound. For years, those specializing in divorce law have been hurting, what with all the younger generation opting to live together sans marriage. Now, a whole new market is opening up! ;-)


32 posted on 06/21/2008 6:45:02 PM PDT by doc1019 (I was taught to respect my elders, but it's getting harder to find one.)
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To: SmithL
"This has given us the ability to make that proclamation to the world that we are just like everyone else," Norman said. "We love each other just like heterosexual couples, and we'd like to proclaim that love publicly."

I beg to differ Norman. You are definitely not like everyone else. You are a degenerate who lives a life contrary to the laws of nature and a healthy, moral society. Norman, you are a turd burglar.

33 posted on 06/21/2008 6:46:20 PM PDT by One_American
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To: icwhatudo

they are a freak show but I am not surprised, just look at them and did you see the old women thinking they were getting married, the woman in the wheel chair looked all confused.

The women are looking like men the men act like women
they think they can have children

yep freak show alright, ever seen videos of these freaks on their parades , remember they say it’s their private life yet go on the parades


34 posted on 06/21/2008 6:46:59 PM PDT by manc (A normal natural marriage is between a man/ woman, a sham perverted sick marriage is what MA has)
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To: manc

It is deviant behavior as ordered from God. It is from Satan.


35 posted on 06/21/2008 6:47:25 PM PDT by eyedigress
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To: manc

I have nothing against gays in general (until the media and/or justice groups force it in my face.)

But on a basic level, why does there need to be benefits given to some guy’s err.. poke buddy? If they want to be monogamous, that’s fine too... but that doesn’t equal marriage.

By the way, I don’t think they’d make Newport... I’m thinking about Grundy County.


36 posted on 06/21/2008 7:05:37 PM PDT by cpanter (Steyn is my Obamamania!)
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To: manc

I have nothing against gays in general (until the media and/or justice groups force it in my face.)

But on a basic level, why does there need to be benefits given to some guy’s err.. poke buddy? If they want to be monogamous, that’s fine too... but that doesn’t equal marriage.

By the way, I don’t think they’d make Newport... I’m thinking about Grundy County.


37 posted on 06/21/2008 7:09:03 PM PDT by cpanter (Steyn is my Obamamania!)
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To: johniegrad

After the long paws, I will say that is the most disgusting Wedding Vow ever.


38 posted on 06/21/2008 7:09:09 PM PDT by eyedigress
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To: One_American

nearly spat me cup of tea over my keyboard

what utter garbage they said .

nail on the head and said right to the point, if I ever had the displeasure of meeting these confused fools I would say exactly what you have said there


39 posted on 06/21/2008 7:11:57 PM PDT by manc (A normal natural marriage is between a man/ woman, a sham perverted sick marriage is what MA has)
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To: cpanter

after I recover from my knee surgery I will be up in the smokies with my family, it truly is one of the most beautiful parts of the country


40 posted on 06/21/2008 7:18:28 PM PDT by manc (A normal natural marriage is between a man/ woman, a sham perverted sick marriage is what MA has)
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To: SmithL
"This has given us the ability to make that proclamation to the world that we are just like everyone else," Norman said

Ummm... No, you're not.

41 posted on 06/21/2008 7:18:49 PM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: rwilson99

I wonder what happens to all those that use that domestic partnership scam to get benefits for friends ? Do they have to get married now in Ca or lose out ? The HR people in Ca must be looking a way to pull the plug on that scam.


42 posted on 06/21/2008 7:26:01 PM PDT by ncalburt
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To: manc

They call it God’s Country for a reason..... it is a great place to be, for sure.


43 posted on 06/21/2008 7:26:16 PM PDT by cpanter (Steyn is my Obamamania!)
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To: SmithL
“Cordova gay couple tie knot...”

Seriously, what does a queer knot look like? I know what slip-knots and square-knots are, but don't know queer-knots! And that's a good thing.

45 posted on 06/21/2008 7:38:01 PM PDT by TRY ONE (NUKE the unborn gay whales!)
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we are just like everyone else

Bull$h!t. That picture is disgusting.

Can you say "Full Faith and Credit"?

Unfortunately, I can, and unfortunately, that's what they're going to demand next, as you and I both very well know, and they don't care what the people of your state want regarding gay "marriage".

46 posted on 06/21/2008 7:40:56 PM PDT by Hardastarboard (I have Zero Tolerance for Zero Tolerance policies.)
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To: SmithL
Don't really have a comment on this except that, whenever the MSM feels the need to do one of their "why do they hate us" stories about why Islamic extremists hate America and the West so much, the laundry list always includes foreign policy, Israel, the Iraq war, blah blah blah.

And yet, when you actually listen to the Islamists and read their websites, they mention same-sex marriage as something they hate at least as much as the others.

My point, I guess, is that I would like to see even one story in the mainstream American media to the effect that there is a very large population of people outside America for whom the sanctioning of same-sex marriage is a provocative event. I would like someone in the media to point out that if "the world hates America," then same sex marriage is one of the reasons why.

47 posted on 06/21/2008 7:41:28 PM PDT by denydenydeny (Expel the priest and you don't inaugurate the age of reason, you get the witch doctor--Paul Johnson)
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To: SmithL
“This has given us the ability to make that proclamation to the world that we are just like everyone else,” Norman said. “We love each other just like heterosexual couples, and we'd like to proclaim that love publicly.”

No.... you have been given an opportunity to proclaim to the world you are perverts attempting to scam employers and insurance companies. You are not a heterosexual couple, so NO, you DO NOT love each other as such. You are on the same degenerate level as a pedophile, or someone who engages in bestiality. I think if you proclaim that “love” of your perversion publicly you should be committed to a mental health ward.

49 posted on 06/21/2008 7:59:33 PM PDT by Operation_Shock_N_Awe (I'd rather be a conservative nut job than a liberal with no nuts and no job)
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To: SmithL
question... if this works for filthy disease ridden queers, shouldn't it also work for pistol permits and carrying a pistol across state lines too???
50 posted on 06/21/2008 8:06:49 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist ©® - CTHULHU/SHOGGOTH '08 = Nothing LESS!!!)
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