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  • Va. county [Spotsylvania] restricts private business from hosting weddings

    05/05/2014 10:25:03 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 6 replies
    Fox News Politics ^ | April 29, 2014 | Kenric Ward
    Call off the wedding. Spotsylvania County in Virginia has imposed “special use permit” restrictions on a couple that’s been hosting marriages for years — effectively nullifying future nuptials at a once-thriving business. Gary Gratopp, co-owner of Eden Try, said the county crackdown “defies logic.” Yet the move resembles actions in nearby Fauquier County, where officials are employing permitting requirements to harass and intimidate private-property owners
  • Would Jesus bake cakes for gay weddings?

    03/04/2014 9:08:24 AM PST · by Morgana · 55 replies
    life site news ^ | John Stonestreet
    March 3, 2014 ( - The call for tolerating same-sex marriage has become a demand for compliance. Cases like Masterpiece Cake Shop in Colorado and Elane Huguenin’s New Mexico photography business have shown us that “tolerance” ends exactly where the right to say “no” begins. And so people, businesses, and non-profits are forced to choose between their livelihoods and their convictions. Some fellow Christians are giving this new state of affairs a thumbs-up, including Kirsten Powers, whose fearless stand against abortion I admire, and Skye Jethani, a friend I respect greatly. They argue that Christians who won’t participate in gay...
  • Kansas House passes bill allowing refusal of service to same-sex couples

    02/13/2014 6:31:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    CNN ^ | February 13, 2014 | Ben Brumfield and Dana Ford
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Denying services to same-sex couples may soon become legal in Kansas. House Bill 2453 explicitly protects religious individuals, groups and businesses that refuse services to same-sex couples, particularly those looking to tie the knot. It passed the state's Republican-dominated House on Wednesday with a vote of 72-49, and has gone to the Senate for a vote. Such a law may seem unnecessary in a state where same-sex marriage is banned, but some Kansas lawmakers think different. They want to prevent religious individuals and organizations from getting sued, or otherwise punished, for not providing goods or services to gay couples --...
  • Salafi-Jihadis in Jordan Stage 'Martyrs' Weddings' to Attract Youth to Jihad

    02/09/2013 3:25:01 PM PST · by Cindy · 7 replies
    SNIPPET: "The forces fighting against Assad's regime in Syria include foreigners who have come to take part in the uprising alongside the Syrian rebels. Among them are members of Jordan's Salafi-jihadi movement, which, according to its senior leaders, has so far dispatched some 250 fighters to Syria.[1] As one means of encouraging Jordanian youths to join its ranks and adopt the ideology of jihad and martyrdom, the Salafi-jihadi movement stages "martyrs' weddings" for fighters killed in Syria, based on the Islamic belief that every martyr is rewarded with 72 black-eyed virgin brides in Paradise. These "weddings" are not a new...
  • Petraeus chose 'Jackie Kennedy' package for wedding

    11/19/2012 10:58:08 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    Washington Examiner "Secrets" ^ | 11-19-12 | Paul Bedard
    The Petraeus sex scandal didn't just reveal the former CIA director's bedroom secrets. It's also shined a spotlight on a romantic facility in Berryville, Virginia, 65 miles from Washington where David and Holly Petraeus' daughter Anne married Matt Mauney last month in a picturesque setting the couple celebrated with pictures on her blog, Rosemont Manor owner William Genda told Secrets that he is sad about how the publicity came to his facility, but happy for the new business it is bringing from the Washington area. "It's probably been good," he told Secrets. Only in business for two years, the...
  • Jews complain gay weddings are more fair than straight ones

    09/09/2012 8:18:38 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 7 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 9, 2012 | MAYRAV SAAR
    Across the country, gay couples are fighting for the same marriage rights as straight couples. But in the Conservative Jewish movement, heterosexual couples may soon clamor for the kind of partnerships now reserved only for lesbians and gays. This spring, a committee that creates laws for the Conservative Jewish movement approved two ceremonies for same-sex couples that strip marriage liturgy of any reference to ownership, makes double-ring ceremonies officially part of the wedding and allows either party to initiate a divorce — three issues that have long been sticking points among Jewish brides.
  • Three-person civil union sparks controversy in Brazil

    08/28/2012 3:32:59 PM PDT · by markomalley · 69 replies
    BBC ^ | 8/28/2012
    A notary in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo has sparked controversy by accepting a civil union between three people. Public Notary Claudia do Nascimento Domingues has said the man and two women should be entitled to family rights. She says there is nothing in law to prevent such an arrangement. But the move has angered some religious groups, while one lawyer described it as "absurd and totally illegal". The three individuals, who have declined to speak to the press, have lived in Rio de Janeiro together for three years and share bills and other expenses. Ms Domingues says they...
  • Wedding music and other difficulties….

    08/11/2012 1:27:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | August 10, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Most priests, if they are lucky and smart, have a trained music director or organist to whom they can refer the Bride (sometimes with the groom) to finalize music for weddings. Then he can refer them and avoid a ton of trouble. Yet, occasionally he has to duck for cover when the flak from the battle between bride and organist gets thick.Don’t get me wrong, everything generally goes fine and most brides and grooms are just fine. But every now and then, there’s a bride (and sometimes a groom) who are the irresistible force that meet the immoveable object (i.e....
  • The Heart Beat: What Does it Mean to Ditch Your Wedding Ring?

    04/04/2012 11:36:32 PM PDT · by thecodont · 126 replies ^ | April 3, 2012 | Tue 6:20 PM | By Kristin Wong
    While most of the women I know wouldn’t stand for it, there’s been a lot of buzz around husbands opting not to wear their wedding bands. According to some experts, people just don’t value the symbolism in a ring like they used to. “I know I’m married, everybody else knows I’m married. I just don’t have no desire to wear it, at all.” Richard Rhodes has been happily married for 15 years and says he hasn’t worn his ring since he tied the knot. “I took it off right after the reception and I ain’t seen it since,” said Rhodes....
  • Colorado Muslim Arrested on Islamic Terror Charges

    01/23/2012 1:52:29 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 1/23/12 | Pamela Geller
    The media will spend the next ten years with their heads up their sphincters trying to determine motive. Hmmm ..... what could it be now? For those of us in the media who have not surrendered to jihad (all three of us), we have noticed a decided uptick in this activity. Arrests in the US are weekly now, sometimes daily. Nothing to see here, folks, keep it moving until the next catastrophe. And then the enemedia and Hamas-CAIR operatives in DC will blame ...... counter jihadists. :) Colorado man arrested on terrorism AP (hat tip Ken) AURORA, Colo. (AP) —...
  • Internet is a powerful catalyst for jihad: Dutch security service

    02/16/2012 12:31:58 AM PST · by Cindy · 25 replies
    DUTCH ^ | February 14, 2012 | n/a
    The internet has become a powerful catalyst for international violent jihad, according to a new report from the Dutch security service AIVD.
  • Why do Catholics have to get married in church?

    01/22/2012 12:01:16 PM PST · by NYer · 41 replies
    Deacon's Bench ^ | January 22, 2012 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    That’s the gist of this piece by writer Cara McDonough, who raises a question that’s increasingly common these days. I get several calls a year from people who ask if I can do a wedding for them in a catering hall or on a beach. (Usually, it’s after a priest has turned them down; deacons, of course, are always the last resort.)McDonough writes: My sister-in-law is getting married this spring. I’ve tried on my bridesmaid dress, jotted down the date of her New York City bachelorette party and also, intrigued, watched her struggle as she strives to book a priest.Like...
  • Whither the jihadi forums?

    08/01/2011 1:10:28 PM PDT · by Cindy · 114 replies · 1+ views ^ | August 1, 2011 | n/a "Whither the jihadi forums?" SNIPPET: "There are currently only three jihadi forums that are sufficiently active and well-connected to be of any interest whatsoever. Why we claim to be on the verge of defeating al-Qaida while simultaneously watching passively as they use these forums to regroup and regenerate is beyond me. These are the forums three: • al-Fidaa, a forum created by al-Qaida core. That it is directly linked to al-Qaida by definition moves it to the top of the list. Current membership: 2,462, all of whom can be considered "active" if only because they just joined the forum....
  • Dear Bride: 10 wedding complaints from your bridesmaid

    06/04/2011 2:23:31 PM PDT · by Feline_AIDS · 132 replies
    There are few places someone can go to lament the loss of traditional values like FR. Today I'm lamenting the death (or terminal illness) of the sensible American wedding. As a 24-year-old American girl, I attend lots of nuptials, and because of familial obligations certain brides couldn't eschew, I've even been an occasional bridesmaid. Every subsequent wedding I attend seems to be the next in a terrifying sequence of tacky one-upmanship. It's as though each bride has a "ridiculous counter" that ticks up and up during the planning until true perfection of ridiculousness is realized on the big day. Here...
  • Afghan law likely to end lavish weddings

    05/17/2011 4:05:17 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 4 replies
    AlJazeera ^ | May 17th 2011 | Hashem Ahelbarra
    In Afghanistan, wedding celebrations are a unique opportunity for people to show their hospitality. But the size and scale of the events has prompted the government to consider a new law aimed at curbing the extravagant feasts that weddings often become - especially given the level of unemployment and poverty in the country. Officials and other tribal leaders now want to limit the number of guests, as well as the items on the menu, which would instead be drawn up by the municipal authority.
  • Planning a Catholic wedding? Read this...(very humorous)

    04/26/2011 2:30:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 37 replies
    Renew America ^ | November 1, 2009 | Matt C. Abbott
    I got some good laughs from the following column (slightly edited) that appeared in the Oct. 4 bulletin of St. Lambert Parish in Skokie, Ill., whose pastor is the staunchly pro-life Father Richard Simon. Humorous, but true! Warning: This episode of the Rev. Know-it-all is extremely offensive. It is not about you or anyone you know. Please read the whole article. The Rev. Know-it-all is not opposed to all wedding celebrations. He is not talking about your wedding, which was a triumph of personal sanctity and good taste. He is probably just having a bad day. Dear Rev. Know-it-all, I...
  • Woman gets 10 months for arranging sham weddings

    04/14/2011 9:37:05 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 10 replies
    Bangor Daily News ^ | April 13, 2011 | Judy Harrison
    BANGOR, Maine — The Sabattus woman who enlisted more than a dozen other Mainers, including family and friends, to enter into sham marriages with immigrants was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court to 10 months in prison. Angela Roy, 37, sobbed as a federal judge described her role as a recruiter and wedding planner in the state’s first spouses-for-hire conspiracy as “extremely significant.” Roy was recruited more than seven years ago by two Massachusetts men, who are natives of Africa, to find men and women willing to marry foreign nationals for a fee so the immigrants could more easily achieve...
  • Groom’s lawsuit: Jilted bride kept $45K ring

    01/08/2011 5:36:32 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 38 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | January 7, 2011 | ART GOLAB AND LEEANN MATON
    The jilted bride who sued her ex for almost $100,000 in wedding expenses may not have been jilted at all. So says the groom, who has filed his own lawsuit, claiming that the decision to cancel the wedding was mutual. He’s seeking the return of a $45,500, 3-carat engagement ring. Both lawsuits do agree on one matter: There was a bachelor party — featuring strippers and lap dances — at a South Loop gentlemen’s club called the Pink Monkey. Dominique Buttitta, the former bride, an attorney who works in Hoffman Estates, filed a breach of promise suit Dec. 11 in...
  • Carol Anne Riddell and John Partilla: Affair Started (Adultery in Wedding Announcement)

    12/21/2010 11:16:52 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 26 replies · 3+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 21 2010 | Kristi Gustafson
    Timing truly is everything and sometimes - when it comes to love - the timing is just, well, wrong. Or is it? A New York couple is causing quite a brouhaha after their wedding profile ran in the New York Times' Vows section this weekend. Why the controversy? The couple - a New York City television reporter and a high-powered ad executive - told the paper how their love blossomed while they were each married to someone else. That's right. They were each in long-term marriages, and each have children. In fact, it was the children who brought them together,...
  • Disney debuts movie princess-inspired wedding gowns

    10/01/2010 11:10:48 PM PDT · by Immerito · 6 replies
    Yahoo! Shine ^ | Sep 29, 2010 | Joanna Douglas
    If you're looking for a fairy tale ending, you'll need a proposal from your very own Prince Charming and a dress fit for a princess. But how would you feel dressing like a Disney princess? Wedding outfitter Alfred Angelo has teamed up Disney on a collection of gowns inspired by those worn by princesses Ariel, Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), Belle, Cinderella, Jasmine, Snow White and Tiana. No, we're not joking. You can actually dress like the Little Mermaid on your wedding day. Granted there is no aqua mermaid tail, but sea-inspired dress does have a mermaid-style cut, pearl beading, and sequin...
  • Schwarzenegger calls for same-sex weddings

    08/06/2010 4:27:00 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 117 replies
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/6/10 | Paul Elias - ap
    <p>SAN FRANCISCO – California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown filed motions Friday calling for resumption of same-sex weddings in the state.</p> <p>The officials filed the motions after U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker previously overturned Proposition 8, California's voter-approved gay marriage ban.</p>
  • First Family Weddings

    07/31/2010 9:57:55 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 131 replies · 16+ views
    Yahoo! ^ | 7-31-10
    I ran across this historical collection of photos of First Family Weddings and I thought that I'd post some of them for your enjoyment. Many of these I've never seen before. Please go to the link to see all of them.
  • FBI raid Queens, NY home in terror investigation

    09/14/2009 12:50:55 PM PDT · by Fali_G · 650 replies · 21,606+ views
  • US officials: Al-Qaida operative tied to NY plot

    07/01/2010 3:50:41 AM PDT · by Cindy · 57 replies · 1+ views
    (AP) via ^ | June 30, 2010, 4:48 pm | Adam Goldman and Matt Apuzzo
    SNIPPET: "U.S. counterterrorism officials have linked one of the nation's most wanted terrorists to last year's thwarted plot to bomb the New York City subway system, authorities said Wednesday. Current and former counterterrorism officials said top al-Qaida operative Adnan Shukrijumah met with one of the would-be suicide bombers in a plot that Attorney General Eric Holder called one of the most dangerous since the 9/11 terror attacks."

    04/11/2010 9:33:03 AM PDT · by Velveeta · 4,070 replies · 6,773+ views
    Free Republic | 4/11/2010 | FReeper Collaboration
    Obama amputates our nuclear arms By: Charles Krauthammer ...snippet...Under President Obama’s new policy, however, if the state that has just attacked us with biological or chemical weapons is “in compliance with the Non-Proliferation Treaty,” explained Gates, then “the U.S. pledges not to use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against it.” Imagine the scenario: Hundreds of thousands are lying dead in the streets of Boston after a massive anthrax or nerve gas attack. The president immediately calls in the lawyers to determine whether the attacking state is in compliance with the NPT. If it turns out that the attacker...
  • Breaking News: Pakistan Reportedly Detains Five D.C.-Area Muslims on Suspicion of Terror

    12/09/2009 2:22:41 PM PST · by Cindy · 83 replies · 2,837+ views
    INVESTIGATIVE - IPT News ^ | Updated December 9, 2009 | n/a
    Breaking News: Pakistan Reportedly Detains Five D.C.-Area Muslims on Suspicion of Terror IPT News December 8, 2009 **Updated December 9, 9:00 a.m. EST A Pakistani newspaper reports the arrest of five foreign nationals after a raid in a town called Sargodha. The raid took place at the home of a member of the Jaish-e-Muhammad, a Pakistani movement designated as a terrorist group by the U.S. Treasury Department in 2001. According to the report, "The DPO told that these people had been living in Sargodha since Nov 30 and it was quite a possibility that they were engaged in acts of...
  • Senior (Anglican) bishops want gay weddings in churches

    02/24/2010 8:30:30 AM PST · by NYer · 13 replies · 306+ views
    Telegraph ^ | February 23, 2010
    A group of senior clerics, including the Bishop of Salisbury, the Dean of Southwark and four retired bishops, wrote in a letter to The Times today that religious denominations should be allowed to choose whether to register civil partnerships on their premises. "Straight couples have the choice between civil marriage and religious marriage. Gay couples are denied a similar choice. To deny people of faith the opportunity of registering the most important promise of their lives in their willing church or synagogue, according to its liturgy, is plainly discriminatory," they wrote. The Lords amendment to the Equality Bill is likely...
  • Trump annoyed with park weddings next to golf club

    02/04/2010 2:34:04 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 7 replies · 754+ views
    hosted ^ | Feb 4
    Donald Trump is at odds with officials in Rancho Palos Verdes over weddings at an oceanfront park next to his Trump National Golf Club. Couples can pay less than $1,000 to get married at Founders Park, a 5.5-acre park with spectacular ocean views that sits behind Trump's clubhouse. The park has no bathrooms, limited parking and just a few benches.
  • I-Team: Terror-Related Arrest Began in Las Vegas

    10/21/2009 4:29:27 AM PDT · by Cindy · 7 replies · 1,140+ views
    LAS VEGAS ^ | Updated: Oct 20, 2009 8:56 PM | Investigative Reporter Jonathan Humbert and Photojournalist Alex Brauer
    ADD to post no. 105: LAS VEGAS, NV — SNIPPET: “The real end, however, came in a Minnesota Federal Court. Two weeks ago, the FBI arrested Abdow Munye Abdow for two counts of making false statements to a federal official. The FBI believes Abdow lied about his trip to Las Vegas, and a passenger he was with who was on the terrorism watch list. The Nevada Highway Patrol pulled over Abdow and four other people on October 6, 2009 for speeding. Trooper Alan Davidson, a spokesperson for NHP, said the officer on the scene began asking questions.” SNIPPET:...
  • "Terror Suspect's Computer Said to Show Sports Stadiums, Fashion Sites"

    09/19/2009 2:23:40 PM PDT · by kozanne · 15 replies · 1,557+ views
    ABC News "The Blotter" ^ | 9-19-2009 | RICHARD ESPOSITO, BRIAN ROSS and CLAYTON SANDELL
    Terror Suspect's Computer Said to Show Sports Stadiums, Fashion Sites Officials Report Denver Man Sent Texts Suggesting Attack Coming; 'Wedding Cake' Is Ready By RICHARD ESPOSITO, BRIAN ROSS and CLAYTON SANDELL Sept. 19, 2009— --snip-- A computer belonging to alleged al Qaeda suspect Najibullah Zazi showed he had researched baseball and football stadiums and sites used in the recent Fashion Week event in New York City, law enforcement officials tell Zazi, 24, had been scheduled to spend a fourth day today being questioned by the FBI but his lawyer, Arthur Folsom, canceled the session. "He has taken the day...
  • Terror raid duo back in Pakistan

    08/28/2009 1:19:18 AM PDT · by Cindy · 5 replies · 744+ views
    BBC NEWS ^ | Page last updated at 12:44 GMT, Saturday, 22 August 2009 13:44 UK | n/a
    SNIPPET: "Two Pakistani students arrested over an alleged terror plot have returned to Pakistan after deciding to leave the UK voluntarily, the Home Office has said. Abdul Khan, 26, and Shoaib Khan, 27, were among 12 people held by police after raids in north-west England in April, but the pair were never charged. The Home Office tried to deport them, saying they remained a security threat. It is understood the men decided to leave after being denied bail while appealing against deportation." SNIPPET: "Twelve students were arrested in the terror raids in Manchester and Liverpool as part of Operation Pathway,...
  • Like A Virgin No More [Young Brides Dressing Like Tramps]

    06/04/2009 1:20:36 PM PDT · by bdeaner · 189 replies · 12,640+ views
    Newsweek ^ | 6/4/09 | Kayleen Schaefer
    Two decades ago, when young girls wondered how brides were supposed to look and behave, they'd most likely conclude—with some prompting from Cinderella—that on their big day they'd be a princess. They'd be blushing, virginal and wrapped from head to toe in tulle and lace.
  • There is a wedding, and invited to attend

    03/29/2009 4:13:46 PM PDT · by Cindy · 40 replies · 2,204+ views
    Translated by Casey (no fe@r) at IH. ^ | March 29, 2009, 1:44 pm | n/a
    SNIPPET: "Is Tsedkon that I told you there was a large wedding ... and soon .."
  • Threat Matrix: 2009

    02/09/2009 3:41:05 PM PST · by Velveeta · 2,070 replies · 53,753+ views
    Previous ^ | 2009 | Freeper TMers
    Cheney warns of new attacks Former Vice President Dick Cheney warned that there is a “high probability” that terrorists will attempt a catastrophic nuclear or biological attack in coming years, and said he fears the Obama administration’s policies will make it more likely the attempt will succeed. In an interview Tuesday with Politico, Cheney unyieldingly defended the Bush administration’s support for the Guantanamo Bay prison and coercive interrogation of terrorism suspects. And he asserted that President Obama will either backtrack on his stated intentions to end those policies or put the country at risk in ways more severe than...
  • A Jordanian Wedding Turns into a Massive Show of Support for Al-Qaeda...

    01/30/2009 6:29:13 PM PST · by Cindy · 3 replies · 627+ views
    Note: Photos included. A Jordanian Wedding Turns into a Massive Show of Support for Al-Qaeda; Al-Zarqawi's Circle Identified TO VIEW THIS CLIP AND OTHERS YOU MUST LOG IN/REGISTER FOR MEMRI TV, AT REGISTRATION IS FREE OF CHARGE. To view this clip, visit
  • Woman living in "Hamas stronghold" marries to raise "martyrs"

    01/25/2009 3:52:31 PM PST · by Cindy · 16 replies · 754+ views
    Note: Photo included. January 25, 2009 SNIPPET: "The latest form of jihad: Jihad al-Ziwaj, or "Marriage-Jihad"" GAZA CITY: There was no party, no celebrations when 22-year-old Aida al-Qaddumi finally got married this week. There were no regrets either -- she said she was marrying to raise "fighters" and asked only that she might die as a "martyr" in Israel.
  • Threat Matrix: August 2008

    08/01/2008 12:17:04 PM PDT · by nwctwx · 1,066 replies · 8,561+ views
    Pentagon Makes Fighting Extremism Top Priority Seven years after the Sept. 11 attacks, the Pentagon on Thursday officially named "the long war" against global extremism as its top priority and pledged to avert any conventional military threat from China or Russia through dialogue. The Defense Department, in a new national defense strategy, also emphasized the need to subordinate military operations to "soft power" initiatives to undermine Islamist militancy by promoting economic, political and social development in vulnerable corners of the world. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said he hoped the change would help establish permanent institutional support for counterinsurgency skills...
  • Outdoor Wedding Now Permitted in Catholic Archdiocese ??

    08/10/2008 11:27:43 AM PDT · by VidMihi · 28 replies · 228+ views
    CITI-l ^ | August 10, 2008 | Fr. John Shuster
    Until yesterday, outdoor weddings were forbidden in the Archdiocese of Seattle. If a couple wanted an official church marriage, a priest had to perform the ceremony in a parish church building - never outside under the blue skies of the Pacific Northwest with beautiful snow capped mountains in the background. Christine Gregoire is the governor of Washington State. Her daughter Courtney wanted an outdoor wedding at the governor's mansion in Olympia. Yesterday, the Archdiocese of Seattle gave Courtney and Scott the outdoor Roman Catholic wedding they wanted. I am very happy for them and for the precedent this sets for...
  • (Climbing enthusiast) Couple marries on roof of Globe arena

    08/09/2008 6:53:50 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 9 replies · 210+ views ^ | 08/09/2008 | TT/Peter Vinthagen Simpson
    Malin Alexandersson and Leif Lundgren celebrated 08-08-08 day by climbing on to the roof of the Stockholm Globe arena to tie the knot. The happy couple had to climb to the top of the 80 metre higher Stockholm landmark with the help of safety harnesses while their guests instead followed the wedding ceremony from a nearby balcony. The heavy rain that hit Stockholm on Friday was close to throwing a spanner in the works - but the rain ceased just prior to the beginning of the ceremony. The couple won the right to matrimony on the Globe's roof in a...
  • New Law Prompts Calif. County to Halt All Weddings ( Kern County )

    06/14/2008 5:34:18 AM PDT · by kellynla · 9 replies · 122+ views ^ | Friday, June 13, 2008 2:30 PM | staff
    BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- Heterosexual couples are rushing to get married in a conservative California county that plans to halt all civil wedding ceremonies as gay marriage is set to be legalized. Kern County Clerk Ann Barnett says Friday is the last day the county will perform civil weddings. Starting Tuesday, when the California Supreme Court's order legalizing same-sex marriage takes effect, Kern will issue new gender-neutral marriage licenses as required by law. But couples seeking to get hitched will have to go somewhere else for the ceremony. Barnett says the increased demand for ceremonies would overwhelm her staff and pose...
  • Threat Matrix: May 2008

    05/01/2008 3:06:29 PM PDT · by nwctwx · 1,313 replies · 4,222+ views
    U.S. Wary Of Small Boat Terrorism As boating season approaches, the Bush administration wants to enlist America's 80 million recreational boaters to help reduce the chances that a small boat could deliver a nuclear or radiological bomb somewhere along the 95,000 miles of U.S. coastline and inland waterways. According to an April 23 intelligence assessment obtained by The Associated Press, "The use of a small boat as a weapon is likely to remain al Qaeda's weapon of choice in the maritime environment, given its ease in arming and deploying, low cost, and record of success." While the United States...
  • Good News on the Law: Before You Say “I Do” to a Pre-Nup…

    05/07/2008 8:37:27 AM PDT · by LikeLight · 115 replies · 134+ views
    Good News Daily ^ | May 7, 2008 | Stephen Bloom
    Are you a joyful bride-to-be? An eager (or nervous!) groom? Perhaps you have a son or daughter getting married this spring or summer? Perhaps a beloved grandchild? Or maybe a lifelong friend? The peak of wedding season is arriving and many of us have a special acquaintance or family member ready to “tie the knot” in a beautiful marriage ceremony of thrilling romance and holy commitment. So what does any of this have to do with the law? Why am I raising the subject of weddings in my Christian legal column? I’m writing to brides and grooms and those close...
  • Threat Matrix: March 2008

    03/05/2008 5:59:39 PM PST · by nwctwx · 1,515 replies · 23,048+ views
    Petraeus: Al Qaida Trying to 'Come Back In' U.S. military officials said there will be no significant reduction in coalition troops in the Baghdad area as part of an effort to stop the Al Qaida offensive in northern Iraq. They said Al Qaida was trying to reenter Baghdad and reverse its losses in 2007. "Al Qaida is trying to come back in," U.S. military commander Gen. David Petraeus said. "We can feel it and see it, and what we're trying to do is rip out any roots before they can get deeply into the ground." Read More Militants Assert...
  • FBI agent: Terror suspect's marriage plans may have been ruse

    03/22/2008 1:52:24 AM PDT · by JeepInMazar · 6 replies · 1,057+ views
    The Associated Press / International Herald Tribune ^ | March 21, 2008 | The Associated Press
    ATLANTA: Investigators initially thought a terrorism suspect may have been using his wedding plans to cloak the real purpose of his overseas travel, an FBI agent testified Friday. . . . Inside the lining of the bag, agents found two CDs, maps of Washington, D.C., and Fairfax, Virginia, and some scraps of paper with writing on them.Previously, prosecutors have alleged that "casing videos" of the Capitol building, the World Bank and a fuel tank farm were sent by computer from a nonprofit where Sadequee worked in Atlanta to a counterpart in London.
  • “How to Do Drag”(Transsexual & same-sex weddings for 14yr olds)

    02/10/2008 8:50:48 AM PST · by kellynla · 20 replies · 228+ views
    California Catholic Daily ^ | February 10, 2008 | staff
    The San Francisco-based Gay-Straight Alliance Network is urging its clubs on high school and middle school campuses across California to “get active and get engaged” in the 11th annual Freedom to Marry Week. [[MarryWkLogo.jpg]]The Jan. 30 GSA Network News encouraged students to join the nationwide event, which begins today and runs through Feb. 16, because “a fundamental human right -- the right to marry those whom we love -- is denied to LGBT people.” Among the “more than 1000 rights and benefits [that] come with legal marriage, but are currently denied to LGBT people” is “the right to provide two...
  • Honeymoon is over for gay weddings (gay weddings down 50% in past year)

    02/02/2008 5:00:43 PM PST · by jdm · 30 replies · 91+ views
    Observer via Guardian (U.K.) ^ | Feb. 02, 2008 | Denis Campbell
    The number of gay weddings has plummeted by more than 50 per cent in the past year. Civil partnerships became legal for homosexuals in December 2005, allowing them to acquire the same sorts of tax and pension rights as straight married couples. Initially, thousands of gay and lesbian couples held ceremonies. However, a survey by the Local Government Association found that all the 40 councils across England they surveyed had experienced a fall in the number taking place - the figures show an average drop of 55 per cent in 2007 from 2006.
  • Disney opens Fairy Tale Weddings to gay couples

    04/05/2007 10:04:49 PM PDT · by Lady J USA 1981 · 25 replies · 1,112+ views
    Reuters ^ | April 5th, 2007
    Disney opens Fairy Tale Weddings to gay couples Fri Apr 6, 2007 7:47 AM IST By Gina Keating LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Walt Disney Co. has changed its policy to allow same-sex couples to participate in a popular Fairy Tale Wedding program it runs mainly at its two U.S. resorts and cruise line, a Disney spokesman said on Thursday. Disney previously had allowed gay couples to organize their own weddings or commitment ceremonies at rented meeting rooms at the resorts, but had barred them from purchasing its Fairy Tale Wedding package and holding the event at locations at Disneyland...
  • Adam Berger and Stephen Frank, New York Times Gay Agenda wedding(barf alert)

    09/17/2006 8:27:17 AM PDT · by mandingo republican · 37 replies · 1,266+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 9/17/06 | KATHRYN SHATTUCK Adam Berger and Stephen Frank By KATHRYN SHATTUCK THEY had been close friends for years, first at college and later in New York, but now Adam Berger was baring his soul to Stephen Frank. “I have news: I don’t play on your team,” he said, adapting the line from “Seinfeld.” They had gotten to know each other as freshmen at Harvard. As college progressed, they became best friends, dated women and ultimately became suite mates. They bickered, they quibbled, they finished each other’s sentences practically before the one speaking knew what he was actually going to say. So much...
  • Feel blue, say "I do" as weddings boost mood: study

    08/13/2006 3:37:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 290+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 8/13/06 | Helen Chernikoff
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Lonely? Feeling low? Try taking a walk -- down the aisle. Getting married enhances mental health, especially if you're depressed, according to a new U.S. study. The benefits of marriage for the depressed are particularly dramatic, a finding that surprised the professor-student team behind the study. "We actually found the opposite of what we expected," said Adrianne Frech, a PhD sociology student at Ohio State University who conducted the study with Kristi Williams, an assistant professor of sociology. They expected to find that one spouse's depression weighed too much on the marriage, but "just mattering to...
  • (Vanity) Political Limerick 08-03-2006

    08/03/2006 7:53:34 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 300+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 08-03-2006 | grey_whiskers
    See for example this thread first. A theme park cancels "Muslim Day" (Just not enough interest, they say.) A park full of burkhas And some derka-derkas(*) Islam's almost as PC as "gay"!