Mexico City sees 271 weddings of same-sex couples in 4 months

Mexico City has seen 271 gay and lesbian couples get married since the capital enacted the first law in Latin America explicitly honoring marriages of same-sex couples.

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Voice for Equality: Rabbi Peter Knobel

Rabbi Peter S. Knobel has been the spiritual leader at Beth Emet Synagogue in Evanston, Illinois since 1980, encouraging stimulating interaction between clergy and congregants with the goal of infusing deeper Jewish meaning into the lives of individual members and the community as a whole. In addition to his congregational responsibilities, Rabbi Knobel serves in leadership roles in the Reform movement on a national level as well as being actively involved in the Chicago-area community.

In July of 2010, Lisa Black profiled Rabbi Peter Knobel who described himself as a "former homophobe" who now works as an LGBT advocate and has officiated at two weddings for lesbian couples.

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Video: Woman sues church for honoring the freedom to marry, reconsiders later

The story of Covenant Baptist Church in Washington DC performing marriages for same-sex couples under the strong leadership of Revs. Christine and Dennis Wiley.

A member of the congregation initially sued to get a portion of her weekly donations back ($250,000) as a personal protest against the freedom to marry, but eventually dropped her lawsuit.

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Prop. 8 backers target existing 18,000 marriages of same-sex couples in California

As the trial over California's prohibition on the freedom to marry enters its final stage today, the ban's sponsors are urging the judge to go a step further and revoke state recognition of the existing marriages of 18,000 gay and lesbian couples who wed before voters passed Proposition 8.

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Two weddings, a divorce and ‘Glee’

Frank Rich discusses the Prop 8 trial in California: "Gays are far from the only Americans still facing discrimination, but as [David] Boies said when I interviewed him about the Prop 8 case last week, the ban on the freedom to marry 'is the last area in which the state is taking an active role in enforcing discrimination.'”

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Online competition begins for all-expense paid same sex wedding

In honor of the passage of the DC Marriage Equality Act, a group of prominent Washington-area wedding vendors have teamed up to offer a same sex couple the wedding of a lifetime, valued at over $100,000.

The first of its kind – Freedom2Wed – is an online wedding competition for same sex couples.

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DC Marriage Profile: ‘I made her talk to me and open up.’

Ellen McCarthy profiles a lesbian couple, Kevia Shepard and Shannette Matthews, who recently were married in Washington, D.C.

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Rush: ‘Congrats on #4 from those of us who can’t have 1’

In response to Rush Limbaugh's fourth wedding over the weekend, web site hired a plane to fly over the wedding site towing a banner that read "Rush: Congrats on your 4th marriage. XO, Gawker."

The message on the banner was chosen from suggestions made by readers which included: "This time he really means it," "Wishing you months of bliss," and the ironic freedom to marry angle: "Congrats on #4 from those of us who can't have 1."

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Lesbian couple weds in Portugal’s first marriage of a same-sex couple

A lesbian couple wed Monday in Portugal's first ceremony for a same-sex couple since the predominantly Catholic country introduced a law honoring the freedom to marry last month.

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Looking back on the hoopla

On the eve of this weekend’s Black Pride festivities, the Blade checked in with two of the first same-sex couples who wed here in March to find out how they’re doing now that the hoopla has subsided, how they’ve fared as gay or lesbian couples among their black friends and families and their thoughts on the importance of Black Pride.

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