Friday, May 31, 2013
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Two Oregon bakers who refused service to gay couples citing their religious beliefs are not bothered by other occasions frowned upon by some Christians.
In separate incidents separated by three months, the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa in Gresham and Fleur Cakes in Hood River received national media attention after each refused a request for a wedding cake from a lesbian couple. (Gay and lesbian couples can enter a domestic partnership in Oregon.)
“We don't do same-sex weddings,” Aaron Kelin, the owner of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, reportedly told the couple.
“I believe I have the liberty to live by my principles,” Pam Regentin, owner of Fleur Cakes, told KATU.
Alternative weekly Willamette Week contacted each bakery to order cakes for other occasions disapproved of by some Christians, including divorce and a baby being born out of wedlock.
When Willamette Week anonymously inquired about such celebrations, neither bakery refused service.
“My friend is getting divorced and we'd like to throw her a little party to mark the start of her life,” the paper said in contacting the bakeries. “Do you ever write messages on those – we'd want it to say 'congratulations'! – and how much would it be for a cake that could serve about eight people?”
“We can definitely do something like that,” a Sweet Cakes by Melissa representative said.
Fleur Cakes quoted prices then added that advanced noticed was necessary because “June and July is very busy.”
Other inquiries included providing baked goods for celebrations surrounding stem-cell research, a non-kosher barbecue and a pagan solstice party.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Supporters of the bill have argued that the state lacks laws giving clear guidelines on the governing of such births, and have asserted that current gaps in guidelines could lead to legal problems for surrogate mothers, their spouses, and the intended parents of a child.
The bill includes a clause, which specifies that the “intended parents” of a child must be married, under laws recognised by the state. The Louisiana Constitution specifies that marriage “shall consist only of the union of one man and one woman.”
Smith said on Monday that he is against the amendment added in the House by Republican Representative Frank Hoffman, which would cause the bill to become void in the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), is overturned by the Supreme Court in a decision expected by the end of June.
He went on to say that even after the conference committee “rewords”, the bill, that he intended it to ”still keep [marriage] defined as what Louisiana believes,” he said, referring to the state Constitution which specifies marriage as between “one man and one woman”.
The bill has already proven to be divisive, and is opposed by both conservative religious, and more left-leaning groups, meaning it is backed by a mix of proponents, however it has been widely supported so far.
The National Organisation for Women has said the bill discriminates against same-sex and unmarried couples, however on the other end of the spectrum, the conservative Louisiana Family Forum, is against surrogacy full stop.
The bill was passed in the House last week with overwhelming support, however it will be reworded by the committee, before returning to both chambers for final debate.
Not content with denying equality in marriage to gays, the religious homophobes in Louisiana are now attempting to dictate our right to propagate...would love to see how they will attempt to enforce this one!
The wedding of the first gay couple to marry in France was broadcast live throughout the nation on Wednesday.
Vincent Autin and Bruno Boileau were married in the southern gay-friend town of Montpellier by Mayor Helene Mandroux.
The men said “oui” and then shared several public kisses.
A small group of protesters who had gathered behind city hall were scared away by police, the AP reported.
On the eve of the law's start, tens of thousands of protesters gathered in Paris to demand its repeal. In incidents on Saturday and again on Sunday, police detained several hundred activists who refused to disperse.
Speaking to CNN before the ceremony, the men discussed what the law means to them.
“When French children are born into this world, they are born with the same rights as everyone else,” Vincent Autin said. “But from the moment you said you were a homosexual, society deprived you of some of those rights just because you were a homosexual. Today, the French republic has given these rights back to us. Ones they had taken away. And they have put an end to an institutional discrimination.”
The couple added that they plan to start a family.