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Reportedly (and midst a flurry of disagreements) France is considering a ban on the words 'mother' and 'father' from various official documents.  Why?  To more fully embrace gay & lesbian households!  -Of course this might also translate to single-parent households as well, which would also be forward-thinking given current statistics.

In my opinion, writing 'parent' instead - a term that obviously leaves out any connotations of gender or gender identity, is an excellent way to build on the momentum toward broader equality for all people.

My compliments to mes amies en le Republique francaise!


If the Federal Supreme Court takes up Proposition 8, where will that lead us?  Where will it take the definition of marriage?

Certainly, the Court will rule in favor of civil rights, which means that gay and lesbian couples will win the right to marry throughout the USA.  A wonderful victory, indeed!

And, it is likely that the Court will also include language that will allow religious institutions to decide for themselves whether or not they will recognize same-gender commitments.

This makes sense.

And, in my mind, this makes the victory even sweeter!  -In effect ,this will be a new Federal mandate outlining the separation of church & state.

This would not be new.  Right now, "marriage" by definition is a legal relationship as outlined by civil laws.  There are no legally binding religious connotations.  Yet a ruling by the Federal Supreme Court would cement this even more solidly within the minds of the general public.

And thus, perhaps "Civil Unions" would actually become the law of the land, rather than 'marriage'...  both for LGBT couples as well as for heterosexual couples. 

Hmm.  Something interesting to consider.



I had the pleasure of speaking on the phone today to one of our long-time members of  Pastor April Gismondi of the Church of Ancient Ways.  She initially joined our resources at RainbowWeddingNetwork back in 2003, and had already been officiating for gay & lesbian couples for many years prior to that.  She is so enthused about supporting our community!

4605April is not only passionate about equal rights, she is also very knowledgeable about the logistics of putting together your ideal ceremony.  If you've chosen her as your officiant, you & your guests will enjoy a spiritually meaningful and authentic celebration... and you'll also have the opportunity of benefitting from her insights about those important details such as which partner will stand on the left or right... and why it's a good choice.  She'll add lightness and joy to your day as well, and and the kind of genuine support that comes from many years of experience.

As April says, she was serving gay & lesbian couples long before legal recognition - she realizes just how important the ceremony truly is for each and every couple who has waited so long for this special and historic moment.

If you are marrying in Long Island NY... be sure to consider reaching out to Pastor Gismondi!  She definitely has a strong endorsement from RWN!

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