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04/19/2007


TSA Changes Policy To Accommodate Gay Couples

Cesar Zapata and Hunter Carter

The security theater organization that is the TSA has made some changes to their screening processes and will now recognize same-sex couples and screen them together in the same way that opposite-sex couples are, the Washington Blade reports.

The change was prompted by a recent trio of incidents involving American Airlines personnel separating partners during security screenings and check-ins at the airport, most recently César Zapata and Hunter Carter, pictured above, as they attempted to fly out of Medellin in Colombia.

An American Airlines representative said of one of the incidents that the employee “followed existing security screening rules mandated by the [TSA]." Tomás Georgi, one of the victims in a different incident, said American Airlines Director of Customer Relations Tim Rhodes “dismissed my complaints as the fault of TSA and took no responsibility.” TSA has now taken that excuse away from any airline with their new screening procedures. Of course all of these problems would be avoided altogether if the TSA were abolished given that it serves no functional purpose in terms of enhancing security, but until that day gay couples will be entitled to equal indignities as those of their heterosexual counterparts.


Houston Mayor Annise Parker Marries Longtime Partner Kathy Hubbard in Palm Springs

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Houston Mayor Annise Parker married her longtime partner Kathy Hubbard in a sunset ceremony in Palm Springs, California Thursday, the Houston Chronicle reports:

The ceremony, held at sunset at a private home, was attended by a small group of family and friends of the couple, including Parker's mother and Hubbard's sister, according to a statement from Parker's office.

"This is a very happy day for us," said Parker, the first openly gay mayor of a major U.S. city. "We have had to wait a very long time to formalize our commitment to each other. Kathy has been by my side for more than two decades, helping to raise a family, nurture my political career and all of the other ups and down and life events that come with a committed relationship."

Tweeted Parker:

I am privileged to now be the wife of the woman I have loved for more than 2 decades. I couldn't be happier. We said our vows today.-A

The vows were performed by Rev. Paul Fromberg, a friend and the partner of Parker's political consultant Grant Martin.

Though Parker had previously said that she wouldn't marry until it was legal in Texas, she changed her mind. It was reported in late December that she would marry in California.

Watch KXAN's and KHOU's report on the nuptials, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Gay Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) to Marry Partner of 21 Years

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) is engaged to marry his longtime partner Randy Florke, the Times-Herald Record reports:

MaloneySpokeswoman Stephanie Formas confirmed that Florke proposed to Maloney this past Christmas Day. The two have been together for 21 years and have three children together.

“After 21 years together, we are excited for the next step in our journey as a family. For decades, we've fought to ensure that all families can experience the joys of loving commitment and we are proud to have our friends and family share this special moment with us in the near future," read a statement provided by Formas.

Maloney referenced his relationship shortly after the Supreme Court struck down DOMA:

“I called my partner, Randy, of 21 years to tell him about the decision and to congratulate him and I really couldn’t get the words out. And I realized in that moment that it was the first time in 21 years, 20 of those years spent raising our 3 amazing children, that I wasn’t talking to him as someone who was seen as less than in the eyes of my own country’s laws.”

The paper adds:

Maloney, a first-term Congressman is facing a potential rematch against Nan Hayworth this year, a one-term Republican he defeated in 2012. As on November 2013, the 18th Congressional District had a Democratic enrollment edge of about 14,500 voters , with a little less than a quarter unaffiliated.

Maloney came under criticism in recent months for his votes with Republicans that precipitated and upheld the government shutdown, an action which earned him and Rep. Kyrsten Sinema the brand of "queer conservadems" from HuffPost editor and activist Michelangelo Signorile.

 


Actor Maulik Pancholy Gets Engaged to Longtime Partner at Taj Mahal: PHOTO

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30 Rock and Weeds actor Maulik Pancholy, who quietly came out of the closet last November in an OUT magazine profile, announced his engagement last night to his longtime partner Ryan Corvaia.

Tweeted Pancholy: "It only took 9 years but it's official! Just got engaged at the Taj Mahal to @Ryan_Corvaia! YEEEESSSS!"

Congrats!


Lily Tomlin Weds Longtime Partner on New Year's Eve

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Actress Lily Tomlin (left) and longtime partner Jane Wagner (right) were married in a low-key ceremony on New Year’s Eve in NYC.

Out reports the couple met in March of 1971 when the two collaborated on Tomlin's comedy album and have since worked on a number of projects together.

No word yet on if the two dressed up as chickens for the ceremony, as Tomlin had joked about earlier this year. 

Congrats to the newlyweds!


Ricky Martin and Partner Carlos González Abella Split

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Ricky Martin and his longtime partner Carlos González Abella have split, El Nuevo Día reports:

The separation from González Abella comes just a few weeks after the artist acknowledged to Agencia EFE that he hoped to get married in Spain. Martin obtained Spanish citizenship two years ago, although he was born in Puerto Rico and considers himself a boricua.

Martin is currently a coach on the television show “The Voice Australia”.

Martin said he would not be commenting publicly on the break-up.


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