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Louisiana Church Kicks Out AA Group Over Concerns It Will Be Forced to Perform Gay Weddings: VIDEO

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A church in Keithville, Louisiana has severed its five year relationship with Alcoholics Anonymous over concerns that the church may be forced to publicly accommodate a same-sex wedding in the future. In a letter sent to AA, Westwood Baptist Church pastor David Venable said that the group would need to find another place to meet, KSLA reports:

"As I am sure you are aware, God's church, his written word, and its values and principles have come under a constant and aggressive attack from the homosexual and lesbian community," the letter begins, before going on to say that "Churches and Christian businesses alike, across our nation, are being forced, by our legal system, to accommodate these groups in the use of their buildings/facilities to perform marriage ceremonies, receptions, etc." due to a court decision they say was based on the fact the churches and business were accepting and accommodating other public entities, and therefore must also accommodate the homosexual and lesbian community."

Church officials say they aren't turning anyone away from the church and all people are free to worship at the church, but Pastor David Venable says in order to stay in line with God's word, the church had to make a tough and carefully considered decision.

CritcherPeople Acting for Change and Equality political director Adrienne Critcher [right] slammed the church's decision, saying "They say they are not out to get anyone but they singled out homosexuals as having some agenda that they are trying to force on the Baptist Church."

Venable added that while the letter could have been worded differently, he was only acting on the advice of an anti-gay article published in the Louisiana Baptist Church Message.

Since Louisiana remains one of the 29 states where it is entirely legal to discriminate against gays and lesbians in public accommodations, I suppose Venable is just being precautious. 

Watch a KSLA news report on the story, AFTER THE JUMP...

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New York Wedding Venue Owners Who Discriminated Against Gay Couple: 'We're Not Hateful People' - VIDEO

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The owners of Liberty Ridge, the wedding venue fined $13,000 by the New York State Division of Human Rights last month for refusing to allow a same-sex couple access to the facilities, are speaking out about the case in a new video for the conservative publication The Daily Signal.

Said Cynthia Gifford:

"We have hired homosexuals. We have hosted parties for same-sex couples. That's not the issue here. The issue is back to our freedom of religion - of our core values...We're not hateful people. We open our doors for a certain part of the year to everyone to come and enjoy God's country that we're so blessed to live on. And in no way would we ever turn anybody away from the farm. We just believe that marriage is between a man and a woman and we don't want to hold a marriage ceremony here on our farm because the state tells us we have to."

Watch the video, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Gay Wedding Video Of The Day: Matthew And Tom's Countryside Vows - WATCH

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Matthew and Tom exchanged vows by a lake, released balloons into the sky, and danced under the stars; best of all, they caught it all on tape so we can cheer and get teary right alongside them! They are clearly a beloved couple, with a wonderful group of friends and family supporting them. Their gorgeous countryside wedding is just the icing on the cake. 

Our best wishes to the lucky twosome: here's to many more years of love! 

Check out the matrimony, AFTER THE JUMP...

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CA Assemblyman Tom Ammiano Marries Carolis Deal: VIDEO

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Longtime LGBT rights activist and friend of Harvey Milk Tom Ammiano recently wed partner Carolis Deal in San Francisco. Ammiano, a California assemblyman, reportedly brought guests together at the Delancey Street Foundation without too many clues as to the precise nature of the event. From the San Francisco Sentinel:

So after several songs from jazz singer Paula West starting out with “Thanks for the Memories” and including “Anything Goes” and “Night and Day” both by Cole Porter, there was a video of Tom accomplishments as a political leader at the Board of Supervisors and at the State legislature. After his response to the video Tom introduced Harry Britt and announced that Harry would preside over his wedding to Carolis Deal

Watch a video tribute shown at the wedding, chronicling Ammiano's many accomplishments over the years, AFTER THE JUMP...

(Photo via Twitter)

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Key & Peele Explain What To Expect At A Gay Wedding: VIDEO

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The comedic duo is back with new episodes of their Comedy Central show. In anticipation of tonight's season opener, they released a teaser trailer taking a hilarious look at expectations surrounding gay weddings.

Watch as they go over gay hymns, the straight and the gay sides of the aisle, whether to throw cous cous instead of rice, and more, AFTER THE JUMP...

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CALIFORNIA: Police Investigate 'Nasty' Homophobic Slurs At Gay Wedding, Locals Come To The Rescue - VIDEO

Oscar De Las Salas and his partner of seven years, Gary Jackson

Police have announced that they intend to investigate after Arizonans Oscar De Las Salas and Gary Jackson had their August 17th California wedding ruined by homophobic slurs coming from the balcony of a nearby condo complex, reports ABC 10 News.

De Las Salas, Jackson and thirty guests had gathered in Centennial Park, Coronado to exchange vows. However, cellphone footage shows the officiant standing in front of the couple while someone is shouting the words "homos" and "go home homos."

De Las Salas has since received a call from Coronado police who are aiming to determine if the attack was free speech or threatening speech and a hate crime.

CaResponding to Jackson, who said that the abuser “took a chunk of what should have been a beautiful day and turned it into something nasty and full of hate,” Coronado local Alisa Kerr and a group of her friends have offered to throw the couple a vow renewal party.

"We wanted to make it right," said Kerr. “We didn't want that to be a reflection of Coronado. We take a lot of pride in being helpful, kind, generous and accepting. Let's celebrate their love and show them people are one thing that makes Coronado a special place to be."

Kerr added that Loews Coronado Bay Resort, several bands and restaurants and a wedding planner have volunteered their services.

De Las Salas has received more than 2,000 supportive emails since the initial report.

Watch his reaction on being told about Kerr’s offer, AFTER THE JUMP...

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