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Isle of Man: Overseas Same-Sex Marriages To Be Recognized As Civil Partnerships

Isle of man to recognize overseas same sex marriage as civil partnerships

The Isle of Man, a British crown dependency, is to treat overseas same-sex marriages as civil partnerships. As a crown dependency - self-governing possessions of the British crown - the Isle of Man maintains full autonomy.

Although same-sex marriage is legal in England and Wales, and will be introduced in Scotland later this year, it is still illegal in the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, and Northern Ireland.

According to Manx Policy and Reform Minister Chris Robertshaw, overseas same-sex marriages should be recognised only as civil partnerships.

Robertshaw added that fifty relationships from other countries - including domestic partnerships in some U.S. states and civil partnerships in Ireland and Jersey - will be treated as civil partnerships.

Representative Zac Hall raised concerns that the list included relationships which were not as formal as a civil partnership. Hall has asked for the list to be withdrawn for further examination.


British Grocers Fortnum & Mason Celebrate Pride With Subtle Grammatical Joke

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Who knew an apostrophe could be so queenly? Brit grocers Fortnum & Mason, apparently. After decades of association with the British royal family, the posh, 150-year-old grocery store shed its image of stately majesty for an ad in Gay Pride magazine in the lead up to London Pride this weekend. 

Stephen Fry took notice and, appreciative of the grammatical expertise, tweeted an image of the ad with the comment: "See @Fortnums advertisement for Gay Pride magazine this week. Note the apostrophe & that hot bit of crumpet, phwor!"

Well played, F&M. Well played. 


Gay Pair Are British Zoo's 'Best Penguin Parents'

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We all know that same-sex penguin pairings have shown themselves to be proud, and successful, parents to little penguin chicks. Zoos around the world, from China to Ireland, Israel to New York City, have reported on the happy duos. Now, a couple of avian papas, Jumbs and Kermit, are raising a youngster abandoned by its mother after the father refused to help incubate the fragile egg. According to zookeepers at Wingham Wildlife Park, the two dads are doing a bang up job.

BBC News reports:

Park owner Tony Binskin said: "These two have so far proven to be two of the best penguin parents we have had yet."

Jumbs and Kermit were first seen pairing up in 2012, leaving two females without mates.

"Whilst it was nice to see two of our birds pair up, it actually meant that we were left with not two but four birds unable to reproduce within our collection," Mr Binskin said.

In fact, the male-male pair was part of the reason Hurricane, the quick-to-leave father of the new chick, was brought into the zoo, to reproduce with the female penguins. Despite the ensuing difficulties, zookeepers are happy to have the devoted dads amongst their penguin population.

Mr Binskin said: "Whilst pair bonding often results in no result other than eliminating those two animals from the breeding population of that species, in captivity it can have greatly positive effects.

"We are still very much starting our breeding efforts with this species, and this is only our second year of breeding, but having such good surrogate parents available should we need them is a huge bonus for us."

Cheers to Jumbs and Kermit!

Photo via Wingham Wildlife Park.


Cute, Scruffy Magician Wows Judges On 'Britain's Got Talent' - VIDEO

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Memorize this name: Darcy Oake. Why? Because he could possibly become the next big thing in magic right up there with Criss Angel and David Copperfield.

He stunned the judges of Britain’s Got Talent by magically producing doves out of thin air, and that’s not the only trick the scruffy 26-year-old magician has up his sleeve…

Watch his stunning performance AFTER THE JUMP…

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Anti-Gay Street Preacher Awarded $21,650 For Wrongful Imprisonment

On September 17 of 2011, John Craven — a 57-year-old Christian preacher — was arrested by a mounted policeman in Manchester, England for “harassment and distress” when during a public soapbox sermon he told two gay teenagers that homosexuality is a sin and that God “hates sin, he loves the sinner.”

CravenAccording to Mr. Craven, “he was kept in cells for almost 15 hours where he was denied food, water and access to medication for his rheumatoid arthritis.” 

He was recently awarded a £13,000 ($21,650) out-of-court settlement over allegations of “wrongful arrest, false imprisonment and breach of human rights” by Manchester police.

Craven said:

“I preach the gospel which means good news and the love of God for all. The actions of the police have left me feeling nervous and anxious. I found the whole episode extremely distressing.

“It appears that the actions of the police were calculated to give me and other street preachers the impression that we could not preach the gospel in public without breaking the law and if we did we would be arrested.”

Alan Greene of the Greater Manchester Police said, “We can acknowledge that we did make mistakes and kept the claimant in custody for too long.”

The settlement comes “after a three-year battle that cost him more than £50,000 in legal expenses.”


'Our Gay Wedding: The Musical' to Hit British TV Tonight: VIDEO

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In early March we reported that Stephen Fry was set to narrate a television special called Our Gay Wedding: The Musical on the UK's Channel 4 shortly after marriage equality went into effect in Britain.

The show is airing tonight, with mysic and lyrics written by the couple being wed, composer Benjamin Till and actor Nathan Taylor, and group numbers to be performed by the couples' guests (and with several special appearances).

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GaymuseThe wedding took place on Saturday at London's Alexandra Palace, Metro reports:

They tied the knot on Saturday with The Feeling singing The Beach Boys’ God Only Knows as they walked up the aisle. Then Erasure’s Andy Bell sang Respect. And Stephen Fry introduced the proceedings.

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The mothers, meanwhile, sing a beautiful duet about their emotions as their sons came out. It’s enough to melt the iciest of hearts. The songs are ridiculously catchy, too. The show’s commissioning editor, John Hay, said he just can’t get the tunes out of his head. ‘They’re real earworms,’ he told Metro.co.uk.

The only part of the ceremony that had to be spoken were the declarations.

The law simply doesn’t allow these to be sung. So, had the grooms said something wrong, or even just mumbled slightly, the registrar (who also sang, of course), would have had to put them right.

Afterwards Mr Till described the experience as ‘beautiful and surreal’ while Mr Taylor, who met his other half 12 years ago, told Metro.co.uk it was ‘the most magical, intense, enjoyable, moving, emotional event anyone could ever wish for’.

Watch the trailer and a couple sneak peeks, AFTER THE JUMP...

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