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04/19/2007


Watch: Randy Rainbow the Morning After the Royal Wedding

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Randy Rainbow compares morning after notes with various other Royal Wedding participants.

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Priest Flips For The Royal Couple

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The verger was caught on camera at the end of yesterday's lavish wedding performing a couple of impressive cartwheels at Westminster Abbey. Watch, AFTER THE JUMP.

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Royal Wedding Invite Declined by Crown Prince of Bahrain After Objection from Gay Rights Activists and Other Groups

The Crown Prince of Bahrain Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa has declined an invitation to Britain's Royal Wedding following controversy over his inclusion on the invite list:

Alkhalifa The prince said he had delayed sending his regrets, hoping for the situation in Bahrain to improve before Prince William and Kate Middleton marry on April 29, his office said in a statement.

He said the British media had "misrepresented" his stance and "clearly sought to involve my potential attendance as a political proxy for wider matters involving Bahrain".

Media reports had speculated that the prince would withdraw to avoid embarrassment after the bloody crackdown on mainly Shia Muslim protesters in Bahrain left at least 24 people dead.

Rights groups had criticized Al-Khalifa as well as several other foreign leaders who are on the invite list to Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding, AFP reports:

Anti-monarchy campaign group Republic hit out at inclusion of royals from not only Bahrain but also Saudi Arabia, Oman, Brunei, Qatar, Swaziland, Lesotho, Bhutan and Kuwait.

"This guest list reads like a 'Who's Who' of tyrants and their cronies," Republic chief Graham Smith said.

"Whatever happened to William's supposedly strong social conscience? He must take personal responsibility for this and rescind the invitations immediately."

Leading gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell said the invitations of "royal tyrants" from Bahrain, Swaziland and Saudi Arabia were a "massive misjudgement".

St James's Palace said it had sought advice from Britain's foreign ministry on guests from abroad.


Royal Wedding Protest for Marriage Equality at Buckingham Palace

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Supporters of marriage equality are rallying this morning at Buckingham Palace as I post this. At the event, organized by Equal Love UK and Outrage!, demonstrators will present a giant wedding card to William and Kate.

They write: William_kate

As well as wishing the royal couple every happiness, they will also highlight the fact that William and Kate can marry, but same-sex couples can’t. The Buckingham Palace event will urge the royal couple to support moves to end the ban on gay marriage. We want equal marriage rights for all couples, regardless of sexual orientation.

Said the card:

"Congratulations William and Kate on your Wedding Day. We wish you a happy life together. You can get married, gay people can't. We are banned by law. We ask you to support marriage equality. Equal=Love."

Tatchell Said activist Peter Tatchell, organizer of the event:

Our event will urge the royal couple to support moves to end the ban on gay marriage. We want equal marriage rights for all couples, regardless of sexual orientation.  Kate and William had a choice. They could get married, or not. Same-sex couples don’t have this choice. We are banned from marriage by law. Even if you don’t agree with marriage, the prohibition on gay marriage is homophobic and should be overturned. Don’t let the government dictate that LGBTI people can’t get married.  The 25 April is not a celebration of the monarchy or marriage (many of us are critical of both). It is an affirmation of our opposition to discrimination in marriage law. We want to show our support for the right of everyone to be able to choose whether or not to get married."

Tatchell has staged similar protests (above) at the wedding events of Charles and Camilla.

(image via twitter squeever)


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