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Thursday, July 20, 2017

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Looks Like They Made It!

Barry Manilow and his longtime manager Garry Kief tied the knot last year in a private ceremony. "It was a surprise," a friend of the couple says of the wedding, which was held at Manilow's Palm Springs, California, home and attended by "20 to 30 guests" who had been told they were attending a "lunch."  "It's a beautiful love affair that has lasted more than 30 years," a source said.

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13-year-old Tom Sosnik, wearing a tallit and holding a kiddush cup, marked a transition into manhood with a special ceremony at his Jewish day school. He wasn't celebrating receiving a first prayer book or a first Bible, or graduating from one grade to another. He wasn't really observing his bar mitzvah, either. In what was a decidedly nontraditional event, the short-haired teenager was publicly marking his gender transition from girl to boy.

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Sosnik's Jewish ritualized coming out as transgender in front of classmates, teachers and family at the Tehiyah Day School in El Cerrito, California, is believed to be the first time that a Jewish day school has sanctioned and performed such a ceremony. It hasn't gone without notice.

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An Indiana law that could make it easier for religious conservatives to refuse service to gay couples touched off storms of protest from the worlds of arts, business and college athletics and opened an emotional new debate in the emerging campaign for president.

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Passage of the Republican-led measure, described by advocates as protecting basic religious freedom, drew fierce denunciations from technology companies, threats of a boycott from actors and expressions of dismay from the N.C.A.A., which is based in Indianapolis and will hold its men's basketball Final Four games there beginning next weekend. "We are especially concerned about how this legislation could affect our student-athletes and employees," said the president of the N.C.A.A., Mark Emmert. By Friday, March 27, 2015 influential national leaders, including Hillary Rodham Clinton and Tim Cook, the chief executive of Apple, had weighed in against the law, calling it a disappointing invitation to discriminate.

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Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant, together almost 31 years, said their vows before Rabbi Kerry Baker while standing in front of the Travis County Clerk's Office sign on Airport Boulevard.  The couple was denied a license in the same office building eight years ago. But on Thursday, February 18, 2015, state District Judge David Wahlberg, petitioned by a lawyer for Goodfriend and Bryant, ordered Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir to grant the couple a marriage license.

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he Supreme Court has denied a request for an extension of the stay of the 11th Circuit ruling striking down the state's gay marriage ban which expired on February 9, 2015.

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Alabama Same Sex Marriage 

The SCOTUS vote was 7-2 with Scalia and Thomas dissenting.  Gay couples are already lining up at courthouses around Alabama and weddings will begin imminently.   The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals had denied the state Attorney General's request for a stay on a judge's ruling allowing same-sex marriage in Alabama, clearing the way for same-sex marriage to begin.