This month, Irish Quakers voted ‘yes’ to hosting same-sex weddings; fears grow that some gay rights legislation may be reversed in America after the appointment of a new Supreme Court Judge; and Cuba could become the next country to legalise same-sex marriage.
Irish Quakers & Gay Weddings
In their yearly meeting, which took place this month, Irish Quakers in Belfast agreed to host same-sex weddings. British Quakers were one of the first religious groups to campaign for gay marriage in 2009. View more on this story at the Belfast Telegraph
Reversal of gay rights legislation?
American Supreme Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who has replaced Justice Anthony Kennedy, is more conservative than his predecessor and some fear he may turn back gay rights legislation. However, none of Kavanaugh’s court opinions deal with LGBT issues so we don’t know how he’ll decide. Kennedy has a history of being a swing vote in pivotal LGBT-related cases – for example, he ‘authored the opinion’ of a court that protected gays, lesbians and bisexuals under the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment (Romer V. Evans, 1996). View more on newsy.com
Time for Change in Cuba
Cuba’s new constitution could change the definition of marriage, opening it up to same-sex couples. According to the state newspaper Granma, marriage would be defined by the constitution as ‘voluntary and consensual union between two people without distinction of sex’. While it may not allow gay weddings to happen immediately, it could ‘significantly ease the process for any future legistlative or legal advance’.
Homosexuality has been legal in Cuba since 1979, however there is little in the way of protection for LGBT people and no rights for gay couples. Under Fidel Castro, homosexuality was seen as ‘counter-revolutionary’, but his brother, Raul Castro, President of Cuba, is set to instigate change following pleas from his daughter, Mariela Castro, a leading gay rights campaigners in the country. Read more at pinknews.co.uk
Wedding Trends July 2018
If you enjoy fashion (and have an ample wallet), you might want to take note of this new wedding trend, sparked by Meghan Markle. Yes, since Meghan stepped out in a second dress before her reception, figures are indicating that more newly weds are opting for a pre-celebration costume change, too. Even Princess Eugine’s at it. View more at Town and Country