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In Which Countries is Gay Marriage Legal?

In 2001, The Netherlands became the first country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage. Since then many others have followed suit bringing the current total (in April 2019) to 28. 
In Which Countries is Gay Marriage Legal? 
Argentina (2010)Australia (2017)AustriaBelgium (2003)Brazil (2013)Canada (2005)Columbia (2011)Denmark (2012)England (2014)Finland (2017)France (2013)Germany (2017)Iceland (2010)Ireland (2015)Luxembourg (2014)Malta (2017)Mexico (2009)Netherlands (2001)New Zealand (2013)Norway (2009)Portugal (2010)Scotland (2014)South Africa (2006)Spain (2005)Sweden (2009)United States (2015)Uruguay (2012)Wales (2014)
We’re hopeful that 2019, 2020 and beyond will see more countries legalising gay marriage and allowing gay couples the same relationship rights as heterosexuals. 
Where Might Gay Marriage become Legal in 2019?

Japanese LGBTQ campaigners have taken their case to a hearing, but it’s likely that Taiwan will be the first Asian country to allow same-sex marriage after its hi…

Should You Invite a Homophobic Relative to Your Gay Wedding?

It doesn’t matter whether you’re planning a straight, gay or bi wedding – families can make things difficult.  LGBTQ couples have the additional headache of deciding whether or not to invite relatives that don’t support same-sex marriage.  It’s hurtful and it adds additional pressure and stress onto what is already a difficult time of planning. 

When you’re curating your guest list the question is: should you invite a homophobic relative to your gay wedding?  
No – that’s our gut reaction.  
If someone can’t give you 100% love and support on your wedding day, then they shouldn’t be there. For some couples, it’s as straightforward as that.  
But it isn’t always that simple, is it?
It rarely is when family are involved.  Only you can decide whether or not that person (or those people) deserves to be a guest at your wedding.  You hold the power.  You’re the inviter-in-chief.  But before you make a decision, there are a few things that you might like to consider first.

How Homophobic is the Pe…

Survey Reveals the Most Places to Propose in 2019

Anyone with a social media account knows the saying “location, location, location” is as true for romance as it is for real estate. Eager to uncover the most romantic places to pop the question, premium dating site EliteSingles asked 1600 people for their opinion on proposal destinations, romantic getaways and their thoughts on the modern proposal in the 21st Century.

Venice knocks Paris off the top spot as the most romantic place to propose in 2019

Hawaii, The Bahamas and Fiji round out the top 5

‘At home' makes it into top 10 places to propose!

1 in 5 men would prefer to be proposed to

True romance: The most romantic place can be a person, not only a location

While it’s certainly no surprise to see romantic European cities at the top of the list, the top 12 destinations certainly reveal a lot about the locations couples want to have associated with their big moment. Particularly interesting was the shunning of a flashy locale in favour of familiar turf with a couple's home beating…

Cayman Islands Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

The Cayman Islands has legalised same-sex marriage after a court ruled that its gay wedding ban was unconstitutional. 
The Cayman Islands are a British Overseas Territory in the Caribbean Sea between Cuba and Jamaica. Despite abundant natural beauty and wall-to-wall sunshine, the islands are probably best known as being a tax haven for the super-rich.
Last week, the islands were put on the map for something altogether more heart-warming: the right for individuals to marry regardless of sexuality.

Chantelle Day and Vickie Bodden applied to be married in 2018 but were turned down on account of their sexuality.  According to Reuters, Chantelle Day was denied a spousal visa and was not recognised as the legal mother of the couple’s adopted daughter. What the case proves is that legalising same-sex marriage isn’t only about allowing two people to become wife and wife or husband and husband but about giving couples access to the raft of spousal benefits and legal entitlements that heterosex…

What Are the Traditional Wedding Anniversary Gifts By Year?

The wedding is over. The confetti has been swept up and the tables tidied away.  The gifts have been opened. The thank you cards sent out.  The wedding day might be over but the marriage is just beginning.
Weddings are easy.  It’s what comes next that’s hard.
Celebrating the strength of someone’s relationship in the face of so many other failed marriages (1 in 3 marriages now end in divorce), is a kind thing to do for anyone who loved you enough to invite you to their ceremony in the first place.
Buying traditional wedding anniversary gifts by year might seem old fashioned but there’s something quite quaint about celebrating another year of someone’s marriage with a time-honoured present.
But buying a wedding anniversary gift is tough.  What do you buy people who probably already have everything they need?Do you give something more modern like cash or vouchers?Or is that too impersonal? Do you even buy a present at all?  It’s another expense you could do without, surely, and one you mig…

Ashridge House: A Gorgeous Hertfordshire Wedding Venue

Ashridge House is NOT your average wedding venue
It was Henry VIII’s Royal Residence.It’s a Grade I listed building set in 190 acres of gardens and woodland.And it’s only 30 minutes from London.
Ask someone what their dream wedding venue looks like and most people will probably describe somewhere similar to Hertfordshire’s Ashridge House.  We get the impression that it’s pretty impossible to over-hype this venue. 
If the house’s exterior takes your breath away, then don’t expect to catch another one inside either.  There are 9 reception rooms available to use as ceremony spaces.  There’s even a grand sweeping staircase, too, and a terrace overlooking the gorgeous gardens.  
Ashridge House takes the romance and turns it up to 10.
We’d encourage all our readers to take a peek at the venue’s website to see how this stunning house and its surrounding area could work for you both on your wedding day. What’s more, you’ll be well looked after by Ashridge’s superb wedding coordinators.

What we…

Methodist Vote on Gay Marriage

The United Methodist church has voted to uphold its ban on same-sex marriage by adopting the ‘traditional plan’ and re-affirming that homosexuality is not compatible with the Christian faith.

What is the United Methodist Church?

The United Methodist Church (UMC) is the largest mainline Protestant religion in the United States.  Set up in 1968 in Texas, the UMC traces its roots back to the founding of Methodism by John and Charles Wesley in England in 1739.
The UMC has 13 million members but whilst congregations are growing in parts of Africa and in South Korea, numbers are falling in the US. 

What does UMC believe about homosexuality?

The UMC believes in the ‘sacred worth’ of everyone but it does not support same-sex marriage nor does it endorse homosexual relationships. This ‘hate the sin but love the sinner approach’ has been adopted by various Christian denominations.
The UMC motto is Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors.
This was recently criticised by Gaar Adams writing for the USA Toda…