Church Censures Minister After Same-Sex Marriages
After a four-day trial, a church court censured Reverend Jane Spahr, a Presbyterian minister, for marrying 16 gay and lesbian couples in 2008 after California temporarily legalized same-sex marriage. The prosecution in the case argued that Spahr had gone against the church’s Book of Order, which defines marriage as “a civil contract between a woman and a man.”
Texas Appeals Court Rejects Gay Divorce Ruling
According to The Dallas Morning News, a Texas appeals court has reversed a lower court’s ruling that two gay men married in Massachusetts had the right to divorce in Texas. The Fifth District Court of Appeals did so with instructions that the case be dismissed for lack of jurisdiction. Same-sex marriages and civil unions are prohibited in Texas.
Mexico City Woos Same-Sex Honeymooners
The first couple to wed under Argentina’s new same-sex marriage law will be arriving in Mexico City in September on an all-expenses paid trip, part of an attempt attract gay travelers. Alejandro Rojas, the city’s Tourism Secretary, told CNN, “We hope that many same-sex couples who get married around the world spend their honeymoons here.” Mexico City opened an office catering to gay tourists in May. Rojas said the goal is to make the city the number-one gay-friendly destination in Latin America.
Scandinavian Airline To Host First Mile-High Gay Wedding
Scandinavian airline SAS said that it plans to host the first-ever in-flight gay wedding later this year. The airline is accepting entries from gay couples who want to celebrate their wedding midflight from Stockholm to New York. The winning entry will be chosen by an online vote. The ceremony itself will take place in Swedish airspace, where gay marriage is legal.