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6 years ago  ::  Jun 08, 2008 - 12:13PM #11
Merope
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[COLOR="Navy"]Congratulations and blessings to Gene and Mark Andrew, partners for 20 years, who tied the knot yesterday in a civil union ceremony in New Hampshire.  Story [COLOR="RoyalBlue"]here[/COLOR].

The civil union was performed in, and a service of thanksgiving was held immediately thereafter at, St. Paul's Church in Concord, New Hampshire. The union was performed by Ronna Wise, a longtime friend and justice of the peace.  About 120 family members and close friends attended.

The union was performed five years to the day after Robinson was elected bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire.

Robinson and his partner have long planned to join in civil union.  However, they kept the date secret out of security concerns.  A spokesperson for Bishop Robinson said the ceremony was intentionally private.  Originally, the idea was to have a public ceremony and service.  That plan subsequently changed out of respect for next month's worldwide conference of Anglican bishops (the Lambeth Conference), as well as out of concern for the couple's security.

Robinson and Andrew decided to enter the union before Robinson's trip to Lambeth in the UK  to ensure that the couple has the legal protections that New Hampshire's civil union law gives gay couples. The law bestows all the rights and responsibilities of marriage on couples joined in civil union, including inheritance rights.

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6 years ago  ::  Jun 08, 2008 - 1:24PM #12
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Congratulations are in order for these men, then. I wish them a long and happy life together.
"The real reason that we can't have the Ten Commandments in a courthouse: You cannot post "Thou shalt not steal", Thou shalt not commit adultery" and "Thou shalt not lie" in a building full of lawyers, judges and politicians. It creates a hostile work environment." -- George Carlin
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6 years ago  ::  Jun 08, 2008 - 12:13PM #13
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[COLOR="Navy"]Congratulations and blessings to Gene and Mark Andrew, partners for 20 years, who tied the knot yesterday in a civil union ceremony in New Hampshire.  Story [COLOR="RoyalBlue"]here[/COLOR].

The civil union was performed in, and a service of thanksgiving was held immediately thereafter at, St. Paul's Church in Concord, New Hampshire. The union was performed by Ronna Wise, a longtime friend and justice of the peace.  About 120 family members and close friends attended.

The union was performed five years to the day after Robinson was elected bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire.

Robinson and his partner have long planned to join in civil union.  However, they kept the date secret out of security concerns.  A spokesperson for Bishop Robinson said the ceremony was intentionally private.  Originally, the idea was to have a public ceremony and service.  That plan subsequently changed out of respect for next month's worldwide conference of Anglican bishops (the Lambeth Conference), as well as out of concern for the couple's security.

Robinson and Andrew decided to enter the union before Robinson's trip to Lambeth in the UK  to ensure that the couple has the legal protections that New Hampshire's civil union law gives gay couples. The law bestows all the rights and responsibilities of marriage on couples joined in civil union, including inheritance rights.

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6 years ago  ::  Jun 08, 2008 - 1:24PM #14
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Congratulations are in order for these men, then. I wish them a long and happy life together.
"The real reason that we can't have the Ten Commandments in a courthouse: You cannot post "Thou shalt not steal", Thou shalt not commit adultery" and "Thou shalt not lie" in a building full of lawyers, judges and politicians. It creates a hostile work environment." -- George Carlin
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