The Bizarre Reason that Some Children Born to LGBT Parents Aren't U.S Citizens

The US State Department has for years has had a bizarre ruling that does not class children born to American gay parents abroad as U.S citizens. The department still obeys the law that there is a biological tie required between the U.S citizen parent and the child.

This is an easy fix without the need to congress interference, but the department has failed to respond to requests and pressures to change these outdated views.

Two same-sex couples have now filed lawsuits against the department, as their children have been denied U.S citizenship due to being born abroad, even though one parent in each relationship is an American citizen. In one of the cases, the department granted a U.S passport to one of the twin children, but not the other, making only one of the children in the family a U.S citizen.

Even though there has been continued pressure to change this outdated law, there has been no change as of yet. Attorney Alison Kamhi, specializing in immigration law, has spoken out on this, saying

"This [State Department] interpretation is based on an outdated notion of parenthood. In the past, ‘biological’ was shorthand for parenthood and now it’s not."

The State Department’s Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM) still holds onto the notion that a child should have a biological connection to the U.S citizen parent, stating that following reasons they will not change these laws, due to doubt of biological connections.

  • The conception or birth of a child when either of the biological parents was married to another person.

  • The listing of people other than the biological parents on the child’s birth certificate.

  • Indications that the child was conceived when the alleged father didn’t have access to the mother.

  • The birth of a child through surrogacy or assisted reproductive technology.

Although the state department realizes a need for a revamp of these laws, it has been slow to actually put these into motion.

Man Who Wanted To Marry His Computer Tried To Throw Gay Marriage Under The Bus

Another person’s trying to marry an inanimate object, but this time it was a poorly veiled attempt to take down gay marriage.

Chris Sevier is a serial litigant with a vendetta against same-sex marriage. Sevier has filed several lawsuits, like one in Alabama and one in Utah, to have marriage equality overturned.

On top of that, he’s also sued Apple for providing devices that allow users to easily access pornography, and he’s lobbied for Texas lawmakers to make a bill saying all retailers have to put pornography-blocking programs on all their electronics.

And most recently, he tried to use polygamy and marrying inanimate objects to prove his stance that gay marriage is unconstitutional.

As Dallas News reports, Sevier appeared in an Austin, Texas court house late last month, with three polygamists, and asked that the definition of marriage be extended even further.

"The governor is overseeing laws that give benefits to homosexuals who are married, but not objectophiles, zoophiles, and polygamists for reasons that are arbitrary," the four, who represented themselves, wrote in the formal complaint, "The plaintiffs seek to force the government to legally recognize polygamy and man-object marriage, as marriage is a matter of civil rights."

"We will make it impossible for the court to dream up ways to dismiss the action in order to avoid the merits of our constitutional claims," Sevier later told The Dallas Morning News, "While the Judges in Texas can run. They cannot hide (sic)."

In addition, Sevier says he’ll be lobbying for Texas lawmakers to introduce the Marriage and Constitution Restoration Act, which would define any marriage that isn’t between a man and a woman as a “parody marriage.” He’s already tried to introduce similar bills to Wyoming and South Carolina.

Luckily, no judge has agreed with Chris Sevier so far. In fact, U.S. District Judge Sam A. Lindsay dismissed Sevier’s lawsuit last week. She did so because 1. None of the plaintiffs are actually from Texas, 2. This isn’t their “first rodeo” (meaning, at least Sevier is obsessed with court cases), 3. They didn’t have a true and rational argument for their case.

As the state argued during the hearing:

"The right to marry one's computer or enter into polygamous marriages is not an interest that is, objectively, deeply rooted in the nation's history and tradition such that it qualifies as a protected interest. Because plaintiffs do not have the fundamental right that they assert and do not belong to either a suspect or quasi-suspect class, and because there are myriad rational bases for prohibiting polygamous marriage or marriage to an inanimate object, plaintiffs fail to state an Equal Protection claim upon which relief may be granted."

That said, Chris Sevier wasn’t deterred. He just said he’d be back, and with more plaintiffs next time.

When A Wedding Becomes More Than Just A Celebration For The Happy Couple.

How many weddings have you been to and it's all about the happy couple?  Yes, they are the main focus, but don;t you enjoy the ceremonies and celebrations that are a party for everyone and celebrate all the love?

Thanks Myk & Raffy​ for sending us in the video of your wedding. In the video, the Filipino couple exchange vows and unite two halves to make a whole. Of course we teared up a little as Myk and Raffy spoke of their love and acceptance of one another. 

After that, it was all smiles and a desire to have been there to help you celebrate, to help everyone celebrate your love. 




Filipino Gay Wedding of Myk and Raffy.

IT'S GREAT to live in a country that acknowledges gay wedding.

It is a blessing to find a lifetime partner and an even more blessing to be living in a country that recognizes equal rights and opportunities.

Our wedding theme is black and white, because [they are] our favorite color and also because we are two different people like black and white.

We will be forever grateful for the amount of support we got and still receiving from our family and friends.

We are now legally married.

As I said, the celebration was for more than just Micheal and Rafael, Myk and Raffy. 

Three (3) of my groomsmaids or bridesmaids are my sisters and all 3 have been married in the past but never got to wear their dream wedding gown. On our wedding they finally did! Four brides and two grooms!

COCOMELODY was our modern day Fairy Godmother, letting us borrow the 4 gowns for free!

Bravo guys for celebrating love is love is love is love!



Michael & Raffy Getting ready location: Airtel plaza hotel
Ceremony and recepcion : Knollwood Country Club
Gowns: Cocomelody
Flower wall: Abgm.artdesign
Officiant: Rev. Doreene Hamilton
Photographer : Jenina simplicio
Videographer: Scott hayes
Photo booth : Evie photobooth
DJ: Dan "the party zone entertainement"
Wedding decorations rental: Heavenly party decorations
Luxury Events Decorator : That Special Touch
Cake: Pia Reyes

A Gay Couple Fights North Ireland To Recognize Their Marriage

A gay couple is fighting for their right to be recognized as a married couple.

The couple, who wish to remain anonymous and are thus being referred to as X and his husband, got married in London in 2014. Problem is, their native Northern Ireland only recognizes their union as a civil partnership. As such, they’ve decided to take it to court.

At the center of this issue is the question of whether North Ireland should recognize a same-sex marriage performed elsewhere in the UK even though Northern Ireland hasn’t legalized gay marriage. On top of that, the couple also wants to keep the right of being recognized as married by the rest of the UK too.

X’s lawyer Karen Quinlivan claims that any straight couple that married in England would have that marriage recognized by Northern Ireland upon their return. As such, denying a gay man the same right is “derogatory and undermines his marriage.”

X’s lawyers also say that several civil rights have been violated such as the rights to privacy and family life, religious freedom, and entitlement to marry under the European Convention on Human Rights.

That said, they insist that their argument and issue is different and separate from the ongoing discussion of whether Northern Ireland should legalize marriage equality.

They say their issue focuses on downgrading a marriage that’s recognized in England, Wales, and Scotland to a civil partnership, which counts as an unlawful interference.

As The Times reports, the couple were first dismayed that a High Court judge initially dismissed their case last year. The judge said that its up to the government to provide same-sex marriage rights and not the judicial court system.

Despite that initial setback, the couple are taking the issue to the Court of Appeal as they continue to fight for a declaration that their marriage remains a fully recognized marriage.

Should We Be Supporting Open Relationships?

Should We Be Supporting Open Relationships?

Ricky Martin Speaks On Monogamy

OH! Alright, well everyone has been raving about American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace, due to all of the buzz surrounding Darren Criss’ bulging body parts, a homosexual serial killer and subsequent…love?...story, and an array of studs that make up the entire cast. All of the ingredients make for a fantastic series that has been groundbreaking – thanks Ryan Murphy! As you may know, Crime Story deals with Gianni Versace’s love life, including the relationship with mega-hunk Ricky Martin’s character, real life partner of the Fashion Icon, Antonio D’Amico. The actual couple shared a love for 15 years, which gives a lead to the two being in an open relationship. Martin recently spoke in favor of open relationships, inspired by his character counterpart.

According to Vulture, Martin tells:

“I want to normalize relationships like this. It’s good for the world; it’s good for me as a gay man with kids. It’s important that we shed some light on power couples like [Gianni Versace and Antonio D’Amico], even though [D’Amico] was quiet and behind the scenes and he was just there supporting his man for 15 years. I also believe there was a level of homophobia going around in his family where he was hiding, even though he says, ‘My relationship was very open and free with Gianni’…"

The level of commitment after 15 years. The level of security between them and trust between them is so solid. We want to normalize another kind of reality for open relationships. And that’s what we’re doing. There’s absolutely nothing wrong. We’re just two very self-secure men that are completely in love with each other, that trust each other to the maximum level, and here we are.”

This brings up the conversation: Are open relationships healthier for gay men? Yes, many of us have a wandering eye – myself included – so, you know, a real relationship may be a bit of a stretch. I mean, come on, in the modern age of social media – all you have to do to be hypnotized by a nude, sculpted body is literally under your thumb. Is it almost impossible to be monogamous anymore? For every sexy guy you see, there are even more in a bar, and an endless amount on the internet for your liking. Dating apps and hook up websites have even made it so easy that you are able to search for your ideal partner by selecting your preferences. Why search for the one when you can have whatever flavor you prefer right now?

Should we be glorifying open relationships? Especially when children are involved? Once we decide to put on wedding rings and exchange vows – is it time to give up our partying ways and sexcapades?  

Or, should we be even judging how someone else runs their family? Do open relationships work for all?

This is the opinion of one of Instinct Magazine's contributing writers. It does not represent the opinion of the magazine. 

Apple Highlights Gay Marriages in Beautiful 'First Dance' Ads

Apple just released an ad for the iPhone X that features same-sex couples who are sharing their first dance after tying the knot. The commercial, set to the tune of Never Tear Us Apart covered by Courtney Barnett, features numerous couples who celebrated the legalization of same-sex marriages in Australia by exchanging vows.

Just in November 2017 Australia voted for marriage equality—the news heard round the world—and marriages began as early as December, because folks couldn’t wait for the 30-day waiting period to begin on January 9th. Now, these beautiful group of Aussies are the subject of this commercial that is bringing on all the water works as it reminds me of my first dance with my hubby! It also makes me want an iPhone X—conflicted much?

The video was shot on the new iPhone X and are currently only targeted toward the Australian market, but let’s hope we get to see them around the globe very soon so that we can continue to celebrate that love always wins!



In addition to the full 1-minute video, Apple also released a few 15-second clips that highlight special moments with couples Nick and Rob, Meg and Anne-Marie, and Antony and Ron.

Nick and Rob



Meg and Anne-Marie



Antony and Ron