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Apple-y Ever After

There is even more of a reason to love Ben & Jerry’s ice cream now since they have renamed their apple pie flavour ice cream “Apple-y Ever After” to show their support for Stonewalls’ Equal Marriage Campaign. I love the idea!

Today the British Government have launched a ‘consultation’ on equal marriage for the UK. I am totally in support of the proposed changes, but I can’t help but think they do not go far enough.

They have said same-sex couple can have a ‘civil marriage’ or a ‘civil partnership’, but not a religious ceremony. Religious groups will not be allowed to conduct same-sex marriages (even if they are willing to) and opposite-sex couples can not get a ‘civil partnerships’.

To me, this is silly. It’s not true equality, no matter what they say. True equality would be for ANYONE to have a choice of a ‘civil marriage’, ‘civil partnership’ or a ‘religious marriage’ depending on their personal beliefs and REGARDLESS of the gender of their partner.

It’s about love ya know, not sex 😉 Read More…

Starbucks and Me

Ok, I will admit I am slightly biased when it comes to Starbucks as I worked in one of their branches for almost two years. I can’t speak for the whole world, but in England I found them to be a fantastic company to work for. As a part-timer using it to pay my bills while studying at Uni, I couldn’t have asked for a better job. The pay was decent, (around the £6.50/hour mark – I’ve worked for much less!), the hours flexible and I also got sick pay AND holiday pay to boot! And free coffee. Lots and lots of coffee. That came in very handy during my finals!

I know big corporations get a lot of flak in this day and age but I always admired Starbucks’ efforts to help the communities they sourced their coffee from. I’m sure it’s not perfect (and don’t get me started on their attitude towards the military), but with a lot of their coffee moving over to FairTrade I think there is some sense of a nicer way to do business.

Even after I left my job, I still always pick a Starbucks coffee over any other when I’m out and about. I can’t help it. Vanilla lattes = a little slice of happiness.

So with all that in mind, I was so happy to read this article in the news this morning: Christian Pastor Calls For Starbucks Boycott Over Gay Marriage Support.

Starbucks has joined more than 100 other firms in supporting Washington State’s same-sex marriage bill. Good for them! Read More…

On a More Positive Note

… the wonderful Neil Patrick Harris has wrote an article for “Out” magazine about his relationship with David Burtka and it is just lovely. Reaffirming faith in humanity stuff. I think all couples, both gay and straight, could learn a lot from them.

Two of the things I hold dear, as tenets, are creativity and authenticity. Creativity can be on any level, but authenticity is key, too. If we have a fault, it’s probably over-communication. When I’m cranky, I’m admittedly cranky. When I’m in a hurry and distracted, I can’t act like it’s any other way. And he’s good with that, too. So we talk things out. I don’t want to paint our relationship like we met and it’s been happy family fantastic-ness ever since. What defines a relationship is the work that’s involved to maintain it, and it’s constantly changing. Sometimes I’m deeply in love with David and head-over-heels, and sometimes I question whether it’s going to work out and is meant to be. It’s like a business relationship, as well as a personal one; we have a business together and that’s maintaining our love for one another.

Check out the full article (with some gorgeous photos) here.