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29/10/2014

Aurora Shooting Victim’s Wedding Proposal Will Make You Believe Love Can Conquer All

Two years after being shot and injured in a midnight movie theater massacre that shattered hearts in Colorado, 21-year-old Bonnie Kate Zoghbi found herself back in a movie theater for one of the best nights of her life.

Unbeknownst to Bonnie Kate, her filmmaker boyfriend Max Zoghbi, had been working for months on a short film that told the story of how the couple fell in love, and arranged for a screening of the trailer in a theater — while being secretly recorded.

Bonnie Kate was one of 70 people injured when suspected gunman James Holmes opened fire inside an Aurora, Colorado, theater, killing 12. It took her weeks to recover, and she says she still lives with constant pain from the shootings.

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“The movie theater – all that trauma – that’s not the end of my story,” Bonnie Kate told the Daily Mail. “It’s the beginning.”

Max, 26, wanted to include a movie theater in his proposal to make sure a movie theater was part of the best day of her life — instead of the worst.

Max took Bonnie Kate to the movies on Jan. 10 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he had arranged for the film trailer he directed to play, completely taking her by surprise.

“I was so excited it felt like my heart was about to pop with joy,” Bonnie Kate told ABC News. “I was hoping for it, let’s just get married let’s just get engaged, I can’t even put it into words.”

And Max had more in store for their “epic date.” He led Bonnie Kate outside the theater, where a group of friends and family members waited to cheer them on, and arranged for a chauffeur to drive the couple to their favorite restaurant.After dinner, they went to her grandparents’ barn, where he proposed. It was the same spot where her grandfather proposed to her grandmother decades earlier.

“I wrote the script in early December (2013), assembled the cast and crew and shot the thing in January,” Max told ABC about the short film. “Getting the movie theater on board, getting my brothers to learn the song, a lot these things flowing around. It was a group effort, everything fell into place so it was very special.”

The couple married on May 24.

Max filmed the entire proposal night and put it together into a short film he calledWildflower, which tells the couple’s entire love story. He hoped to share the movie with their children one day.

He said he posted the video on YouTube on Sept. 18, hoping to share how God can take “something as evil as a movie theater massacre” and use it for good.

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28/10/2014

Methodist pastor who officiated at gay son’s wedding to keep ordination

A Methodist pastor who was disciplined after he officiated at the wedding of his gay son will be allowed to remain an ordained minister.

The Judicial Council of the nation’s second-largest Protestant denomination ruled Monday that aPennsylvania church jury was wrong to defrock Frank Schaefer last year after he would not promise never to perform another same-sex wedding.

The council ruled on technical grounds and did not express support for gay marriage in general. Its decision is final.

Reached by phone after the decision, Schaefer called it “amazing.”

He said he was pleased, “not just for myself, but for everyone in the LGBTQ community and the church. This is a positive decision that keeps the dialogue going. They didn’t bar a person who is an outspoken activist and who has said that, if asked, he would perform another gay marriage.”

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Although the United Methodist Church has welcomed gay and lesbian members, the church’s Book of Discipline rejects sex outside of heterosexual marriage as “incompatible with Christian teaching.”

Since his church trial, Schaefer has become a gay rights activist, galvanizing other Methodists who support full inclusion of gays and lesbians in the church.

Following his Wednesday hearing before the Judicial Council, Schaefer said he had no regrets for his actions.

When his son first came out to him as gay, Schaefer said he learned that church doctrine had made his son believe he could not go to heaven.

“He did not want to live any more. He was in so much pain,” Schaefer said. So when his son asked Schaefer to officiate at his wedding, the minister accepted. “I did what I did based on my heart and my conscience.”

However, Schaefer hid his son’s 2007 wedding from his conservative Pennsylvania congregation. The small, private ceremony was held in a restaurant in Massachusetts, where gay marriage had been legal for three years. Schaefer’s actions did not become public until 2013, after a member of his congregation learned of the wedding and filed a complaint.

The United Methodist Church, with more than 12 million members worldwide, has been debating its policy on same-sex relationships for four decades, but recently frustration with the current policy has fueled a movement to openly defy church law.

Meanwhile, supporters of the church’s stance on same-sex relationships have been pressing church leaders to punish ministers who violate church law. And some conservative pastors have called for a breakup of the denomination, saying the split over gay marriage is irreconcilable.

In its Monday decision, the Judicial Council noted that some might view the decision as a “flagrant disregard” for church discipline, while others will support it. “We are mindful of the divisions within our church,” the decision reads.

The council essentially found that Schaefer was subjected to two distinct punishments. First, he was given a 30-day suspension. Then, he was defrocked after he would not promise to uphold the church’s Book of Discipline “in its entirety.” That second punishment was wrongfully imposed for a possible future violation.

The Rev. Christopher Fisher, who argued before the Judicial Council that the church jury was within its rights to defrock Schaefer, said he was disappointed in the decision.

“I understand the legal technicality they have hinged it on,” he said. But he also said that it was not clear to the church jury that the penalty they imposed was not allowed.

Schaefer, who was transferred to a California ministry in July, hopes the church will change its stance at its next General Conference in 2016. In the meantime, he has been traveling the country giving talks and sermons on gay acceptance. And last month, he released a book about his experience – “Defrocked: How a Father’s Act of Love Shook the United Methodist Church.”

 

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27/10/2014

Couple invites former lovers to their wedding

A COUPLE in Hubei, China, set aside two tables during their wedding banquet for their former lovers, reported Sin Chew Daily.

Those attending the banquet had snapped pictures of a note put up at these tables telling guests that these had been reserved for the couple’s exes and uploaded these online.

It was learnt that although a few people were later spotted sitting at these two tables, nobody knew for sure the extent of their relationshipwith the couple.

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> The daily also reported that six of the state Chinese Schools Committees Associations (Dong Lian Hui) had asked the United Chinese School Committees’ Association of Malaysia (Dong Zong) to call for an emergency general meeting to remove its deputy chairman Chow Siew Hon.

Sources told the daily that the letter – which was signed by the representatives from Johor, Malacca, Perak, Penang, Kedah and Perlis – had been given to Dong Zong chairman Yap Sin Tian on Saturday.

The Dong Zong chairman must call for an EGM within 30 days if more than five state Dong Lian Hui submit a request for it.

It was previously reported that Dong Zong was divided into two factions and that there were calls for Chow to be removed.

When contacted, Chow declined comment.

> China Press reported that multi-talented Taiwanese show business personality Jay Chou had denied sending out invitation cards for his wedding.

The 35-year-old artiste added that he had yet to propose to his girlfriend, Taiwanese model girlfriend Hannah Quinlivan.

However, there was talk that Chou was already in the midst of planning for his wedding, which was said to be in January.

 

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