Tag Archives: funerals

Elizabeth Taylor’s Funeral Is Today

Perhaps to thwart the Westboro Baptist Church, who yesterday vowed to picket her funeral, Elizabeth Taylor will be buried today at the famed Forest Lawn Memorial Park, the final resting place of many Hollywood stars. I just checked the Twitter feed of Margie Phelps, who doesn’t yet seem to be aware of the speedy service. Story developing… UPDATE: E! Online …

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GETTING IT RIGHT: Naval Academy Honors Gay Marine’s Burial Request

The Naval Academy has honored the final wishes of a gay Marine who had told his husband that he wanted his ashes interred at the USNA Columbarium. John Fliszar was a 1971 graduate of the Academy, but what’s so heartwarming is how the Academy treated his husband, Mark Ketterson. The memorial coordinator asked about his relationship to the deceased. Ketterson …

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ARIZONA: Activists Work To Shield Funeral Attendees From Westboro Protests

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Not What We Expected, Was It?

I went into it expecting spectacular tackiness, but I must say that overall the MJ funeral was muted, dignified, sedate, and (as much as any arena funeral could be)…classy. Yeah, surprised me too. Points off for Al Sharpton’s typically bombastic rant, but Brooke Shields in particular immediately redeemed that bit. And so the most widely watched non-sports event in the …

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Michael Jackson Funeral Live Stream

Today’s funeral for Michael Jackson is expected to be the most widely watched live event in internet history with as many as 1 billion viewers. Nobody knows if teh intrawebs can handle that much streaming video, but let’s see if this works. UPDATE: Live stream concluded.

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Rhode Island: Bury Him, Don’t Marry Him

Although they resolutely continue to block any recognition of gay relationships, the Rhode Island legislature is poised to approve a bill giving gays the legal right to arrange for the funerals of their partners. The bill, which gives the surviving partner precedence over the deceased’s biological family, was unanimously approved in the RI Senate yesterday and now moves to the …

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