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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Reba Boyd Wooden, Greenwood, Indiana

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

Reba Boyd Wooden, IndianaPeriodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding.

Reba Boyd Wooden offers secular marriage and committment ceremonies in Indiana.

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Gay Friendly Wedding Vendors in Indiana

Featured Gay Wedding Vendor: David Gordon Photography, New York, New York

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

David Gordon Photography

Periodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding.

Don’t settle for boring straight wedding photography. (pun intended :-) I’ve been shooting events for over twenty years, but like most other photographers no doubt, same sex weddings have always been a relatively small part of my business. It certainly hasn’t been for lack of interest on my part. As a gay male and photographer in New York City, I’m absolutely thrilled about the legalization of gay marriage in New York, and look forward to photographing lots of NY same sex weddings for couples who have been waiting a long time for this to come about.

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Gay Friendly Wedding Vendors in New York

Mexico: Christian Group Halts Wedding, Claiming Grooms are Mentally Ill

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

Baja California - Apple MapsA same sex couple who had planned to marry Saturday had their wedding stopped by a spiteful “Christian” woman who first refused to give the grooms a mandatory pre-marital talk, and then claimed they were mentally ill for getting angry with her:

Saturday’s ceremony had been on the civil registry’s calendar for weeks. Hours after a spokesman for the city had confirmed early in the day that the wedding would take place, a top city official said the event had been canceled due to a complaint that the two men “suffer from madness.” The accuser was Angelica Guadalupe Gonzalez Sanchez, president of the Coalition of Baja California Families, who with her husband gives mandatory pre-marital talks to couples preparing for civil wedding ceremonies at Mexicali City Hall. In her complaint, Gonzalez said the pair had been “aggressive and impertinent” on Thursday after she refused to certify their attendance in her talk, and her husband told them that the sessions were intended for heterosexual couples.

One protester, David Mesa, a Christian pastor, said that he was morally and legally opposed to same-sex marriage, “because of what this could mean for the future, such as the adoption of infants, that’s our motive and nothing else.” A top municipal official, Jose Felix Arango Perez, told reporters early Saturday afternoon that “on our part, there were no obstacles. … However, the submission of the complaint by this individual obligates us to suspend the legal ceremony.” He said it is now up to the state’s family court system to resolve the issue. But a member of the Mexicali City Council, Abraham Medina, said, “I think it’s nothing more than an excuse. … They’re just doing this to buy time. I don’t know why they are making these people go through this torment.”

It still amazes me the lengths some people will go to prevent loving same sex couples from getting married.

Authored By Joe – See the Full Story at Joe.My.God

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Producers Looking for Same Sex Couple Getting Married

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

Gay WeddingHey all… just got this in… if you fit the bill or know someone who does, please let them know:

Are you an engaged or soon to be engaged couple whose family disapproves of your relationship? Have family members made it clear that they will not attend your upcoming wedding? Have you found the love of your life, and desperately want the support of your whole family?

Introducing a new docu-series that follows star-crossed lovers who have family that disapproves of their relationship because of race, religion, sexual orientation, class, or culture? The series will work to break down barriers separating couples and their disapproving families.

If you fear the moment when the officiant asks those who do not approve to rise, we want to hear from you! Are you ready to put your love to the test?

To be considered for the show, please submit a brief bio, contact info, and recent photos of yourself and your significant other to:

Kinetic Content
Casting Department
310-752-0846 – Main line

Featured Lesbian Wedding Photographers: Swope’s Mountain Photography, Jackson, Wyoming

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

Linda & Linda

Periodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding.

Gay Wedding Photography / Videography in Jackson, WY, USA. We are Team Linda – Linda Swope & Linda Marquis. Call our style “flattering photojournalism.” With 35 years of experience, we will capture the moment and make you look great. Known by thousands of couples across the country for good humor, enthusiasm, and professionalism, we approach your wedding with joy and pride. We draw our creativity from your love and happiness and the positive energy a wedding day brings.

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Gay Friendly Wedding Vendors in Wyoming

Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Steps on Toes, Oakland, California

Saturday, July 5th, 2014

Steps on Toes - Oakland, CAPeriodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding.

Gay Wedding Miscellaneous in Oakland, CA, USA. Offering private lessons for your First Dance, Father/Daughter, Mother/Son, or Mother/Daughter, Father/Son should you so choose. Laurie Ann’s been teaching couples to dance at their weddings for over three decades. Bring music if you have it and we’ll help you create a dance that works with your personality and your song. Private lessons on an appointment basis only. In thirty years, Laurie Ann has never had a student she couldn’t teach!

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Derek Chad Photography, San Diego, California

Friday, July 4th, 2014

Derek Chad Photography - San Diego

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Gay Wedding Photography / Videography in San Diego, CA, USA. A fresh, artistic, documentary-style approach to wedding photography in Southern California! Derek takes a modern, un-posed, and informal approach to photography. He is able to capture all the special moments and emotions on your big day in a relaxed and artistic way. Contact Derek for more information!

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USA, Tennessee: Wedding Venue Changes Mind Again, Will Allow Same Sex Weddings

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Tennessee mapA Tennessee wedding venue that first said they would allow a same sex wedding, then decided not to, has changed its mind again.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

Mint Springs Farm in Nolensville, Tenn., rose to national attention when it told Anthony Wilfert and Brian Blas that state law prohibiting same-sex marriage prevented them from hosting commitment ceremonious for same-sex couples. “Our hands are tied in this situation,” the owner told the couple in an email. The couple called the owner’s response “a horrible excuse” for not wanting to hold a same-sex ceremony, and said citing a state law was both erroneous and “baffling.” Now, after consulting with the Tennessee Equality Project, a statewide advocacy organization, Mint Springs Farm announced Tuesday it was changing its policy and will welcome same-sex couples for both weddings and commitment ceremonies.

It’s a happy ending to something that didn’t need to be a problem in the first place – I don’t know of any state law in the US that actually says a business venue can’t perform a ceremony for a same sex couple. It may not be recognized by the state as a wedding, but the ceremony itself is allowed, right?

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USA, New Mexico: Supreme Court Won’t Hear Photographer’s Case

Monday, April 7th, 2014

US Supreme CourtThe US Supreme Court has just turned away the case of a New Mexico Photographer who was sued after she refused to photograph a same-sex wedding.

Equality on Trial reports:

The Court had considered the petition over several conferences, and this morning, they officially denied certiorari, meaning that the unanimous New Mexico Supreme Court decision against the business will remain in effect in the state. The challenge was brought by the photography business, Elane Photography, after they declined to photograph a same-sex commitment ceremony (before same-sex marriage was legal in the state) and were cited under the state’s public accommodations law, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, among other things.

Will this and the Mozilla flap rekindle the fire under those Right to Discriminate bills that were recently shot down in many states across the country?

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UK: Same-Sex Marriage Dawns, Equality Fight Continues

Sunday, April 6th, 2014
Warren Hartley and Kieran Bohan sign the Schedule of Civil Partnership at Ullet Unitarian Church in Liverpool

FIRST FOR EQUALITY: My partner and I become legally recognised as a couple on May 6th 2012 – the first time a civil partnership was registered in a place of worship in the UK.
PHOTO: Simply Perfection

THE CLOCKS WENT FORWARD in the UK last weekend, in more ways than one. The official start of British Summer Time with daylight saving coincided with the legalisation of same-sex marriages in England and Wales. So began an extraordinary week for LGBT equality.

On Saturday March 29th, lesbian and gay couples around the country vied to be the first to be legally married, with several timing their services as close to midnight as possible:

NEWS: Same-sex marriage now legal as first couples wed

An estimated 70 couples across England and Wales took advantage of the change in law on Saturday, and the media was filled with mostly positive portrayals of this landmark for equality.

A BBC survey revealed that 80% of people would attend a gay wedding if invited (though their headline focussed on the negative responses:

NEWS: Gay weddings: ‘Fifth of Britons would turn down invitation’

Twitter feeds filled with supportive messages from celebrities. Actor and comedian Les Dennis tweeted:

Sadly it was not all good news.

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