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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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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

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

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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UK: Moment of Awwww – The UK’s First Gay Wedding

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

UK Gay WeddingSaturday just after midnight, same sex couples began marrying in Wales and England.

Queerty has one of the first weddings on video.

One of the UK’s first gay married couples, Sinclair Treadway, 20, and Sean Adl-Tabatabai, 31, have released a video of their marriage ceremony. The wedding took place at 00:01 today (GMT local time) at Camden Town Hall, North London. Queerty were the first to break the news with a speech from openly gay Mayor of Camden, Jonathan Simpson.

Awww…..

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Brass Lantern B&B, Greenfield, Iowa

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

Brass Lantern Inn - Greenfield, IowaPeriodically 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 Event Location in Greenfield, IA, USA. Come to the beautiful rolling hills of Southwest Iowa for a romantic wedding (Innkeeper is an ordained wedding officiant) and a lifetime of memories. The famous Bridges of Madison County are only minutes away – or wed poolside at the award-winning Brass Lantern Bed & Breakfast. Every wedding should be as special as the two people getting married. Just 60 minutes from Des Moines airport, 90 minutes from Omaha. Intimate… romantic…. memorable… affordable…. thoroughly enjoyable!

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USA, California: Caterer Who Discriminated Against Gay Couple Could Escape Consequences

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

California Gay CoupleA California caterer who refuse to serve a gay couple for their wedding might be small enough to avoid any consequences.

On Top Magazine reports:

A California catering business that refused to serve a gay couple might be small enough to avoid the state’s anti-discrimination laws… Zimmerman’s catering company, Janet Zimmerman Catering, operates mainly on Facebook, possibly making her outfit too small to be subject to California’s anti-discrimination laws. “The law does make a distinction” between a service and a business establishment, David Hakimfar, a West Hollywood attorney, told The Advocate.

Should size matter? Is discrimination not discrimination? OTM notes the couple is not currently suing.

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A Sister’s Gift to Her Gay Brother for His Wedding

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

A gay man’s sister makes him an amazing wedding day gift.

LGBT Weekly reports:

This sister got an old Bert and Ernie pop-up book and reworked with pictures of her brother, husband and their entire wedding party. The post states: “My brother finally got the chance to marry the man of his dreams, my Sister took every photo from the wedding and altered a Bert and Ernie pop-up book. I made this video to show you that hard work from my siblings. Family is those who show up when you need them.”

Sweet and awesome.

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