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USA, Minnesota: 47% Support Marriage Equality, Poll Says

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

titleA new KSTP/SurveyUSA shows marriage equality support in Minnesota at 47%.

On Top Magazine reports:

A KSTP/SurveyUSA poll published last April showed majority (51%) support for allowing gay couples to marry, with 47 percent opposed. According to the latest poll, support has dropped 4 points to 47 percent. Opposition fell from 47 to 45 percent. “This issue has not gone away,” Larry Jacobs of the University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute told KSTP. “Voters may have a verdict to make come November.” Pollsters recorded slight decreases in support among Democrats (down 1% from 66%), Republicans (down 2% from 27%) and independents (down 6% from 53%).

But take that “drop” with a grain of salt. The last three polls we have record of show 38% support (3/13); 51% (4/13), and 46% (6/13) – average those out, and you have 45% support, which would make the new poll show an actual increase in support of 2%.

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Sunrise Styling LLC, St. Paul, Minnesota

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Sunrise Styling LLC - St. Paul, MinnesotaPeriodically 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.

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USA, Pennsylvania: Judge Rejects State Appeal in Marriage Equality Case

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Pennsylvania mapA federal judge in Pennsylvania rejected the state’s attempt to take the way his jurisdiction in the case, based on an old, old, old Minnesota marriage equality case from 1972.

Edge Boston reports:

U.S. District Judge John Jones on Tuesday rejected the state’s argument that his court lacks the power to hear the case, and suggested that the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals would agree with him. Jones says there’ve been “substantial and far-reaching” developments in how courts treat equal protection and due process rights since the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1972 decision that it lacked the jurisdiction to decide whether a Minnesota law banning same-sex marriages violated the Constitution.

Good for him for rejecting this transparent attempt to nix the lawsuit. The case will get its day in court on June 9.

Perhaps trying to burnish his anti-gay image, Governor Tom Corbett came out today in favor of some protections for LGBT citizens in the state.

Joe.My.God reports:

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, who so far had been no friend to the gay community, has backed a bill that would protect LGBT residents from discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations. Corbett, who has previously staked out conservative positions on social issues, told The Inquirer that he was “coming out in support” of the bill after learning that federal law does not cover discrimination in the state.

Small steps.

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Heartstrings Bridal, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Sunday, September 15th, 2013

Heartstrings Bridal , Minneapolis, MinnesotaPeriodically 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.

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Amazing Alterations, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Amazing Alterations - Minneapolis, MinnesotaPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

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USA, Minnesota: One in Three Marriage Licenses Go to Same-Sex Couples

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Minnesota mapSame-sex couples in Minnesota are really taking advantage of the state’s new marriage equality law.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports:

Same-sex couples received nearly 1 in 3 marriage licenses issued in Minnesota since they were allowed to wed, The Associated Press found in a statewide survey of the first month’s impact of the new gay marriage law. Since Minnesota became the 12th U.S. state to legalize gay marriage, at least 1,640 same-sex couples applied to be married. Counties aren’t required to report such data to the state, so the AP built a database through calls to all 87 counties.

…”This is the product of people who were living in the legal wilderness for so long, suddenly no longer being told their relationships are substandard,” said Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis and a sponsor of the bill passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Mark Dayton in May. “There’s an excitement out there right now. I’ve been going to so many weddings lately, it’s like I’m two years out of college again.”

There’s so much pent up desire in the states where people have waited for so long to have the right to marry. It’s inspiring to see it.

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Outing Lodge, Stillwater, Minnesota

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Outing Lodge, Stillwater, MinnesotaPeriodically 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 Stillwater, MN, USA. Surrounded by three hundred acres of wooded paths, and miles of rolling land, The Outing Lodge B&B is an authentic retreat for those looking to sit by a roaring fireplace and detach from the rush of city life. For the past 25 years, the Outing has become an all-seasons venue for weddings, reunions and retreats.

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Dear Abby Takes on Marriage Equality

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

Dear AbbyDear Abby took a marriage equality question this week. From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

DEAR ABBY: …We are going to be married and have decided to invite only those who sincerely support us to share our special day. Because I’m so hurt by their silence on this, how do I tactfully let them know they aren’t invited to the wedding without severing all ties? I’m sure we aren’t the only couple facing this new issue. — Newly Equal in Minnesota

DEAR NEWLY EQUAL: Invite your family to the wedding. Because they love you and have accepted your partner, they may wish to attend. Remember, the concept of marriage equality is a very new one and not everyone adapts quickly to change. Regardless of whether they have a problem calling you married, the fact is you will be married according to the laws of your state. And that’s what is important.

See the full question at the link above. Go, Abby, go!

USA, Minnesota: Same Sex Weddings Begin

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Minnesota mapAnd over in Minnesota, same sex couples started marrying at midnight. TwinCities.com reports:

Standing four miles from where Gov. Mark Dayton in May signed gay-marriage into law, Reid Bordson and Paul Nolle were pronounced “legally married” at quarter past twelve Thursday. The Bloomington couple helped usher same-sex marriage into Minnesota with a midnight wedding at St. Paul’s Como Park Conservatory, with friends and family gathered among the fragrant lilies in the Sunken Garden. “To know we got married and were kind of the official first wedding in the capital city, where all this political action happened, it’s insane. It’s insane. It is just super fun to know that we’re part of history, and we’re really hoping that we represented the hundreds of other people who are getting married tonight and during the day tomorrow,” said Bordson after the service.

Congratulations to the happy couples in Minnesota, too!

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Photobooth Memories, St. Paul, Minnesota

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

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Gay Wedding Photography / Videography in St. Paul, MN, USA. Rent a fabulously restored vintage photobooth that creates real photographs, not digital imitations. You own all the originals! Rent a vintage photo booth restored from the 1950′s to capture memories of your marriage celebration in Minnesota or Iowa. Our booths create real photographs.

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