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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Chapel of Love Ceremonies, Washington, DC

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

Chapel of Love Ceremonies - Rev. Starlene Joyner BurnsPeriodically 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 Officiants in Washington, DC, USA. I am Rev. Starlene Joyner Burns a compassionate, caring, understanding Spiritual Science minister, and an avid marriage equality supporter. I want to help you put into action your vision for your special day. We will collaborate on each part of the ceremony. And if you want to avoid the DC 3 day waiting period; then I will file and pick up your marriage license. This allows you to get married the day you arrive!

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NOM Hate March Flops

Friday, June 20th, 2014

NOM Hate March

photo credit: Zach Ford

The NOM hate march in Washington DC drew only about 2,000 people, most of those bused in for free.

The Washington Blade reports:

Many of the estimated 2,000 people from across the country held NOM signs that defined marriage as between a man and a woman. Others carried posters reading “each child deserves a father and a mother” in Spanish. “When we hear time and time again from some in the media that the fight to protect marriage is over, we are here today to say no,” said NOM President Brian Brown. “We are here to say that no matter the circumstances, no matter how difficult it may be, we will stand in and out of season for the truth of marriage.”

Metro Weekly reports on some familiar faces who attended the rally:

Rep. Tim Huelskamp was the only current member of Congress to speak at the rally, mere yards from the House Chamber. “There are those intent on destroying marriage who claim history is on their side,” declared the Kansas Republican, who proposed amending the U.S. Constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman mere days after the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark marriage-equality rulings last June… The most recognizable names at the rally were former Republican presidential candidates Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee. Santorum, who paused between sentences of his speech to allow a translator to repeat his words in Spanish, insisted that the institution of marriage must be reclaimed.

Think Progress interviewed folks at the rally:

Both on the dais and in the crowd, religious beliefs were the driving force behind attendees’s opposition to same-sex marriage. ThinkProgress spoke with several members of the crowd to get a sense of why they were participating, and most cited their religious beliefs as their primary motivation. In particular, many were religious leaders themselves or specifically came to the march with a church group. Watch a compilation of ThinkProgress’ interviews from the March for Marriage:

And remember how Archbishop Cordileone swore the whole rally had nothing to do with the gays?

SF Gate report:

“Kneeling on the sidewalk across from the U.S. Supreme Court, San Francisco’s Roman Catholic archbishop led several thousand protesters Thursday in prayer against same-sex marriage. Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone was the star attraction of a rally in Washington organized by National Organization for Marriage President Brian Brown, the nation’s leading opponent of same-sex marriage. Brown tapped Cordileone as the first speaker at the event and had him lead the group in prayer after a march from the west front of the U.S. Capitol to the Supreme Court steps.”

Oops. Will he be called on it?

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Ring in Love, Washington, DC

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

Ring in Love - Washington, DCPeriodically 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 Officiants in Washington, DC, USA. Interfaith Minister available for marriage ceremonies. Registered with the DC Marriage Bureau. All faith paths honored. Spiritual or secular ceremonies. Couples coming from out of the area to marry–as your officiant I can file your application to save you time and travel! Partnering with you to make your special day truly memorable. Part of the DC GL community for over 25 years.

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Chapel of Love Ceremonies, Washington, DC

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Chapel of Love Ceremonies - Washington, DCPeriodically 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 Officiants in Washington, DC, USA. I am Rev. Starlene Joyner Burns a compassionate, caring, understanding Spiritual Science minister, and an avid marriage equality supporter. I want to help you put into action your vision for your special day. We will collaborate on each part of the ceremony. And if you want to avoid the DC 3 day waiting period; then I will file and pick up your marriage license. This allows you to get married the day you arrive!

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Rev. David B. Lett, Washington, DC

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Rev. David B. Lett - Washington, DCPeriodically 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 Officiants in Washington, DC, USA. Marriage is a sacrament which is contractually entered into and administered by the marriage couple. The Priest is merely the Church’s witness and as such blesses the contract. Therefore, we can offer a more contemporary, authentic experience in the wedding ceremonies we perform. We perform weddings for divorcees, couples with children, and gay and lesbian couples.

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Green Cat Guest House B&B, Poulsbo, Washington

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Green Cat Guest House B&B - Poulsbo, WashingtonPeriodically 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.

TexGay Wedding Event Location in Poulsbo, WA, USA. Green Cat Guest House B&B surrounded by three wedding-ready acres of gardens, cedar groves and lawn. The Green Cat is the perfect place for your special day house your wedding party and have the ceremony/reception in one place for a very reasonable rate. Experience the rural beauty of our corner of Puget Sound – close to Seattle and ferries.

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Simply Thyme Catering, Vancouver, Washington

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Simply Thyme Catering - Vancouver, WashingtonPeriodically 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 Food & Beverage in Vancouver, WA, USA. The owner of Simply Thyme Catering, Chef Tamara Leibfarth, is a member of the LGBT community so you can be assured she and her staff will work with you to create a day you’ll never forget. Whether you are having a big elaborate affair, small intimate wedding or something in between, our catering services can be customized to fit your precise needs. Our catering and event planning services go far beyond your wedding day.

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Awesome Video Productions, Washington, DC

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Awesome Video Productions – Washington DCPeriodically 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 Washington, DC, USA. Awesome Videos specializes in preserving your DC wedding memories in a creative manner at an affordable price. We go the extra mile to exceed your expectations by providing quick turn around time and a written guarantee stating that if we fail to produce what we promise, we will give you your money back!

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USA, Oregon: Adorable Gay Couple of 60 Years Crosses River to Marry

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Gay Couple 60 Years

photo by OPB

60 years! Mark and I’ve been together for 21 – these guys been together three times as long. Amazing.

OPB reports:

Eric Marcoux and Eugene Woodworth have been together since they the day they met in Chicago in 1953. “I am here today to be legally married to Eugene Woodworth, with whom I have had an intimate deeply committed relationship for a little over sixty years,” Marcoux says. Marcoux is 83 years old and Woodworth is 85.

They can’t marry in Oregon, where a constitutional amendment outlaws same-sex marriage. Still, when same-sex marriage was legalized in Washington last year, they didn’t rush across the state line to get married. “We wanted to have it in Oregon,” Woodworth explains.

Since then, however, Woodworth has been diagnosed with congestive heart failure and has been given only weeks to live. They’re getting married today with the hope that Marcoux might be eligible to receive social security benefits as the surviving spouse.

In a nutshell, this is why the piecemeal approach to marriage equality is so painful for so many couples. We’ve see the same thing New Mexico, where a judge allowed a couple with a terminally ill partner to marry, and in Illinois, where a judge just opened up marriage equality to any couple where one partner is terminally ill. Some day, we won’t have to jump through all these hoops anymore.

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USA, Washington: 17% of Weddings Were Between Same Sex Couples

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

WashingtonAlmost a fifth of weddings in Washington State this last year were between same sex couples, and of those, 62% were lesbian couples.

The Huffington Post reports:

About 7,071 same-sex couples got married in Washington between December 6, 2012, and the most recent complete month of data, September 2013. There were 42,408 total marriages in the state during that time, according to the Washington State Department of Health. So far, most of Washington state’s same-sex marriages, 62 percent, were between two women. Washington is one of 15 states plus the District of Columbia where gay marriage is legal, but few have the kind of detailed data Washington released this week, in part because gay marriage is so new in most places.

That’s about the same number of couples who married in California during the brief window before Prop 8 in 2008. But now couples can take their time and plan their weddings the way they want them.

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