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Mad Mike & Friends DJ Service, New York City – Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Entertainer

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

Mad Mike & Friends DJ Service

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:

Welcome to Mad Mike & Friends DJ Service. We’re proud of our ability to create a musical atmosphere that’s perfect for your vision of your wedding day. We’ve been doing gay weddings for years – we’ll do ‘Your Wedding, Your Way’!

Mad Mike & Friends DJ Service knows how to throw a party – we’ve been dong it for more than thirty years. We will respect your musical tastes, honoring your Must Play and Do Not Play lists, while we keep you and your wedding guests entertained with music that works for your wedding day and reception.

We even include a full lightshow, continuous music during the event, and we never take breaks.

You may have heard our DJs on WPDH, WRRV & ESPN Radio – we’ve even appeared at every major night spot in the Hudson Valley – including Mahoney’s Irish Pub in Poughkeepsie.

Let the DJ’s at Mad Mike and Friends DJ Service give you the wedding day your family and friends will talk about for years – contact us now for a free consultation!

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Same-sex couples can use British laws to marry in Australia June 27th

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

UK Gay flag

Hooray, another small step forward for equality in Australia.

Same-sex couples in which one partner has British citizenship will be able to marry from June 27 in British consulates in Sydney and Perth, with Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra to follow soon after.

The Abbott government signalled in March that it had no objection to British consulates in Australia being used to host same-sex weddings after same-sex marriage was legalised in England and Wales.

Australian Marriage Equality national director Rodney Croome said nearly 300 Australian couples had married in New Zealand since its government passed marriage equality laws last year and similar numbers would use the British laws to marry in consulates in Australian cities.
However it is worth noting that couples who marry under the British laws will not have their marriages recognised in Australia.

More Information

Marry Me Gay is a guest blogger for Purple Unions.
Marry Me Gay and our sister website Equally Wed provide all the resources for same-sex marriage in Australia & New Zealand, products & services. www.marrymegay.com.au | www.equallywed.com.au

Marvin Burrows: Love Warrior

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Marvin Burrows and his husband Bill Swenor on their wedding day at San Francisco City Hall.

Marvin Burrows and his husband Bill Swenor on their wedding day at San Francisco City Hall.

Last weekend, our community lost one of our most powerful advocates and a truly wonderful person: Marvin Burrows.

Marvin was a wonderful friend, and an inspiring activist with organizations including Marriage Equality USA, Lavender Seniors, GLOBE, Meals on Wheels, and California Senior Leaders at UC Berkeley, just to name a few. His legacy inspires us all to continue to stand up together and never give up.

Read the full story on the MEUSA News Blog…

Marriage Equality USA Cheers New Jersey Supreme Court Decision; Continues to Press for Legislative Override of Governor’s Veto

Friday, October 18th, 2013


New York/San Francisco • 18 October 2013 ― Marriage Equality USA heartily congratulates same-sex couples in New Jersey who will be able to start marrying this coming Monday! The marriages follow the unanimous ruling publicized earlier today when the New Jersey Supreme Court refused to issue a stay of Judge Mary Jacobson’s Superior Court ruling requiring the state to permit and recognize such marriages beginning October 21, 2013. At the same time, MEUSA’s National Equality Action Team (NEAT) continues to work to secure a legislative implementation of the freedom to marry in the state.

In its 20-page opinion explaining why it would not grant the stay prior to the state’s appeal of Judge Jacobson’s ruling which will be heard next January, the Supreme Court wrote that the State of New Jersey has neither demonstrated that its underlying legal claim is settled nor that it has a reasonable probability of success on the merits. “The Court wrote that ‘[t]he State has presented no explanation for how it is tangibly or actually harmed by allowing same-sex couples to marry,’” explained MEUSA Legal & Policy Director John Lewis. “Rather, the Court determined that same-sex couples and their families suffer ‘immediate and concrete violations of [the] right to equal protection under the law’ and an ‘ongoing injury that … cannot be repaired … at a later time.’”

The Court did note that marriages which take place between Monday and their ruling in the state’s appeal theoretically later could be nullified should it later find in favor of the state. While today’s strongly worded opinion bolsters our conviction that the Supreme Court will uphold the lower court’s ruling and let these marriages stand, the possibility of reversal illuminates why it is imperative for marriage equality supporters in New Jersey to continue calling and urging legislators to overturn Governor Christie’s veto of the marriage equality bill the legislature already passed. A favorable Supreme Court ruling, albeit likely, is not certain, and in any case is not expected before sometime in 2014; a legislative victory still could be accomplished first, as if the veto is to be overridden, this must be accomplished by the end of 2013.

“Today’s decision provides tremendous momentum at a key moment in our movement,” said MEUSA Executive Director Brian Silva. “Meanwhile, Marriage Equality USA and our project, the National Equality Action Team (NEAT), are working every day to make the freedom to marry a reality in New Jersey, Hawaii, Illinois, and nationwide.

From Marriage Equality USA’s National Map page

Over 30% of Americans live in states with full, state-level equality, and 50% of Americans live in 22 states (or counties or cities) that recognize various forms of same- gender relationships:

15 with full marriage (CA, CT, DC, DE, IA, MA, MD, ME, MN, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VT, WA);
03 with civil union (CO, HI, IL);
04 with domestic partnership (NV, NM, OR, WI).
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22 states (or counties or cities) that recognize various forms of same- gender relationships.

From Marriage Equality USA’s Current Status pages

Since 1993, every American state has taken some position on marriage equality. Each state allows — or bans — various forms of marriage via the state constitution and/or state laws. Some states have full marriage equality, some have restricted equality, and the rest ban all unions except one-man-one-woman couples. About 70 federal and state marriage-related lawsuits are underway nationwide (www.MarriageEquality.org/current-status).

In 2013, lawmakers, judges, and voters in most states, as well as federal judges and Congress, are deciding whether to allow — or ban — various levels of equality.

Help Secure Marriage Equality Nationwide as Part of the National Equality Action Team (NEAT)

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Marriage Equality USA has launched a new project – the National Equality Action Team (NEAT).  According to MEUSA Program Manager Tracy Hollister, the new project was conceived by the organization’s executive director, Brian Silva. Chaired by Marriage Equality USA, NEAT is envisioned as a vehicle for national, state, local, and grassroots organizations, as well as individual organizers, to mobilize out­-of-state marriage equality supporters in states with active marriage campaigns. These actions are done in coordination with, and with the support of, the local state campaigns.

See the full story — and learn how to help out — on the MEUSA news blog.

A New Chapter in Marriage Equality Fight from the Liberty City

Saturday, October 5th, 2013
Brian Silva, PA Rep. Brian Sims, Bob Sullivan (MEUSA Philly Local Organizer) at the rally after Rep. Sims spoke of the need for marriage equality in PA

Brian Silva, PA Rep. Brian Sims, Bob Sullivan (MEUSA Philly Local Organizer) at the rally after Rep. Sims spoke of the need for marriage equality in PA

Saturday afternoon, Marriage Equality USA (MEUSA) and a number of civil rights organizations rallied at Logan Circle in Philadelphia to invigorate the late-blooming advocacy efforts for LGBT rights in Pennsylvania. Apart from raising awareness of LGBT issues, the rally marked the inaugural event for MEUSA’s newly formed Philadelphia Regional Organizing Committee (Philly–ROC) — the first local organization in the Liberty City that focuses on marriage equality issues. With Pennsylvania lagging far behind its neighboring states on LGBT rights issues — being the only Northeastern state without any form of same-sex marriage or civil union recognition — the expansion by MEUSA of the new organization is a welcome addition to LGBT advocacy groups in the Keystone State. Its strategic location in the state would certainly boost marriage equality efforts across the eastern region, with Marriage Equality for Pennsylvania (ME4PA) at present mainly having a larger presence in the western part of the state.

See the full story on the MEUSA News Blog.

Marriage Equality USA Launches the National Equality Action Team (NEAT)

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

New York • 3 October 2013 ― Marriage Equality USA (MEUSA) is launching the National Equality Action Team (NEAT), a coalition of almost 50 local, state and national organizations and individual organizers mobilizing volunteers to win the freedom to marry in states with active marriage equality campaigns.

Volunteers are able to sign up on the NEAT website to join events near them and also to phone bank from virtually anywhere.

“The National Equality Action Team is unique in that it gives passionate marriage equality advocates across the country — especially those in marriage equality states who want to pay it forward — a chance to play an important role in our national movement to win the freedom to marry,” said MEUSA Program Director Tracy Hollister.

“NEAT shows what organizations and individuals can do when we come together as a coalition to empower our community to take individual action in support of all 50 states,” said Marriage Equality USA Executive Director Brian Silva. “Until everyone can marry the person they love, we all have work to do.”

“NEAT is a continuation of our work over the past year in winning campaigns in Minnesota, Maine, Maryland, Washington, Rhode Island and Delaware, where we hosted almost 150 phone banks and made approximately 100,000 calls for marriage equality,” said MEUSA Board President Jane Wishon. “Our goal is to continue this work and leverage our communities’ collective power to secure marriage equality by working side by side with our NEAT partners.”

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USA, Texas: Newspaper Refuses to Publish Same-Sex Wedding Announcement

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Patricia-Wrigtner-and-Michelle-CooksA newspaper in Texarkana, Texas has refused to publish the wedding announcement for a lesbian couple.

Think Progress reports:

Michelle Cooks points out that if the Pentagon can offer same-sex benefits, then she and her partner Patricia Wrightner should be able to put their picture in the Texarkana Gazette. But Editor Les Minor claimed that the newspaper has a policy based on state laws: MINOR: The Texarkana Gazette publishes wedding, engagement and anniversary announcements related to marriages or impending marriages that are recognized by states in which it circulates. This policy have been in place for several years. Neither Texas nor Arkansas allows same-sex marriages or recognize same sex marriages from other states. If those laws change, this newspaper will re-examine its policy.

This is bullshit, and everyone knows it – these laws do not prohibit newspapers from publishing same-sex wedding announcements. It’s a personal choice.

Find more articles and gay wedding resources in Texas.