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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Lifestyles Catering, Denver, Colorado

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

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At Lifestyles Catering in Lakewood, Colorado, we’re all about the food. Our Chef and his culinary team specialize in bringing restaurant-quality meals to your wedding location, whether it’s in a banquet hall, your home or a Colorado mountain park. Lifestyle Catering menus are inspired by foods from across the culinary spectrum, including traditional French and Italian cuisines. Our menus often celebrate the flavors and traditions of South America and the Orient as well.

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Featured Lesbian Wedding Vendor: Colorado Commitments, Denver, Colorado

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

Colorado Commitments

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Welcome to Colorado Commitments – we’ve been planning lesbian and gay weddings in Denver and Boulder County, Colorado since 2001, and have overseen hundreds of Denver area weddings and commitment ceremonies since that time. We’re proud to welcome diversity, including interfaith, multi-cultural, and same-sex couples.

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Wash Park Studio, Denver, Colorado

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Wash Park Studio

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A place where natural light, red brick walls, hickory floors and an exposed ceiling all come together to create a warm, inviting atmosphere perfect for your gathering. Wash Park Studio is a contemporary commercial photography studio/art space that’s perfect for a special event requiring a unique setting with style and metropolitan cool.

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: The Golden Hotel, Golden, Colorado

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

The Golden Hotel

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Gay Wedding Event Location in Golden, CO, USA. The Golden Hotel would be a perfect venue for your wedding with our breathtaking views and our wealth of full-service amenities. We are located on beautiful Clear Creek nestled in the heart of Golden and only 12 miles from Downtown Denver. Our professional reception coordinator will ensure every detail for your reception is perfect, leaving memories that will last a lifetime. Our spacious guest rooms will be a home away from home.

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Dickens Opera House, Longmont, Colorado

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Dickens Opera House, Longmont, Colorado

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 Event Location in Longmont, CO, USA. The historic Dickens Opera House offers a beautifully restored space, featuring custom sound equipment, LED lighting, an expansive dance floor, stage, fun seating and recreational areas, even couple’s changing suites. Space available accommodates up to 299 for a cocktail reception, 200 for a seated meal or buffet. Our 24′ x 28′ stage with luxurious curtains provides a beautiful backdrop for your ceremony. Bring in your own entertainment or allow us to help you.

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Colorado Supreme Court Lifts Marriage Equality Stay

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

ColoradoColorado just became the 25th state with marriage equality, after yesterday’s addition of Indiana, Wisconsin, Utah, Oklahoma and Virginia. Another six states are likely to follow in the next couple weeks or months as the non-decision from the Supreme Court takes effect.

Towleroad.com reports:

The Colorado Supreme Court has lifted injunctions against three county clerks in Colorado, clearing the way for them to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, The Denver Post reports. The move from the Colorado high court comes after the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday denied to hear an appeal of the 10th Circuit’s ruling that found Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional. That ruling was interpreted to apply to Colorado as Colorado falls under the 10th Circuit’s jurisdiction.

As of the last check, Pueblo, Larimer and Douglas counties were already issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples. That should quickly spread to all counties in the state now.

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Marriage Equality Updates: Colorado

Monday, October 6th, 2014

ColoradoWe’re running down some of the updates in the aftermath of the shocking Supreme Court decision to turn down all the pending marriage equality cases.

Next, Colorado.

Colorado wasn’t one of the five states with a lawsuit pending with the Supremes, but the AG has ordered all 64 counties to prepare to issue licenses to same sex couples.

SDGLN reports:

The state’s Attorney General John Suthers on Monday said all 64 county clerks must begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear all appeals on gay marriage bans. A same-sex couple in Pueblo County received the first license within hours — apparently the first gay marriage in Colorado after the high court’s action. Clerks in Boulder and Denver said they were awaiting final clearance. Once the legal formalities are finalized, same-sex marriage will be legal throughout Colorado.

Governor John Hickenlooper had this to say:

“Today marks a historic day on the march towards marital equality. The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision not to review the same-sex marriage cases in other states means that 10th Circuit’s decision is binding in Colorado. While there are a few more steps in the process, we are that much closer to declaring marriage equality for all Coloradans.”

Colorado will soon have full marriage equality – get ready for wedding bells across the Rockies.

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Congressman Jared Polis Files ENDA Discharge Petition

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Colorado Representative Jared PolisThe openly gay House member from Colorado is filing a discharge petition to force a House vote on the Employment Non Discrimination Act.

Towleroad.com reports:

Out Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) announced today that he has filed a discharge petition in the House of Representatives for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). Polis is the chief sponsor of ENDA and is also the co-chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus. From Rep. Polis’ statement: A discharge petition is a procedure to force a vote on legislation if it receives signatures from the majority of the House of Representatives. This move comes after the House Republican leadership has continued to refuse to hold a vote on this bipartisan bill. “This is common sense legislation that is supported by a majority of Americans and was passed overwhelmingly by the United States Senate,” said Rep. Polis. “The Republicans have been dragging their feet on this bill for too long, allowing workplace discrimination against hardworking LGBT Americans to continue.

This new version of ENDA would include a narrower religious exemption.

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Colorado Marriage Equality Stalled as Court Halts Boulder Weddings

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Boulder County Clerk Hillary HallThe push for Colorado marriage equality stalled for the moment, as the state Supreme Court finally forced Boulder County clerk Hillary Hall to stop issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

The court ruling was in response to an appeal from Republican Attorney General John Suthers, who has been trying for several weeks to get Boulder’s clerk to stop giving marriage licenses to gay couples until there’s a definitive ruling on same-sex unions from the U.S. Supreme Court. The same court previously ruled in Suthers’ favor in ordering Denver to stop issuing licenses, but that ruling didn’t apply to Boulder. Boulder was the first Colorado county to begin giving licenses to gay couples in June after the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against Utah’s same-sex marriage ban. That ruling was stayed pending appeal.

We also have a date for the state Supreme Court hearing in the case – October 20th.

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Another Colorado Marriage Equality Ruling – But Then a Stay

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

ColoradoAs expected, a Federal Judge struck down the state’s marriage equality ban… and then stayed his ruling.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

A federal judge in Denver declared Colorado’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional on Wednesday, but he issued a temporary stay of the ruling to give the state until next month to seek an appeal. Judge Raymond P. Moore’s ruling was in response to a lawsuit filed July 1 by six gay couples who asked the court for an injunction ordering that the state’s ban no longer be enforced. Colorado Republican Attorney General John Suthers and Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper had requested a stay so the issue could eventually be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court – though both agreed the state ban should be declared unconstitutional.

Attorney General John Suthers has appealed the ruling.

Joe.My.God reports:

Notice is hereby given that John Suthers, in his official capacity as the Attorney General of Colorado, in the above named case, hereby appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit from the order granting a preliminary injunction entered in this action on the 23rd day of July, 2014. Respectfully submitted this 23rd day of July, 2014.

In the meantime, a state judge jas once again denied a request to block Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall from giving marriage licenses to same sex couples.

On Top Magazine reports:

A Colorado judge on Wednesday denied a stay of his ruling allowing Boulder County to continue issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples. “In actuality, the State is asking this Court to reconsider its July 10, 2014 ruling and block Clerk Hall from issuing same sex marriage licenses,” District Court Judge Andrew Harman said in his ruling. Harman said he was denying the request because the state “has offered no actual support in favor of reconsideration, more cases have found same sex marriage bans unconstitutional since the Court issued its ruling and the State [has] not met its burden to obtain a stay pending appeal under established Colorado law.”

Dot429 interviews Hall:

dot429: What was the moment you first identified with LGBT rights?

Hillary Hall: My very first experience was when I was in high school and we had a youth minister from a neighboring church whom everyone thought so highly of. He put on religious plays, and he would go around and tour on spring break. One year, he had a play that featured a gay character, and shortly after that he came out himself. And I just remember how these people who had loved and adored him turned on him. That hadn’t—and still never—makes sense to me.

Correction: we reported yesterday that Hall had stopped issuing licenses – but we cannot find any further substantiation of that report.

The Colorado fight is now proceeding on two separate tracks – one in state court and one in the Federal Courts. Which will get there first?

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