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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Riverside Hotel, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

The Riverside Hotel

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.

From the first champagne toast to the final dance of the evening, make your wedding dreams come true at Fort Lauderdale’s Riverside Hotel. We offer an array of stunning venues that range from a lush garden setting to an elegant ballroom.

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: 84 West Events, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

84 West Studios - Fort Lauderdale

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.

84 West Events is a full service event production company, producing unique and high end celebrations and events throughout Florida. We also feature our own unique Venue, A9 Event Space, which is perfect for events up to 100 guests.

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Ultimate Bridal Beauty, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Ultimate Bridal Beauty - Fort Lauderdale, FloridaPeriodically 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 Hair/Beauty in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA. Jaye Minton Goldberg is a well known, highly regarded, sought-after bridal beauty consultant specializing in airbrush makeup and hair design for same sex marriage and her company is GLBT friendly. Jaye is South Florida’s premier bridal beauty consultant.

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Master Musicians Inc., Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Friday, January 30th, 2015

Master MusiciansPeriodically 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 Entertainment in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA. Master Musicians Inc. offers award winning musicians for weddings and special events and has been a South Florida favorite since 2004. Whether a romantic violinist, formal string quartet or fun steel drummer our boutique style customer service will guide you in personalizing your once in a lifetime event with music! We are thrilled at Florida’s decision to become the 36th state to legalize gay marriage and cannot wait to be part of your special day!

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Rabbi Jeffrey Kurtz-Lendner, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Rabbi Jeffrey Kurtz-LendnerPeriodically 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 Officiant in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA. Rabbi Kurtz-Lendner is a member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and will perform Jewish ceremonies for gay and lesbian couples in accordance with his religious policies for all couples. He is most delighted to welcome all people and recognizes the fundamental humanity of all individuals.

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Gay Friendly Wedding Vendors in Fort Lauderdale.

Florida Marriage Equality Round-Up – January 7th

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

More from Florida after same sex marriages have commenced.

Statewide: Attorney General Pam Bondi is dodging questions about whether or not she will drop her appeal of a marriage equality ruling. full story

Statewide: Several marriage equality opponents conceded the fight is over in the state. full story

Statewide: Towleroad.com has twenty great wedding pics from yesterday from Twitter. full story

Florida Wedding

Statewide: Queerty has more great wedding pics. full story

Statewide: Yesterday, more than 100 married in Miami Dade County, 183 in Broward, and 20 in Monroe. full story

Statewide: Orange county issued 164 licenses; Hillsborough 160; Pinnelas 67. full story

Statewide: The Sun Sentinel looks at the questions that remain around marriage equality in the state. full story

Brevard County: Rockledge residents Angelique Bonadio and Tiffany Gregg were one of the first couples to marry at the Brevard County Clerk of Courts branch office. full story

Lake County: A snowbird couple from Arkansas was the first same sex couple to marry in the county full story

Miami-Dade County: The Archdiocese of Miami is warning employees they could be fired for any conduct that is “inconsistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church” in the wake of the start of same-sex marriages in Florida. full story

Miami-Dade County: Out celebrity chef Art Smith will be joining forces with the James Royal Palm Hotel in Miami to throw a special wedding officiated by a mystery celebrity on Saturday, February 21st for 101 lucky gay couples. full story

Osceola County: Watermark looks at the first weddings in the county. full story

Sarasota County: 10 News profiles one of the couples married yesterday, and says 33 licenses were issued. full story

Florida Marriage Equality Round-Up – December 6th

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

We’re doing a special edition of the round-up just for Florida marriage equality today – as same sex weddings begin.

Statewide: Attorney General Pam Bondi has conceded defeat, saying “The judge has ruled, and we wish these couples the best.” full story

Statewide: Watermark has a great guide to getting married in Florida. full story

Statewide: Watermark has also posted their own round-up of marriage equality ceremonies and celebrations in the state. full story

Statewide: Matt Baume profiles the guys still trying to stop Florida marriage equality. full story

Statewide: Jeb Bush has clarified his earlier statement on marriage equality: “We live in a democracy, and regardless of our disagreements, we have to respect the rule of law. I hope that we can show respect for the good people on all sides of the gay and lesbian marriage issue – including couples making lifetime commitments to each other who are seeking greater legal protections and those of us who believe marriage is a sacrament and want to safeguard religious liberty.” full story

Statewide: Now that Florida has marriage equality, 70% of Americans live in a marriage equality state. full story

Statewide: The new wikipedia marriage equality map features Florida. full story

Wikipedia Marriage Equality Map

Statewide: So does the Dallas Voice map. full story

Dallas Voice marriage equality map

Broward County: Joe.My.God has video of same sex couples marrying just after midnight in Fort Lauderdale. full story

Escambia County: Hundreds of marriage equality supporters filled Seville Quarter in Pensacola for a party honoring same-sex couples’ right to get married. full story

Hillsborough County: County Clerk of Court Pat Frank may waive the usual three day waiting period to get married. full story

Leon County: Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum is inviting same sex couples in counties that have discontinued courthouse weddings to come to his city to get married. full story

Miami/Dade County: A state judge lifted her stay a day early in Miami, so same sex couples began marrying there first yesterday. full story

Miami/Dade County: Plaintiffs Karla Arguello and Cathy Pareto were the first to receive a marriage license in the county. full story

Monroe County: The gay Key West plaintiffs married at midnight. full story

Orange County: Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer hosted a mass same sex wedding at 9 AM – video. full story

Orange County: Wedding planners say they expect Orlando to become a marriage equality mecca. full story

Palm Beach County: Marriage equality supporters held a mass same sex wedding in Palm Beach at midnight. full story

USA: Does Florida Mean Marriage Equality is a Done Deal?

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

US Supreme Court ColorThe US Supreme Court just turned down Florida’s request for an extension of the stay on a marriage equality ruling on a 7-2 vote. Is this the end for anti gay marriage forces?

John Gallagher at Queerty thinks so:

This time, however, the entire court considered the request for a stay. And in a telling action, only two justices-Antonin Scalia (of course) and Clarence Thomas-would have taken the request. That means seven justices let marriage equality take effect in Florida, including two-Chief Justice John Roberts and Samuel Alito-who dissented from the Supreme Court’s Windsor ruling.

Now, it’s entirely possible that Roberts and Alito saw the request as a narrow legal issue that the Court had no reason to get involved with. But in general they’re not especially willing to place legal reasoning above political ideology. Apparently, they don’t object to marriage equality on legal principle, or at least not enough to try to stop it in its tracks. If they wanted to take a stand, this would have been the chance. Instead, they took a pass. Which is a pretty strong signal that the majority feels that the issue is largely settled. Because there are conflicting rulings, the Court will have to weigh in on the issue at some point.

Even the strongly anti-gay Attorney General, Pam Bondi, is now conceding defeat in her state.

Pink News reports:

In a statement shortly after, Bondi – who has spent much of the past year defending her aggressive action against same-sex marriage – finally admitted defeat. She said: “Tonight, the United States Supreme Court denied the State’s request for a stay in the case before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Regardless of the ruling it has always been our goal to have uniformity throughout Florida until the final resolution of the numerous challenges to the voter-approved constitutional amendment on marriage. Nonetheless, the Supreme Court has now spoken, and the stay will end on January 5.”

Chris Johnson at The Washington Blade puts in his own two cents:

The refusal from the Supreme Court to stay same-sex marriages in Florida is noteworthy because although justices have denied similar requests to halt same-sex marriages in Alaska, Idaho, South Carolina and Kansas, they’ve never done so before in a state where a federal appeals court has yet to rule on the issue. The decision with regard to Florida could be a sign the Supreme Court is ready to rule in favor of nationwide marriage equality no matter what the federal appeals courts decide in the interim.

The fat lady may not have sung, but she’s backstage about to go on.

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Florida Marriage Equality on 1/6 After Supreme Court Declines to Extend Stay

Friday, December 19th, 2014

Rainbow FloridaMarriage equality will come to Florida next month after the US Supreme Court declined to extend the stay on a pro same sex marriage ruling.

Watermark reports:

Same-sex weddings may soon begin in Florida after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to block them. The court said Friday it wouldn’t block the marriages. A federal judge previously declared Florida’s ban on gay marriage unconstitutional and said same-sex marriage licenses could start being issued in the state after Jan. 5 unless the Supreme Court intervened. Most federal judges and appeals courts have ruled against state bans and gay marriages are occurring in about three dozen states. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati has upheld the right of four states to decide whether to allow gay marriage.

Florida becomes the 36th state with marriage equality, and the biggest in awhile, with large LGBT populations in Fort Lauderdale, Miami and Key West.

Full Story at Watermark Online | Florida Wedding Vendors

USA, Florida: Broward County Judge Grants First Same Sex Divorce

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

FloridaIt’s official – a lesbian couple is now divorced in the state of Florida.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

Circuit Judge Dale Cohen on Wednesday dissolved the marriage of Heather Brassner and Megan Lade in a brief hearing. They were united in a 2002 civil union in Vermont but Brassner was unable to obtain a divorce in Florida for five years since their relationship ended. “It’s like an emotional weight being lifted off,” said Brassner, who is from Lake Worth. “I just feel free and I couldn’t have gotten a better holiday gift.”

Cohen ruled in August that Florida’s gay marriage ban is unconstitutional because it violates the Fourth Amendment’s guarantees of equal protection and due process. Because the ruling came in a divorce case, it has the effect of also declaring that out-of-state gay marriages should be recognized in Florida. It does not mean same-sex marriage licenses can be issued in Broward County.

Judge Cohen’s action comes as a stay in another case is about to expire on 1/5, unless Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas grants an extension.

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