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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Carolyn Burke – Wedding Officiant, St. Louis, Missouri

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

Carolyn Burke - Wedding Officiant

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.

Carolyn Burke is a St. Louis area wedding coordinator and officiant – she would love to work with you to arrange an event that you and your guests will never forget. Carolyn is available in both St. Louis, Missouri, and in Metro East Illinois. Effective November 2014 – Same sex marriage is legal in St Louis City and St Louis County. You can apply for a license and use it anywhere in the state.

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: All Ears DJ, Kansas City, Missouri

Friday, July 24th, 2015

All Ears DJ

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.

It’s ok to admit that you’re scared of wedding DJs. Here is the good news: it does not have to be that way. All Ears DJ will rock your wedding party with music that exudes good taste.

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: St. Louis Big Band, St. Louis, Missouri

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

St. Louis Big Band

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.

With a retro mix of hot jazz, swing, and rock-n-roll the St. Louis Big Band features Joe Scalzitti as a young Sinatra and is home to the exclusive Gatsby wedding package. Traveling nationwide & offering a 9-18 piece configuration The St. Louis Big Band fills the dance floors for the nation’s most discerning clients. Whether your event will be traditional, east-coast or a unique style of your own The St. Louis Big Band has the experience to bring your vision to life

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Ruth Ellen Hasser, St. Louis, Missouri

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Ruth Ellen Hasser

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.

As a Celebrant, I create beautiful and customized ceremonies with couples who want their wedding to be a reflection of their love, their beliefs, their hopes and their dreams for a life together. Long or short, formal or informal, civil or spiritual, interfaith or non-religious, I will work with you to create a unique and personalized ceremony at your location of choice, and I will officiate at your wedding with professionalism, warmth, and joy!

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Federal Judge Invalidates Missouri Marriage Equality Ban; Decision on Hold

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

Missouri mapA federal judge struck down Missouri’s ban on marriage equality yesterday.

Think Progress reports:

District Judge Ortrie D. Smith, a Clinton appointee, dismissed the state’s argument that the ban promotes “consistency, uniformity, and predictability” as circular. “The State essentially argues,” he wrote, that “the restriction satisfies governmental interests because it creates a rule that can be applied by the recorders of deeds and others — but then, all restrictions create rules, so by the State’s logic any restriction is automatically constitutional simply because it creates rules that can be followed.” He concluded that there was “no real reason” for Missouri to ban same-sex marriage, because none of its interests were served by doing so.

This follows an earlier decision this week at the state level opening up marriage equality in St. Louis.

Missouri Atty. Gen. Chris Koster announced he would appeal the ruling.

Towleroad reports:

“The United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri today ruled that Missouri’s ban against same-sex marriage violates the equal protection and due process guarantees of the United States Constitution. We will appeal the ruling to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.” Earlier this week, Koster appealed a separate ruling striking down the state’s ban which applied only to St. Louis.

The ruling was stayed pending appeal, so we won’t see marriages all across Missouri just yet.

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Judge Opens Door for Marriage Equality in St. Louis, State Appeals

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

St. Louis Arch - MissouriA state judge yesterday ruled that the ban on marriage equality was illegal, opening the door for same-sex couples to start marrying immediately in St. Louis.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison said in a written ruling that Missouri’s measure recognizing marriage only between a man and woman violates the due process and equal protection rights of the U.S. Constitution. The decision — which applies only in the city of St. Louis where Burlison has jurisdiction — mirrored ones handed down recently in several other states.

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster immediately appealed the ruling to the state Supreme Court, saying the constitutional challenge “must be presented to and resolved” at that level. But he said that his office wouldn’t seek a stay of the order, noting that the U.S. Supreme Court refused to grant stays after same-sex marriage decisions in Idaho and Alaska. Koster previously chose not to appeal a ruling requiring Missouri to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.

Couples rushed to take advantage of the opportunity. Towleroad.com reports:

Following St. Louis, Missouri Circuit Judge Rex Burlison’s ruling today that officials in that city can issue marriage licenses to gay couples, same-sex couples turned up at city hall to say “I do.”… Check out some incredible images of marriage equality arriving in St. Louis, courtesy of CBS reporter Michael Calhoun’s incredible Twitter feed.

Happy day in St. Louis!!!

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Missouri Judge Rules for Marriage Equality for Out of State Weddings

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Missouri mapOvershadowed by the news out of the Supreme Court, a state judge in Missouri just ordered the state to recognize marriages from other jurisdictions.

Dot429 reports:

A judge has ordered that Missouri recognize same-sex marriages from outside the state, marking the first ruling against the state’s marriage equality ban. Jackson County Circuit Judge J. Dale Youngs wrote in his twenty-page decision on October 3, “The undisputed facts before the Court show that, to the extent these laws prohibit plaintiffs’ legally contracted marriages from other states being recognized here, they are wholly irrational, do not rest upon any reasonable basis, and are purely arbitrary. All they do is treat one segment of the population–gay men and lesbians–differently than their same-sex counterparts, for no logical reason.”

Missouri’s AG, Chris Koster, says the state will not appeal the ruling.

Towleroad.com reports:

The circuit court’s judgment in Barrier v. Vasterling held that Missouri must recognize marriages lawfully entered into in other states. We will not appeal that judgment. Our national government is founded upon principles of federalism – a system that empowers Missouri to set policy for itself, but also obligates us to honor contracts entered into in other states. A consequence of this morning’s ruling by the United States Supreme Court is that gay marriage will soon be legal in as many as 30 states. At a time when Missouri is competing to attract the nation’s premier businesses and most talented employees, we should not demand that certain individuals surrender their marriage licenses in order to live and work among us.

It’s not full marriage equality – couples cannot yet get married in the state – but it’s a huge step in that direction.

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Another Win – Missouri Judge Orders Recognition of Same Sex Marriages

Saturday, October 4th, 2014

St. Louis Arch - MissouriA state judge in Missouri just ordered the state to recognize the weddings of 10 same sex couples.

The Washington Blade reports:

In a 20-page decision, Judge J. Dale Youngs of the 16th Circuit Court of Jackson County declares Missouri’s ban on recognizing same-sex marriage violates plaintiff same-sex couples’ constitutional right to equal protection. “Under the Constitutions of the United States and State of Missouri, must defendants recognize out-of-state marriages between same-sex couples that are legal in the jurisdiction in which they were contracted — just as it recognizes all other similarly valid out-of-state marriages?” Youngs writes. “The answer is yes.” Although plaintiffs assert Missouri’s ban on marriage recognition violates their right to due process, in addition to their right to equal protection, Youngs writes he need only find the law violates equal protection rights to rule against the law.

The decision will likely be appealed. There is currently no stay in the order.

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The Most Awesome Response to Westboro Baptist Church, Ever

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Panic at the DiscoThe band Panic! At the Disco turned a WBC protest into an HRC fundraiser in a brilliant response to the homophobic group’s pathetic rally outside the band’s concert in Kansas City.

Queerty reports:

The Bible-thumping gang that just loves to hate recently put out the most nails-on-a-chalk-board version of Panic At The Disco’s pop-punk anthem “I Write Sins Not Tragedies,” which they call “You Love Sin What a Tragedy.”… They also announced plans to picket Panic’s show in Kansas City, Mo this past weekend. Because apparently there weren’t any bigger sinners to harass that day. Well the band fired back in just about the prefect way imaginable. Frontman Brendon Urie (who is married to a woman but doesn’t shy away from talking about past experiences sleeping with men) and co. posted this message to Twitter, pledging a $20 donation to HRC for every Westboro protester.

Only 13 showed up, so the band upped their donation from $260 to an even grand. How awesome is that? They also donated 5% of their merchandise sales for the show. Love these guys!

Jackson County Won’t Defend Missouri Marriage Equality Ban

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Missouri mapJackson County officials have indicated they won’t defend the state’s ban on marriage equality in a new lawsuit.

On Top Magazine reports:

Officials in Jackson County, Missouri said Monday they would not defend the state’s ban on gay marriage in a lawsuit filed by the Missouri chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) last week… According to Kansas City Public Media, Jackson County has decided against fighting the lawsuit. “The arc of history is to allow more marriages, not fewer, and I think ultimately that’s where we’re going as a nation,” said Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders. “I think courts may get there, though, before public opinion.” The lawsuit’s only named defendant is Robert Kelly, director of the Jackson County Department of Recorder of Deeds.

So I’m assuming the state will step in and defend it?

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