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Cycles of Life: Ashland, Oregon Wedding Officiant

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Cycles of Life

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Carl Jung said ceremony and ritual are essential for people to mark the important transitions of life. Ceremony is a noble and life affirming way to mark important rites of passage. Thoughtful ritual gives optimal meaning and guides you on a path to your new status in a life affirming way.

I am Julian Spalding , a Certified Life Cycle Celebrant(c), in Ashland, Oregon. I officiate same sex, transgender and gender non-conforming weddings, as well as funerals, memorials and any other occasion. I will work with you to create a ceremony that reflects your personal beliefs and includes any traditions or customs that are important to you. My ceremonies are inclusive of gender variations, race and affectional orientation.

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Melissa Coe Ceremonies, Portland, Oregon

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Melissa Coe Ceremonies

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Melissa Coe joyfully officiates 50+ weddings a year, more than half of which are for LGBTQ couples. She is a professionally educated and certified Wedding Officiant, Celebrant, Interfaith Minister and LGBTQ Ally who is also the OR & ID Celebrant Chapter Facilitator, Wedding Wire winner, a featured enGAYged Wedding exhibitor as well as the co-founder of Wedding Professionals United for Marriage- an outreach program of Basic Rights Oregon /Oregon United for Marriage.

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National Organization for Marriage Knocked Down Again in Oregon

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

NOM LogoThe National Organization for Marriage faced another setback in their fight against marriage equality.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

A federal appeals court has dismissed the National Organization for Marriage’s effort to appeal an Oregon court ruling that allows same sex marriage. The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued its decision on Wednesday. Several same-sex couples sued the state of Oregon last year arguing the ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

Who even knew they were still fighting Oregon marriage equality? It’s just sad.

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Portland Apple Store Receipt Calls Customer a F@g

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Apple Receipt

A gay man in Portland, Oregon, was shocked to see F@g.com typed on his store receipt where the email is usually listed:

Pink News reports:

A gay man in Portland, Oregon, claims he was branded a “f@g”, after visiting an Apple Store to buy some headphones. Adam Catanzarite posted an image of an apple receipt bearing his name on Facebook, earlier today. In the space where the employee is meant to record the customers email address, it appears that “f@g.com” was inserted instead.

No official reply yet on the issue from Apple.

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Check Out Portland’s Bi Brigade

Saturday, June 28th, 2014

There are few resources available in mainstream LGBT media intended specifically for bisexual people. Most resources are limited to those who are monosexual — those who are primarily Portland Bi Brigadeattracted to only one gender. While many LGBT organizations include B in the acronym, few actually provide bi-specific resources.

A group of bisexuals based in Portland, Ore., is trying to change that with a self-produced series of videos and interactive blogs. Bi Brigade seeks to offer insight and advice from bisexual people, for bisexual people. The group launched its first video last month, and provided The Advocate with a sneak peek into the project.

“We intend to destroy monosexism through the creation of visible, valuable, and tangible bisexual community,” Cameron Kude, the creator of Bi Brigade, tells The Advocate.

Authored By Eliel Cruz – See the Full Story at The Advocate

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Hilton Garden Inn Portland / Lake Oswego

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Hilton Garden Inn Portland/Lake Oswego 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 Honeymoon Lodging in Lake Oswego, OR, USA. At the Hilton Garden Inn you can start each morning with a cooked-to-order breakfast in our restaurant. Use complimentary WiFi throughout the property and our 24-hour Business Center to be productive. Hilton Garden Inn provides the amenities you need for productivity and comfort while away from the office and home. Stay connected with complimentary wireless or wired high-speed internet access.

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Oregon Marriage Equality Upheld as Supreme Court Turns NOM Away

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

US Supreme CourtThe US Supreme Court sent NOM packing yesterday, denying the group’s request to halt Oregon marriage equality in its tracks.

The Oregonian reports:

In a terse, one-sentence order, the court rejected a request by the National Organization for Marriage to stay the May 19 federal court ruling allowing gays and lesbians to marry in Oregon. Justice Anthony Kennedy, who rules on emergency cases in the western region of Oregon, referred the issue to the full court, which then declined to get involved in the Oregon case. “Love is the law in Oregon,” said a statement from Amy Ruiz, deputy campaign manager for Oregon United for Marriage, a group supporting gay marriage. “Try as they might, the opposition cannot take that away.”

I was a little shocked that the Court had even agreed to entertain the idea – NOM had already been blocked from intervening at the federal court and the appeals court. But it’s surely a good sign for the battles to come that Kennedy let the decision stand.

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Creative Celebrations, Portland, Oregon

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Creative Celebrations, Portland, OregonPeriodically 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 Planners in Portland, OR, USA. Plan all types of events – large weddings, intimate weddings, destination weddings and other special-occasion parties. When a client retains Creative Celebrations, they are hiring me, not someone assigned by an event company.

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Oregon Marriage Equality Ballot Initiative Still in Play?

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Oregon Marriage EqualityConcerned that the US Supreme Court could honor NOM’s request and intervene in the Oregon marriage equality case, Oregon United for Marriage might still go ahead with the ballot initiative for November.

Oregon Live reports:

Oregon United For Marriage, the group formed to put a same-sex marriage initiative on the November ballot, had planned to formally decide Monday whether to drop the measure in light of the May 19 federal court ruling allowing gays and lesbians to marry in Oregon. But that’s been put on hold while the group watches to see how the U.S. Supreme Court handles a request by the National Organization for Marriage for an emergency stay of the ruling by U.S. District Judge Michael McShane… Peter Zuckerman, a spokesman for Oregon United for Marriage, said his group remains confident that the court will reject the request from NOM, which was filed last Tuesday. But, he added, leaders of his group “are not going to make a decision [on the initiative] until they know what the court is going to do.” “We have the signatures” to qualify for the ballot, Zuckerman added, “and we’ll turn them in if that’s what we need to do to win.”

Kennedy has asked for briefs by today. No word yet on when he will decide the issue.

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Ainsworth House & Gardens, Oregon City, Oregon

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

Ainsworth House & Gardens

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Gay Wedding Event Location in Oregon City, OR, USA. Ainsworth House & Gardens is an historic venue with acres of lush gardens and elegant reception and dance facilities for up to 125 guests. Gay owned since 2005, we only host one event at a time – yours.

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