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DoubleTree by Hilton Washington DC: Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor

Friday, March 18th, 2016

DoubleTree by Hilton Washington DC

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.

Looking for a great wedding venue in Dupont Circle, Washington DC’s gay neighborhood? Come see us at the DoubleTree by Hilton, where you can enjoy warm hospitality in an upscale location.
We’re in the heart of downtown, in the vibrant DuPont Circle area, within easy walking distance of popular attractions, and just 3 miles from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

Our DC hotel features nine meeting rooms including an outdoor garden terrace. You can host an elegant reception and/or memorable wedding ceremony in our 6,700 square feet of flexible banquet space.

At The DoubleTree by Hilton Washington DC, we understand that your wedding day is one of the most memorable days of your life. We’re thrilled that Washington DC now recognizes full marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples, and would love to work with you on every detail of your wedding day. We also offer discounted rates on wedding room blocks if you want an affordable place for your guests to stay, as well as inclusive packages.

Want something extra-special? Enjoy an outdoor wedding ceremony on our private garden terrace or even a winter ceremony in front of the fireplace in our Stateroom. Your wedding will always be the only event we have at the hotel – you will have our undivided attention.

At Washington DC’s DoubleTree by Hilton, we offer fantastic service, great food and a terrific location for your perfect wedding.

See the DoubleTree by Hilton Washington DC Expanded Listing on Purple Unions Here

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Logistics of Planning a Same-Sex Wedding Ceremony – Sandy Malone’s Blog in BRIDES

Friday, September 11th, 2015
Mr. and Mr. David and Garrett Egland-Rock's recessional. Love this pic - it made "Best Real Wedding" pics in The Huffington Post!

Mr. and Mr. David and Garrett Egland-Rock’s recessional. Love this pic – it made “Best Real Wedding” pics in The Huffington Post!

Are you planning your own same-sex wedding? There’s no absolute rule book so your best bet is to trust your gut or look for advice like you’ll find in my blog today in BRIDES about how to actually set up and execute a gay or lesbian wedding ceremony. Where does everybody sit and how do you enter? Don’t struggle until you’ve read all my suggestions and ideas!

Click here to check out my blog!

Until next time, happy wedding planning from Sandy Malone Weddings & Events!

Sandy

Sandy Malone is the owner of Sandy Malone Weddings & Events, a full-service traditional home and destination wedding planning company, and Do-It-Yourself wedding planning consulting service for DIY brides and grooms. Sandy is the star of TLC’s reality show “Wedding Island,” about her destination wedding planning company Weddings in Vieques. She is an internationally syndicated wedding blogger for The Huffington Post and BRIDES, as well as a reality-TV blogger for Monsters and Critics.

Sandy’s book “How to Plan Your Own Destination Wedding: Do-It-Yourself Tips from an Experienced Professional,” will be released on March 1st, but is available online for pre-orders now where books are sold.

Sandy and her team (including her husband Bill, a retired SWAT team commander) have planned and executed almost 500 weddings in the United States and the Caribbean. Sandy is a veteran event planner from Washington, DC, with years of experience planning large and small weddings, press conference, and corporate and political events. She has planned countless events on Vieques Island, beginning with her own wedding back in 2004.  Since that time, her professional staff has executed large and small weddings of all styles, including elopements, vow renewals and fabulously posh events at multi-million dollar waterfront villas. She has also planned family reunions, destination baby showers, corporate retreats and a variety of other events for clients from all over the United States and Canada. She is considered the “Queen of Gay Wediquette” and has been rated “Five Rainbows” by her happy gay clients!

Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Chapel of Love Ceremonies, Washington, DC

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

Chapel of Love Ceremonies - Rev. Starlene Joyner BurnsPeriodically 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 Officiants in Washington, DC, USA. I am Rev. Starlene Joyner Burns a compassionate, caring, understanding Spiritual Science minister, and an avid marriage equality supporter. I want to help you put into action your vision for your special day. We will collaborate on each part of the ceremony. And if you want to avoid the DC 3 day waiting period; then I will file and pick up your marriage license. This allows you to get married the day you arrive!

See the Chapel of Love Ceremonies Expanded Listing on Purple Unions Here

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NOM Hate March Flops

Friday, June 20th, 2014

NOM Hate March

photo credit: Zach Ford

The NOM hate march in Washington DC drew only about 2,000 people, most of those bused in for free.

The Washington Blade reports:

Many of the estimated 2,000 people from across the country held NOM signs that defined marriage as between a man and a woman. Others carried posters reading “each child deserves a father and a mother” in Spanish. “When we hear time and time again from some in the media that the fight to protect marriage is over, we are here today to say no,” said NOM President Brian Brown. “We are here to say that no matter the circumstances, no matter how difficult it may be, we will stand in and out of season for the truth of marriage.”

Metro Weekly reports on some familiar faces who attended the rally:

Rep. Tim Huelskamp was the only current member of Congress to speak at the rally, mere yards from the House Chamber. “There are those intent on destroying marriage who claim history is on their side,” declared the Kansas Republican, who proposed amending the U.S. Constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman mere days after the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark marriage-equality rulings last June… The most recognizable names at the rally were former Republican presidential candidates Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee. Santorum, who paused between sentences of his speech to allow a translator to repeat his words in Spanish, insisted that the institution of marriage must be reclaimed.

Think Progress interviewed folks at the rally:

Both on the dais and in the crowd, religious beliefs were the driving force behind attendees’s opposition to same-sex marriage. ThinkProgress spoke with several members of the crowd to get a sense of why they were participating, and most cited their religious beliefs as their primary motivation. In particular, many were religious leaders themselves or specifically came to the march with a church group. Watch a compilation of ThinkProgress’ interviews from the March for Marriage:

And remember how Archbishop Cordileone swore the whole rally had nothing to do with the gays?

SF Gate report:

“Kneeling on the sidewalk across from the U.S. Supreme Court, San Francisco’s Roman Catholic archbishop led several thousand protesters Thursday in prayer against same-sex marriage. Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone was the star attraction of a rally in Washington organized by National Organization for Marriage President Brian Brown, the nation’s leading opponent of same-sex marriage. Brown tapped Cordileone as the first speaker at the event and had him lead the group in prayer after a march from the west front of the U.S. Capitol to the Supreme Court steps.”

Oops. Will he be called on it?

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Ring in Love, Washington, DC

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

Ring in Love - Washington, DCPeriodically 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 Officiants in Washington, DC, USA. Interfaith Minister available for marriage ceremonies. Registered with the DC Marriage Bureau. All faith paths honored. Spiritual or secular ceremonies. Couples coming from out of the area to marry–as your officiant I can file your application to save you time and travel! Partnering with you to make your special day truly memorable. Part of the DC GL community for over 25 years.

See the Ring in Love Expanded Listing on Purple Unions Here

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Chapel of Love Ceremonies, Washington, DC

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Chapel of Love Ceremonies - Washington, DCPeriodically 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 Officiants in Washington, DC, USA. I am Rev. Starlene Joyner Burns a compassionate, caring, understanding Spiritual Science minister, and an avid marriage equality supporter. I want to help you put into action your vision for your special day. We will collaborate on each part of the ceremony. And if you want to avoid the DC 3 day waiting period; then I will file and pick up your marriage license. This allows you to get married the day you arrive!

See the Chapel of Love Ceremonies Expanded Listing on Purple Unions Here

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Rev. David B. Lett, Washington, DC

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Rev. David B. Lett - Washington, DCPeriodically 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 Officiants in Washington, DC, USA. Marriage is a sacrament which is contractually entered into and administered by the marriage couple. The Priest is merely the Church’s witness and as such blesses the contract. Therefore, we can offer a more contemporary, authentic experience in the wedding ceremonies we perform. We perform weddings for divorcees, couples with children, and gay and lesbian couples.

See Reverend Lett’s Expanded Listing on Purple Unions Here

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Awesome Video Productions, Washington, DC

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Awesome Video Productions – Washington DCPeriodically 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 Photography / Videography in Washington, DC, USA. Awesome Videos specializes in preserving your DC wedding memories in a creative manner at an affordable price. We go the extra mile to exceed your expectations by providing quick turn around time and a written guarantee stating that if we fail to produce what we promise, we will give you your money back!

See the Awesome Video Productions Expanded Listing on Purple Unions Here

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USA, DC: Anti Gay Groups Kicked Out of Senate Meeting Room, Welcomed By Speaker Boehner in the House

Saturday, November 16th, 2013

Illinois Senator Mark KirkA meeting by a group of anti gay groups seeking to bring Russian-style anti gay propaganda laws to the US was kicked out of a Senate meeting room by Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL).

Towleroad.com reports:

If you’ve been following recent reports on American right-wingers Scott Lively and Brian Brown, you may recall that they both recently traveled to Russia to attend a meeting of a virulently anti-gay group called the World Congress of Families, which is planning a Moscow Summit in 2014. KirkWell, the group had recently planned a meeting in D.C. and had reserved a meeting room at the Dirksen Senate Office building, until it was shut down by Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL), Buzzfeed reports:

“Shame on you, Senator Kirk, for allowing vocal radical sexual minorities to drown out the voices of the natural family and faith that have made our nation free, prosperous, and stable for more than 200 years,” said Larry Jacobs, managing director of the World Congress of Families in an email to BuzzFeed. “Obviously Senator Kirk doesn’t care about families and children and freedom and has chosen to side with the policies of decline, death and disease promoted by the Sexual Radicals.”

So now we’re agents of “decline, death and disease.” Nice. Gotta love those far right “Christians” and their Christ-love.

House Speaker John BoehnerBut not to worry – they soon found another venue.

Joe.My.God reports:

The office of House Speaker John Boehner secured meeting space for the World Congress of Families after their original sponsor, Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk, canceled their space in a Senate office building following an outcry from LGBT activists, the group’s leader said. World Congress of Families President Allan Carlson praised Boehner’s intervention at in opening remarks at the event, which is focusing on what “pro-family legislators” can learn from foreign laws like Russia’s ban on “promoting non-traditional sexual relationships to minors.” “At least in the House of Representatives people have not succumbed to the great fear” of LGBT activists, Carlson said, likening the situation to developments in Germany, France, and Italy as fascism took hold of Europe. “A great fear seems to be descending over what has been called the world’s greatest deliberative body … ideas are being suppressed, debate is being shut off, and minds are being closed.”

Yes, and you guys are the ones bringing that fear and closing those minds. Looks like John Boehner is standing firmly on the wrong side of history.

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Traveling at the Speed of Love: Winning the Race for Equality

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Five years ago last week, on Election Day 2008, California’s electorate passed Prop 8, marking perhaps the most notable low point in the marriage equality movement as a minority was stripped of a previously recognized constitutional right. As of this week five years ago, only two states – Massachusetts and Connecticut – fully recognized the marriages of same-sex couples.

How far we’ve come since then. And how fast.

Read the full story on the MEUSA News Blog…