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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Cheat A Little Catering, San Francisco, California

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

Cheat a Little Catering

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.

Cheat A Little Catering is a full-service catering company, serving the entire San Francisco bay area. “One stop shopping” for catered cuisine, beverages, service staff, rentals, floral, valet and venue selection. Custom-designed menus with vegan/vegetarian, gluten-free and multi-cultural food options. Your “go-to” LGBT caterer for Weddings, Commitment Ceremonies, Birthdays, Anniversaries, Holidays & Corporate Events.

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Mendocino Magic, Laytonville, California

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Mendocino Magic

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.

Unplug! Enjoy your guests and your special time on our totally private 600 acre site. We offer accommodations for 24 in several residences and unlimited camping for your other guests. Feel a million miles away 3 hrs. from the GG Bridge. Very affordable packages. We have one of the largest private reservoirs in the region. Swim, run, kayak, nap … without a neighbor in site. Music til dawn on our 50′ X 60′ stage.

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

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Melissa Coe Ceremonies

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.

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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Gay Friendly Wedding Vendors in Oregon

Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Miramonte Resort & Spa, Indian Wells, California

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

Miramonte Resort & Spa

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.

Miramonte Resort is a gay friendly, exceptional wedding venue and service, featuring breathtaking views. Our Palm Springs area resort is right out of a fairy tale, and perfect for yours. Come see if for yourself – imagine marrying the love of your life under the bright & bountiful bougainvillea, olive grove and Italian fountains at the base of the magical Santa Rosa Mountains. Intimate & romantic, at Miramonte, your wedding is tailor made to reflect your vision and create unforgettable memories.

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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 Wedding Vendor: Leo Teatro Events, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Leo Teatero Events

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.

Leo Teatro is a gay wedding planner based in Montreal. During his twenty five-year career, Leo has built a diverse portfolio, with over 1,000 events, and is one of the most recognized event and wedding planners in Montreal.

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Gay Friendly Wedding Vendors in Quebec

USA, Utah: Judge Orders State to Recognize Existing Same Sex Marriages

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Utah MapA federal judge ordered the state to immediately recognize the 1,300 same sex couples who married in the brief window.

The Washington Blade reports:

The state of Utah must recognize the estimated 1,300 same-sex marriages performed within the state as legally valid, a federal judge ruled Monday. In the case of Evans v. Utah, U.S. District Judge Dale Kimball issued a preliminary injunction requiring Utah to recognize the unions performed in state in the aftermath of another court decision in December striking down Amendment 3, the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. “The State has placed Plaintiffs and their families in a state of legal limbo with respect to adoptions, child care and custody, medical decisions, employment and health benefits, future tax implications, inheritance, and many other property and fundamental rights associated with marriage,” Kimball writes. “These legal uncertainties and lost rights cause harm each day that the marriage is not recognized.”

Will the state comply? I smell an appeal.

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USA, Michigan: ACLU May Sue State to Force Recognition of 300 Married Couples

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

ACLU LogoOK, that was fast – the ACLU may take the state to court to force it to recognize the 300+ new same sex marriages that the Governor called legal and valid, but said he won’t recognize.

Pink News reports:

Now the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in the state of Michigan, slammed the Governor for his position, and the organisation is talking to couples who married on Saturday to explore the possibility of filing a lawsuit against the state. Michigan LGBT project attorney Jay Kaplan said the couples were still being treated as “second class citizens”.

“It’s very disconcerting that in one breath, he’s saying these marriages are legal, and yet he’s saying the state will deny any benefits, protections or recognitions associated with the marriage. How can you talk out of both sides of your mouth? These people have legal marriages, and under the laws of our state, as well as the constitution, you have to treat them equally.”

Good for the ACLU – the state’s stance makes absolutely no sense at all – let’s call them on it.

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USA: The Top 15 Benefits Married Gay and Lesbian Couples Can Now Receive

Saturday, July 13th, 2013

Taxes and LGBT CouplesNow that DOMA section 3 has been struck down, legally married gays and lesbians are eligible for 1,138 federal benefits they didn;t have access to before. LGBT Weekly runs down a list of some of the biggest:

Everyone knows that the Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). That means married same-sex couples now qualify for the 1,100+ federal benefits that were previously denied to them. We can’t go through them all, so here are my top 15 benefits for married same-sex couples:

IRA and Roth IRA contributions can be made for a non-working spouse.

A deceased spouse’s retirement accounts such as 401(k)’s, 403(b)’s and IRA’s will now automatically transfer to the surviving spouse.

See the rest of the tips at the link above.

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Alaska, USA: Fighting for Marriage Equality

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Alaska Gay Rights BillThe marriage equality fight is spreading to places where only bans had been discussed before. Juneau Empire looks at the couples fighting the battle in the State’s capital:

For decades, there have been fights to have basic rights and protections, from the Stonewall riots to the Prop 8 and DOMA cases before the Supreme Court today — and even at the local level, Juneau residents patiently fight and wait while civil rights history happens — or doesn’t. But there’s more hope today than ever before that these rights will be granted.

The article profiles several local couples:

In 1998, Alaskans voted on Proposition 2, to amend the state’s constitution to limit marriage. Sara and others in the community had seen progress in acceptance in the community prior to that amendment, how did she feel with that step backward? “That feel word… I don’t usually cry at interviews…” Sara said. “It was hard, it was discouraging, and it was so pointless because if you think of the civil rights movement, and I think of this as a civil right, I have three sisters and why do they have rights under the law that I don’t have — it doesn’t seem right.”

Marguerite Lauri Crawford and Kimberly Hubbard Crawford married last August. They held their ceremony in the courtyard of Dimond Courthouse, in front of the Capitol. “I feel like I wasn’t willing to wait until they recognize it, because there’s no guarantee that they’ll ever come to their senses and this is when we wanted to get married, so regardless of what the law stated, we were going to,” Marguerite said. “I refuse to be told who I can and cannot marry,” Kimberly said. “Countries think they have a right to tell a person who they can and cannot marry, and I wasn’t about to wait for it. I didn’t feel at the time, a year ago, that we were even close to getting there.”

Marriage equality stories coming out of Alaska, Texas, even China – what an amazing time we are living in.

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