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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Courtney Goldman Photography, Atlanta, Georgia

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

Courtney Goldman Photography

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Courtney’s approach to photography is simple – she want you to be relaxed, enjoy yourself, and to not worry about her or the photos she’s taking. With this method Courtney is able to capture the most genuine moments in any situation. Courtney Goldman is a full time professional photographer dedicated to providing her clients with beautiful images. If you’d like any referrals, just ask – her clients are her biggest fans!

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Old Courthouse on the Square, Decatur, Georgia

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

The Old Courthouse on the Square - Decatur, Georgia.

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Gay Wedding Event Location in Decatur, GA, USA. Whether your event requires a grand room or a charming intimate space, the Old Courthouse on the Square in downtown Decatur offers an elegant setting. With marble walls, terrazzo and hardwood floors and beautiful arched windows, The Old Courthouse is ideal for wedding ceremonies and receptions.

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USA, Georgia: State Gets Marriage Equality Lawsuit – Only Four To Go

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Georgia mapOne of the five remaining states without a marriage equality lawsuit got one yesterday.

The Washington Blade reports:

Lambda Legal on Tuesday filed a federal lawsuit challenging Georgia’s same-sex marriage ban on behalf of three gay couples and a widow. “Georgia is our home,” said Christopher Inniss of Snellville, who has been with his partner, Shelton Stroman, for 13 years, in a press release before the group filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia in Atlanta. “We own a home together, we own a business together, and we are raising our son, Jonathan, together. We have done everything we can to protect and take responsibility for our family but marriage is the only way to ensure that we are treated as the family that we are. We need the protection that marriage affords.”… Georgia had been among the five states in which same-sex couples had yet to file a lawsuit seeking marriage rights.

The four remaining US states without a lawsuit? Alaska, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota. And South Dakota may get one soon.

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USA: 30 States Have Marriage Equality Lawsuits; 5 Left to Go

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Gay WeddingOnly five states that haven’t legalized marriage equality aren’t yet facing a marriage equality lawsuit – and two may be facing one soon.

The Washington Post reports:

Gay marriage is now legal in 17 states and bans are being challenged in 30, according to the latest count from Lambda Legal, a pro-gay marriage organization. (Hawaii and Illinois allow gay marriage, but legal technicalities to aspects of their laws are still being ironed out in the courts.) The five states with bans on gay marriage that stand unchallenged are: Alaska, Georgia, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota. The five unchallenged state gay marriage bans may not stand for long. Already, a South Dakota couple has plans to challenge their state ban. And the Supreme Court could soon weigh in.

The other state of the five that may soon have its own suit:

“We have been working to identify the best course of action to bring marriage equality to Georgia,” Lambda Legal Senior Attorney Beth Littrell tells GA Voice. “We will be announcing the result of that work very soon. I can assure you Georgia won’t be left behind when it comes to marriage equality.”

How long until we have marriage equality in all fifty states? Your best guess?

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Georgia: Prime Minister Proposes Constitutional Ban on Marriage Equality

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili

Photo courtesy of Irakli Vacharadze

Just a day after a Russian lawmaker proposed a gay marriage ban, it’s coming to light that Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili has also proposed such a ban.

The Washington Blade reports:

Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili last week proposed a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as between a man and a woman in the former Soviet republic.

Identoba, a Georgian LGBT advocacy group, noted Garibashvili announced “the homophobic intention of his government” to amend the country’s constitution as he spoke about an anti-discrimination measure his administration sent to the Georgian Parliament. The organization added the proposed amendment “can only be seen as a homophobic move” because Georgian law already bans same-sex marriage.

“If the amendment is successfully initiated, it will directly violate universal equality of single parents, LGBT community and many others who do not live in nuclear families,” said Identoba. “Alarmingly, this homophobic and cynical move ultimately kills the very spirit of equality protection of the incoming Anti-Discrimination Law.”

Another backward step in Eastern Europe. Sad to see this in the face of advancing equality in so many other parts of the world.

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Berry’s Wedding Photography, Atlanta, Georgia

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Berry's Wedding Photography, Atlanta, GeorgiaPeriodically 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 Atlanta, GA, USA. We welcome the rainbow and would be honored to capture the priceless memories as you and your partner celebrate your Atlanta wedding, Atlanta Commitment Ceremony, Atlanta Gay Wedding, Atlanta civil union, Birthday Party, or other special event in Metro Atlanta and beyond.

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USA, Georgia: State Agrees to Process Benefits for National Guard Same-Sex Couples

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Georgia mapAnother state has caved on processing benefits for same-sex couples who are part of the state’s National Guard.

The Washington Blade reports:

The Georgia National Guard has become the latest state to agree to process spousal benefit applications for troops in same-sex marriages, according to two sources familiar with the decision. Maj. Jon Craig, a National Guard Bureau spokesperson, said Georgia had agreed to process applications to grant same-sex spouses military IDs last week in a decision along the lines of Texas and Louisiana. “With Georgia, what it came down to was the authorization to put some state employees on temporary federal status,” Craig said.

That means that Mississippi is the only state still standing on the issue.

SDGLN reports:

Mississippi is now the only state in the union to violate Pentagon policy to provide spousal benefits to same-gender couples… Mississippi is expected to comply with the policy, and the Pentagon is putting pressure on the state’s National Guard to provide the benefits to same-gender military couples as they do opposite-gender couples.

One by one like dominoes they fall…

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USA: Rogue States Fight Back Over Pentagon National Guard Orders

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

US Department of DefenseIt looks like some states are not going to quietly go along with the Secretary of Defense’s orders to process benefits for same sex partners of National Guard members.

Joe.My.God reports:

On Thursday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced that he was ordering all National Guard units to comply with Pentagon policy regarding spousal benefits for gay soldiers. Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin may go to court to stop him. Alex Weintz, spokesman for Gov. Mary Fallin, said she “is working with Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to evaluate the legal options available to the Oklahoma National Guard.” Weintz stopped short of saying Oklahoma will refuse to follow Hagel’s order, but made it clear Fallin would not go along with it willingly. “Gov. Fallin is calling on President Obama and Secretary Hagel to stop using the National Guard as a pawn in a larger social agenda,” said Weintz. “The president has made it clear he supports gay marriage. He has the legal authority to order federal agencies to recognize gay marriages. He does not have the legal authority to force state agencies to do so, or to unilaterally rewrite state laws or state constitutions.”

Ah, but isn’t the National Guard part of the US Military? President Bush seemed to think so when he sent them to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Texas is thinking the same thing as Okalhoma.

Towleroad.com reports:

Josh Havens, a spokesman for Texas Governor Rick Perry, said, “Texas Military Forces is a state agency, and as such is obligated to adhere to the Texas Constitution and the laws of this state which clearly define marriage as between one man and one woman.”

As are Mississippi and Georgia:

Bryant says he does not have the constitutional authority to lift the ban. “The Mississippi Constitution clearly defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman and expressly prohibits the recognition of same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions,” Bryant said through a spokesman.

Georgia has issued a similar statement: “The State of Georgia does not recognize same sex marriages and is not authorizing the Georgia National Guard to process the applications for same-sex married benefits at state facilities. Any personnel seeking to apply for same-sex married benefits will be referred to federal facilities.”

This may need a lawsuit to resolve the issue.

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Cindy and Sharon | Same Sex Wedding Photographers – Atlanta, Georgia

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Cindy and Sharon | Same Sex Wedding Photographers  - AtlantaPeriodically 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 Atlanta, GA, USA. While we are photographers by craft, we are documentary photographers at heart. We are dedicated to documenting the unfolding history of civil rights for gay and lesbian couples as marriage equality becomes an accepted part of the American social landscape.

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USA, Georgia: Married Lesbian Woman Denied Name Change on Drivers License

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Georgia mapA legally married lesbian woman in Georgia is being denied a name change on her drivers license because of the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, just like in Tennessee.

Gay Star News reports:

The US state of Georgia is refusing to allow an out-of-state married lesbian to change her name on her drivers license despite allowing her wife to do the same. Employees at a Georgia Department of Driver Services office didn’t deny wife Shakira McCollum-Tucker’s application to hyphenate her name when she sought to replace an expiring license. But when Danielle McCollum-Tucker sought to use their Maine issued marriage license in her application to add Shakira’s surname to the end of her surname a few weeks later, employees refused her – saying Shakira’s license had been issued in error.

As we said before, how petty can you get?

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