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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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Featured Gay Wedding Vendor: Pendleton House Bed & Breakfast, Pendleton, Oregon

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

Pendleton House B&B

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Gay Wedding Event Location in Pendleton, OR, USA. Historic mansion and beautiful garden/event area for your special day. Encounter the charm of western heritage, historic grandeur and the welcoming aspect of gay-owned and operated business that caters specifically to you and your guests.

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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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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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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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Oregon Marriage Equality Case Considered by Justice Kennedy

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Supreme Court Justice Anthony KennedyNational Organization for Marriage’s battle against Oregon Marriage Equality appeared to gain at least a little traction yesterday.

Towleroad.com reports:

Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is fielding the request, wants more information from the parties involved before he makes a decision.

The Oregonian reports: Kennedy asked for briefs to be filed by 1 p.m. Monday from the parties in the two lawsuits that led to U.S. District Judge Michael McShane’s May 19 ruling that allowed gays and lesbians to marry in Oregon. Kennedy, who hears emergency appeals from the region that includes Oregon, could issue a ruling on NOM’s motion on its own or pass the issue on to the full court. At a minimum, Kennedy’s action means that he wants more information on the case before he makes a decision. But it’s hard to know whether NOM has a strong shot for its argument that the Supreme Court should get involved in the Oregon case because of its unusual nature.

I’m surprised Kennedy didn’t just throw the request out at first glance. Do you think he’s taking it seriously? BTW, NOM apparently left out the whole part about Judge McShane finding they had no standing when they filed their request with the Supreme Court.

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NOM Tries a Hail Mary Pass in Oregon Marriage Equality Case

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

NOM LogoThose poor, deluded folks at the National Organization for Marriage – they think they still have a chance to turn back the tide of marriage equality.

Equality on Trial reports:

The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) has filed an application with the Ninth Circuit’s Circuit Justice, Anthony Kennedy, requesting “an immediate stay pending appeal of an order denying intervention and of the judgment and injunction entered by the United States District Court for the District of Oregon, invalidating and enjoining enforcement of Oregon’s marriage laws to the extent they limit marriage to man-woman unions.” The district court judge, Michael McShane, and the motions panel at the Ninth Circuit, had previously rejected their request for a stay.

There’s no appeal. There’s nothing to stay. When will they take their ball and just go home?

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