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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Amaryllis Ensemble, New York, New York

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

Amaryllis EnsemblePeriodically 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.

The Amaryllis Ensemble was founded in 1987, after we finished our studies at the Manhattan School of Music. We specialize in unique, customized classical music for weddings in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. We’re not agents – we’re musicians who will play at your wedding ceremony or reception.

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Day of Decision Events for Marriage Equality

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

San Francisco Marriage Equality RallyMarriage Equality USA has put together a great set of events in 24 states so far. Here’s our list of events – you can also see the current list at the United for Marriage: Decision Day site.

Note: All day of Decision events here are dated Thursday, 6/20 unless they have a set date; tomorrow is the next possible day for the release of the DOMA and Prop 8 Decisions. If they are not released tomorrow, we will forward the dates to Monday, 6/24.

  • USA, AK, Anchorage: Jun 27, US Supreme Court Day of Decision Rally, Federal Courthouse, 7th & C Sts, 5 PM. Details

  • USA, AR, Fayetteville: Jun 27, “8” The Play Reading, Northwest Arkansas Equality Pride. Details

  • USA, AZ, Phoenix: Jun 20, US Supreme Court Day of Decision Rally, TBD, TBD. Details

  • USA, CA, Bakersfield: Jun 20, US Supreme Court Day of Decision Rally, TBD, 5-8 PM. Details

  • USA, CA, Contra Costa: Jun 20, US Supreme Court Day of Decision Rally, Rainbow Comm Ctr, 6:30 PM. Details

  • USA, CA, Eureka: Jun 20, US Supreme Court Day of Decision Rally, Arcata Plaza & Eureka Courthouse, 6 PM. Details

  • USA, CA, Fairfield: Jun 20, US Supreme Court Day of Decision Rally, Solano County Government Center, 6:30 PM. Details

  • USA, CA, Fresno: Jun 20, US Supreme Court Day of Decision Rally, City Hall, 6-8 PM. Details

  • USA, CA, Guerneville: Jun 20, US Supreme Court Day of Decision Rally, Flag pole in downtown, 6 PM. Details

  • USA, CA, Hanford: Jun 20, US Supreme Court Day of Decision Rally, Civic Park, 5:30 PM. Details

  • USA, CA, Long Beach: Jun 20, US Supreme Court Day of Decision Rally, The Grand, Long Beach Event Center, 7 PM. Details

  • USA, CA, Los Angeles: Jun 20, US Supreme Court Day of Decision Rally, West Hollywood Park, 5:30 PM. Details

  • USA, CA, Merced: Jun 20, US Supreme Court Day of Decision Rally, Bob Hart Square, 7 PM. Details

  • USA, CA, Mountain View: Jun 20, US Supreme Court Day of Decision Rally, Mountain View CalTrain station, 6 PM. Details

  • USA, CA, Oakland: Jun 20, US Supreme Court Day of Decision Rally, Uptown Art Park, 5:30 PM. Details

  • USA, CA, Palm Springs: Jun 20, US Supreme Court Day of Decision Rally, Tahquitz and Palm Canyon , 6 PM. Details

  • USA, CA, Porterville: Jun 20, US Supreme Court Day of Decision Rally, City Hall, TBD. Details

  • USA, CA, Rancho Cucamonga: Jun 20, US Supreme Court Day of Decision Rally, Foothill And Day Creek, 8:30 PM. Details

  • USA, CA, Redwood City: Jun 20, US Supreme Court Day of Decision Rally, San Mateo County Clerk’s Office, 5 PM. Details

  • USA, CA, Riverside: Jun 20, US Supreme Court Day of Decision Rally, 7th (Mission Inn Avenue) and Lemon, TBD. Details

  • USA, CA, Sacramento: Jun 20, US Supreme Court Day of Decision Rally, West Steps of the Capitol, 6 PM. Details

  • USA, CA, San Diego: Jun 20, US Supreme Court Day of Decision Rally, Hillcrest Pride Flagpole, 5-7:30 PM. Details

  • USA, CA, San Francisco: Jun 20, US Supreme Court Day of Decision Rally, Casto & Market, 6:30 PM. Details

  • USA, CA, Santa Ana: Jun 20, US Supreme Court Day of Decision Rally, 211 W. Santa Ana Blvd, 6:30 PM. Details

  • USA, CA, Santa Cruz: Jun 20, US Supreme Court Day of Decision Rally, Santa Cruz County Courthouse Steps, 5:30 PM. Details

  • USA, CA, Vallejo: Jun 20, US Supreme Court Day of Decision Rally, TBD, TBD. Details

  • USA, CA, Vallejo: Jun 20, US Supreme Court Day of Decision Rally, TBD, TBD. Details

  • USA, CO, Denver: Jun 20, US Supreme Court Day of Decision Rally, State Capitol, 8 AM-9 PM. Details

  • USA, FL, Ft. Lauderdale: Jun 20, US Supreme Court Day of Decision Rally, 2040 N. Dixie Highway, 5:30 PM. Details

  • USA, FL, Jacksonville: Jun 20, US Supreme Court Day of Decision Rally, Hemming Plaza, 7-9:30 PM. Details

  • USA, FL, Tallahassee: Jun 20, US Supreme Court Day of Decision Rally, Old State Capitol Building, 4:30-6:30 PM. Details

  • USA, FL, Tampa: Jun 20, US Supreme Court Day of Decision Rally, Sam M. Gibbons U.S. Courthouse, 7-9:30 PM. Details

  • USA, GA, Atlanta: Jun 20, US Supreme Court Day of Decision Rally, Corner 10th/Piedmont, 5 PM. Details

  • USA, GA, Savannah: Jun 20, US Supreme Court Day of Decision Rally, Wright Square, 5 PM. Details

  • USA, HI, Honolulu: Jun 20, US Supreme Court Day of Decision Rally, TBD, TBD. Details

  • USA, IL, Chicago: Jun 20, US Supreme Court Day of Decision Rally, 3403 N. Halstead St., 7 PM. Details

  • USA, IL, Urbana: Jun 20, US Supreme Court Day of Decision Rally, Corner Green St/Wright St, 7-8 PM. Details

  • USA, IN, Bloomington: Jun 20, US Supreme Court Day of Decision Rally, Monroe County Courthouse, 5:30 PM. Details

  • USA, KS, Hutchinson: Jun 20, US Supreme Court Day of Decision Rally, Avenue A Park, 5:30-9 PM. Details

  • USA, KY, Frankfort: Jun 26, United for Marriage Rally, State Capitol Building, 11 AM.

  • USA, MA, Boston: Jun 20, US Supreme Court Day of Decision Rally, Lir, 903 Boylston St., 6-8:30 PM. Details

  • USA, MI, Ann Arbor: Jun 20, US Supreme Court Day of Decision Rally, Jim Toy Comm Ctr, 4 PM. Details

  • USA, MI, Detroit: Jun 20, US Supreme Court Day of Decision Rally, Geary Park, 6-9 PM. Details

  • USA, MI, Ferndale: Jun 20, US Supreme Court Day of Decision Forum, LGBTQ Comm Ctr, 3 PM. Details

  • USA, NC, Wilson: Jun 27, US Supreme Court Day of Decision Video Presentation, Golden Corral, 6-9 PM. Details

  • USA, NC, Winston-Salem: Jun 20, US Supreme Court Day of Decision Rally, Winston Square Park Amphitheater, 6:30 PM. Details

  • USA, NV, Las Vegas: Jun 20, US Supreme Court Day of Decision Rally, Gay & Lesbian Comm Ctr, 5 PM. Details

  • USA, NY, Albany: Jun 20, US Supreme Court Day of Decision Rally, State Capitol, TBD. Details

  • USA, NY, New York: Jun 20, US Supreme Court Day of Decision Rally, Stonewall Inn, 5:30 PM. Details

  • USA, NY, Rochester: Jun 20, US Supreme Court Day of Decision Rally, Washington Square Park, 5-7 PM. Details

  • USA, OH, Akron: Jun 20, US Supreme Court Day of Decision Rally, Akron at Square, 7-10 PM. Details

  • USA, OH, Athens: Jun 20, US Supreme Court Day of Decision Party, Casa Nueva Restaurant, 5 PM. Details

  • USA, OH, Cincinnati: Jun 20, US Supreme Court Day of Decision Party, Below Zero Lounge, 5-7 PM. Details

  • USA, OH, Cleveland: Jun 20, US Supreme Court Day of Decision Party, Twist, 5-7 PM. Details

  • USA, OH, Cleveland: Jun 20, US Supreme Court Day of Decision Rally, City Hall, TBD. Details

  • USA, OH, Columbus: Jun 20, US Supreme Court Day of Decision Party, Level Dining Lounge, 5-7 PM. Details

  • USA, OH, Dayton: Jun 20, US Supreme Court Day of Decision Party, MJ’s Cafe, 5-7 PM. Details

  • USA, OH, Toledo: Jun 20, US Supreme Court Day of Decision Party, Tony Packos, 5-7 PM. Details

  • USA, OH, Youngstown: Jun 20, US Supreme Court Day of Decision Party, Lemon Grove, 7-10 PM. Details

  • USA, OR, Eugene: Jun 20, US Supreme Court Day of Decision Rally, Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza, 5-7 PM. Details

  • USA, OR, Portland: Jun 20, US Supreme Court Day of Decision Rally, Waterfront Park or Terry Schrunk Plaza, 5-7 PM. Details

  • USA, PA, Harrisburg: Jun 20, US Supreme Court Day of Decision Rally, Federal Courthouse, 2-4 PM. Details

  • USA, PA, Harrisburg: Jun 20, US Supreme Court Day of Decision Rally, State Capitol Bldg, 10 AM. Details

  • USA, PA, Philadelphia: Jun 20, US Supreme Court Day of Decision Rally, Independence Hall, 6-9 PM. Details

  • USA, PA, Pittsburgh: Jun 20, US Supreme Court Day of Decision Rally, Sixth Presbyterian Church, 7 PM. Details

  • USA, SC, Columbia: Jun 20, US Supreme Court Day of Decision Rally, SC Equality offices, 9 AM-12 PM. Details

  • USA, TX, Austin: Jun 20, US Supreme Court Day of Decision Rally, City Hall, 6:30 PM. Details

  • USA, UT, Salt Lake City: Jun 20, US Supreme Court Day of Decision Party, Club Sound, 4 PM. Details

  • USA, VA, Norfolk/Hampton Roads: Jun 20, US Supreme Court Day of Decision Rally, Federal Courthouse, 6:30 PM. Details

  • USA, VA, Richmond: Jun 20, US Supreme Court Day of Decision Rally, Jhn Marshall Courthouse, 10 AM-12 PM. Details

  • USA, WI, Madison: Jun 20, US Supreme Court Day of Decision Rally, Shamrock Bar, 5-9 PM. Details

  • USA, WV, Charleston: Jun 20, US Supreme Court Day of Decision Rally, Lee Street Lounge, TBD. Details

  • USA, WV, Morgantown: Jun 20, US Supreme Court Day of Decision Rally, Morgantown Brewing Co, 5 PM. Details

If you can make it to one of the rallies, please go – if it’s good news, we’ll celebrate together. if it’s not, we’ll push on ahead without the Supremes.

There are also a number of other events going on this month around marriage equality and LGBT rights:

  • USA, CA, Canoga Park: Jun 20-Jun 22, “8” The Play Reading, Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church. Details

  • USA, CA, San Francisco: Jun 29-Jun 30, Lambda Legal at San Francisco Pride.Details

  • USA, FL, Lake Eola: Jun 27, Paint Orlando Red Fundraiser, Bandshell, 7-10 PM. Details

  • USA, IN, Terre Haute: Jun 29-Jun 30, “8” The Play Reading, Community Theatre of Terre Haute. Details

  • USA, NY, New York: Jun 20, Equality at Work Awards 2012, The McGraw-Hill Companies, 12:30 PM. Details

  • USA, NY, New York: Jun 28, The iHeart OUTMusic Awards “Love Equality Benefit Concert” NYC, Stage 72. Details

  • USA, OH, Cleveland: Jun 30-Jun 30, “8” The Play Reading, Cleveland Playhouse. Details

  • USA, OR, Statewide: Jun 20, Bites for Rites 2013. Details

  • USA, PA, Harrisburg: Jun 22, Rally for Marriage Equality, Capitol Bldg, 3rd & North St, 10 AM. Details

  • USA, VA, Statewide: Jun 22-Jun 23, Cookout for Marriage Equality 2013. Details

  • USA, WA, Olympia: Jun 23, Equal Rights Washington at Olympia Pride. Details

  • USA, WA, Seattle: Jun 30, Equal Rights Washington at Seattle Pride. Details

Minnesota, USA: Four Political Parties Support Marriage Equality Bill

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

MinnesotaLeaders of four political parties in Minnesota have lined up in support of the state’s pending marriage equality bill. The Minnesota Star-Tribuje reports:

“This is about what kind of state we want for the future,” Ken Martin, chair of Minnesota’s DFL Party, said Wednesday. “What kind of statement do we want to make when a whole swath of society is treated like second-class citizens? We know the freedom to marry is a critical step to a better Minnesota.”… Along with Martin, the event drew leaders of the Independence, Libertarian and Green parties, all of whom expressed strong support for same-sex marriage and rejected a compromise proposal to allow civil unions for same-sex couples.

The issue will likely be decided along partisan lines, and the vote right now is too close to call.

Find more articles and gay wedding resources in Minnesota.

Scotland: Three Parties Unite in Push for Marriage Equality

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

THE clamour for the legalisation of same-sex marriage in Scotland has grown after the leaders of Holyrood’s opposition parties signed a pledge supporting the move.

Labour’s Johann Lamont, Ruth Davidson of the Conservatives, Willie Rennie of the Lib Dems and the Greens’ Patrick Harvie signed a pledge expressing their backing for homosexual weddings.

The four opposition leaders signed a declaration saying that they would “campaign to beat the ban on same sex marriage”.

Full Story from Scottsman.com

Click here for gay wedding resources in the United Kingdom.

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Australia: Marriage Equality Issue Tricky for National Parties

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

Australia Gay MarriageATTITUDES towards gays and lesbians have become significantly more liberal at a national level but anti-gay sentiment remains strongly entrenched in politically sensitive areas, such as pockets of Melbourne’s south-east, Sydney’s west and regional Queensland.

With Federal Parliament to start debating a Greens motion on same-sex marriage today, an electorate-by-electorate analysis shows sharp differences of opinion around the country, which will fuel divisions inside the Labor Party on the issue.

The Roy Morgan Research survey data shows areas with the most positive attitudes towards gays and lesbians include affluent Liberal seats in Melbourne and Sydney such as Kooyong and Higgins.

Full Story from The Age

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Gay Marriage Events Today/Tomorrow

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

Full Events List: http://www.purpleunions.com/mn/gay-marriage-events-list.html

–USA, CA, Hollywood: 04/04, Prop 8 Signature Gathering, Farm Mkt, 8 AM-1 PM. http://bit.ly/a89Qkk
–USA, CA, Huntington Beach: 04/03, Prop 8 Signature Gathering, Starbucks at the Pier, 12-5 PM. http://bit.ly/a89Qkk
–USA, CA, Los Angeles: 04/03, Prop 8 Signature Gathering, TBA, 3-4 PM. http://bit.ly/a89Qkk
–USA, CA, Palm Springs: 04/03, Equality Happy Hour, Hamburger Mary’s, 4-7 PM. http://bit.ly/bKvO8V
–USA, CA, Palm Springs: 04/03, Kathy & Mo Show – $50-60, Convention Ctr, 7 PM. http://bit.ly/9K86kI
–USA, CA, Palm Springs: 04/03, Dinah Shore Champagne Brunch – $100, 11 AM-1 PM. http://bit.ly/94t7zB
–USA, CA, San Diego: 04/03, Prop 8 Signature Gathering, Dropoff, Bamboo Lounge, 2-4 PM. http://bit.ly/a89Qkk
–USA, CA, San Francisco: 04/03, Prop 8 Signature Gathering, Castro & Market, 12-2 PM. http://bit.ly/a89Qkk
–USA, CA, San Francisco: 04/04, Prop 8 Signature Gathering, 18th & Dolores, 12-2 PM. http://bit.ly/a89Qkk
–USA, CA, Santa Cruz: 04/04, Prop 8 Signature Gathering, Dropoff, SC Coffee Roasting Co, 2-5 PM. http://bit.ly/a89Qkk
–USA, CA, Silverlake: 04/03, Prop 8 Signature Gathering, Farm Mkt, 8-12 PM. http://bit.ly/a89Qkk
–USA, FL, Gainesville: 04/02-04/03, Equality Across America Conference, TBD. http://bit.ly/9YHegU
–USA, IA, Des Moines: 04/03, Marriage Equality Anniversary Party, Temple for Performing Arts, 6:30-11 PM. http://bit.ly/bTTCkV

Gay Marriage Events Today/Tomorrow

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

Full Events List: http://www.purpleunions.com/mn/gay-marriage-events-list.html

–USA, CA, Dinuba: 04/02, Prop 8 Signature Gathering, Drop-Off, Wal-Mart, 4-6 PM. http://bit.ly/a89Qkk
–USA, CA, Huntington Beach: 04/03, Prop 8 Signature Gathering, Starbucks at the Pier, 12-5 PM. http://bit.ly/a89Qkk
–USA, CA, Los Angeles: 04/03, Prop 8 Signature Gathering, TBA, 3-4 PM. http://bit.ly/a89Qkk
–USA, CA, Palm Springs: 04/03, Equality Happy Hour, Hamburger Mary’s, 4-7 PM. http://bit.ly/bKvO8V
–USA, CA, Palm Springs: 04/03, Kathy & Mo Show – $50-60, Convention Ctr, 7 PM. http://bit.ly/9K86kI
–USA, CA, Palm Springs: 04/03, Dinah Shore Champagne Brunch – $100, 11 AM-1 PM. http://bit.ly/94t7zB
–USA, CA, San Bernardino: 04/02, Prop 8 Signature Gathering, Drop-Off, The Lark, 7 PM. http://bit.ly/a89Qkk
–USA, CA, San Diego: 04/02, Prop 8 Signature Gathering, Bachus House, 9 PM-12 AM. http://bit.ly/a89Qkk
–USA, CA, San Diego: 04/03, Prop 8 Signature Gathering, Dropoff, Bamboo Lounge, 2-4 PM. http://bit.ly/a89Qkk
–USA, CA, San Francisco: 04/02, Signature Drop-Off & Party – $10, Club Trigger, 6-9 PM. http://bit.ly/a89Qkk
–USA, CA, San Francisco: 04/03, Prop 8 Signature Gathering, Castro & Market, 12-2 PM. http://bit.ly/a89Qkk
–USA, CA, Sanger: 04/02, Prop 8 Signature Gathering, Drop-Off, Wal-Mart, 12:30-2:30 PM. http://bit.ly/a89Qkk
–USA, CA, Silverlake: 04/03, Prop 8 Signature Gathering, Farm Mkt, 8-12 PM. http://bit.ly/a89Qkk
–USA, CA, Venice: 04/02, Prop 8 Signature Gathering, Roosterfish Bar, 6-10 PM. http://bit.ly/a89Qkk
–USA, FL, Gainesville: 04/02-04/03, Equality Across America Conference, TBD. http://bit.ly/9YHegU
–USA, IA, Des Moines: 04/03, Marriage Equality Anniversary Party, Temple for Performing Arts, 6:30-11 PM. http://bit.ly/bTTCkV
–USA, IA, Iowa City: 04/02, Marriage Equality Panel Discussion, Univ of Iowa, 2-3:15 PM. http://bit.ly/di6apG

Gay Marriage Events Today/Tomorrow

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

Full Events List: http://www.purpleunions.com/mn/gay-marriage-events-list.html

–USA, CA: 04/01, Last Prop 8 Signature Gathering, Statewide. http://bit.ly/a89Qkk
–USA, CA, Dinuba: 04/02, Prop 8 Signature Gathering, Drop-Off, Wal-Mart, 4-6 PM. http://bit.ly/a89Qkk
–USA, CA, Los Angeles: 04/01, Voter Canvass Training, The Village, 6:30-9:30 PM. http://bit.ly/cqeLcp
–USA, CA, Marina Del Rey: 04/01, Eat a LIttle, Give A lot! – Dine for Equality, IHOP, 4-10 PM. http://bit.ly/a89Qkk
–USA, CA, San Bernardino: 04/02, Prop 8 Signature Gathering, Drop-Off, The Lark, 7 PM. http://bit.ly/a89Qkk
–USA, CA, San Diego: 04/02, Prop 8 Signature Gathering, Bachus House, 9 PM-12 AM. http://bit.ly/a89Qkk
–USA, CA, San Francisco: 04/01, One Struggle One Fight Meeting, 209 Golden Gate Ave, 7 PM. http://bit.ly/7HQ8D4
–USA, CA, San Francisco: 04/02, Signature Drop-Off & Party – $10, Club Trigger, 6-9 PM. http://bit.ly/a89Qkk
–USA, CA, Sanger: 04/02, Prop 8 Signature Gathering, Drop-Off, Wal-Mart, 12:30-2:30 PM. http://bit.ly/a89Qkk
–USA, CA, Santa Cruz: 04/01, Prop 8 Signature Gathering, SC Coffee Roasting Co, 2-5 PM. http://bit.ly/a89Qkk
–USA, CA, Vencie: 04/02, Prop 8 Signature Gathering, Roosterfish Bar, 6-10 PM. http://bit.ly/a89Qkk
–USA, FL, Gainesville: 04/02-04/03, Equality Across America Conference, TBD. http://bit.ly/9YHegU
–USA, IA, Iowa City: 04/02, Marriage Equality Panel Discussion, Univ of Iowa, 2-3:15 PM. http://bit.ly/di6apG