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Minister Deb Weddings, San Diego – Featured Gay Wedding Officiant

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

Minister Deb

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My name is Minister Deb and I have been officiating traditional and LGBT wedding ceremonies for over 12 years.

Before same-sex marriage was legal I officiated ‘commitment ceremonies’ for same sex couples who wanted to participate in a ceremony that had all of the components of a legal marriage. While performing these commitment ceremonies our visibility exploded as gay and lesbians fought for equal rights to legally wed. I lobbied, protested and spoke out for legalizing same-sex weddings for many years. Finally the Supreme Court gave all citizens the right to marry the person they love on June 26, 2015.

Since 2002 I have officiated over 250 weddings and I do this as a service to the LGBT community and to spread ‘loving kindness’ throughout our communities. Love has conquered our enemies and now they are our allies.

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Same Love, Better Wedding – Lesbian Owned New York City Wedding Planner

Saturday, January 30th, 2016
Same Love, Better Wedding

LeviStolovePhotography.com

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Same Love, Better Wedding is NYC’s premiere LGBTQ wedding and event planning company. Run by LGBTQ people for LGBTQ people, SLBW will make your dream wedding a reality. We specialize in gay weddings and events in the NYC area, and in gay destination weddings in Italy. If a romantic Italian destination wedding is what you desire, we can take you to the most stunning corners of Italy, where we already have a team in place to make sure that your wedding is a success. So sit back, relax, and let us do the work! , Same Love, Better Wedding (SLBW) is the quintessential, same sex, luxury wedding planning company. Brought to you by Gioia Grabos and her team of dedicated, passionate global citizens, SLBW will create the gay wedding of your dreams.

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Ancient Hawaiian Weddings, Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

Saturday, December 19th, 2015

Ancient Hawaiian Weddings

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We have been arranging traditional Hawaiian style ceremonies on the beautiful Hawaiian island of Maui since 1995 to bring you a part of the island not many will be able to experience. Our Hawaiian Chanters, conch shell blowers, kahili bearers, dancers and musicians will enhance every ceremony with their special gift of Aloha. We offer ceremony sites from remote beaches and cliffs, private gardens and estates, surfboards, sailboats and outrigger canoes.

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Rev. Tanya K. Young, Nags Head, North Carolina

Saturday, June 13th, 2015

Rev. Tanya K. Young

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.

Very often couples that seek my services are not comfortable with traditional church affiliation and desire a meaningful spiritual alternative. My goal, as the writer, is to create a ceremony that touches the hearts of you and your guests and speaks to your joined personality. I will blend all types of backgrounds into one formal moment and I am deeply honored to now legally join same-sex couples in North Carolina!

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Estonia: Writer Calls for Recognition of Same Sex Relationships

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Even in Eastern Europe, the marriage equality movement is now percolating. The Chairman of the Estonian Writers’ Union is calling on the government to provide recognition for same sex couples. Gay Star News reports:

‘The fact that some people are homosexual and some are married isn’t even really the point … It all comes down to people, and people should not be pigeonholed in the legal sense based on inborn qualities.’ Sinijaerv also saw value in the opening up of civil partnerships to heterosexual friends who were caring for each other.

This guy has a great sense of humor, too:

Karl Martin Sinijaerv made the call in response to comments from IRL party MP Erki Nool that homosexuals should be avoided and given medical treatment. In an article posted by Estonian Public Broadcasting, Sinijaerv wrote that he could only agree with Nool that it was best to avoid practicing homosexuals. ‘A polite person will also avoid the company of practicing heterosexuals,’ Sinijaerv wrote. ‘It’s always a good policy to wait a little, until the practicing is over.’

Laughed my ass off over that one. There’s nothing better than a great wordsmith to puncture the hateful words of a bigot.

Washington, USA: Same Sex Weddings Account for 66% of All Weddings in First Month

Saturday, January 12th, 2013

Same Sex Weddings Account for 66% of All Weddings in Washington in First MonthLynn Mueller, 51, and Dorinda Pulliam, 56, of Vancouver were together for two decades before state law finally allowed them to marry.

“After 20 years, we don’t feel like newlyweds,” Mueller said. “One of the things that is different, which tickles me, is now, when I fill out forms, I don’t have to check the box for ‘single’; now, I can check the box that says ‘married.’ I didn’t anticipate that would be so significant and meaningful.”

Mueller and Pulliam were among 156 same-sex couples who married in Clark County in the first month it was legal, from Dec. 9 to Jan. 9, according to the county’s Marriage License Department. That accounted for 66 percent of all marriages in the county during the month, said Paul Harris, the department’s manager.

Authored By Paris Achen – See the Full Story at The Columbian

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USA: Marines Say Spouse Clubs Must Admit Same Sex Spouses

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

US Marines Say Spouse Clubs Must Admit Same Sex SpousesThe US Marine Corps has issued advice to its legal staff to say that spouses clubs operating on its military bases must admit gay couples, or will have to leave.

The Marines are the first to tackle such issues in the wake of the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, back in 2011, which banned gay service members from being open about their sexuality, reports the Associated Press.

This advice comes after an issue arose at the Army’s Fort Bragg in North Carolina, where a gay spouse was denied entry to the spouses club operating there.

Authored By Joseph Patrick McCormick – See the Full Story at Pink News

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USA: Would Supreme Court Decision on Marriage Equality Aid Same Sex Military Couples?

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

USA: Would Supreme Court Decision on Marriage Equality Aid Same Sex Military Couples?When Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Morgan returned from a year-long deployment to Kuwait with the New Hampshire National Guard in 2010, her doctor didn’t have good news. The breast cancer thought to be in remission, the physician said, had returned, and the diagnosis was terminal.

That’s when Morgan began a new battle – to make sure her wife and their daughter receive the same survivor benefits that would go to any other married couple with children.

The US Supreme Court’s decision to take up the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) could have a considerable impact on the benefits of same-sex spouses of service members, who were largely invisible to the military until the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” (DADT).

Authored By Anna Mulrine – See the Full Story at the Christian Science Monitor

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Maryland, USA: Shooting Same Sex Weddings “Awkward”, Photographer Says

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

Shooting Same Sex Weddings "Awkward", Maryland Photographer SaysSame-sex marriage becomes legal in Maryland next week, and oh it’s going to take some getting used to. How about the horror of having to photograph two men or two women for a wedding ceremony. Apparently one anonymous photog has a professional problem with the aesthetics of it:

“John Zito, president of the Maryland Wedding Professionals Association, said he knows of a wedding photographer who “didn’t feel comfortable” taking same-sex couples’ photos because he was unaccustomed to posing two grooms or two brides together. Zito would not identify the photographer.

“I’m a photographer by trade myself, and I’ve done a couple of commitment ceremonies, and it is kind of awkward,” Zito said. “When you have two men, I don’t know how to pose them, and this person didn’t know how to provide them the same services [as he would provide straight couples] if they didn’t know how to pose them.”

Authored By Pam Spaulding – See the Full Story at Pam’s House Blend

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Maryland, Maine Same Sex Weddings Begin This Week

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

USA: Think Tank Says Marriage Equality Laws Will Generate SpendingGay marriage laws in Maine and Maryland begin in less than a week. In both states, voters decided the issue.

Maryland lawmakers approved a marriage equality bill and Democratic Governor Martin O’Malley signed it into law earlier this year. However, opponents mounted a ballot initiative to repeal it. Voters on November 6 decided to let the law take effect on January 1.

Some Maryland clerks began issuing marriage licenses to gay couples on December 6, the day election results were certified.

Authored By Carlos Santoscoy – See the Full Story at On Top Magazine

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