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DoubleTree by Hilton Washington DC: Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor

Friday, March 18th, 2016

DoubleTree by Hilton Washington DC

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.

Looking for a great wedding venue in Dupont Circle, Washington DC’s gay neighborhood? Come see us at the DoubleTree by Hilton, where you can enjoy warm hospitality in an upscale location.
We’re in the heart of downtown, in the vibrant DuPont Circle area, within easy walking distance of popular attractions, and just 3 miles from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

Our DC hotel features nine meeting rooms including an outdoor garden terrace. You can host an elegant reception and/or memorable wedding ceremony in our 6,700 square feet of flexible banquet space.

At The DoubleTree by Hilton Washington DC, we understand that your wedding day is one of the most memorable days of your life. We’re thrilled that Washington DC now recognizes full marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples, and would love to work with you on every detail of your wedding day. We also offer discounted rates on wedding room blocks if you want an affordable place for your guests to stay, as well as inclusive packages.

Want something extra-special? Enjoy an outdoor wedding ceremony on our private garden terrace or even a winter ceremony in front of the fireplace in our Stateroom. Your wedding will always be the only event we have at the hotel – you will have our undivided attention.

At Washington DC’s DoubleTree by Hilton, we offer fantastic service, great food and a terrific location for your perfect wedding.

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USA, Washington DC: Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor Officiates at Same Sex Wedding

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

US Supreme CourtAnother US Supreme Court Justice, the retired Sandra Day ‘Connor, just officiated at a same sex wedding at the court.

The Dallas Voice reports:

For the second time since June, a gay couple married at the United States Supreme Court. Retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor officiated at the wedding of Jeffrey Trammell and Stuart Serkin of Washington on Tuesday, the Associated Press reported. In June, the Supreme Court justices stopped short of legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide but struck down a federal law barring benefits for spouses in same-sex marriages.

O’Connor follows in the footsteps of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who officiated at a same sex wedding there on August.

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USA, Washington DC: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Officiates at a Second Gay Wedding

Monday, September 30th, 2013

US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgUS Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is at it again.

On Top Magazine reports:

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg officiated at the wedding of a second gay couple last Sunday. According to The New York Times, Ginsburg presided at the marriage of food columnist and cookbook author David Hagedorn and National Weather Service communications director Michael Widomski. On September 1, Ginsburg, 80, officiated the marriage of Kennedy Center President Michael Kaiser and economist John Roberts… In an interview with The Washington Post, Ginsburg said of the first ceremony: “I think it will be one more statement that people who love each other and want to live together should be able to enjoy the blessings and the strife in the marriage relationship.”

Go, Ginsburg, go!

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Services of Distinction, Washington, DC

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Services of Distinction  - Washington, DCPeriodically 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 Officiants in Washington, DC, USA. Rev. Kirsten has been sharing the most important days in couple’s lives for 17 yrs. Ordained as a non-denominational minster and civil celebrant, she welcomes every couple with an open heart and is truly honored that you would consider asking her to officiate at your wedding. She specializes in interfaith and blended family services and can assist you with planning as well. She travels to officiate all across the Greater Chesapeake region and beyond!

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USA, Washington DC: Court Sees Jump in Weddings After Supreme Court Rulings

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

Washington DC LegislatureD.C.’s Superior Court is adding another room to accommodate the increase in weddings since the US Supreme Court overturned Section 3 of DOMA.

Edge Boston reports:

The D.C. Superior Court says its second ceremony room will open Monday. The clerk of the court, Duane Delaney, said in a statement that marriage license applications have significantly increased since the Supreme Court’s ruling in the case U.S. v. Windsor in June. The decision struck down a law denying federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples. “We recently experienced a significant increase in our workload, it seems as a result of the US Supreme Court’s decision in US v. Windsor. The last two months we have seen a doubling in the usual number of marriage license applications, with more than 100 customers served each day,” Delaney said in a statement.

There’s lots of gays in DC, apparently…

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USA, Washington DC: Lawsuit Seeks Recognition of Same Sex Common Law Marriage

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Washington DC LegislatureA man is suing for recognition of his deceased partner as his common law spouse in Washington, DC. Equality on Trial reports:

The challenge would force Washington DC to recognize the man, James Spellman, as a surviving spouse for purposes of his spouse’s estate: Although the rules vary from state to state, in general, common-law marriages are formed when couples live together and act as spouses, even though they never held a wedding ceremony or obtained a marriage license. “It’s an absolutely classic case except for the sexes and sexuality” of the parties, said Catherine Ross, a law professor at George Washington University who specializes in family law.

If the suit fails, the assets of Mr. Spellman’s partner will go to the partner’s four siblings, based on a 23 year old will.

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USA, Washington DC: Will The Post Embrace Marriage Equality Under Jeff Bezos’ Ownership?

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Jeff Bezos - AmazonNow that marriage equality supporter and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is buying the Washington Post, will the paper move toward marriage equality? Queerty reports:

Already the speculation is swirling as to whether or how Bezos will change the paper, but the most interesting question is what impact he may have on the Post’s stand on marriage equality. The reason for raising the question: Bezos contributed $2.5 million to last year’s successful ballot measure to bring marriage equality in Washington state. That is far and away the highest-profile political position that Bezos has ever made. For someone of his corporate stature, Bezos is famously low key and his company seemingly uninterested in playing a role in Seattle civic life. The Washington Post has been supportive of marriage equality, but in an incrementalist way. Its editorials support full marriage equality — just not yet. In the best tradition of the mainstream media, the paper stakes out two sides of the issue and comes down in the middle, which isn’t likely to satisfy anyone.

What do you think? Should the Post advocate for marriage equality in a full-throated way?

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USA, Washington DC: Ex-Gay Pride Rally Draws Less Than 10

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Washington DCGuess the ex-gays aren’t so proud after all. Queerty reports:

After planning an ex-gay pride banquet, turning it into “ex-gay month” due to lack of interest, and canceling the entire thing altogether, a number of ex-gay warriors finally got their moment in the spotlight yesterday at the first ever Ex-Gay Pride rally in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. The sun was shining, the breeze was warm, and smiles were wide as former gays came together to demand “equal rights” from the “heterophobic” extremist LGBT activists and their “anti-pro choice” agenda. The event, previously expected to draw people “by the thousands,” was enjoyed by all seven people in attendance.

Cry me a river.

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USA, Washington DC: City Council Passes Transgender Birth Certificate Bill

Sunday, July 7th, 2013

Transgender FlagThe DC City Council just passed a bill to make it easier for transgender and intersex citizens to change their birth certificates to reflect their gender. Edge Boston reports:

The JaParker Deoni Jones Birth Certificate Equality Amendment Act of 2013, named after transgender woman Deoni Jones, who was killed while waiting at a Northeast D.C. bus stop last year, seeks to modernize the District’s laws to make it easier for transgender individuals to request new birth certificates reflecting their correct personal information. The bill was introduced by Councilmember David Catania (I-At large) and shepherded through the Committee on Health and the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety by Council Chairman Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7) and Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6), respectively.

Another advance for our transgender brothers and sisters. 🙂

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USA: 67 Politicians Join NoH8, Including First Senator

Monday, June 24th, 2013

US Senator Martin HeinrichNoH8 held a photoshoot on Capitol Hill, and snared a US Senator from New Mexico. Queerty reports:

New Mexico Senator Martin Heinrich, who was an opponent of marriage equality when he ran for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2008, has become the first senator to pose for the inescapable NOH8 campaign, the photographic silent protest created by photographer Adam Bouska and partner Jeff Parshley as a response to California’s discriminatory Proposition 8. Sen. Heinrich posted a note on his Facebook page about his decision to tape his mouth shut for photographer Adam Bouska’s camera.

Pink News also reports on the shoot:

Equally as groundbreaking was the participation of Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, of Florida’s 27th District, who became the first Republican Member of Congress to lend support to the NOH8 Campaign. The event, organised by the NOH8 Campaign and the office of California Congressman Alan Lowenthal (CA-47), featured a record-setting number of participants. The very first NOH8 on The Hill event took place on February 15 2012, with 10 Members of Congress taking part. That was followed by NOH8 on The Hill II some seven months later, on September 13 2012, when a further 26 Congressmen and Congresswomen posed for photographer Adam Bouska.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal from Connecticut also participated.

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