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The Future of Marriage Equality with a New Supreme Court Justice

I've been asked by several folks lately, including some concerned LGBTQ folks, about whether or not the right to marriage equality for all Americans will be stable under a new U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS). (In case you missed it, Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement last week and our President will be likely to appoint an even more conservative Justice. Justice Kennedy, a moderate, wrote the majority opinions in the two cases that brought about marriage equality in the U.S.)   More

To Bake or Not to Bake

UPDATE (6/4/18): Today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the baker, effectively giving him permission to discriminate against same-sex couples on religious grounds. The ruling was very narrow and specific to his case and cannot be applied to other cases. There is still an open question about whether discrimination on religious (or artistic) grounds is acceptable.  More

How to Respond

Yesterday on Facebook (post 2016 Presidential election), two of my planner colleagues posted shared that gay clients asked if they should move the wedding date up because of the potential repeal of marriage equality.   More

LGBTQ Wedding Tips if You're New to this Site

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The Most Popular Same-Sex Marriage Ceremony Reading

I can promise you that you'll be hearing the following words in thousands of same-sex marriage ceremonies to come:  More

Full Marriage Equality Comes to All 50 States

This morning the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) finally ruled in cases which were challenging state bans on marriage equality. They said that states were not allowed to deny marriage recognition to same-sex couples who have federal marriage recognition. What does this mean?  More

LGBT Marriage Equality and Relationship Recognition in Europe

It's interesting to see where Europe stands on marriage equality. It's first important to differentiate between registered partnerships and full marriag equality. Some countries only recognize same-sex couples as registered partnerships, which means that many rights afforded to married couples are not enjoyed by same-sex couples in a registered partnership. Other countries in Europe such as Italy do not recognize same-sex couples at all.   More

Marriage Equality is Sweeping the Nation

If you missed the news this week, marriage equality is sweeping across the U.S. In short, every remaining state in the U.S. has bans on same-sex marriages, bans that have been challenged in court. Those bans have largely been overturned but then appealed up to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Supreme Court decided to keep their hands out of it, leaving the lower court rulings to stand.   More

The States and Countries Where Gay Marriage is Now Legal


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The Wedding Industry Impact

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued a ruling overturning the federal portion of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), a discriminatory federal law which prevents same-sex marriage from being recognized by both the federal government and individual states where it’s not legal. They also declined to rule on a case challenging Proposition 8, the discriminatory ballot initiative which banned same-sex marriage in California after 18,000 couples legally married. What does this mean?  More