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Chapel of the Bells - Gay FriendlyEvent Location in South Lake Tahoe, CA, USA

Chapel of the Bells
2700 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150, USA

Phone: 1 530 544-1112
Toll Free: 1 800 247-4333
Contact: Robert McIntyre

Serving: California
Purple Unions Disc: No

Gay Wedding Event Location in South Lake Tahoe, CA, USA. Since 1958 Lake Tahoe's most affordable weddings
USA, CA, South Lake Tahoe - Gay Friendly

Black Bear Inn - Gay OwnedHoneymoon Lodging in South Lake Tahoe, CA, USA

Black Bear Inn
1202 Ski Run Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150, USA

Phone: 1 530 544-4451
Toll Free: 1 877 232-7466
Contact: Jerry Birdwell

Serving: Lake Tahoe
Purple Unions Disc: No

Gay Wedding Honeymoon Lodging in South Lake Tahoe, CA, USA. Lake Tahoe's gay-owned bed and breakfast, perfect for honeymoons as well as small weddings.
USA, CA, South Lake Tahoe - Gay Owned

Throne Invitations - Gay FriendlyInvitations in Sacramento, CA , USA

Throne Invitations
1467 48th St, Sacramento, CA , 95819, USA

Phone: 1 916 812-1422
Contact: Dena Argyropoulos

Serving: Northern California
Purple Unions Disc: $25, Mention PURPLE UNIONS, Limit one offer per order per customer

Gay Wedding Invitations in Sacramento, CA, USA. Specializing in wedding invitations. My goal is to create an invitation that expresses you and your partner in your own unique way for your special day. Let's be creative and make an invitation your guests won't forget!
USA, CA, Sacramento - Gay Friendly

San Francisco Weddings By The Bay - Gay FriendlyOfficiants in Modesto, CA, USA

San Francisco Weddings By The Bay
PO Box 1519, Modesto, CA, 95353, USA

Phone: 1 650 867-1311
Contact: Paula Hollander

Serving: Northern California
Purple Unions Disc: 10%, Mention PURPLE UNIONS

Gay Wedding Officiants in Modesto, CA, USA. Gay marriage and commitment ceremonies officiated in the SF Bay Area.
USA, CA, Modesto - Gay Friendly

Loving Celebrations - Gay FriendlyOfficiants in Sacramento, CA, USA

Loving Celebrations
9500 Kiefer Blvd. #276706, Sacramento, CA, 95827, USA

Phone: 1 916 688-7756
Contact: Lori

Serving: Greater Sacramento
Purple Unions Disc: $25, Mention PURPLE UNIONS

Gay Wedding Officiants in Sacramento, CA, USA. Whether your budget is lavish or limited, whether everything goes according to plan or your cake melts and your zipper fails, ultimately it's the love embodied in your ceremony, the right balance of tears and laughs that a good officiant can evoke from you and your guests, that makes your ceremony a success. Lori and Bob have been performing civil and non-denominational weddings, commitments and vow renewals the Sacramento area since 2003.
USA, CA, Sacramento - Gay Friendly

ForeverInspired - Gay FriendlyOfficiants in Sacramento, CA, USA

ForeverInspired
3545 El Camino Ave., Ste. 601871, Sacramento, CA, 95860, USA

Phone: 1 916 247-1655
Fax: 1 916 484-0544
Contact: Mitch Darnell

Serving: World-Wide
Purple Unions Disc: 25%, Mention PURPLE UNIONS

Gay Wedding Officiants in Sacramento, CA, USA. I specialize in empowering couples to become more aware of things they love about each other, and the magic of why they are "Meant To Be"! Couples who deeply value their relationship (more than seeing how much money they can spend on their wedding) greatly appreciate my unique services. Their Guests will experience "the most memorable, personalized wedding" they've ever seen!
USA, CA, Sacramento - Gay Friendly

Mountain High Weddings - Gay FriendlyOfficiants in Homewood, CA, USA

Mountain High Weddings
PO Box 294, Homewood, CA, 96141, USA

Phone: 1 530 525-9320
Contact: Christa Deane

Serving: Lake Tahoe
Purple Unions Disc: No

Gay Wedding Officiants in South Lake Tahoe, CA, USA. Make your ceremony more memorable than city hall in beautiful Tahoe. I'm a 20 year local with ten years wedding experience. Lake front locations on the west shore up to 20 people. I also officiate for larger weddings at the location of your choice (north or west shores). I issue the license, no witness needed. I'm happy to help with planning for small weddings (2-25) and have great refferals for larger weddings.
USA, CA, South Lake Tahoe - Gay Friendly

Reverend Margie Byrne - Gay FriendlyOfficiants in Silver Springs, NV, USA

Reverend Margie Byrne
POB 1126, Silver Springs, NV, 89429, USA

Phone: 1 775 560-3148
Contact: Margie Byrne

Serving: Tahoe, Sacramento, N. Cal
Purple Unions Disc: $30, Mention PURPLE UNIONS

Gay Wedding Officiants in South Lake Tahoe, CA, USA. Let me make your wedding day as special as the day when you first met.
USA, CA, South Lake Tahoe - Gay Friendly

Tahoe Gay Weddings - Gay FriendlyOfficiants in Olympic Valley, CA, USA

Tahoe Gay Weddings
P.O. Box 3768, Olympic Valley, CA, 96146, USA

Phone: 1 530 412-5436
Contact: Ann Poole

Serving: Lake Tahoe
Purple Unions Disc: $40 discount - Mention PURPLE UNIONS

Gay Wedding Officiants in Tahoe City, CA, USA. Gay Wedding Officiant on the North and West shore of Lake Tahoe. Onsite Wedding Licenses; no witness needed. Romantic ceremonies can be written just For You. Enjoy a chocolate or white wedding cake for two, champagne/sparkling cider, and glass champagne flutes. Affordable photography; share your wedding pictures online on password protected site. Cliff or beach location with 180 deg. Lake Tahoe view, historic chapel with stained glass windows, or at your private lodging.
USA, CA, Tahoe City - Gay Friendly

Dancing Photographers - Gay FriendlyPhotography / Videography in Davis, CA, USA

Dancing Photographers
2118 E. 8th St, Davis, CA, 95618, USA

Phone: 1 530 574-5153
Contact: Brian Williams

Serving: Sacramento, Bay Area
Purple Unions Disc: 5%, Mention PURPLE UNIONS

Gay Wedding Photography / Videography in Sacramento, CA, USA. Dancing Photographers specializes in customizing the Wedding look for each couple. We combine traditional portraiture and photo-journalistic style to capture the perfect collection of memories.
USA, CA, Sacramento - Gay Friendly

Friedman Fotography - Gay FriendlyPhotography / Videography in Davis, CA, USA

Friedman Fotography
2203 Shasta Dr., Davis, CA, 95616, USA

Phone: 1 530 758-9668
Contact: Laurie Friedman

Serving: Northern California
Purple Unions Disc: 5%, Mention PURPLE UNIONS

Gay Wedding Photography / Videography in Sacramento, CA, USA. Friedman Fotography has been in business since 2000, offering personal, natural, and incredibly affordable photography for weddings and other events. You get all the photos, an album, and a DVD with all the photos to do with as you wish. Covering your event from beginning to end, including both posed and candid photos, your album will tell the "photographic story" of your special day, for years of wonderful memories.
USA, CA, Sacramento - Gay Friendly

Fredette Photography - Gay OwnedPhotography / Videography in Sacramento, CA, USA

Fredette Photography
1808 Tribute Rd. Ste. A, Sacramento, CA, 95815, USA

Phone: 1 916 737-7411
Contact: Leon Fredette

Serving: Norhtern Califorina
Purple Unions Disc: 15%, Mention PURPLE UNIONS

Gay Wedding Photography / Videography in Sacramento, CA, USA. It's truly an honor for me to capture the precious moments in people's lives and preserve them for generations to come. I love what I do and can't imagine doing anything else. My philosophy about photography is to have fun and be as creative as I can to capture your special day. To me, Great Photography is more than just great pictures; it's a work of art.
USA, CA, Sacramento - Gay Owned

Adam's jewelers - Gay FriendlyRings in Roseville, CA, USA

Adam's jewelers
2030 Douglas Blvd.#45, Roseville, CA, 95661, USA

Phone: 1 916 742-4626
Fax: 1 916 742-4317
Contact: Adam Taha

Serving: Sacramento Area
Purple Unions Disc: 20%, Mention PURPLE UNIONS, not valid with any other offer

Gay Wedding Rings in Roseville, CA, USA. We are famous for quality jewelery at the lowest price. We are famous for our unique custom-design work and that's the reason we win in the K-CRA A-list Best Rings every year. Also we are a full-service jewelers. We carry a large inventory of certified loose diamonds and gem stones.
USA, CA, Roseville - Gay Friendly

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Prop 8 Defense Lawyer Evolving on Marriage Equality

Apr 17th, 2014

The lawyer who argued before the Supreme Court in favor of upholding California's ban on gay marriage learned while he was handling the case that one of his children is gay and now is helping her plan her wedding with another woman. Attorney Charles Cooper says his view of same-sex marriage is evolving after having argued in court that gay... read_more

Silicon Valley's Prop 8 Donations By Company

Apr 5th, 2014

In the wake of Mozilla CEO Brandon Eich's departure, gay uber statistician Nate Silver breaks down how Silicon Valley donated its money in the Prop 8 initiative race. Joe.My.God reports:

The list includes Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Cisco Systems, Apple, Google, Sun Microsystems, eBay, Oracle, Yahoo, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and Symantec. I limited the search to donors who listed California as... read_more

USA: Ninth Circuit May Re-Hear Gay Juror Case

Mar 28th, 2014

OK, so it sounds a little boring, but this is important - apparently at least one judge in the Ninth Circuit wants a re-hearing on the "gay juror" case. Equality in Trial explains:

The Ninth Circuit is asking all the parties in SmithKline Beecham v. Abbott Laboratories to file briefs telling the court whether it should rehear the case en banc,... read_more

USA, California: Anti Gay Group Goes to Court to Revive Anti Transgender Initiative

Mar 26th, 2014

An anti gay group is going to court to challenge the state's count of signatures for an initiative to repeal the bill that offers protections to transgender kids in schools. LGBTQ Nation reports:

The Pacific Justice Institute, a Christian legal group, announced Tuesday that it has filed papers in Sacramento Superior Court seeking a court order that would compel Secretary... read_more

USA, California: Opponents of Transgender Kids Law Not Giving Up

Mar 17th, 2014

Opponents of the new law to protect transgender kids in California are still trying to find a way to quality for the ballot. SDGLN reports:

Opponents of a new law that allows transgender students a choice of which restroom and locker room to use are scouring thousands of signatures that were tossed out in San Diego County and elsewhere, hoping... read_more

USA, California: Effort to Repeal Transgender Kids Law Failing So Far

Feb 20th, 2014

This just in from Equality California: -------- All kids should have the opportunity to do well in school and graduate. It's that simple, really. We promised to keep you updated on the status of a referendum attempt to overturn the School Success and Opportunity Act, or AB 1266, the law that came into effect on January 1 and ensures all kids can go... read_more

USA, California: Seventh Grader Makes Adordable Stop-Motion Marriage Equality Video

Feb 12th, 2014

A seventh grader in Los Angeles made this adorable animation video about marriage equality. Towleroad.com reports:

Scarlett Dennis, a 7th grader from Los Angeles, has created an artistic statement in support of same-sex marriage that demands to be seen. HuffPost reported on the young artist, whose minute-long stop-motion animated film, "The Story of Larry and Gerald," is a poignant and... read_more

USA, California: Ex-Gay Ban Appealed to Supreme Court

Feb 5th, 2014

California's ex-gay therapy ban will remain on hold as opponents file an appeal to the US Supreme Court. Joe.My.God reports:

Last week the Ninth Circuit Court refused to consider the Liberty Counsel's en banc appeal to overturn California's ban on the "ex-gay" torture of LGBT youth. But the Ninth has now delayed the implementation of the ban while the Liberty... read_more

USA, California: Epic Westboro Baptist Church Fail in Sacramento

Jan 31st, 2014

One of our local Sacramento-area high schools, Granite Bay High School, is producing the Laramie Project, and Westboro Baptist Church announced with great fanfare that they would be here to protest it. Local LGBT rights activists Beverly Kearny and Jovi Radtke swung into action, mobilizing the local LGBT community the same way they did last March, when a local... read_more

USA, California: Ninth Circuit Again Upholds Ex Gay Therapy Ban

Jan 30th, 2014

The full ninth circuit has upheld the legality of a ban on "conversion therapy" for minors that a 3 judge panel previously upheld. The BAR reports:

California's ban on gay conversion therapy for minors will remain in place after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Wednesday (January 29) denied a rehearing by the full court. A three-judge panel of... read_more

USA, Utah: Prop 8 Documentary Wins Prize at Sundance

Jan 26th, 2014

Great news out of Utah (what is it with Utah and marriage equality news these days?). Joe.My.God reports:

Yesterday The Case Against 8 won the Best Documentary Direction prize at the Sundance Film Festival. The Case Against 8 / U.S.A. (Directors: Ben Cotner, Ryan White) -- A behind-the-scenes look inside the case to overturn California's ban on same-sex marriage. Shot... read_more

USA, California: Caterer Who Discriminated Against Gay Couple Could Escape Consequences

Jan 9th, 2014

A California caterer who refuse to serve a gay couple for their wedding might be small enough to avoid any consequences. On Top Magazine reports:

A California catering business that refused to serve a gay couple might be small enough to avoid the state's anti-discrimination laws... Zimmerman's catering company, Janet Zimmerman Catering, operates mainly on Facebook, possibly making her outfit... read_more

USA, California: Effort to Repeal Transgender Kids Law Survives First Count

Jan 9th, 2014

Although an initial count of signatures revealed the effort to repeal California's new law that protects transgender kids in schools didn't have enough signatures to qualify, it did eke out enough for full recount. The Advocate reports:

Since the deadline for turning in signatures this past November, the office of California’s secretary of state has been performing a spot-check to... read_more

USA, California: Christian Caterer Refuses to Serve Gay Couple

Jan 8th, 2014

A same-sex couple got a rude surprise when they tried to book the services of a California caterer for their wedding. The Advocate reports:

On November 26, Kama Kaina contacted Janet Zimmerman Catering with a request to cater his wedding to his longtime partner, Mathew Rivera. Zimmerman, who had been recommended by the couple's planned venue in Big Bear, Calif.,... read_more

Former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano Evolves on Marriage Equality

Jan 5th, 2014

As governor of Arizona between 2003 and 2009, Janet Napolitano opposed gay marriage, but, like many prominent Democratic political figures, the University of California president says she has evolved on the issue. During her time as governor, she told NBC's David Gregory, "the evolution hadn't occurred, and my statements were very much in that way." She added, "This was something that... read_more

USA, California: Congresswoman Proposes National Ban On Reparative Therapy

Dec 5th, 2013

A US congresswoman from California is re-introducing a proposed ban on reparative or conversion therapy for gay youth. LGBTQ Nation reports:

U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) on Wednesday reintroduced a resolution asking the U.S. House of Representatives to encourage states to take steps to prevent minors from being harmed by controversial and discredited gay-to-straight conversion therapy. When first introduced last year,... read_more

USA, California: State Sees Huge Jump in Weddings In July

Nov 26th, 2013

Following the US Supreme Court's rulings on Prop 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act, California saw a big spike in weddings. LGBTQ Nation reports:

Statistics from the California Department of Public Health show nearly 30,800 couples received marriage licenses in California in July, a 35 percent increase over July 2012. The data suggest that gay couples rushed by the... read_more

USA, California: Anti-Transgender Initiative Unlikely to Qualify for Ballot

Nov 25th, 2013

An initiative that would overturn California's new law allowing transgender kids to use the bathroom of their choice at school looks unlikely to make the ballot this year. The Washington Blade reports:

A total of 504,760 signatures were due last Thursday, which are required to place the law, known as the School Success & Opportunity Act, on the ballot for... read_more

USA, California: Anti-Gay Group Claims Enough Signatures To Put Repeal of Transgender Bill on Ballot

Nov 11th, 2013

The same folks in California that brought you Proposition 8 now claim they have enough signatures to try to repeal a law that gives rights to transgender kids in California schools. LGBTQ Nation reports:

A coalition of conservative groups called Privacy for all Students submitted 620,000 signatures to get the initiative on the November 2014 ballot, said Frank Schubert, the... read_more

USA, California: Jelly Belly Chairman Donates Thousands to Anti-Transgender Kids Campaign

Oct 26th, 2013

Having lost the battle on marriage equality in California, anti-gay groups have found the next target – transgender kids – and this time they've got a sweet new sugar daddy to help fund the campaign. Frontiers LA reports:

Herman Rowland Sr., Chair of the Jelly Belly Candy Company, is a major contributor to the Privacy for All Students initiative campaign--led... read_more

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At Purple Unions, we take marriage equality seriously. As a gay couple who have been together since 1992, we know that gay and lesbian couples can and do form long-term, stable, supportive relationships, and we believe the institution of marriage and all the responsabilities and benefits that come with it should be opened up to committed gay and lesbian couples everywhere. To this end, we created Purple Unions as a place where gay and lesbian couples can find gay friendly wedding vendors to help them plan their perfect wedding day.

California has a long and storied history on the recognition of gay and lesbian relationships. In 1999, the initial domestic partnership bill was passed. In 2000, Proposition 22, a legal ban on gay marriage, passed with 61% of the vote. In 2001, domestic partnerships were expanded to add additional rights. In 2003, the legislature expanded domestic partnerships to include all the rights of marriage that the state granted to straight couples.

In 2004, in response to President Bush's announcement that he would seek a national constitutional ban on marriage equality, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom threw open the doors of city hall to gay and lesbian couples. Between February 14th and March 11th, approximately 4,000 couples made thetrek to The City to marry. The Supreme Court ultimately shut down the weddings, declaring them invalid in August.

In June 2008, the State Supreme Court stepped in again, declaring that gay and lesbian couples had the right to full, legal marriage in California. Once again, thousands of couples married, but the ruling also gave fuel to the fire of Proposition 8, which had been gathering signatures to place a constitutional ban on gay marriage since the fall of 2007.

In November, voters approved 52.5% by 48.5%, a much closer margin than Prop 22, but heartbreaking nonetheless. The California Supreme Court later ruled that the amendment was valid, but also upheld the marriages performed before it went into effect.

A lawsuit was subsequently filed against the new amendment, and it was declared unconstitutional in Federal Court in August, 2010. In 2011, the Ninth Circuit agreed, though on narrower grounds. Then on June 26th, 2013, the US Supreme Court let stand the original ruling, effectively overturning Prop 8. Gay and lesbian couples began marrying again on June 28th, 2013.

Gay and lesbian couples can also adopt in California.

We hope that you find these resources useful, and that you'll join us in the fight for marriage equality!

--Scott & Mark, Purple Unions