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Note: Listings are ordered by vendor type, then by city.

Holiday Inn Alexandria - Gay FriendlyEvent Location in Alexandria, VA, USA

Holiday Inn Alexandria
625 First St, Alexandria, VA, 22314, USA

Phone: 1 703 548-6300
Fax: 1 703 548-8032
Contact: Sandra Holley

Serving: Washington DC Metro
Purple Unions Disc: No

Gay Wedding Event Location in Alexandria, VA, USA. at Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Alexandria Historic District, we're dedicated to spoiling our brides-to-be with the ceremony, reception and experience of their dreams (and believe it or not, we do it for less!) Wedding receptions in Virginia from 80 to 700 can find a relaxing and charming setting in our Commonwealth Ballroom. We're happy to partition the space so you only use what you need, leaving plenty
USA, VA, Alexandria - Gay Friendly

Crowne Plaza - Gay FriendlyEvent Location in Alexandria, VA, USA

Crowne Plaza
901 N Fairfax, Alexandria, VA, 22314, USA

Phone: 1 703 683-6000
Fax: 1 703 683-7597
Contact: Sandra Holley

Serving: Alexandria
Purple Unions Disc: 10%, Mention PURPLE UNIONS, not valid with other discount/promotion

Gay Wedding Event Location in Alexandria, VA, USA. Make your dream wedding a reality in our elegant, newly-refreshed wedding reception halls in the Washington D.C. area, ideal for an intimate occasion with your closest friends and relatives or a lavish seated banquet for up 450 guests. Nestled in the quaint Old Town District of this charming city, our Washington D.C. area hotel is historic in location but modern in amenities and services.
USA, VA, Alexandria - Gay Friendly

Briar Patch B&B - Gay FriendlyEvent Location in Middleburg, VA, USA

Briar Patch B&B
23130 Briar Patch Lane, Middleburg, VA, 20117, USA

Phone: 1 703 327-5911
Toll Free: 1 866 327-5911
Fax: 1 703 327-5933
Contact: Ellen Goldberg

Serving: Washington DC area
Purple Unions Disc: No

Gay Wedding Event Location in Middleburg, VA, USA. Make your wedding a historic event at Briar Patch, a historic farm (c. 1805) on 47 rolling acres with majestic mountain views in Middleburg -- the heart of Virginia horse, wine, & antiques country. Located just 45 minutes from Washington, DC and 20 mintues from Dulles Airport. When you enter our world, you leave the stress behind.
USA, VA, Middleburg - Gay Friendly

Art Works - Gay FriendlyEvent Location in Richmond, VA, USA

Art Works
320 Hull St. , Richmond, VA, 23224, USA

Phone: 1 804 291-1400
Fax: 1 804 291-1466
Contact: Glenda, Paula, Jessie

Serving: Central Virginia
Purple Unions Disc: 10%, Mention PURPLE UNIONS, Gallery Rental Only.

Gay Wedding Event Location in Richmond, VA, USA. Looking for something different? Art Works is the perfect venue to take your wedding beyond the ordinary. Art Works is a full-time art gallery with working artist studios located in the hip Manchester district of downtown Richmond. Our unique facility offers an atmosphere of class, beauty, and fun for your reception without a lot of effort! We have three elegant event halls accommodating 30 to 300 people.
USA, VA, Richmond - Gay Friendly

Williamsburg Manor - Gay FriendlyEvent Location in Williamsburg, VA, USA

Williamsburg Manor
600 Richmond Rd, Williamsburg, VA, 23185, USA

Phone: 1 757 220-8011
Toll Free: 1 800 422-8011
Fax: 1 757 220-0245
Contact: Laura Reeves

Serving: Tidewater
Purple Unions Disc: No

Gay Wedding Event Location in Williamsburg, VA, USA. The Williamsburg Manor is a gay friendly event location and bed and breakfast. Whether your event is large or small the Manor is the perfect intimate venue. The Williamsburg Manor is locate just three blocks from Colonial Williamsburg and the Merchant Square Shops.
USA, VA, Williamsburg - Gay Friendly

Chocolate Chick Fountain Rentals - Gay FriendlyFood & Beverage in Herndon, VA, USA

Chocolate Chick Fountain Rentals
P.O. Box 1046, Herndon, VA, 20172, USA

Phone: 1 703 627-2294
Contact: Hilary Bradley

Serving: Metro DC Area
Purple Unions Disc: No

Gay Wedding Food & Beverage in McLean, VA, USA. The Chocolate Chick rents chocolate fountains in the Washington, DC metro area for all social and corporate events including weddings, showers, school functions, company functions, meetings, open houses, Mitzvahs, reunions, teacher appreciation, and happy hour. Guests of all ages are sure to be captivated by the sight of melting chocolate cascading beautifully down the fountain. Dipping strawberries, pretzels, marshmallows or cream puffs into the chocolate fountain is not only scrumptious; it's entertaining as well!
USA, VA, McLean - Gay Friendly

Cottages at Chesley Creek Farm - Gay FriendlyHoneymoon Lodging in Dyke, VA, USA

Cottages at Chesley Creek Farm
PO Box 52, Dyke, VA, 22935, USA

Phone: 1 434 985-7129
Toll Free: 1 866 709-9292
Fax: 1 434 985-3594
Contact: Chuck Swinney

Serving: Central Va Washington
Purple Unions Disc: 10%, Mention PURPLE UNIONS

Gay Wedding Honeymoon Lodging in Dyke, VA, USA. 4 secluded, fully equipped cottage for 2 in the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia.No TV, phone; fireplace, fully equipped kitchens, 2 person jacuzzi tubs
USA, VA, Dyke - Gay Friendly

K. Michelle Events, LLC - Gay FriendlyPlanners in Mineral, VA, USA

K. Michelle Events, LLC
323 Turkey Trail, Mineral, VA, 23117, USA

Phone: 1 540 604-4854
Contact: Kesha Johnson

Serving: Central VA
Purple Unions Disc: 5%, Mention PURPLE UNIONS

Gay Wedding Planners in Fredericksburg, VA, USA. K. Michelle Events, LLC is a premier, full service event planning company serving Central VA and the surrounding areas. Whether your budget is several hundred dollars or unlimited, we can help you stretch every dollar. Planning the perfect wedding can be overwhelming especially when you are balancing an already hectic schedule. Let KME save you time and reduce your stress, lasting impressions are our signature.
USA, VA, Fredericksburg - Gay Friendly

Cherry Blossom Weddings, LLC - Gay FriendlyPlanners in Virginia Beach, VA, USA

Cherry Blossom Weddings, LLC
3436 Daisy Crescent, Virginia Beach, VA, 23453, USA

Phone: 1 757 228-5494
Contact: Crystal Beng

Serving: Hampton Roads
Purple Unions Disc: 25%, Mention PURPLE UNIONS

Gay Wedding Planners in Virginia Beach, VA, USA. You finally found the one - congrats! Let Cherry Blossom Weddings tackle your to-do list so you can relax and enjoy all the fun stuff. We specialize in day-of coordination, partial planning, full service planning, and LGBT weddings in the Hampton Roads area. Learn more about our packages on our website or simply give us a call. Cheers!
USA, VA, Virginia Beach - Gay Friendly

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Gay Marriage Laws in Virginia

Relationship Recognition: Constitutional Ban
Out of State Recognition: No
Adoption: Yes

If we know about any local marriage equality events, we'll list them here.

Richmond: May 13, 2014, Marriage Equality Case Oral Arguments (tentative), Fourth Circuit. Details


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Gay Marriage News in Virginia

USA, Virginia: New Poll Says Marriage Equality Support at 50%

Mar 31st, 2014

A new poll shows that half of Virginians support marriage equality. The Richmond Times Dispatch reports:

Support for same-sex marriage among Virginia voters remains unchanged since last summer, when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down parts of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, a new poll finds. Up to 50 percent favor allowing gay marriage, while 42 percent oppose it,... read_more

USA, Virginia: Democrats Elect Anti Marriage Equality Politician to Run State Party

Mar 17th, 2014

Let's see, the Governor runs on marriage equality. He wins, and then the state turns around and puts someone who doesn't support marriage equality into the top position with the state party. Seriously? The Washington Blade reports:

Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones on Saturday was elected chair of the Democratic Party of Virginia in spite of his opposition to... read_more

USA, Virginia: Marriage Equality Cases Joined, Expedited at Fourth Circuit

Mar 11th, 2014

The two marriage equality cases in the state have been combined, and the ACLU and Lambda Legal were allowed to intervene in the case. SDGLN reports:

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals today granted the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) motion for an expedited briefing schedule in Virginia's marriage equality case, Bostic v. Schaefer (formerly Bostic v. Rainey). The... read_more

USA, Virginia: Sodomy Law Finally Repealed

Mar 6th, 2014

The House in Virginia finally voted to repeal the state's unconstitutional "sodomy" ban. Towleroad.com reports:

Virginia's House of Delegates on Thursday unanimously passed in a 100 to 0 vote a bill that would eliminate the state's unconstitutional ban on sodomy that criminalized oral and anal sex since 1950, ThinkProgress reports. Previously approved by the Virginia state Senate in a similar... read_more

USA, Virginia: Marriage Equality Ruling Appealed to Fourth Circuit

Feb 25th, 2014

The ruling striking down Virginia's marriage equality ban has been appealed. SDGLN reports:

The appeal was made today to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond shortly after U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen entered her final order in the case. Norfolk Circuit Court Clerk George E. Schaefer III, one of the defendants in the case, filed the appeal... read_more

USA, Virginia: Did Marriage Equality Just Come to Virginia?

Feb 23rd, 2014

The Virginia Senate, as expected, just killed a bill that would have let the legislature defend the gay marriage ban. Pink News reports:

The bill, which passed in the House, would have allowed Virginia to appoint lawmakers to defend its gay marriage ban if the governor or attorney general refused to do so. Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring announced last... read_more

BREAKING: Federal Judge Strikes Down Virginia's Marriage Equality Ban

Feb 13th, 2014

This just in from AFER - the judge in the marriage equality case struck down the state's ban. AFER reports:

The Federal District Court ruled that Virginia's marriage ban violates the U.S. Constitution. It said that loving couples like our plaintiffs, Tim Bostic & Tony London and Carol Schall & Mary Townley are entitled to the same basic rights and... read_more

USA, Virginia: After Marriage Equality Hearing, Ruling Expected "Soon"

Feb 5th, 2014

Yesterday, a Federal judge held a hearing in the lawsuit to overturn the state's ban on same sex marriage. Queerty reports:

In what promises to be the court case that will settle the issue of marriage equality once and for all, a federal district court judge heard arguments Tuesday in a challenge to Virginia's ban on same-sex weddings, promising a... read_more

USA, Virginia: Mariage Equality Hearing Today

Feb 4th, 2014

Today's also a very important day for marriage equality in Virginia, as the hearing that was delayed by the snow storm last week finally takes place. Towleroad.com reports:

Dozens gathered outside the Norfolk, Virginia federal court house on Monday to rally before the first hearing today in Bostic v. Rainey, one of two cases challenging the state's ban on gay... read_more

USA, Virginia: Marriage Equality Hearing Rescheduled for February 4th

Jan 31st, 2014

This week's marriage equality hearing, which was postponed by a snowstorm, has been rescheduled for next week. Equality on Trial reports:

The hearing in Bostic v. Rainey, one of the challenges to Virginia's same-sex marriage in federal court, has been rescheduled and will now take place on Tuesday, February 4. The hearing was initially scheduled for January 30 but had... read_more

USA, Virginia: Marriage Equality Hearing Delayed By Storm

Jan 30th, 2014

The snow storm that swept through the south these last few days has delayed the marriage equality hearing in Virginia. The Washington Blade reports:

Oral arguments in a federal lawsuit that challenges Virginia's same-sex marriage ban that was scheduled to take place tomorrow has been postponed because of inclement weather. Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen of the U.S. District Court... read_more

USA, Virginia: Marriage Equality Hearing Thursday; Governor Won't Defend Ban

Jan 28th, 2014

Some news coming out of Virginia - the federal judge hearing the marriage equality case has decided to go ahead with the hearing on Thursday. Towleroad.com reports:

There had been some discussion that the judge might issue a ruling without hearing further arguments after Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring last week declared the state's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional and... read_more

USA, Virginia: Judge May Be Ready to Rule in Marriage Equality Lawsuit

Jan 26th, 2014

A ruling could be forthcoming sooner than we thought in Virginia's marriage equality case. Towleroad.com reports:

Following Attorney General Mark Herring's announcement that his office has concluded the state's policy on gay marriage violates the 14th Amendment rights of same-sex couples, District Judge Arenda Allen, citing "the compelling Notice from the Office of the Attorney General," notified parties that she... read_more

USA, Virginia: GOP Lawmakers Seek to Defend Gay Marriage Ban

Jan 25th, 2014

In the wake of Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring's statement that he would not defend the ban on marriage equality in the state, the state GOP is attempting to hire lawyers to defend the law. The Washington Blade reports:

A Virginia House of Delegates committee on Friday approved a bill that would allow any state lawmaker to defend a law... read_more

USA, Virginia: Attorney General to Help Fight Marriage Equality Ban

Jan 23rd, 2014

With the election of a state-wide slate of democrats in Virginia, the ground has shifted in the fight for marriage equality. The Washington Post reports:

Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring will announce Thursday that he believes the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and that Virginia will join two same-sex couples in asking a federal court to strike... read_more

USA, Virginia: Two LGBT Bills Killed in Assembly

Jan 21st, 2014

Two Virginia Assembly committees killed two Pro LGBT bills, including a marriage equality proposal. Metro Weekly reports:

In the Senate, the Committee on General Laws and Technology took up SB248, introduced by Sen. A. Donald McEachin (D-City of Richmond, Henrico, Hanover, Charles City counties), to prohibit discrimination in state employment. The bill was nearly identical to a similar measure that... read_more

USA, Virginia: House Republicans Block Effort to Repeal Marriage Equality Ban

Jan 14th, 2014

It looks like the bill to repeal Virginia's gay marriage ban won't even come up in committee. The Washington Blade reports:

State Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg), chair of the Virginia House of Delegates Privileges and Elections Committee, on Jan. 9 announced it will not hear any so-called first reference constitutional amendments during the 2014 legislative session. He said his committee... read_more

USA, Virginia: Sore Loser Ken Cuccinelli Issued Anti-Gay Marriage Opinions in Final Days

Jan 13th, 2014

Taking one final stab at the LGBT community before leaving office, Virginia gubernatorial loser Ken Cuccinelli issued a pair of nonbonding opinions against marriage equality, benefits for gays, and restrictions on abortion. The Pilot Online reports:

During his final days as attorney general, Ken Cuccinelli released a pair of nonbinding opinions that can be read as legal arguments against Gov.... read_more

USA, Virginia: Governor Terry McAuliffe Signs Executive Order Protecting LGBT Employees

Jan 12th, 2014

As his first official act after becoming governor, Terry McAuliffe signed an executive order restoring protections for LGBT employees of been stripped by previous Governor Bob McDonnell. Joe.My.God reports:

McAuliffe: "My administration is committed to keeping Virginia open and welcoming to all who call our Commonwealth home. Executive Order Number 1 sets the tone for an administration that will not... read_more

USA, Virginia: As Marriage Equality Hearing Nears, Bill Introduced In Legislature

Jan 10th, 2014

We have two stories out of Virginia today on marriage equality. In the first, a hearing in a lawsuit for marriage equality in the state is fast approaching. The Washington Blade reports:

The first hearing in a federal lawsuit that challenges Virginia's same-sex marriage ban is scheduled to take place in Norfolk, Va., on Jan. 30. Judge Arenda L. Wright... 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.

Virginia currently does not allow or recognize marriages between gay and lesbian couples, and has both a legal and constitutional ban on gay marriage. But the state does allow adoption by gay and lesbian couples.

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

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