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Rock Spring Congregational-UCC - Gay FriendlyEvent Location in Arlington, VA, USA

Rock Spring Congregational-UCC
5010 Little Falls Rd., Arlington, VA, 22207, USA

Phone: 1 703 538-4886
Contact: Sarah Steel

Serving: Northern Virginia
Purple Unions Disc: 10%, Mention PURPLE UNIONS, Reception Hall only

Gay Wedding Event Location in Arlington, VA, USA. Rock Spring Congregational - UCC is an open & affirming christian church offering a welcoming environment for weddings and receptions.
USA, VA, Arlington - Gay Friendly

Hummingbird Inn - Gay FriendlyEvent Location in Goshen, VA, USA

Hummingbird Inn
30 Wood Ln, Goshen, VA, 24439, USA

Phone: 1 540 997-9065
Toll Free: 1 800 397-3214
Fax: 1 540 997-0169
Contact: Patty or Dan Harrison

Serving: Mid-Atlantic States
Purple Unions Disc: 10%, Mention PURPLE UNIONS

Gay Wedding Event Location in Goshen, VA, USA. Experience warm country hospitality in a cozy, romantic setting with a visit to The Hummingbird Inn. This unique bed and breakfast calls the Virginia railroad town of Goshen home and offers a welcome blend of rustic charm and modern amenities. You'll delight in the relaxed atmosphere, where beautifully landscaped grounds beckon you for a stroll and quaint wraparound porches invite you to take a load off and listen to nearby Mill Creek's soothing whisper.
USA, VA, Goshen - Gay Friendly

Wedding Chapel at The Magnolia House Inn - Gay FriendlyEvent Location in Hampton, VA, USA

Wedding Chapel at The Magnolia House Inn
232 S. Armistead Ave., Hampton, VA, 23669, USA

Phone: 1 757 722-2888
Contact: Joyce Blair

Serving: Hampton Roads, Virginia
Purple Unions Disc: No

Gay Wedding Event Location in Hampton, VA, USA. The Wedding Chapel is centrally located between Virginia Beach & Williamsburg, near the Chesapeake Bay. Small intimate ceremonies, with up to 20 guests, or elopements are accommodated. Located in the Historic Magnolia House Inn, circa 1885, with original Queen Anne Victorian architecture, this venue is perfect for wedding photography. Rates are very affordable, no discounts are needed. Certified, non-denominational wedding officiants perform off-site ceremonies, as well.
USA, VA, Hampton - 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

The Valentine - Gay FriendlyEvent Location in Richmond, VA, USA

The Valentine
1015 East Clay St., Richmond, VA, 23219, USA

Phone: 1 804 649-0711
Fax: 1 804 643-3510
Contact: Domenick Casuccio

Serving: Greater Richmond
Purple Unions Disc: No

Gay Wedding Event Location in Richmond, VA, USA. Let your story begin with us! Choose between indoor and outdoor areas, start and end times, a range of pricing, and caterers from our preferred list. We offer spaces appropriate for both ceremony and reception. We also are a wonderful location for rehearsal dinners, bridal showers and engagement parties. Our capacity for receptions is 150; for a seated dinner, it is 75. Rental fees vary based on event requirements.
USA, VA, Richmond - Gay Friendly

Golden Horseshoe Inn - Gay FriendlyEvent Location in Stanardsville, VA, USA

Golden Horseshoe Inn
9 Golden Horseshoe Rd., Stanardsville, VA, 22973, USA

Phone: 1 434 566-2555
Contact: Heather Tusing

Serving: Central Virginia
Purple Unions Disc: No

Gay Wedding Event Location in Stanardsville, VA, USA. A charming and historic venue located in the heart of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains. We specialize in elopements and all inclusive intimate weddings. Our on site wedding planner will take care of every detail and help you bring the day of your dreams to life.
USA, VA, Stanardsville - 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

Northern Virginia Weddings - Gay FriendlyOfficiants in Bowie, MD, USA

Northern Virginia Weddings
4722 Morning Glory Trail, Bowie, MD, 20720, USA

Phone: 1 202 253-3629
Contact: Starlene Joyner Burns

Serving: Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax
Purple Unions Disc: $25, Mention PURPLE UNIONS, Large events only

Gay Wedding Officiants in Arlington, VA, USA. Standing on the right side of history is easy once the fight for equality is over. I am Rev. Starlene Joyner Burns, and I have been officiating same gender loving ceremonies since 2004. If you want a minister who stood on the right side of history, call me. I am compassionate, caring, open, and ready to help you have a memorable spiritual, non-religious, or religious ceremony. Serving Northern VA and 50 miles beyond.
USA, VA, Arlington - Gay Friendly

Creative Ceremonies by Virginia Moore - Gay FriendlyOfficiants in Charlottesville, VA, USA

Creative Ceremonies by Virginia Moore
434 Alwood Ln, Charlottesville, VA, 22901, USA

Phone: 1 434 245-5224
Contact: Virginia Moore

Serving: Central VA, Valley
Purple Unions Disc: 10%, Mention PURPLE UNIONS, Weekdays

Gay Wedding Officiants in Charlottesville, VA, USA. You have found the person with whom you want to share your life, and you deserve not just a legal ceremony, but one that is meaningful and memorable. To achieve this goal I treat your ceremony like the marriage of two souls that it is. I provide you with example readings, rituals and vows, and I help you create your own special ceremony. Instead of a sermon, I write about you and your relationship.
USA, VA, Charlottesville - Gay Friendly

Unique & Handcrafted Ceremonies - Gay FriendlyOfficiants in North Chesterfield, VA, USA

Unique & Handcrafted Ceremonies
10109 Iron Mill Rd, North Chesterfield, VA, 23235, USA

Phone: 1 804 389-7531
Contact: Deborah D. Lynch

Serving: Richmond, VA
Purple Unions Disc: No

Gay Wedding Officiants in Richmond, VA, USA. Unique & Handcrafted Ceremonies provides the finest *personalized* wedding ceremonies, top-reviewed by brides and grooms since 1998. From your first consultation through your final preparations, you will craft the ceremony that celebrates your unique love story. Select rituals, prayers, readings, music or other significant elements to create a memorable sacred or secular ceremony, after which you will say, "That was exactly what I wanted!"
USA, VA, Richmond - 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

As a gay couple together since 1992, we believe that marriage and all the responsibilities and benefits that come with it should be available to committed gay and lesbian couples everywhere. So we created Purple Unions, a place where gay and lesbian couples can find gay friendly wedding vendors to help them plan their perfect wedding day.

Marriage equality arrived in Virginia on October 6th, 2014, when the US Supreme Court refused tohear the state's marriage equality case. After the change, Governor Terry McAuliffe extended adoption rights to married same sex couples.

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Marriage Equality Updates: Virginia

Oct 7th, 2014

We're running down some of the updates in the aftermath of the shocking Supreme Court decision to turn down all the pending marriage equality cases. Next, Virginia. Virginia was also one of the five states with a case before the Supreme Court. And just like in 1967, when the Loving v. Virginia case struck down "mixed race" marriage bans, the state has... read_more

Teen Beaten By Bullies Charged With Assault

Oct 4th, 2014

A high school student has been charged with assault after being beaten and called "faggot" by a group of other boys. Queerty reports:

A 14-year-old Virginia boy has been charged with two counts of assault for fighting back against a group of at least four relentless high school bullies, a losing battle that left him brutally beaten and hospitalized for... read_more

Which Marriage Equality Case Will the Supreme Court Take (If Any)?

Aug 23rd, 2014

This past month, lawyers from Utah, Oklahoma, and Virginia petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to consider reviewing three federal appellate court decisions that struck down the states' respective bans on same-sex marriage. If the Supreme Court chooses not to hear the cases, then the appellate courts' decisions will stand, effectively legalizing same-sex marriage in the states that fall within the... read_more

Virginia Marriage Equality Blocked by US Supreme Court

Aug 21st, 2014

The US Supreme Court stepped in and extended the stay on same-sex weddings in Virginia yesterday. The Washington Blade reports:

Without explanation, the court announced in a single-page order it has stayed the ruling by the U.S. Fourth Circuit of Appeals in Schaefer v. Bostic, which affirmed Virginia's prohibition on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. Although Chief Justice John Roberts is... read_more

Virginia Marriage Equality Updates

Aug 19th, 2014

Virginia marriage equality took some twists and turns today. First off, the ACLU is asking the US Supreme Court to allow weddings to go ahead later this week. SDGLN reports:

The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Virginia and Lambda Legal today will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to deny the motion filed Thursday by Prince William County Clerk Michele McQuigg... read_more

US Supreme Court Justice John Roberts Sets Monday Deadline in Virginia Case

Aug 16th, 2014

US Supreme Court Justice John Roberts gave attorneys for the plaintiffs in the Virginia marriage equality case until Monday to reply to a request to stay same sex weddings in the state pending appeal. LGBTQ Nation reports:

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts has set deadline of Monday at 5 p.m. EDT for attorneys representing two same-sex couples to... read_more

Virginia Marriage Equality Stay Could End Monday

Aug 14th, 2014

The Fourth Circuit said it will no longer delay its Virginia marriage equality ruling. LGBTQ Nation reports:

A federal appeals court refused Wednesday to delay its ruling striking down Virginia's same-sex marriage ban, which means that same-sex couples could begin marrying in the state as early as next week. The state would also need to start recognizing marriages from out... read_more

Virginia Marriage Equality Case Appealed to US Supreme Court

Aug 9th, 2014

The Virginia marriage equality case is the third to officially be appealed to the US Supreme Court. The Washington Blade reports:

Virginia Attorney Mark Herring on Friday petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a case challenging the state's constitutional amendment that defines marriage as between a man and a woman. "Virginia's ban, quite simply, denies gay people the equal... read_more

Anti Gay Group Will Appeal Virginia Marriage Equality Ruling Directly to Supreme Court

Aug 2nd, 2014

The "Alliance Defending Freedom", an Orwellian name if there ever was one, plans to try to bypass an en-banc hearing at the Fourth Circuit and appeal the Virginia marriage equality case directly to the US Supreme Court. The Daily Press reports:

Those legally challenging the ruling had the opportunity to seek a hearing before the full federal appeals court. That... read_more

Analysis of the Virginia Ruling (With Some Great Quotes)

Jul 31st, 2014

Friend of the blog and Marriage News Watch vlogger Matt Baum does his own analysis of the Virgnia ruling: The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has handed a tremendous victory to gay and lesbian couples today, with a strongly-worded ruling that Virginia's marriage ban is unconstitutional. The court cited numerous previous cases that establish the freedom to marry as a fundamental right,... read_more

Virginia Marriage Equality Ruling Updates

Jul 29th, 2014

Yesterday, the Fourth Circuit struck down the Virginia marriage equality ban. But we're not there yet, as Lambda Legal's Jon Davidson cautions. Joe.My.God reports:

Today's 4th Circuit decision is not yet final. It won't be final until at least August 18th (it could be longer if a petition for rehearing is sought) and, of course, a stay of today's decision by... read_more

Virginia Marriage Equality Advances: Fourth Circuit Says Ban Unconstitutional

Jul 28th, 2014

This just in - the Fourth Circuit just upheld a lower court ruling that the Virginia marriage equality ban is unconstitutional. Equality on Trial reports:

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional. The ruling in Bostic v. Schaefer comes after the Tenth Circuit ruled similarly in cases from Utah and Oklahoma. The... read_more

Two Virginia Transgender Women Told to Remove "Wigs and Make-Up" for Drivers License Photos

Jul 7th, 2014

In two separate incidents, two Virginia transgender women were treated with hostility when they went to their local DMV offices to change their names on their drivers licenses. Pink News reports:

Kristen Skinner, 45, went to the Charles Town Department of Motor Vehicles in West Virginia in order to change her license name in line with her legal name change,... read_more

USA, Virginia: Analysis of the Virginia Marriage Equality Case at The Fourth Circuit

May 15th, 2014

The Virginia Marriage Equality case was heard by the Fourth circuit on Tuesday. Ari Ezra Waldman provides an analysis at Towleroad.com: Yesterday, a sharply divided three-judge panel of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia heard oral argument in the case of Bostic v. Schaefer (formerly, Bostic v. Rainey), an appeal of a lower court decision overturning Virginia's... read_more

USA, Virginia: Fourth Circuit Hears Marriage Equality Case

May 13th, 2014

Virginia's marriage equality lawsuit made it to the appellate court level today. Gay Star News reports:

Theodore B. Olson and David Boies, once opponents in the Supreme Court case that resulted in George W. Bush being sworn in as US president, are once again on the same side in a marriage equality case. They asked the US Court of Appeals... read_more

USA, Virgnia: Marriage Equality Hearing at Fourth Circuit Today

May 13th, 2014

Today is the Fourth Circuit hearing in Virginia's marriage equality case. Edge Boston reports:

A federal appeals court in Virginia is taking up the issue of gay marriage, with arguments scheduled on a ruling that the state’s ban on such unions is unconstitutional. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is set to hear the arguments... read_more

USA, Virginia: Fourth Circuit to Hear Marriage Equality Case Tomorrow

May 12th, 2014

Another day, another marriage equality hearing - this one in Virginia. Joe.My.God reports:

Bostic v. Rainey - the Ted Olson and David Boies-backed challenge to Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage is set to be heard before a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals this Tuesday. The AP looks at what might happen in the... read_more

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

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