Brazil to Remove LGBTQ+ References From Textbooks

President Jair Bolsonaro is taking his anti-leftist ideological war to Brazil’s classrooms and universities, causing angst among teachers and education officials who say the government wants to fight an enemy that doesn’t exist. Bolsonaro and top officials have announced plans to revise textbooks to excise references to feminism, homosexuality and violence against women, say the […]

St John Weddings – US Virgin Islands Gay Friendly Wedding Officiant

Personalized, inexpensive, stress free weddings on the fabulous National Park beaches of St. John, United States Virgin Islands. St. John’s Barefoot Minister, Anne Marie Porter, is a 33 year resident of St. John and able to help you with every aspect of your wedding. See the St John Weddings Expanded Listing on Purple Unions Here […]

New Push for Marriage Equality in Northern Ireland

Conservative peer Lord Robert Hayward has renewed efforts to bring marriage equality to Northern Ireland. Lord Hayward has proposed an amendment to the Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths Bill, due for debate in the House of Lords on Friday (1 February), which would extend same-sex marriage to Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland has not had a functioning devolved […]

Anti Marriage Equality Campaigns Hurt LGBTQ+ Mental Health

A new study published in Australian Psychologist is about the mental health effects of a campaign for marriage equality, and the results are alarming. 61.6% of the voters approved a law affording marriage equality in late 2017 in Australia after a contentious campaign. Using data collected during the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey held in 2017, researchers at the […]

Chinese Government Uses Bureaucratic Tactic to Close LGBTQ+ Groups

This week, the Municipal Affairs Bureau in China’s southern city of Guangzhous shut down two local LGBTQ rights groups: the Guangzhou University Rainbow Group and the Guangzhou Gender and Sexuality Education Center. The Rainbow group taught students about LGBTQ issues and the Education Center helped raise awareness about sexual assault and harassment. Nevertheless, the Bureau listed […]

Both Brides Both Grooms Same Sex Wedding Photography

Both Brides Both Grooms

Both Brides Both Grooms specializes in boutique/photo-journalistic style gay and lesbian wedding and engagement photography! Feel completely comfortable as we professionally capture the loving moments of one of the happiest days of your life! See the Both Brides Both Grooms Expanded Listing on Purple Unions Here Springfield, Ohio Gay Friendly Wedding Vendors

Lithuania Court: Foreign Partners of Gay Citizens Must Be Given Residency

The highest court in Lithuania has ruled that foreign spouses of gay citizens must be given residency permits. In a momentous ruling on Friday (January 11), the court denounced the practice of denying residency permits to gay spouses as discriminatory and against human dignity, according to AFP. “The refusal to issue permits cannot be based […]

Austria Gets Marriage Equality – Joe.My.God

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Two Austrian women are the first same-sex couple to officially tie the knot in the predominantly Catholic country, following years of legal challenges from gay rights groups. Austria’s constitutional court ruled in 2017 that same-sex couples should have the right to marry from Jan. 1, 2019. Previously, same-sex couples could only enter into a registered […]

Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum – Gay Wedding Venue

Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum

The grounds of the historic Pilgrim Monument Provincetown Museum, with incredible views of Provincetown and the harbor, are available to rent from May through October for formal outdoor weddings, private functions, corporate affairs and casual fundraising events. The East and the West lawns are perfect for special occasions of all sizes; both settings are spectacular. […]

Same Sex Couples Sue Japanese Government for Marriage Equality

Ten same-sex couples will file a lawsuit against the Japanese government in a bid for recognition towards marriage equality. The couples, who will file a joint lawsuit in February, reportedly argue that Japanese law doesn’t put into consideration the equal rights of same-sex couples and should be amended accordingly. Article 24 of Japan’s Constitution states that “marriage […]

Cuba Marriage Equality Removed From New Constitution – The Washington Blade

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The Cuban government on Tuesday announced the draft of the country’s new constitution will not contain an amendment that would have extended marriage rights to same-sex couples. Hatzel Vela, a Havana-based reporter for WPLG, a South Florida television station, reported the Cuban National Assembly cited Council of State Secretary Homero Acosta Álvarez in a series of tweets […]

Brenda M. Owen – South Carolina Wedding Officiant & Minister

Brenda M. Owen – South Carolina Wedding Officiant & Minister

“The ceremony IS your Wedding!” – The most important part of your day. Let Brenda M. Owen help you make it unique, romantic, meaningful & memorable! Award Wedding Officiant serving Upstate SC & Northeast GA since 2006. Any size wedding 2 to 999. Religious Holy Union, Spiritual non-religious, Secular, Christian non-denominational, Interfaith, Intercultural. Short notice […]

Anthony Kennedy Struggled With Marriage Equality Decision

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Former Supreme Court justice Anthony Kennedy said his decision to rule in favor of marriage equality even surprised himself. So what prompted his decision? Children. In an interview with Bloomberg, Kennedy said he struggled with the issue before deciding to rule in favor of allowing same-sex couples to legally wed nationwide. In the end, Kennedy […]

Bermuda’s Top Court Invalidates Marriage Equality Repeal

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Bermuda’s top court ruled a law that rescinded marriage rights for same-sex couples in the British island territory is unconstitutional. The Domestic Partnership Act — which allows same-sex couples to enter into domestic partnerships as opposed to get married — took effect on June 1. Bermuda Supreme Court Chief Justice Ian R. C. Kawaley five […]

Barilla Limited Edition Box Features Lesbian Art

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Barilla gave attendees of a contest in Italy boxes of spaghetti with a drawing of lesbians on the box. At the World Pasta Championship – an event sponsored by Barilla – in Milan last month, hundreds of limited edition boxes of spaghetti no. 5 were given out. The boxes feature a design by illustrator Olimpia […]

Kansas Gets LGBTQ Protections Because Elections Have Consequences

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Kansas governor-elect Laura Kelly (D) will sign an executive order protecting LGBTQ state employees from discrimination once she assumes office. On Tuesday, Kelly, a former state senator, defeated Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R). Yesterday, she affirmed that she would sign the order that the outgoing governor, Sam Brownback (R), rescinded. “I am planning […]

Poland May Issue a “Gay Propaganda” Ban

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Polish president Andrzej Duda has said he would consider issuing a Russian-style “gay propaganda” law that would ban LGBTQ media, literature, and gatherings like Pride. The authoritarian leader told a reporter, “I think that this kind of propaganda should not take place in schools, it has to be calmly and consistently opposed. If such a […]

Galt House Hotel – Gay Friendly Louisville Wedding Venue

No two Louisville weddings are exactly alike at Galt House Hotel. A dedicated staff will strive to help customize every detail of your celebration from the menu cards to the floral arrangements and wedding cake. Galt House Hotel is happy to host your rehearsal dinner and post- brunch, as well as provide room blocks for […]

New Survey Shows Distance Between Democrats and Republicans on Queer Rights

A survey of Democratic and Republican candidates on LGBTQ acceptance showed a stark difference between the two parties. The poll, conducted by GLAAD, was sent to 1165 candidates for the Senate, the House, Governor, and Lt. Governor this past July. The candidates were asked if they were comfortable with LGBTQ people in various situations, like […]

Andre Maier Photography – New York Gay Friendly Wedding Photographer

Andre Maier Photography - New York Wedding Photographer

The best day of your life — your wedding day — will play out in a delirious blur of happy tears and Champagne toasts, congratulatory embraces and heels-off dancing. Love-drunk, you’ll be too busy reveling in the moment to stop and appreciate the tiny details of this day you worked so hard, for so long, […]

Rainbow Weddings – Gay Friendly Palm Springs Wedding Officiant

Rainbow Weddings - Gay Friendly Palm Springs Wedding Officiant

A Wedding is one of the happiest events of a lifetime. Rainbow Weddings is dedicated to providing only the absolute best Gay, Lesbian, Same Sex, LGBT Weddings in Palm Springs CA or on a Los Angeles Beach! Rainbow Weddings believes in the concept that all persons getting married are entitled to a joyful and respectful […]

Northern Ireland Passes Symbolic Marriage Equality Bill

Northern Ireland

MPs in the UK Parliament have passed a largely symbolic measure addressing the lack of equal marriage in Northern Ireland. The backbench amendment was submitted on Wednesday (October 24) by Labour MPs Stella Creasy and Conor McGinn, who sought to address Northern Ireland’s bans on abortion and gay weddings. It passed by a vote of […]

Protusts Erupt as Trump Administration Tries to Erase Transgender People

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Transgender activists rallied in New York City last night after it was revealed that the Trump Administration is trying to redefine “gender.” A New York Times article on Saturday described a leaked Department of Health and Human Services memo that described an effort to redefine sex in federal law as “a person’s status as male […]

Thailand Civil Unions Could Arrive By Year’s End – LGBTQ Nation

Thailand Civil Unions

Thailand could become the first country in Asia to recognize same-sex partnerships. A new bill called the Civil Partnership Act has been announced, and it could make civil unions for same-sex couples a reality by the end of this year. Thailand currently only recognizes heterosexual marriages, but the Civil Partnership Act would open up many […]

The Inn at Ocean Grove – Gay Friendly Ocean Grove, New Jersey Honeymoon Stay

The Inn at Ocean Grove

The Inn at Ocean Grove is a charming Bed and Breakfast, located in the heart of the Jersey Shore. It is the perfect destination to spend an anniversary, group retreat, or special getaway vacation. Guests are pampered with gracious hospitality and comfortable, relaxing rooms complete with private bath and refrigerator, making this B&B an ideal […]

Clandulla Weddings – Queensland, Australia

Clandulla Weddings Queensland

From the time of your first inspection, until you leave as a happily married couple, it’s all about you both as a couple. Housed in the original Abotsford Homestead (settled in 1905) the property still boasts the original barn and buildings. The Homestead and surrounding buildings are perfect for featuring in Wedding photographs, along with […]

Taiwan to Hold Referendum to Block Marriage Equality

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Taiwan will hold a referendum on same-sex marriage, it has been announced. The referendum, set to be held on November 24, will decide the country’s approach to same-sex unions in the wake of a landmark court ruling.  In May 2017, Taiwan’s constitutional court ruled that gay couples must have the right to marry, giving […]

Purple Unions: Queer Rights Update 8/16/18

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Here’s our latest Queer Rights Update worldwide: STUDY Straight People Are Less Attracted to Trans People, No Matter How Good Looking A study by researchers at Indiana University found that straight people are less attracted to trans people — regardless of how good looking that person is. 319 cisgender and heterosexual college students participated in […]

Purple Unions: Queer Rights Update 8/2/18

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Here’s our latest Queer Rights Update worldwide: POP CULTURE Dr. Pepper is Queer In a bold new ad, Dr. Pepper joins the ranks of companies capitalizing off the LGBTQ community, but in such a cheeky way that it’s impossible to give them stink eye. The strange soft drink from Texas has come out as queer. […]

Cottages at Chesley Creek Farm – Gay Friendly Virginia Honeymoon Stay

Cottages at Chesley Creek Farm

The Cottages at Chesley Creek Farm are romantic vacation rental cottages for two in the Blue Ridge Mountains, far away from the hustle and bustle; a place to commune with nature and unwind from the stress of city living, kids, and commitments. Located in Greene County, about 18 miles NW of Charlottesville, our four cottages […]

Purple Unions: Queer Rights Update 8/2/18

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Here are recent updates on Queer Rights worldwide: ONLINE Trans People and the Lobster Emoji Trans activist and author Charlie Craggs is demanding to know why the trans community does not have an emoji – and she’s using lobsters to make her point. The Marie Claire Future Shaper award winner is fronting a campaign to […]

Purple Unions: Queer Rights Update 7/26/18

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Here are recent updates on Queer Rights worldwide: BRAZIL Trans Woman Who Works as Scavenger Gets Dream Wedding Thousands of people turned out to watch the wedding of a trans woman and her long time boyfriend in Brazil. Erica, 54, and Jorge, 49, are a beloved, well-known couple in the small city of Franco da […]

Wave Goodbye Vacations, llc – Detroit, Michigan

An experienced travel consultant here for the sole purpose of making travel planning personal again for everyone. Specializing in honeymoons, intimate destination weddings, family vacations, all-inclusive resorts, and cruises – anywhere that will help make your celebration as special as possible. I care personally about you and your get-a-way. See the Wave Goodbye Vacations, llc […]

Purple Unions: Queer Rights Update 7/21/18

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Here are recent updates on Queer Rights worldwide: INDIA State Hires Trans people to Protect Women From Rape A state in India has recruited the trans community to help protect women and girls living in care homes. ISRAEL LGBTIQA Protests Sweep Israel, Businesses Pitch In On Wednesday, Israeli parliament approved a new surrogacy law that […]

TipiKata – Gay Friendly Melbourne Wedding Venue

TipiKata

To stand out from the conventional marquee and amaze your guests, hire a TipiKata Nordic Tipi and add a unique “wow” factor to your special day. Make it your own, boho, traditional, rustic or contemporary, our Tipis are incredibly versatile. With the sides down, you can create an intimate wedding venue or raise the sides […]

Purple Unions: Queer Rights Update 7/19/18

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Here are recent updates on Queer Rights worldwide: AUSTRALIA The Uniting Church of Australia Allows Ministers to Marry Same Sex Couples The Uniting Church of Australia just granted ministers the freedom to allow or deny marrying same-sex couples. The governing body of the Uniting Church – the Assembly – hasn’t met Since Australia voted overwhelmingly […]

Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort – Colorado Gay Friendly Wedding Venue

Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort

Take the pressure off your wedding by opting for a destination wedding at Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort. Wedding guests also become Resort guests, taking the pressure off you and placing it onto what the resort and its surrounding activities have to offer. Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort located near Buena Vista, Colorado is a […]

Purple Unions: Queer Rights Update

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Here are a smattering of news stories involving queer rights this week: BERMUDA Bermuda Government Appeals Supreme Court Marriage Equality Ruling The government in Bermuda has lodged an appeal to the country’s Supreme Court ruling which overturned a ban on same-sex marriage. https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/bermudas-government-is-appealing-supreme-courts-same-sex-ruling/ ECUADOR: Court Rules for Marriage Equality, Says Weddings Can Start Now The […]

Tiffany Center – Portland Gay Friendly Wedding Venue

The Tiffany Center provides an elegant setting for weddings, business meetings, fundraisers and auctions, corporate dinners, holiday events, and many other occasions. We can accommodate groups 50 and up to 1,000 depending on the set up required. Convenient street and commercial lot parking are available – and Tiffany Center is located on the Max line. […]

A Little Good News

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In light of the stunning retirement of Justice Kennedy from the US Supreme Court and all that may mean for queer rights in the US over the next two decades, I thought it was important to share a few good news stories: Philippines Supreme Court Justice Says Same-Sex Civil Union is Constitutional In the second […]

Sonoma County Weddings by Rev. Terri Daniel

Sonoma County Weddings by Rev. Terri Daniel

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A WEDDING OFFICIANT Couples and their families look to officiants for guidance on much more than just ceremony content. During the planning and execution of a wedding, we’re often required to play multiple roles, including etiquette consultant, time-management expert, family therapist and circus ringleader. Producing a wedding isn’t much different […]

Bermuda’s Marriage Equality Repeal Blocked by the Supreme Court

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Gay people can marry again in Bermuda after Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that the Domestic Partnership Act, the law passed earlier this year which repealed the same-sex marriage law, is unconstitutional. The Royal Gazette reports: “Chief Justice Ian Kawaley, delivering his judgment before a packed courtroom, said the sections of the Act which revoked […]

Aaron Willcox Photography – San Diego Gay Friendly Wedding Photographer

Specializing in same-sex weddings, Aaron searches out imagery that illustrates the love and deep connection between his clients. His style can be described as non-traditional, photojournalism focused on the genuine and true; natural human moments. His free time is spent building art cars for Burning Man, playing with his family and three young boys and […]

Thailand Civil Unions?

Thailand Civil Unions

Thailand’s government has made moves to create a law allowing same-sex couples to have their partnerships officially recognized. A subcommittee in the Justice Ministry has been drafting the Bill. It will present the draft to the Cabinet for approval in May. ‘The department aims to have this draft law promulgated within the term of this […]

Czech Republic Marriage Equality Support Reaches 75%

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A large majority of voters in the Czech Republic now support equal marriage – as pressure grows in the country to end a ban on same-sex weddings. 16 countries across Western and Northern Europe have now introduced same-sex marriage, but progress has been slower across Central and Eastern European countries, where polls suggest a majority […]

A Perfect Lesbian Wedding Proposal on a Mountaintop

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Over the weekend, couple Lyd and Meg became engaged on a mountaintop in New York. And it was truly magical. Meg posted photos from the big day to Twitter. Already her original tweet has received over 65,000 likes and nearly 11,000 re-tweets. In the tweet, she explained over the last four years they’ve taken photos […]

Four Advances for Queer Rights

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The world continues to turn, and not everything is getting worse for the queer community: Trinidad and Tobago Okays Gay Sex Trinidad and Tobago has struck down a colonial-era law that criminalised gay sex in the islands. A high court judge ruled on Thursday that the historic laws banning “buggery” are unconstitutional and will be […]

76% Now Support Marriage Equality in Northern Ireland

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A poll has found that fewer than one in five people in Northern Ireland are opposed to equal marriage – despite a political stalemate that has left gay people without marriage rights for years. Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK that continues to ban same-sex marriage, as the ultra-conservative Democratic Unionist Party […]

Fashion Designer Marc Jacobs Gets Engaged

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Marc Jacobs is set to marry long-term boyfriend Charly Defrancesco, after sharing a cute video of their engagement. Actor Char, who appeared on the hit show Sense8, watches as Marc gets on bended knee in a Mexican restaurant in the clip shared on Instagram. Fashion designer Marc can then be seen reacting with glee in […]

FitzBB – London Gay Honeymoon Stay

FitzBB - London Gay Honeymoon Stay

FitzBB is a Charming 18th-century townhouse in a quiet pedestrian-only street in the urban village of Fitzrovia. We’re within easy walking distance of Soho, Covent Garden and the West End. We offer three guest rooms (all doubles) which are distinctively and comfortably furnished. A light self-service breakfast is available in the breakfast room between 8 […]

Waterfall Banquets and Catering – Philadelphia Gay Friendly Wedding Venue

Waterfall Banquets and Catering - Philadelphia

Located minutes from the heart of Philadelphia, The Waterfall is one of Delaware’s most elegant catering facilities. The Waterfall features two exquisite ballrooms with dance floors that readily accommodate parties up to 500 people. Come see the newly renovated ballrooms, grand hallway, contemporary blown glass chandeliers, and unique ceiling decor above breathless marble flooring. See […]

Cruise Line Funds Bermuda Marriage Equality Appeal

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OUTBermuda and Maryellen Jackson have filed legal action in the Bermuda Supreme Court seeking an order declaring that provisions that “have the effect of revoking same-sex marriage” are in contravention of the Bermuda Constitution, with the local legal action — which marks the second filed about the matter — being backed by the Carnival cruise […]

Costa Rica Elects Pro Marriage Equality President

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Carlos Alvarado Quesada has won CostaRica’s presidential election, defeating evangelical conservative Fabricio Alvarado Muñoz in an election that hinged on Quesada’s promise to legalize gay marriage. The Guardian reports: “A former minister and fiction writer, Alvarado Quesada, 38, had 61% of the vote with results in from 95% of polling stations, a far bigger lead […]

The A L Wain Company – Gay Wedding Invitations

The A L Wain Company - Gay Wedding Invitations

Invitations & stationery, contemporary, classic and custom designed wedding suites for every taste and every budget. For more than 20 years, we have provided the finest quality invitations and other fine paper and reception products. We have the experience and creative background to help you make your special event uniquely yours! See the COMPANY Expanded […]

Hamilton Jewelers – Princeton Gay Wedding Rings

Hamilton Jewelers - Princeton Gay Wedding Rings

Founded in Trenton, New Jersey, Hamilton Jewelers was established in 1912, when a legacy of tradition and outstanding service began. This spirit of service – to clients and community – is the thread that unifies the three generations of the Siegel family for over 100 years, in Princeton and central New Jersey and Palm Beach, […]

UK Parliament Advances Marriage Equality Bill for Northern Ireland

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Two former Conservative equalities ministers have given their backing to a bill that would bring equal marriage to Northern Ireland, as it passed its first reading. Northern Ireland is currently the only part of the UK that continues to ban same-sex marriage, due to opposition from the ultra-conservative Democratic Unionist Party.  Following the collapse […]

Gay Male Couples Least Likely to Divorce

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Married gay male couples are the least likely to divorce and break up. Researchers have found same-sex male couples are twice as likely as not break up as lesbians. Women in same-sex relationships are 1.5 times as likely as heterosexual couples to have broken up. A study following 515 couples in Vermont has found longer […]

92% of Young Gays Want to Be Married or Monogamous

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You might think that young gay men are all about the single life and dating apps. But it turns out that polyamory and open relationships are not the dream, it’s monogamy. Researchers have found surprising new relationship trends among gay men aged 18 to 39. Lanz Lowen and Blake Spears, a non-monogamous couple for 36 […]

Sterling Castle – Alabama Gay Friendly Wedding Venue

Sterling Castle - Alabama Gay Friendly Wedding Venue

The Sterling Castle is a Full Service, All Inclusive Venue. Every package is value priced and based on a couples needs and budget. Our in-house design team saves you money while giving you the highest level of service. The end result? The Sterling Castle is the highest rated venue in the state of Alabama according […]

US Supreme Court Cases Could Expand Title VII Protections to Queer Americans

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A series of court cases winding their way toward the U.S. Supreme Court offer the prospect of fundamentally expanding the federal Civil Rights Act to provide definitive statutory inclusion for LGBT Americans. This development portends a clarification that federal protections on the basis of “sex” are to be interpreted as encompassing “sexual orientation” and “gender […]

South Carolina GOP Governor: Adoption Agencies Can Reject Non-Christian Parents

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Gov. Henry McMaster is coming to the defense of an Upstate foster care agency that requires participating families to be Christian. McMaster issued an executive order Tuesday that allows foster care providers to discriminate based on religion without losing their license. For nearly three decades, Greenville-based Miracle Hill Ministries has only allowed foster children to […]

Bakies – Mount Pleasant Gay Wedding Cakes

Bakies - Mount Pleasant Gay Wedding Cakes

Bakies has established itself as a landmark Mount Pleasant bakery by creating elegant and unique customized wedding, groom’s, shower, occasion and novelty cakes, sweet trays, custom shortbread cookies and other edible gifts. Their bakers have a love and a passion for baking, and their decorators have the creativity and experience to bring to life anything […]

GOP Goes After LGBTIQA Rights

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The Trump era is seeing a concerted effort to roll back LGBTIQA rights: Alabama Senate Passes Bill to Erase Marriage Licences So Judges Won’t Give Them to Gay Couples The Senate in Alabama has passed a Republican-sponsored bill which aims to outlaw same-sex marriages by eliminating marriage licences altogether. State Sen. Greg Albritton, the bill’s […]

Gay Couple Sues After Wedding Photo Used in GOP Attack Ad

Gay Couple Sues GOP

A gay couple has hired an attorney to sue their state’s Republican Party after a photo of their wedding was used in an attack ad. Shane and Landon Morgan of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, got married in a ceremony officiated by Gayle Jordan. Jordan posted a picture of herself with the happy couple to Facebook. Jordan, a […]

Coral Sea Resort – Airlie Beach Gay Friendly Wedding Venue

Coral Sea Resort - Airlie Beach Gay Friendly Wedding Venue

The award winning Coral Sea Resort, in the exclusive sea side enclave of Airlie Beach, in the stunning Whitsundays, is an oasis of luxury and tranquility offering exclusive Whitsunday wedding packages and the most special wedding venues Airlie Beach has on offer. The ideal location for your oceanfront Airlie Beach wedding venue, breathtaking reception and […]

Hawaii May Ban Conversion Therapy

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waii, ban, conversion therapy The Hawaii State Senate passed a bill banning conversion therapy on minors in the Tuesday (6 March) session. In SB 270’s text, conversion therapy, both in practice and advertisement, is prohibited. ‘No person who is licensed to provide professional counseling shall: (1) Engage in or attempt to engage in sexual orientation […]

Court Unleashes Marriage Equality Flood in Latin America

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Last January, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights issued a marriage-equality ruling that effectively brought marriage equality to 20 Latin American countries in a single swoop .The catch was that the countries have to change their laws themselves. Now that process is well underway, with a lot of bright spots and the occasional expected backlash. […]

German State Drops Challenge to Marriage Equality

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Ba A conservative-leaning state in Germany has dropped plans to challenge gay marriage equality laws for same-sex couples. Germany brought the laws in last year giving same-sex couples full marital rights and allows them to adopt children. And now Bavarian state government, run by the CDU’s sister party in the area the CSU, announced on […]

It’s time for Marriage Equality in Northern Ireland

Conor McGinn

Conor McGinn, a Northern Ireland-born Labour MP, writes for PinkNews as he tables a bill in the UK Parliament to bring marriage equality to the region. Since equal marriage was approved in England and Wales in 2012, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Scotland and Ireland have followed suit in changing the law to allow same-sex couples to […]

South Carolina Republicans Want to Make Same Sex Marriages “Parody Marriage”

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Upstate lawmakers are working to pass a new bill that will probably get people talking. According to the SC Statehouse website, the bill, entitled the “Marriage and Constitution Restoration Act,” was introduced in the House, read for the first time and referred to Committee on Judiciary on February 15, 2018. “‘Parody marriage’ means any form […]

Inn on Castro – San Francisco Honeymoon Stay

Inn on Castro - San Francisco Gay Honeymoon Stay

The Inn on Castro is a gay-owned ed and Breakfast at the corner Castro and Market streets, in the Castro District. We offer eight individually appointed bed rooms in an historic Edwardian Town House. See the COMPANY Expanded Listing on Purple Unions Here San Francisco Gay Friendly Wedding Vendors

Loving Image – Albuquerque Gay Friendly Videography & Photography

Please take a look at sample videos and packages on our site. More password protected same sex examples can be sent. We would love to be your videographer and also offer a video/photo package. Please contact Sally Townes for more information. See the Loving Image Expanded Listing on Purple Unions Here Albuquerque Gay Friendly Wedding […]

Kate Murphy, LMSW, LLC – Norcross, Georgia

Kate Murphy, LMSW, LLC - Norcross, Georgia

I am a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW). I see both individuals and couples at the Pathway Center for Psychotherapy in Norcross, GA. Premarital counseling is more structured and shorter than traditional couples therapy, however, it is enough time to make a meaningful difference in a relationship. I find it rewarding to work with couples […]

Cameron Estate Inn – Mount Joy Gay Friendly Wedding Venue

Cameron Estate Inn - Mount Joy, Pennsylvania

Gay Friendly Mount Joy Wedding Venue – The Cameron Estate Inn, a premier wedding venue in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, is centrally located between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, New York city and Baltimore-Washington DC. The Estate’s elegant setting and surroundings provide the ideal location for your perfect storybook wedding or special event. Our picturesque and historic location […]

Grunberg Haus B&B – Vermont Gay Friendly Wedding Venue

Grunberg Haus B&B - Vermont Gay Friendly Wedding Venue

Austrian chalet in the Green Mountains of north central Vermont, offering romantic guestrooms and cabins. The inn is open year around, cabins open Memorial Day through the end of October. Casual, friendly, quiet. Central to Stowe, Montpelier, and Mad River Valley (Sugarbush resort) – all within 15 miles. Burlington, Lake Champlain are 25 miles. Host […]

Warren Priske’s Old Hollywood Jazz Band – Los Angeles Gay Friendly Wedding Entertainer

Warren Priske’s Old Hollywood Jazz Band

It’s that Old Hollywood sound and feel you have been looking for. Classic standards from the 30s, 40s and 50s. Frank, Dean, Bing, Nat ‘King’ Cole, Harry Connick Jr., Michael Buble, and so many more. Warren preserves the timing, swagger and traditional style that made these songs so irresistible. See the COMPANY Expanded Listing on […]

Ian Martin Wedding Photojournalism – Carmel Gay Wedding Photographer

Ian Martin Wedding Photojournalism - Carmel Gay Wedding Photographer

Award-winning photographer Ian Martin has photographed more than 600 weddings since 2001. As a photojournalist, he believes the best photographs of any wedding are the spontaneous moments that happen in real life. By being mindful and unobtrusive, he captures slices of time that create a heartfelt record of the wedding occasion, a story told with […]

Four Kachinas B&B Inn – Santa Fe Gay Honeymoon

Four Kachinas Inn B&B - Santa Fay Gay Honeymoon

Enjoy your Santa Fe Gay Honeymoon stay at one of the finest bed and breakfast inns, located within Santa Fe’s historic district, an easy walk to museums, world class shopping, fine dining, numerous art galleries and interesting historical sites. Our Santa Fe bed and breakfast inn features 6 rooms richly decorated with handcrafted furniture, fine […]

Great Cirque du Soleil Sale in Vegas

Cirque du Soleil

Purple Unions is partnering with Cirque du Soleil for a great sale on their shows in Vegas. We’ve seen most of these, and loved Zumanity, Mystere, and Ka in particular. Right now, tickets are starting at $49 – see a show (or three) on your honeymoon! The deets: Experience Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas […]

McLoone’s Boathouse – Northern New Jersey Gay Wedding Venue

McLoone’s Boathouse - Northern New Jersey Gay Wedding Venue

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. McLoone’s Boathouse in West Orange, New Jersey offers a semi-private dining area that is perfect to host New Jersey wedding or reception. Located within the South Mountain Recreation Complex, McLoone’s […]

Frank Event Design – Chicago Gay Wedding Planner

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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. Frank J. Andonoplas, Owner and Creative Director of Chicago’s Frank Event Design, has been planning same sex weddings since they were first known as Commitment Ceremonies. Named Event Planner of […]

Rev. Deborah Young – San Diego Gay Friendly Wedding Officiant

Rev. Deborah Young - San Diego Gay Friendly Wedding Officiant

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. It’s my passion to provide you with an elegant, unique and personalized San Diego wedding ceremony to delight both you and your wedding guests. It will be moving, light hearted […]

Tim McLoone’s Supper Club – Asbury Park Gay Friendly Wedding Venue

Tim McLoone’s Supper Club - Asbury Park Gay Friendly Wedding Venue

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. At Tim McLoone’s Supper Club in gay friendly Asbury Park, we offer a non-traditional oceanfront wedding setting – the perfect ambiance for a night you and your wedding guests will […]

Island Blessings – Gay Friendly Kauai Wedding Planner

Island Blessings - Kauai

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. Island Blessings invites you to capture the romantic, unique experience of a Hawaiian Wedding on the Island of Kaua`i. Michael and Fern Merle-Jones, both licensed Officiates and Wedding Coordinators, work […]

Cake Works – Honolulu Gay Wedding Cakes

Cake Works - Honolulu Gay Wedding Cakes

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. At Cake Works, we make your wedding cake dreams into reality. Chef Abigail aims to create a beautiful custom wedding cake based on your innate style, that will taste as […]

White Pines Golf Club & Banquets – Chicago Gay Friendly Wedding Venue

White Pines Golf Club & Banquets

Welcome to Chicago’s White Pines Golf Club, where our gorgeous grounds are accented by a pond with waterfall and fountain – a fairytale setting for your wedding ceremony and reception at any time of the year. The White Pines banquet facility has vaulted ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a large wrap-around balcony where you and your […]

Shadowbrook – Gay Friendly Wedding Venue in Shrewsbury, New Jersey

Shadowbrook

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. A long, tree lined drive leads you into Shadowbrook, an elegant Georgian mansion on twenty secluded acres, but just five minutes from Garden State Parkway exit 109. Offering exquisite rooms […]

Upper Montclair Country Club – Gay Friendly Clifton, New Jersey Wedding Venue

Upper Montclair Country Club

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. Conveniently located less than 20 minutes from Manhattan, the elegant Upper Montclair Country Club Clubhouse, Tented Terrace and Lawn accommodates elegant wedding ceremonies & receptions, and provides intimate private spaces […]

Caryl’s Ohana – Gay Friendly Big Island Honeymoons

Caryl’s Ohana - Gay Friendly Big Island Honeymoons

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay: Celebrate your honeymoon or anniversary at Caryl’s Ohana, and enjoy aloha of Hawaii at our large, tropically furnished hideaway at 900′ elevation in a quiet Kailua-Kona neighborhood. A short drive to everything, but a […]

Seaside Ceremonies NJ – New Jersey Gay Friendly Wedding Officiant

Seaside Ceremonies NJ

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. Seaside Ceremonies NJ provides loving same sex couples with the New Jersey wedding ceremony of their dreams. Deb or Eileen will provide guidance to customize the New Jersey wedding ceremony […]

Marry Me Maui – Gay Friendly Maui Wedding Photographer

Marry Me Maui

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. Since 1997, Marry me Maui wedding planners has been coordinating and photographing gorgeous Maui wedding ceremonies. Since January 1, 2012 we have had the privilege of performing same sex civil […]

The Washington Banquet and Catering – Gay Friendly New Jersey Wedding Venue

The Washington Banquet and Catering

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. The Washington Banquet and Catering is an elegant banquet hall conveniently located in South Jersey. Whether you desire an intimate affair or an elaborate event, we can accommodate your needs […]

Harry’s Savoy Grill & Ballroom – Gay Friendly Wilmington Wedding Venue

Harry’s Savoy Grill & Ballroom

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. Your Perfect Wedding, Your Perfect Day… You’ve imagined it, now make your perfect wedding day happen! Harry’s Savoy Ballroom, in Wilmington, Delaware, is the ideal place to host the wedding […]

Julie Lassen Marriage Celebrant – Gay Friendly Christchurch WeddingJulie Lassen Officiant

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. If you want a passionate and positive Celebrant for your Same Sex Marriage you need look no further than Julie Lassen from Christchurch, New Zealand. She loves what she does […]

Vivace Jewelry – Eugene, Oregon

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. Hi, I’m Miché I’ve spent more than 40 years designing and crafting custom rings and more for LGBTQ family around the globe. Gay friendly, eco-friendly, just plain friendly. You can […]

Woodland Park Zoo – Gay Friendly Seattle Wedding Venue

Woodland Park Zoo

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. Elegant, natural and idyllic, Woodland Park Zoo’s 92 acres offer breathtaking backdrops for your Seattle wedding. The Rose Garden, with 280 varieties of roses and the lush Beech Grove featuring […]

Nancee Lewis Photography – Lesbian San Diego Wedding Photographer

Nancee Lewis Photography

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. I am a San Diego-based and destination wedding photographer. I’ve been a professional photographer and a proud member of San Diego’s gay community for over two decades, qualities that give […]

Weddings by Design – Provincetown, Massachusetts

Weddings by Design

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. My name is Lucinda Graham, and I am a Provincetown Wedding Officiant with Weddings by Design, specializing in non denominational gay and lesbian weddings on Cape Cod. The possibilities are […]

Remarkables Lodge – Kawaru Falls, New Zealand

Remarkables Lodge

Remarkables Lodge 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. Remarkables Lodge is an absolutely perfect location for your special wedding day. Located at the foot of the gorgeous Remarkables Mountains and on a private property, brings an […]

Cindy and Sharon Photography – Atlanta, Georgia

Cindy and Sharon Photography

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. At Cindy and Sharon Photography, we’re photographers by craft, but documentary photographers at heart. We are dedicated to documenting the unfolding history of civil rights for gay and lesbian couples, […]

La Sirena y Orquesta Mar de Ashe’ – Los Angeles

La Sirena y Orquesta Mar de Ashe

La Sirena y Orquesta Mar de Ashe 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. About Us… Cuba. Puerto Rico. Nicaragua. Venezuela. Mexico. Peru. Panama. Guatemala. Honduras. Colombia. Chile. And, of course, the United States. These are among […]

Pop Art Balloons – Menlo Park, California

Pop Art Balloons

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. Welcome to Pop Art Balloons. The sculptures I offer are hand-designed I use very high end crystals. My art work have been patented and trademarked. Celebrate your individuality and your […]

High Court Rules for Taiwan Marriage Equality

Taiwan Marriage Equality

Yesterday, Taiwan became the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage. It was a historic moment for the country and many people gathered outside of the legislature building to hear the ruling. People cheered, laughed and cried when the ruling was handed down. The Council of Grand Justices ruled that it was unconstitutional to […]

US Support For Marriage Equality Hits New High

Gallup Marriage Equality Poll

Sixty-four percent of U.S. adults say same-sex marriages should be recognized by the law as valid. Although not meaningfully different from the 61% last year, this is the highest percentage to date and continues the generally steady rise since Gallup’s trend began in 1996. The latest update, from Gallup’s annual Values and Beliefs poll conducted […]

Bermuda High Court Legalizes Marriage Equality

Bermuda

Last June, Bermudan voters overwhelmingly rejected same-sex marriage by a 2-1 margin in a non-binding public referendum. The opposition had been rallied with the support of US hate groups including the Alliance Defending Freedom, which provided materials featuring quotes from anti-LGBT activists Ryan T. Anderson and Mark Regnerus. Which brings us to today. From the […]