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Ohio Gay Marriage Ruling is Stayed
Published: Friday, 18 April 2014 14:29
Ohio Gay Marriage Ruling is Stayed

The Ohio gay marriage ruling has been stayed. Appeals will likely take months.

How to Get Legally Married in Vermont
Published: Thursday, 17 April 2014 22:19
How to Get Legally Married in Vermont

All you need to know about getting legally married in Vermont!

How to Get Legally Married in Rhode Island
Published: Thursday, 17 April 2014 21:44
How to Get Legally Married in Rhode Island

Same-sex couples can be legally married in Rhode Island. 

Patricia + Julissa: An Autumn Wedding Under the Texas Sun
Published: Thursday, 17 April 2014 20:49
Patricia + Julissa: An Autumn Wedding Under the Texas Sun

Patricia and Julissa were married under the hot desert sun of the Texas landscape!

Oklahoma Marriage Equality Case Appealing to 10th Circuit
Published: Thursday, 17 April 2014 18:15
Oklahoma Marriage Equality Case Appealing to 10th Circuit

The 10th Circuit is hearing arguments in the Oklahoma marriage equality case.

Under the Tux: Wedding Day Undergarments for Men
Published: Thursday, 17 April 2014 17:09
Under the Tux: Wedding Day Undergarments for Men

Guys, it's not all about the tux. Wow your man with some fun unmentionables!

Barbie + Alexa: An Intimate Garden Wedding in DC
Published: Wednesday, 16 April 2014 18:48
Barbie + Alexa: An Intimate Garden Wedding in DC

Barbie and Alexa decided to make their love legal on their 8-year anniversary!

Wednesday Wedding Song: All of Me by John Legend
Published: Wednesday, 16 April 2014 08:00
Wednesday Wedding Song: All of Me by John Legend

John Legend's song All of Me touches me to my core every time I hear it, and that's why I'm choosing it as this week's Wednesday Wedding Song.

Ohio Marriage Ruling May Be Stayed
Published: Wednesday, 16 April 2014 02:23
Ohio Marriage Ruling May Be Stayed

A federal judge is considering staying his recent ruling that same-sex marriage be recognized in the state.

Patrick + Arive: Celebrating 10 Years Together
Published: Tuesday, 15 April 2014 19:31
Patrick + Arive: Celebrating 10 Years Together

Patrick and Arive recently celebrated 10 years of love together.

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I woke up on my birthday morning to a very special surprise of flowers, balloons, chocolates, Champagne and, of course, Sean with a big smile saying Happy Birthday. The balloons took up the whole corner of the living room and were the focal point for pictures for the rest of the day. I thought WOW, I hope every birthday will be this special. My mum was visiting from Scotland and was as equally surprised with the display.

Sean had arranged dinner later that evening with our family and friends to celebrate. Having everyone round a table for dinner is something I enjoy and having everyone together made it extra special. I ordered the foie gras for starters and was eagerly anticipating the meal. Before the starter Sean said he had one more present for me.

Sean passed a beautifully decorated card box in my direction. All eyes were on the box and me with everyone wondering what the last present may be. I opened the box to reveal a card with a heart felt poem describing how much he loved me and that he hopes the rest of our lives together with be equally or more special than the year we had been together. I opened the card for it to read the famous four words everyone either has a nervous breakdown trying to say or eagerly yell yes to, WILL YOU MARRY ME.

My first reaction was sheer disbelief, I closed the box and looked around to see if this was actually happening. Next I saw Seans’ face of eagerness for some positive reaction and him saying “open the other box!”

When I opened the ring box I saw a beautiful shining ring with one set diamond. The feeling of enlightenment was amazing and taking the turn of events in was overwhelming. Everyone was still looking in my direction hanging on waiting for something? Oh yes, YES! I’m not sure what came next the ring on my finger or the kiss but it doesn’t matter, I’M GETTING MARRIED!

The rest of the meal was washed down with plenty of bubbles and laughter and me looking from my finger to Sean to check that it all really happened.

The wedding plans came very swiftly afterwards and are still evolving all the time. With the recent news of the UK parliament passing a bill for equal marriage, I realize that this shouldn’t have to be a worry for two people in love but unfortunately for many other same-sex couples they don’t have this right for marriage and the fight for equality goes on for many other couples in other countries throughout the world.

I hope that one day any two people who love each other will have the right to marry each other to declare their love and show the world how much they are for each other.

With love,
Martin, newly engaged.

Photo: Lara Celenza

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Always Among Friends: St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
Always Among Friends: St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
Published: Friday, 21 February 2014 00:56

Many consider the island of St. John to be the jewel in the Caribbean crown. Affluent and tranquil, this tiny tropical paradise is only 13 miles long and four miles wide.

Glaciers, Humpbacks and Bears, Oh My: Honeymoon on an Alaskan Cruise
Glaciers, Humpbacks and Bears, Oh My: Honeymoon on an Alaskan Cruise
Published: Tuesday, 18 June 2013 19:11

Cruises serving the LGBT community have long been popular, but gay-friendly traveling options are widening as cruise lines increasingly welcome same-sex couples. 

Pocono Mountains Retreat: Mount Airy Casino Resort
Pocono Mountains Retreat: Mount Airy Casino Resort
Published: Tuesday, 30 April 2013 05:00

Mount Airy Casino Resort offers a picturesque honeymoon and wedding destination to gay, lesbian and allied couples alike.

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Our Families Don't Know We're Queer or Our Gender Identification and We're Getting Married
Our Families Don't Know We're Queer or Our Gender Identification and We're Getting Married
Published: Tuesday, 08 April 2014 05:00

As we approach our engagement party where our families will meet our partner for the first time, as well as each other, we are feeling really nervous that they will be uncomfortable and confused.