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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.

Maine was the very first state to approve marriage equality through a ballot, reversing the 2009 referendum against the marriage equality law that had passed through legislation. For those of you who are planning to tie the knot in the Pine Tree State, here is the 411 on obtaining a marriage license:

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When did marriage equality go into effect in Maine?
The law went into effect December 29, 2011.

Do I have to live in Maine to get married there?
No, anyone can apply for a marriage license in Maine. There is no residency requirement.

Where can I apply for a marriage license?
If you and/or your partner are a resident or Maine, you can apply at the town hall in which you live. If you are applying from out-of-state, you can apply at any town hall. It need not be the same town where you plan to be married.

Is a blood test required?
No.

Is there a waiting period to get the marriage license?
There is no waiting period.

How soon after applying for a license can I get legally married?
Immediately.

Are there witnesses required in order to get legally married?
No witnesses are required.

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How much is the marriage license application fee?
The fee is $20.  

How long is the marriage license valid for?
The license is valid for 90 days.

Can I apply online for a marriage license?
No, application must be done in person.

What paperwork is required when I apply for my marriage license?
Picture ID such as a driver's license or passport. You should know your Social Security numbers and the state and county in which both of you were born.

Who can officiate the marriage ceremony?
Ordained ministers of the gospel, a person licensed to preach by a religious associations, judges or justices of the state of Maine, Maine-resident lawyers admitted to the Maine Bar and Maine notaries.

If I don't live in Maine, will my marriage be recognized by my home state?
It depends on where you live, but in most cases, probably not. It will be recognized in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Iowa, New York, Maryland, Washington state and Washington, D.C.

Is my Maine gay marriage recognized by the U.S. federal government?
Yes!

If I get legally married in Maine, will I still need special legal paperwork to protect my family?
Yes, if you plan to travel with your partner beyond the state of Maine, it will be necessary for you to hire an attorney to draw up paperwork to protect your family in case something happens in a state where your marriage is not recognized. Read our expert advice on how to legally protect your relationship and children.

Is a divorce decree required?
Yes, if previously married, you will need to show proof of how the marriage ended, i.e. a divorce judgment or a death certificate. These must be certified copies.

How do I change my name?
You'll be asked your new last name on the marriage application. Once you receive your official copy of your marriage license, you can use that document to change your name on social security card, driver's license etc., if you live in the state of Maine. If you live out of state, and in a state where your marriage is not legally recognized, it's much harder and will, in most cases, require a judge's order. Read our editor-in-chief's account of what it was like taking her partner's last name in Georgia.


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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.