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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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Hannah and Kristie married on a farm in Massachusetts. 

 Photo: Love and Perry Photography

Massachusetts was the first state to successfully pass and instate a same-sex marriage law in 2004, and it has since become one of the most popular locales for gay and lesbian couples to tie the knot in. Thinking of getting hitched in the first marriage equality state? Here’s everything you need to know about getting it in writing:

Do I have to live in Massachusetts to get married there?

No. Any couple can get married as long as other qualifications are met.

Where can I apply for a marriage license?

Both of the intended must appear at a city or town hall and fill out an application form, a Notice of Intention of Marriage. An informational copy is available online, listing the information necessary and the materials you will need to bring.

Is a blood test required?

No.

Is there a waiting period to get the marriage license?

There is a three-day waiting period.

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

There is a three-day waiting period, although a wavier is possible.

Are there witnesses required in order to get legally married?

The state law does not require a witness. However, the clergy and your religious doctrine may require another to be present.

How much is the marriage license application fee?

The fee varies, so specific information can be gathered from the city where you will be applying. A copy of the marriage certificate, after the marriage is registered, can be secured for between $5-$15.

How long is the marriage license valid for?

The license is valid for 60 days after the completion of the application form. (You’ll have 57 days after physically obtaining the license.)

Can I apply online for a marriage license?

The form in online, but both partners have to go to the courthouse.

What paper is required when I apply for my marriage license?

Proof of age is necessary, such as a passport, birth certificate, baptismal certificate, school record, immigration record, naturalization record, life insurance policy, employment certificate or a court record.

Who can officiate the marriage ceremony?

There are three options to perform the marriage ceremony: an in-state Justice of the Peace or clergy, an out-of-state clergy with special permission is granted by the governor, and specially designated “Justice of the Peace for a day” if special permission is granted by the governor.

If I don’t live in Massachusetts, will my marriage be recognized in my home state?
The marriage will be respected in some states, such as Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, Washington D.C., Maryland and New Mexico. Rhode Island recognizes the marriage in certain situations. In New Jersey, Illinois and Delaware, the marriage will be respected as a civil union, and in California, Washington and Nevada, the marriage will be seen as a domestic partnership.

Is my Massachusetts gay marriage recognized by the U.S. federal government?
Unfortunately, no it is not.

If I get legally married in Massachusetts, will I still need special legal paperwork to protect my family?

Yes, if you plan to travel with your partner beyond the state of Massachusetts, 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. A divorce must be final at the time of marriage application. Depending on the municipal clerk, proof of divorce may be required.

How do I change my name?

The Notice of Intention marriage application also acts as a legal name change document. There will be questions asking about the new last name you will be taking. If you decide to change your name later, the usual process in the court is available.

 

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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.