UPDATE: It’s National Marriage Equality Day and our photo contest is underway! Take a creative photo showing how you’re supporting marriage equality today and post it in our Contests section under our cover photo on our Facebook page

Read the brief list of rules before you start snapping. (Such as this photo must be taken today, you must be patronizing a LGBT-friendly business or donating to a marriage-equality nonprofit TODAY and your photo must creatively show you doing these things … today!)
Your peers will be voting all week. Grand prize is $100 gift card and top 10 finalists will win $10 Starbucks gift cards. We can’t wait to see what you come up with! Happy Marriage Equality Day!

We are so happy that you are here with us to fight for marriage equality. Our original goal was to support Starbucks for being so supportive of our community and our rights. We specifically chose a brick-and-mortar chain to have visible support around the country on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, in direct response to Mike Huckabee’s Chick-fil-A Day.

In an effort to heighten awareness for all companies and nonprofits contributing to the fight for marriage equality, we’ve decided to rename August 7 as National Marriage Equality Day. asks that you spend your money wisely on this day, and every day. It’s important to be an informed consumer. RSVP on Facebook here and join the conversation.

This expansion of focus is the result of the direct encouragement of Starbucks Corporate Headquarters who wanted other equality-minded companies and organizations to share in the appreciation.

On Aug. 7, please share your photos with us on Twitter and Facebook of how you’re supporting the right of everyone to have their marriages legally recognized.

National nonprofit organizations fighting for LGBT equality that could use your support:

bullet_small-pink Courage Campaign
bullet_small-pink Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
bullet_small-pink Freedom to Marry
bullet_small-pink Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
bullet_small-pink GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation)
bullet_small-pink Lambda Legal
bullet_small-pink Marriage Equality USA
bullet_small-pink National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (The Task Force)
bullet_small-pink National Youth Advocacy Coalition (NYAC)
bullet_small-pink NOH8 Campaign
bullet_small-pink Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
bullet_small-pink White Knot

A partial list of national and international brands that support LGBT rights and equality-minded weddings (feel free to add more in the comments):

bullet_small-pink Abercrombie & Fitch
bullet_small-pink Absolut Vodka
bullet_small-pink American Apparel
bullet_small-pink Apple
bullet_small-pink Ben & Jerry’s
bullet_small-pink Best Buy
bullet_small-pink Delta
bullet_small-pink Disney
bullet_small-pink Ford
bullet_small-pink General Mills
bullet_small-pink Google
bullet_small-pink J.C. Penney
bullet_small-pink JP Morgan
bullet_small-pink Kenneth Cole
bullet_small-pink  Kimberly-Clark (maker of Kleenex, Huggies, Kotex, Scott, Depends, Wypall)
bullet_small-pink Kimpton Hotels
bullet_small-pink Levi-Strauss
bullet_small-pink Macy’s
bullet_small-pink Marshalls
bullet_small-pink Microsoft
bullet_small-pink Nike
bullet_small-pink Sears
bullet_small-pink Southwest Airlines
bullet_small-pink Starbucks
bullet_small-pink Target
bullet_small-pink Tiffany & Co.
bullet_small-pink T.J. Maxx

For more information, please visit our Facebook event page. We also encourage you to read the HRC’s Buyers Guide to learn more about the equality score of your favorite companies.

We’ve created a new Facebook page devoted to exclusively to the annual National Marriage Equality Day every August 7 so you can follow along throughout the year with updates exclusively about marriage equality (because our fabulous Equally Wed Facebook page is devoted to equality-minded LGBTQ weddings, honeymoons and marriage equality).