Mexico City hosts Nation’s first Marriages of Same-Sex Couples

The mayor was there. So were the protesters. Judith Vazquez wore an ivory wedding dress. So did her bride.

Vazquez and Lol Kin Castaneda on Thursday became the first same-sex couple to marry in Mexico under a new law that allows gay couples to wed and to adopt children.

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Jerry—of Ben & Jerry’s fame—adds a sweet touch to a wedding in the nation’s capital

Following the passage of the freedom to marry in Washington D.C., Keith Spangler-Vellios and Andreas Vellios decided to get hitched at a Ben & Jerry's ice cream shop in the Georgetown section of the city.

The well-known ice cream company has shown consistent support for marriage equality.

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DC courthouse busy with marriage applications

Hundreds of couples applied for marriage licenses in Washington during the first week they were available to same-sex couples.

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The Freedom to Marry expected to create Wedding-related Jobs in D.C.

Georgetown residents Christopher Cahill and Richard Marshall consider the $75,000 wedding that they're planning for June to be their own "personal stimulus package" for the District economy. And local businesses are already seeing the dollar signs.

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150 Same-Sex Couples seek Marriage Licenses in DC

One gay couple met on a Star Trek fan site, another dancing at a country western bar. Some have been together for months, others more than a decade.

About 150 pairs had something in common Wednesday, though, applying for wedding licenses on the first day same-sex unions became legal in the nation's capital.

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D.C. Chief Judge’s Advice for Couples planning to wed

D.C. Superior Court Chief Judge Lee Satterfield, who oversees the court’s Marriage Bureau, offers tips and advice for same-sex couples coming to the courthouse for the first time to apply for a marriage license or a court officiated civil wedding.

There is a special exception, for example, to the rule banning cameras in the courthouse for weddings performed there.

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D.C. marriage bureau preparing for crush of same-sex couples

D.C. Superior Court officials are preparing for what they expect to be a flood of same-sex couples descending on the courthouse Wednesday to apply for marriage licenses.

Wednesday is the first day that same-sex couples in the District can apply for licenses in the marriage office, in Room 4485.

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Last hurdle removed to start of D.C. marriage freedom

The D.C. Court of Appeals Friday denied a request by a Maryland minister for an injunction to block the city’s marriage equality law from taking effect March 3, ending the last potential obstacle to the start of gay nuptials the following week.

In a unanimous decision, Associate Judges Noel Kramer and Phyllis Thompson and Senior Judge John Steadman upheld a ruling last week by a D.C. Superior Court judge denying the injunction on grounds that it failed to meet the minimum requirements for such an action.

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Editorial: Economic Reasons for the Freedom to Marry

A committee of the Minnesota House of Representatives will hold a hearing Monday on three separate visions for extending greater rights to gay and lesbian couples. It marks the first time a legislative body in Minnesota has taken such an affirmative look; past discussion has sought only to constitutionally prohibit marriage equality.

Five states currently extend marriage rights to gays and lesbians, and they’re better off for it. Many Minnesotans, for example, are making the short journey south to wed in Iowa. A UCLA study last year estimated that Iowa’s state budget is getting a $5.4 million annual bump from marriage equality-derived tax receipts. This number doesn’t include the indirect boost to local businesses across the state.

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As Goes Martha…Martha Stewart Wedding Features Same-Sex Couple for First Time


Good As You
December 21, 2009

Blogger Jeremy Hooper announces the profile of his wedding in the Winter 2010 edition of Martha Stewart Weddings, the first wedding of a same-sex couple to be featured in the magazine. (Link)

Congratulations Jeremy and Andrew!

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