100,000 wedding professionals support marriages between same-sex couples

This week, GayWeddings.com celebrated passing the 100,000 mark on their list of LGBT-friendly wedding professionals. This announcement came just days after the Supreme Court denied review in five rulings in favor of the freedom to marry, ultimately resulting in 30 states and the District of Columbia that now have the freedom to marry. This milestone underscores the great support that wedding professionals have for marriage for all committed, loving couples.

Kathryn Hamm, President of GayWeddings.com, said:

“To think that the support for marriage equality and the access to so many willing wedding professionals has grown so quickly in such a short amount of time just boggles the mind. Together with WeddingWire, we launched this partnership with a specific goal of raising awareness for the needs of same-sex couples who wish to marry, while also striving to provide the most comprehensive resource of options available for all couples who wish to work with professionals who support marriage equality. With pride, I am pleased to say that we’ve achieved that, and then some.”

Valerie Creitz from Philadelphia who married her wife, Amy, in 2014, explained the importance of knowing which wedding professionals where friendly to same-sex couples:

“Hearing the Supreme Court denied hearing the pending cases is a great triumph. Having a directory of wedding vendors like WeddingWire and GayWeddings.com is also a victory for same-sex couples who are planning. Having to inform a vendor that our wedding would be for two women is anxiety provoking but because we had a large, curated catalog of vendors, we were put at ease."

This news also follows a recent poll conducted by WeddingWire, showing that an overwhelming 82 percent of all wedding professionals surveyed would be happy to serve same-sex couples in the coming year.

This year, Freedom to Marry was proud to partner with GayWeddings.com President Kathryn Hamm and her co-author Thea Dodds in sharing stories from The New Art of Capturing Love.