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People worldwide are bypassing anti-LGBTQ marriage laws with virtual weddings

At least 69 countries have anti-LGBTQ constitutional amendments or other laws banning queer couples from marrying. However, legal gray areas persist. Even if you live in a country where LGBTQ marriage is a foreign concept, virtual weddings might help you work around the laws.

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Is this the best gay wedding ceremony script ever?

When Ken and Joe got married, one of their dearest friends officiated the ceremony. Ken told us, “Our friend did such an awesome job — he may have had more people congratulate him on a job well done than we got for getting married!” Now we’re sharing a selection of their gay wedding ceremony script with you…

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It’s Pride month! Let’s deck out your LGBTQ+ wedding with these rainbow wedding details [Updated for 2022!]

June is celebrated in most areas of the U.S. as Pride Month. While we love to celebrate LGBTQ+ weddings all year round, we especially like to give some special attention to Pride-themed weddings during the month of June. Also, we’re not into “rainbow washing” — where businesses make money from the LGBTQ community, but don’t give back… so we made a point to include queer-owned businesses and companies that donate a portion of their proceeds of Pride gear to charities.

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This wedding is super gay! 5 ways to make your wedding gay as hell

It’s Pride Month, y’all, and everyone should be giving props to the LGBTQ community and their weddings. Well, not everyone.

Some folks have concerns about the concept of a “gay wedding” because hey: aren’t they just weddings? We get that, of course, but we feature some weddings where couples themselves VERY specifically want to embrace their wedding AND its gayness. So if you’re into self-identified Very Very Gay Weddings, this roundup of ideas is for yooooou!

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It’s been one year since the SCOTUS decision that legalized same-sex marriage…

As the first anniversary of the SCOTUS decision that legalized same-sex marriage rolls around, we remember that the continued perseverance of these communities are making a difference. Is it still mind-blowingly slow and frustrating and hard? Hell yes. But as Lin Manuel Miranda so heart-wrenchingly uttered at The Tonys, “love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love cannot be killed or swept aside.” This anniversary, marked with the pain of the worst mass shooting in recent U.S. history (which targeted the LGBT and people of color communities), has to remind us to keep fighting. Let’s take a look back at some of our coverage of the various legal decisions and a few of our own favorite LGBT weddings we’ve featured.

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Wrestle power from the government with this blessing for your nonlegal wedding

I was browsing through Molly and Laurie’s wedding photos and came across an officiant’s blessing that made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. The couple said their vows in Washington before the state had legalized gay marriage, and their celebrant closed the ceremony with this statement: