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Wedding: Where you can legally wed

Georgia has banned gay marriage twice — by law in 1996 and by an amendment to the state constitution in 2004. That means you’ll have to travel if you want to wed where your marriage is legally recognized.

Since neither Georgia nor the federal government will acknowledge gay marriages from other states, you won’t bring any new legal rights home from your trip. That leads some couples to opt instead to simply tie the knot here.

But for others, it’s an important personal or political statement to say “I do” where gay couples are given full equality under the law. You might choose a destination wedding in one of these jurisdictions where same-sex marriage is legal, or have a small legal ceremony there followed by a larger ceremony or celebration back in Georgia.

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Wedding Planning 101

Wedding tips

A wedding is about far more than saying “I do” and blissfully drifting off into happily ever after. It’s the marriage of everything you love — from each other, to the people in your lives, to designs and décor, to personalities and heritage.

Planning a wedding is wonderful, fun and exciting, but it can be stressful and hard, too. Wedding planning can be a crazy journey, but it will inevitably bring you and your beloved closer as you select meaningful components that reflect you as a couple.

To help you get organized, consider these tips for planning the main aspects of your wedding. And when you’re ready to get started, enjoy the newly minted LGBTQ-oriented digitally interactive wedding tools at EquallyWed.com — all for free.

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Former DNC Chairs call for gay marriage to be included in 2012 Democratic platform

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The pressure is being put on President Barack Obama to evolve on his stance of supporting gay marriage as four former Democratic National Committee chairs made a public statement today calling for marriage equality to be included in the party's 2012 platform.

The former DNC chairs are Howard Dean, Donald Fowler, Steve Grossman and David Wilhelm. They are joining Freedom to Marry's campaign, "Democrats, Say I Do."

The Democratic National Convention takes place Sept. 3 in Charlotte, N.C., where the state is currently undergoing a war to fight off a ban on gay marriage.

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[Video] Ice, ice baby — lesbian proposes to girlfriend at hockey match

Christina and Alicia are major fans of hockey with Christina supporting the Ottawa Senators and Alicia loving on the Toronto Maple Leafs. But true love is stronger than any sports team rivalry.

At a March 18 hockey match in Canada, Felicia was led to the ice in a blindfold and then Christina followed her, met her at center rink, whispered into her ear, they hugged and kissed — to the roaring approval of the fans. And hockey fans are not known for their appreciation of nice, you know.

Christina dropped to her knees and asked Felicia to marry her. The Senators mascot danced around them holding a sign that read "SHE SAID YES."

Same-sex marriage has been legal in Canada since 2004.

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[Video] Pastor at Gold Dome is pissed off about lots of things — yes, including gay marriage

Creative Loafing today has a short post that says a lot. It's about Tony Byrd, pastor of Zebulon Baptist Church in Toccoa, who goes off on all kinds of our country's heinous transgressions, which, of course, includes gay marriage. The sermon was made before the Georgia House on Feb. 23.

"….The acceptance of gay marriage seems to be gaining unprecedented momentum!" he notes while talking about America's continuing fall into debauchery with all that pornography and smoking marijuana and abortions and such going on.

And, as CL points out, the cameraman pans several times on a bunch of bored lawmakers not being scared straight with the fire-and-brimstone sermon.

But, you know, having the words "the acceptance of gay marriage seems to gaining unprecedented momentum" can also be read as quite good news indeed. Thanks for noticing, preacher guy.