After first refusing to publish a wedding announcement of a lesbian couple, the Macon Telegraph newspaper reversed its decision today.
In an email sent June 7 to the couple, Laura Wilson and Rachel Hussey, the newspaper's classified advertising manager Cleo Wright said the announcement would run in August as first requested. The email states:
As a child, Kirsten Ott Palladino dreamed of having a beautiful wedding. And when she understood she loved women, it never crossed her mind that she would never have that ceremony.
“I never questioned I would have a wedding when I realized I wanted to marry a woman,” she said. “I never thought, ‘Oh, this is never a possibility.’”
Kirsten Ott and Maria Palladino met in 2003 through mutual friends and knew they were interested in each other, but waited about seven months before they began talking.
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.
There are many organizations working to secure the rights for same-sex couples to legally wed. Here are a few who are leading the way. Visit their websites to learn more about the issues and how you can join the fight by donating time or funds.
Washington United for Marriage
Same-sex marriage is scheduled to begin in the state of Washington on June 7, 2012, unless opponents are able to gather enough signatures to get a ballot measure to overturn gay marriage approved for the November 2012 election. Washington United for Marriage is a coalition working to defend marriage equality.
Local station 11 Alive is giving away a dream wedding to one lucky couple and featured in the group of four couples is a gay couple, Ronnie Mallette and Brent Ferricci.
Ronnie and Brent write in their introduction seeking votes: