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Legals & Logistics for Your Ceremony in the Northeast he Northeast is a picturesque and historic region in which to celebrate your wedding, and most of the states that offer full marriage rights are located here: Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut, New Hampshire (though the law in NH is currently under scrutiny.) New Jersey provides civil unions, while Maine offers domestic partnership benefits. It is anticipated that other states, like New York and possibly Rhode Island, may soon follow. And now, nonresidency laws no longer limit couples who wish to travel from distant parts of the country to take advantage of the same-sex marriage legislation in place in states like Massachusetts or Vermont.

Missouri, these will not be upheld. This is yet another reason that personal documents or legal contracts are so important for samegender couples... preferably drawn up with the assistance of an experienced lawyer who will keep your best interests in mind, as well as your long-term goals.

However, even in states where there is legal recognition either partially or in full for gay & lesbian couples, it is important to note that there is no federal statute in place, at least not yet. Therefore, a gay couple who marries in Connecticut will have state benefits and protections, but should they move to

Northeastern States currently offering recognition to same-sex couples: Vermont Massachusetts New Hampshire Connecticut New Jersey Maine

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To find screened, gay-friendly wedding professionals in your area, visit the Orange Pages in this issue, or our extended Directory online at

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The 2011 LGBT Wedding Planning Guide (Vol. 6, Is. 1)  

An expanded issue of the nation's first Gay and Lesbian Wedding Magazine. This issue features the latest tips and trends for 2011 along wit...

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