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id-Atlantic Regional Overview, Legal Highlights and Logistics

Legals & Logistics for Your Ceremony in the Mid-Atlantic

ust think, you & your partner can now marry in our nation’s capital! What an empowering moment, to stand within miles of the White House & the Capitol Building... the Lincoln Memorial where great civil rights leaders such as Martin Luther King, Jr have spoken... the Holocaust Museum, memorializing not only the millions of Jews who lost their lives to such hatred, but also honoring the gays who wore the Pink Triangle and made such sacrifice just seventy short years ago. To exchange your vows here... is to make history.

New businesses such as lesbian-owned Lovebus Events & Design ( have established themselves since last year’s exciting legislation, catering to locals as well as out-of-towners who are traveling to DC for their legally recognized ceremonies. Intimate celebrations midst the springtime cherry blossoms continue to be a favorite, though early summer and early autumn are beautiful as well. Nightime events, photographed midst the cityscape or with your favorite historic building as a backdrop, are quite dramatic. To date, one other state in the MidAtlantic provides recognition of the commitments of its LGBT citizens: Maryland offers domestic partnership status to same-gender partners. Legislation for full marriage rights is under consideration.

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

Destination: Baltimore, MD he energetic city of Baltimore is in central Maryland, located on the Patapsco River, an extension of the Chesapeake Bay. The scope of attractions seems limitless; there are centuries of history in this American city. Most interesting this year however, is the state’s consideration of LGBT marriage recognition... should the legislation pass, Baltimore will become a bright new beacon for gay & lesbian couples from near and far. Gateway to the Chesapeake, Baltimore offers a host of waterfront venues for ceremonies

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and receptions, as well as hundreds of wedding professionals in the area eager to assist. Yes, Baltimore has been voted “Best City in which to Shop” – this applies not only to general merchandise but to wedding services as well. You’ll find everything you need here either for your locally-based event or for your destination wedding. Several area hotels have reached out to the LGBT community, including the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards and the Renaissance Baltimore

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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