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Couple Succeeds in Love and in Business

Towanna Jackson and LaShawn Peterson didn't have a traditional engagement proposal. "I asked LaShawn a bunch of times and she told me 'no' a bunch of times," said Towanna. "She told me one day, 'We can get married,' and I accepted." Nor did they have a traditional wedding. After attending their cousin's wedding in Las Vegas last year on Feb. 13, the Peterson-Jackson couple changed clothes and had their own ceremony on Valentine's Day - Feb. 14, 2016 - around 1 a.m. inside the Plaza Royale Wedding Chapel. "My sister was able to catch a flight and fill [...]

What the Two-Year Anniversary of Marriage Equality to Us

While there is much to celebrate about being LGBTQ, recent Supreme Court actions show that the fight for LGBTQ legal equality is not over. Evan Wolfson, founder of the Freedom to Marry said the magnitude of the transformation and triumph reflected in our winning marriage nationwide here in the U.S. continues to reverberate and grow across the country and around the world. He points out that polling shows that public support continues to grow. "We are at near-majority support now even among Republicans, more than a million gay people have married in the U.S., and the marriage conversation [...]

Brides Celebrate a Perfect ‘Just Us’ Wedding

When it comes to planning your wedding, follow your heart, don't listen to those around you and do what is right for you. That's how Christina and Alicia Wilk of Clinton Township said they were able to enjoy their wedding-for-two this year on June 21. "For us, we didn't have any challenges because we just made it happen," Christina said. "We focused on our love and our excitement and the fact that there was no stress." A carefree relationship came easy for the couple when they met in August 2014, both exhausted by previous emotionally draining relationships. Who [...]

Friends Before Lovers: Building a Relationship to Last

Solid Foundation Helps Transgender Couple Plan Their Wedding with Ease Sometimes, the best love relationships are the ones that are based on friendship. As is the case with Hannah Hartley and Diane Schultz, two transgender women who met four years ago during an LGBT community meeting at Affirmations in Ferndale. "Diane caught my eye from the first moment we met. She seemed to have an elegance and a kindness that made me think, 'I really need to know that woman,'" said Hartley. Schultz knew, too, that she had found a new friend. She said, "Hannah seemed like the [...]

Amanda and Jamie Lehman-Faber

Listless to Blissful: The Non-Traditional Bride(s) Amanda Lehman-Faber said she was never "that girl" -- the girl who dreamed and imagined every little detail of her wedding day. "Now don't get me wrong: I love hosting fabulous parties and attending weddings, but I did not believe I would ever experience my own," said Amanda. "Perhaps, it was never feeling as if I would find that person, or even if I did, that I was not able to have the dream as a lesbian. It didn't help that after being out for 10 years, my family was not [...]

Getting Hitched In The Hall of Justice

First Gay Couple to be Married by Mich. Supreme Court Justice Just before 11 a.m. on June 26, 2015 the U.S. Supreme Court released its decision on Obergefell v. Hodges and extended marriage equality to the entire country. Since that moment thousands of LGBT couples across the country have upgraded their domestic partnership and or commitment ceremony plans to wedding cakes and marriage licenses. Ron Napier, from Lansing, and Andy Soya, from Hastings, are not self described wedding people; however, when the SCOTUS decision on marriage equality came down, Napier found himself on the brink of tears as [...]

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