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This is an interesting read...  Includes some exciting quantitative numbers about the economic impact of marriage seen in states like NY and Massachusetts, and anticipated numbers now that marriage rights have passed in Maine, Maryland and Washington.

Also, a more human side to the article too, in the comments from local Maine business professionals.  And a brief interview with RainbowWeddingNetwork co-founder, Cindy Sproul!

Read on!  And remember, our Portland ME Gay & Lesbian Wedding Expo is set for Sunday April 7th 2013 at the Italian Heritage Center!

CatchNRelease Mockup3 091012For several years, I've had the pleasure of working with author/writer Susan Hart Hellman.  She is based in California, and has contributed her talents through many wonderful articles for us here at RainbowWeddingNetwork Magazine.  Her editorial style is always highly informative, 100% accurate and she offers heartfelt insights as well.  Recently, she's completed a new novel; the first in an exciting mystery series, which interweaves marriage rights issues within the main storyline and features a compelling main character who is not your average lesbian!  Read on for more details!  And if you live near Ojai, certainly join the Launch Party on Dec. 9th!

When Dr. Savanna Jamison, Southern California behavioral neuropsychologist, defense witness, and unintentional sleuth, uses the insanity plea to help her public defender friend save a death row-bound, brain-damaged killer, Savanna is also as good as dead. She's targeted by the Mafioso drug-lord father of the victim, a socialite, who, along with her sorority sisters, has been playing a deadly new game. 

But CATCH  'N RELEASE: THE GAME, Susan Hart Hellman's first mystery series novel, tells another story too.  Throughout this series, Savanna's friends Michael & Al, partners for 27 years, wish to marry, but their plans are thwarted by ever-changing same-sex marriage legislation.  And Savanna finds love, Giovanna, a woman who catches Savanna's heart.

CATCH  'N RELEASE: THE GAME, now available at, through Amazon, or contact your local bookstore.  For more info, email Susan directly:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

, December 9 (1 :00 pm) at  Feast Bistro, 254 E. Ojai Ave. Ojai, CA 93023

(Also watch for Savanna's next case, Ring Master.) 



As a minority, we have much to be thankful for this holiday season!  Earlier this month, we saw amazing triumphs during the election:  Historic votes from the general public in terms of pro-gay legislation in four different states... the election of several congressmen and women who are LGBT themselves or who uphold beliefs in non-discimination... and the re-election of President Obama, the first American President to go on record saying that his stance on marriage has in fact evolved and that he now endorses full marriage equality for the LGBT community.


As we all know, the sentiment of gratitude propels energy forward.  Enjoy your holiday, and the wonders of your own more personal reasons for being thankful.  It is a beautiful season.


For many years now, our team here at RainbowWeddingNetwork has been eager to add a more comprehensive Parenting section to our family of resources.  The Time is Upon Us!!  We are so excited to share the news that, in the next few days, we'll be adding a fresh tab to our Navigation Bar, with several unique features dedicated to lesbian moms and gay dads.  It's a wonderful addition!  Stay tuned for more info!

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Our sincere thanks and acknowledgement to our LGBT veterans!  We appreciate your willingness to serve our great country, and to do so with the even greater challenges involved because of others' perceptions of your sexual or gender identity.  You are all HEROES.