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Motions Forward Include Immigration Rights!

It is SO EXCITING to see momentum like this (statement below) as we move ahead with EQUALITY for all LGBT Americans, and those who wish to become citizens of our country!  Again, our applause to President Obama for his vision and commitment to articulating the cause of LGBT equality as being a CIVIL RIGHTS ISSUE.  Period.  Exciting history is being made!


January 29th, 2013:  National lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights organizations, including the National Center for Lesbian Rights, today released a joint statement reiterating the call for a comprehensive immigration policy that ensures fair and just treatment for all those currently impacted by our failed immigration policy. The statement includes the following:

"Any legislation must include the ability of couples in same-sex relationships to sponsor their spouse or permanent-partner in the same way opposite-sex couples have long been able to under current immigration law.

We stand shoulder-to-shoulder with those striving for and dreaming of a nation that embraces all who come here seeking a better life. We look forward to working with Congress, the White House and every community harmed by our broken immigration system to finally achieve the comprehensive reforms we all so desperately need."


A Moment for History

“Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law — for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well...”  President Obama's words resonate like wildfire inspiring pride and eager anticipation of the road that lies ahead. The moment was almost surreal today as we sat and watched live coverage of the inauguration.  For the first time in history an American President is including the gay community in his definition of equality.  He acknowledged our struggle at Stonewall and has committed to helping create an America where LGBT citizens are truly equal.  It is both awe inspiring and reaffirming to see the progress that has been made!



Thanks for letting me vent...

There are those who like to say that they do legitimate work in the world, and those who actually do.  ...Which one are you?  (Which do you think we've been dealing with a lot here at RWN this week??)

Carrying on the illusion of doing that work takes such a lot of time & energy...  Why not simply get down in the dirt and actually make a difference in the first place??


As we often say in our speeches at our LGBT Wedding Expos throughout the nation, if more facets of the community simply connected and worked together with a team-oriented perspective, sincerely mindful of the ultimate goals rather than the glory or the bragging rights or even sometimes the paycheck... our minority would have achieved full marriage & family rights by now.


A note of thanks...

glyphad1Our thanks to our friends at GLYPH FINE PRESS in Havre de Grace, MD!

Not only are owners Joseph & Don choosing to exhibit & showcase their invitations at our upcoming Baltimore LGBT Wedding Expo... they have also taken solid initiative in helping to promote the event.  Networking to the max!

Recent display ads for Glyph (as seen for instance in Gay Life) promote their studio, signature design talents & art gallery... and the ad also invites couples to visit them in person at the upcoming Expo, January 27th at the Tremont Suites Hotel.

This extended exposure for us, as producers of the Expo, is of course much appreciated!  It's also a great reminder to small business owners that cross-promoting within any of your marketing endeavors is always a plus.

THANK YOU, Joseph & Don!  We look forward to seeing you later this month in Baltimore!







Fresh Article about Marriage in Maine

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!

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