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Friday, January 25, 2013

A Faggot Attends the Wedding Expo

Posted by on Fri, Jan 25, 2013 at 7:02 AM

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As you'd expect, many in the wedding industry are embracing this windfall of rainbow cash. "We have seen quite a few same-sex couples coming through today," Caity Garness at Love Blooms gushed, "but at the last show we did, in October, we only saw one or two." A booth nearby at last weekend's Seattle Wedding Expo hung a big pride flag.

But there are holdouts, too. In America's gigantic wedding industrial complex—a $40 billion annual market in the United States—some are bristling at the prospect of taking two dudes as their lawfully wedded clients. In contrast to her own enthusiasm, Garness said, "I think you will hear that there are some officiants who aren't going to do it."

And she's not alone with that story. "I won't lie—I get a lot of calls from couples who are getting turned down at a lot of venues," said Amanda Bogue, who plans weddings at the Majestic Inn and Spa in Anacortes. She was positively thrilled to book gay weddings; she hosted one on New Year's Eve. "But nearly all the calls I've gotten from same-sex couples have said the same thing," she continued, recounting stories of gay clients who got the cold shoulder trying to rent a reception hall. "The reality is that not a lot of people are welcoming it like they should."

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