On, April 28th, 2015, the United States Supreme Court will begin to hear cases on the matter of marriage equality from four states: Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan and Tennessee. The cases have been consolidated under the name of the Ohio case, Obergefell v Hodges, and will test two questions: whether same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marriage and whether states have to recognize the same-sex marriages of other states.
Currently, same-sex marriages are legal in thirty-seven states and the District of Columbia, and the status of marriage equality is on stay pending appeal in seven additional states where the constitutional bans were overturned.
We’ll be watching and waiting for a decision from the Court into May or June, but in the meantime we would like to invite our community of wedding and event professionals to show your support for marriage equality and join our Wed We Can movement!
Wed We Can was developed from the partnership between WeddingWire and GayWeddings.com, the leading niche-based wedding planning resource and boutique, dedicated to serving same-sex couples since 1999. The campaign represents our shared investment in and commitment to the unions of all loving couples, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Today, we’re unveiling a new logo for same-sex marriage supporters to share across their favorite social networks. We invite you to share images of what love means to you with the hashtag #WedWeCan, and help us make history as one movement that stands for marriage equality and a commitment to be inclusive of all couples!
Eighty-six percent of WeddingWire professionals plan to work with or are working with same-sex couples this year, and we hope that this number continues to increase as marriage equality becomes legal across the nation. If you’re looking for more resources to help your wedding business serve same-sex couples, be sure to check out the following resources from Kathryn Hamm, WeddingWire Education Expert and President of GayWeddings.com:
- Learn how to opt-in to be listed as a same-sex friendly wedding Pro on GayWeddings.com and how you can customize your GayWeddings.com profile image in our step-by-step guide.
- Keep track of the legal landscape and the latest marriage equality advancements in the U.S. by checking out Kathryn’s same-sex marriage map with fast facts for each state.
- Embrace language that is inclusive of all types of couples by updating your website, marketing materials, and in-person talking points with this cheat sheet from Kathryn’s book with co-author and photographer Thea Dodds, The New Art of Capturing Love.
- Get tips for building trust with LGBTQ clients as well as fundamental posing techniques for photographers to use with same-sex couples by listening to our recent webinar.
We’ll be following the Supreme Court’s actions closely over the next few months, so check back for updates!