GAY NEWS FLASH: Neil Patrick Harris and Partner David Burtka Tie the Knot

If you heard the gay Internet explode a few minutes ago, it’s because superstar gay Neil Patrick Harris broke the news on Twitter that he married his partner of 10 years, David Burtka.

According to People the couple tied the knot in Italy in “an intimate ceremony surrounded by their close friends and family.” They donned custom-made Tom Ford tuxedos, and How I Met Your Mother director Pam Fryman officiated.

So sweet. Congrats, boys!

Tie-the-Knot Tuesday: Dana and Tracey Jones

Dana and Tracey Jones

Every Wednesday, we are featuring a Philadelphia-area gay or lesbian couple who have walked down the aisle in their own special way. Today, we feature Dana and Tracey Jones, a lesbian couple from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, who incorporated their two lovely children in their marriage ceremony.

Names: Dana and Tracey Jones

How long have you been together as a couple before you got married?: 2 years

When did you get married?: October 2, 2010, in Pennsylvania with a ceremony and reception. Then we did it in New York City to make it legally recognized on April 20, 2012.

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Tie-the-Knot Tuesday: Anthony Lower and Nick Scott

Anthony Lower and Nick Scott with Mayor Nutter.

Anthony Lower and Nick Scott with Mayor Michael Nutter.

Every Wednesday, we feature a Philadelphia-area gay or lesbian couple who have walked down the aisle in their own special way. Today, we feature Anthony Lower and Nick Scott from Lansdowne, Pennsylvania.

Names Anthony Lower and Nick Scott

How long have you been together as a couple before you got married? 18 years

When did you get married? May 24, 2014

Describe the experience of your wedding. Where did you get married? Who was there? What was the most memorable part?

Anthony Lower and Nick Scott

Anthony Lower and Nick Scott

We got our license on day two, missing the license office closing by two minutes on the first day. We walked out with the license not knowing what to do next. We wanted a big wedding, but hadnt saved for one. That Friday, City Hall called to ask if we wanted to be married on Saturday by Mayor Nutter. It turned out there were 20 couples being married. My brother and his wife came and cried the entire time. Our ceremony, vows provided by the judge who married us, was lovely. We both cried as well—though the video doesn’t show it. People on the streets were knew we were newly married. We got lots of “Congratulations” yelled out of cars and across the street as we walked to lunch from City Hall. Then there was the decrepit, sweet-looking little old man who asked me where my bride was and then called us “f*ggots”! Nick, my brother, his wife, Nick’s best friend, and I laughed our asses off.

Were there any local businesses that were helpful when you prepared your wedding?

  • The folks at Farrell’s Florist in Drexel Hill were awesome. As soon as they heard “gay wedding,” they were very excited that we’d be their first one and treated us so well.
  • The folks at Macy’s helped us find the perfect suits; like we were family members.
  • We did spend the honeymoon weekend in The Windsor Suites Hotel and even though they were booked due to some event in the city, they upgraded us to a really nice room on check-in when they realized we’d just been married. The entire front desk team was clapping.

Want to be featured in a future Wedding Wednesday? If you’re a gay or lesbian couple married in Pennsylvania, we want to hear from you. Take our brief survey!

Fredia Hurdle, Plaintiff in PA Marriage Equality Case, Dies Before Marrying Her Partner

Devastating news in a week already riddled with loss. Fredia Hurdle, one of the plaintiffs in Whitewood v. Wolf, the marriage equality case that won us the right to marry in Pennsylvania, passed away last week before having the chance to officially marry her partner, Lynn. More from the Pittsburgh Gazette.

fredia hurdleThe ruling meant that the Hurdles, who were together for 24 years, who were united in a commitment ceremony five years ago, and who had supported each other through sickness and child-rearing, could have their union recognized by the state they considered home.

Maybe they could get officially married in July, Lynn Hurdle thought, to mark the fifth anniversary of their original wedding ceremony. But her daughter planned to marry in October, and Fredia Hurdle said they should wait until after her wedding. It was her year, her “moment in the sun,” she told the woman she had long considered her wife.

“It’s legal. We have time,” she said.

But Thursday, Fredia Hurdle died from a stroke. She was 50 years old.

“I was looking for the next 25 or 50 years together,” Lynn Hurdle said. “It’s been shell shock.”

 

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PA Bridal Shop Won’t Sell to Lesbian Couples

Another problem directly related to our lack of LGBT-discrimination laws has reared its ugly head. A lesbian couple were denied service at W.W. Bridal Boutique in Bloombsburg, Pennsylvania, because, according to owner Victoria Miller, “providing those two girls dresses for a sanctified marriage would break God’s law.” More from LGBTQ Nation

W.W. Bridal in Bloomsburg, Pa. Photo by bloomutoday.com.

W.W. Bridal in Bloomsburg, Pa. Photo by bloomutoday.com.

One of the two [brides] says she was placed on hold for several minutes, then told, “Unfortunately she would not be able to schedule an appointment for us because they currently do not service same-sex couples—it’s just not something they do.”

“We feel we have to answer to God for what we do and providing those two girls dresses for a sanctified marriage would break God’s law,” says owner Victoria Miller.

Bloomsburg Town Council plans to discuss the incident at a meeting on Monday. Council members say they will consider whether to propose legislation to ban businesses from refusing to serve gays and lesbians.

Miller’s attorney, Al Luschas, says the shop owner has a “liberty interest” in refusing to take part in a process that would violate “firmly and honestly held religious beliefs.”

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Weekend Roundup: Mama’s House, LGBT Wedding Expo, Queeriosity Cabaret and More

gay wedding expo

It’s no surprise, now that same-sex marriage is legal in Pennsylvania, that state wedding vendors are clamoring to make our wedding dreams come true. Expect to see tons of LGBT wedding expos popping up very soon—the first of which is happening this weekend in Bucks County. The Rainbow Wedding Network PA LGBT Wedding Expo will see booths from 30 wedding vendors—purveyors of everything from food to flowers to dresses.

There will be candy, too. I know that, because G Philly will be in the house to meet local brides- and grooms-to-be. Stop by and say hello in the midst of getting your wedding-planning on. Sunday, August 9th, 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Sheraton Bucks County Hotel400 North Oxford Valley Road, Langhorne. 

FRIDAY

  • LiCK's Lascivious Jane hosts Mama's House at Tabu.

    LiCK’s Lascivious Jane hosts Mama’s House at Tabu.

    GayFest! romps through its first weekend of 2014. Keep up with what’s playing (and see a few shows, for goodness sakes) here.

  • Wolfstryker Leather will be the special guest at tonight’s Happy Bear happy hour.
  • Mistor Fahrenheit hosts The Queeriosity Cabaret, with Pissi Myles, Oliver Fist, Sinnamon, and more.
  • Ladies Rock the Mic Feminist Karaoke benefits Maternity Care Coalition’s MOMobile initiative, which offers support, education and access to resources to pregnant women, new parents, and their families. Girl power mandatory.
  • Mama’s House, Philly’s “tastiest all-female cabaret,” returns with host (Mama if you’re nasty) Lascivious Jane, and a trio of fearless performers—The Means, Rev-MacKenzie Moltov, and Bella La Blancis.
  • Get schooled on S-E-X at DTF: Darryl and Timaree’s Fun Hour.

SATURDAY

  • Say it ain't so, DJ Niilo. The beloved Gayborhood DJ gets a send-off this weekend at Back 2 Basics.

    Say it ain’t so, DJ Niilo. The beloved Gayborhood DJ gets a send-off this weekend at Back 2 Basics.

    Looking for a Saturday afternoon outing? Head to Passyunk Avenue’s Second Saturday, where local business, including gay-owned Metro Men’s Clothing, will spill out into the street with deals, entertainment, food, and sips.

  • Philly’s Best Lesbian Night Out, Stimulus, is throwing a special Back 2 Basics to say farewell to beloved local turntablist DJ Niilo, who’s heading out of town soon. Tear.
  • Get down to the real Nitty Gritty at Venture Inn.

SUNDAY

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