Shoe Envy: The Half-Pump, Half-Bootie Hybrid

Alyse's-ShoesWhen it comes to odd combinations, there have been plenty in the fashion world, especially in footwear. (Do you recall this eye-searing precursor to the ubiquitous wedge sneaker? What about Prada’s Mary Janes with the attached leg?) But when our associate photo director Alyse Moyer waltzed into my office this morning wearing these, the idea of merging a classic, elegant black D’orsay-style pump with a rocker-ish suede ankle boot suddenly seemed like the best pairing in the world. It’s like chaps, but for your ankles. And who doesn’t wish they could rock a pair of chaps?

Find out where she got ‘em here.

J Crew Profiles First Gay Wedding

Benjamin and Ray have become the first gay couple that J Crew has profiled in its online “Wedding Album.” The two men tied the knot recently in an 11th-century chateau in the south of France – both donning their signature J Crew Ludlow tuxes. In the interview, the two say they first met in Hudson River Park on a sunny day in New York City – a meeting “that changed our lives forever.”

The happy couple (courtesy of J Crew)

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First Marriage Discrimination Lawsuit Filed

For the first time since same-sex marriage became legal in New York in the summer of 2011, a discrimination lawsuit has been filed against a venue that has denied a same-sex couple the right to tie the knot there.

Melisa Erwin and Jennie McCarthy of Albany, New York were nearly all set to get hitched at the Liberty Ridge Farm when the owners found out that what they were planning was a gay wedding—then the planning came to a halt. Because while it seems like the owners kinda wished them well, they still made it clear that because Melisa and Jennie were gay, they would not allow them to marry there; that they had the right to “market” their business to whomever they saw fit.

But the thing is, while New York law does allow exemptions for some religious institutions to remain uninvolved with same-sex marriage, it does not allow for places “of public accommodation” to make the same refusal. That part of the law has yet to be officially interpreted—but it’s sure about to be, now.

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Gay Marriage Makes $275 Million for New York

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It was a year ago this July that New York state legalized gay marriage, and in that past year, New York City’s economy alone was flooded with $275 million in revenue thanks to that decision.

Because the thing is, with that many more weddings going on, there are that many more people out and about and opening up their wallets—200,000 more people, it’s estimated. Those people ate, they stayed in hotels, they shopped. And they celebrated their friends’ ability to tie the knot with the government’s blessing.

“You look over the last few months and say the world has not changed dramatically,” Republican State Senator Jim Alesi said. “It still turns around 24 hours a day, but lives have changed for the better, those people that now can be married.” He, along with three other Republicans, voted to legalize same-sex marriage last year, ensuring a win of 33-29 in the senate.

“I received the usual kind of political threats that, you know, We’re gonna kill you politically,” Alesi said. “But there were also a lot of people that were just everyday people that I wouldn’t have expected to come up to me and say they were going to support me, that they believed it was courageous.”

The senator even attended a gay wedding this week.

It’s a pretty happy thing all around.

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Cake Shop Says No to Gay Couple

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Dave Mullins and Charlie Craig are planning to tie the knot in Provincetown, Mass., this September. But when they tried to order a wedding cake from Masterpiece Cakeshop in Denver, the owner told the couple that he doesn’t bake cakes for gay weddings.

It’s a sentiment that’s also echoed on the bakery’s Yelp page, where other users say they, too, were turned away for being gay. The page is now being used to air complaints about the bakery’s homophobia – making the ratings for Masterpiece plummet.

“Shame on you for discriminating against someone based on their sexual preference,” writes Caroline F. “I will never purchase a cake from you,” adds Reyna S. “Even if you were the last bakery around, I would do without rather than purchase from you.”

The reason the shop’s giving for turning away the gay couple? They don’t make cakes for “illegal” things like commitment ceremonies. But the joke’s on them really since same-sex marriage is 100 percent legal in Massachusetts, where the couple plans to wed.

“This is the first time I’ve ever been refused service at a business because I was gay,” Mullins said in a statement. “I want [the cakeshop] to know that what [they] did hurt us. All we wanted was a cake. We didn’t want [the owner] to put on a rainbow shirt and march in the gay pride parade. This is me standing up for my community’s rights.”

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Philly Tip From Scott Barnes

Scott Barnes is the director of marketing for Stephen Starr Events. Scott has been working both in Philly and New York handling many same-sex marriage events. Recently, he sat down with Uwishunu to talk about one of his favorite destinations in the city.

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Holy Gay Wedding Proposal!

Danny Rose wanted to ask his boyfriend Aaron to marry him. And did he ever – custom dance song, video and all. Wait, is that a marching band?

“After the video I got down on one knee and asked him to make me the happiest person in the world and spend his life with me,” Rose told Towleroad. “He said of course and it was a great moment. But wanted to watch the video again 30 more times. There are a lot of inside jokes and even some wardrobe choices in there designed to experiences in our history.”

It’s catchy. But why does this guy remind us of Will Arnett?

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The Ultimate Proposal

They met 20 years ago. But recently, Nate and Cliff decide to take their relationship to the next stage – literally.

“When you know it’s right, it’s right,” says Nate, who appeared on a recent episode of Yahoo’s Ultimate Proposal with his partner. For these two gay men, the best way to take the plunge was to head straight to the Great White Way. Thinking he was taking a trip to New York City to see the hit Broadway musical Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, Cliff had no idea that what his partner really had planned was a proposal after curtain call.

“For the first half of our relationship, marriage wasn’t even an option,” says Nate, who lives with Cliff in Washington D.C. where same-sex marriage is now legal. “So once states started changing laws, then we knew push was coming to shove. I think what it’s going to do is put more validation on the work we’ve put into this relationship. I’ve got 20 years of proof that this relationship is right.”

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What We Love: Macy’s Two Grooms

One Million Moms may not be too pleased with a new ad for the wedding registry at Macy’s, but we love it. The image – which features a car parked in a vineyard with a license plate that says, “I Do” – also features a wedding cake in the trunk with two grooms on top.

It may be a subtle nod toward gay marriage, but we applaud the retailer for using same-sex nuptials to promote the registry. After all, one of the chain’s most famous flagship stores at New York’s Herald Square just so happens to be in a state that legalized gay marriage last year.

Subtle as it may be, the ad is drawing ire from anti-gay groups just the same. “Just because gay marriage is legal in a few states,” says the One Million Moms website, “this is inappropriate marketing and conservative customers will not support it.” The group’s even started a petition asking Macy’s to pull it.

Call us crazy, but we doubt Macy’s will want to give up the millions in potential revenue from same-sex marriage in the states that do allow it. It’s a big business. Even New York’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg has said that since gay marriage was legalized in New York, the state’s enjoyed an increase in tourism dollars and overall revenue – to the tune of millions.

And we’re proud that the retailer isn’t bending to pressure.

“Macy’s proudly serves a large and diverse marketplace,” Beth Charlton, a Macy’s spokesperson says in a statement, “including customers with a wide range of needs and preferences. We strive to embrace customers of all ethnic backgrounds, ages, races, faith traditions, genders and lifestyles through the products we sell and the content of our marketing.”

Way to go, Macy’s!

Messy & Picky Are Getting Married

Food bloggers Messy and Picky are getting married and we’d like to congratulate them for that. And we’d also like to help them with where.

Here are their requirements, any suggestions?

  • Restaurant lunch or dinner for immediate family (25 people)
  • Delicious food
  • Not expensive
  • Philadelphia is home but Connecticut or New York could work too
  • Friday or Saturday are preferred
  • Local and or organic
  • Vegetarian friendly

Messy and Picky are getting married — help us figure out where! [Messy and Picky]