LGBTQ Marriage in America News: The State of Our Unions

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Scottsdale residents Nick Caprio and Matt Jacobi are planning a May wedding. In preparation, they created a same-sex wedding Barbie set for their eight-year-old niece, Natalie. To do so, they had to buy two hetero-normative wedding sets. Then, they took their creation to Instagram with this message: “Hi @mattel! Happy Holidays. We had a difficult time finding a same-sex wedding set to give to my niece for her 8th birthday. She and her little sister are flower girls in our upcoming May wedding. We thought it would be special to give her something with a little meaning behind it. What a bummer you don’t make one with two grooms. Anyway, we had to get creative and make a couple purchases. I hope our custom gift inspires you to make a #GayWedding set!…Kindest Regards, Matt Jacobi (America’s Favorite #Guncle)” Mattel has asked the couple to meet in Los Angeles to talk about the idea.

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Rowan County clerk Kim Davis may face $222,000 in legal fees. Davis broke the law in 2015 when she refused to issue marriage licenses because of her opposition to same-sex marriage. A district judge ruled in 2017, but the $222,000 in legal fees was paid for by Kentucky taxpayers. Governor Matt Bevin, who previously supported Davis, now says Kentucky taxpayers “should not have to collectively bear the financial responsibility for Davis’ intransigence.”


Engaged couple Jeffrey Cannon and Aaron Lucero started planning their wedding this past January and had their sites set on The Venue at Waterstone in Celina, TX. Then The Venue sent an email refusing to host the couple on religious grounds. Popular wedding-planning website, The Knot, has removed the Venue at Waterstone as a result of the discriminatory exchange.

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Last modified: July 30, 2019