Ricky Martin reveals he secretly married Jwan Josef

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Ricky Martin and Jwan Yosef are married.

Martin, 46, dropped the bombshell to E! News that he and Yosef have already tied the knot. However, the big celebration is still to come.

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Ellen Page marries girlfriend Emma Portner

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Ellen Page and her girlfriend Emma Portner are married.

Page, 30, made the surprise announcement on Instagram on Wednesday. The post features the newlywed couple showing off their wedding rings.

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Wedding Bells at Watermark: Blair Jackson and Susan Jackson

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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blair and susan jacksonWhen we met again and had a longer conversation, it was obvious we had a lot more in common, and there was definitely something more there,” Susan says.

Blair Jackson, who is a systems administrator, and Susan Jackson, who is a network clinical director at Florida Hospital, met through mutual friends. They used to get together and play Texas Hold ‘Em poker. Blair was in and out of another relationship when the women first met, but they eventually hit it off and there were sparks when she was finally single.

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Wedding Bells at Watermark: Jen McCoy and Pauline Lopez

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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Jen McCoy and Pauline Lopez“I think the turning point was when we started meeting sometimes at lunch, because we both worked so close, so we would go sit in a park or walk in a park,” Jen says. “I don’t remember at what point it was, but I was just like, ‘I think I’m falling in love.’”

Jen McCoy, 49, a senior analyst at Nemours Children’s Hospital, and Pauline Lopez, 56, a financial coordinator at Orlando Periodontist Office, were married on August 22, 2015, which was just over six years after they had their commitment ceremony in May 2009. But the Winter Park couple’s love story goes back to a chance encounter when they both lived in Kansas.

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#GaylyBeloved Watermark’s Toolkit for Tying the Knot

By : Jamie Hyman
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Watermark Publishing Group presents: #GaylyBeloved, a complete toolkit for same-sex couples who wish to get married.

Gay marriage has been legal for quite some time, but because it was off the table for so long, many couples do not have a complete example of the ins and outs of getting married. How is a marriage legalized? What financial information should be in order beforehand? What legal documents should all same-sex married couples have? Both emotionally and legally, what do same-sex couples need to do to prepare themselves for marriage?

#GaylyBeloved is Watermark’s ongoing video series, hosted by Watermark founder Tom Dyer, an attorney with Dyer & Blaisdell Attorneys at Law. Tom will answer all those questions and more for couples interested in tying the knot.

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Watermark looks back: When marriage equality came to Florida

By : Jamie Hyman
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Happy anniversary! One year ago Jan. 6, same-sex couples around Florida legally, joyfully were married.

Watermark staffers spent the day hopping from mass wedding to mass wedding interviewing couples, taking photos, eating cake and shedding more than a few tears.

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Wedding Bells at Watermark: Dean Dover and Les Chittenden

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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“We were watching something on TV, and we both have recliners. He slid down off his recliner, got down on his knee and said ‘Will you marry me?’And I went, ‘If you can get back up, I will,’” Dean jokes.

With a 19 year age difference, Dean Dover, a 65-year-old retired chef and dietary manager, and Les Chittenden, a 84-year-old retired businessman, say that is something that never phases them —even their doctor says that Les is as healthy as an 18-year-old man.

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Center stage ceremonies: Nine stories of love and marriage

By : Aaron Alper
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Edgy. Accessible. Gay. Those three words are what drew director Donna Donnelly to the West Coast Players Production of Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays.

“I was looking through new plays,” Donnelly says. “Since the play would be in June, I wanted something that had a gay theme to coincide with Pride month. I wanted something interesting and unique.”

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More than 500 gay couples married in Alabama

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Montgomery, Ala. (AP) — There were at least 545 same-sex couples who married during the three weeks that gay marriage was allowed in Alabama.

The preliminary numbers were compiled by the Alabama Department of Public Health Department. The tally reflects marriages that occurred Feb. 9 to March 3.

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‘Heather Has Two Mommies’ revised, updated

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NEW YORK (AP) – A playful picture book about a little girl named Heather and her two happy mommies was a cultural and legal flashpoint 25 years ago, angering conservatives over the morality of same-sex parenting and landing libraries at the center of community battles over placement in the children’s stacks.

Today, Heather — of “Heather Has Two Mommies” — has a lot more company in books for young kids about different kinds of families, but hers was out of print and seemed visually dated. That’s why creator Leslea Newman decided on a new version, updating the look of her watershed story with fresh illustrations from a new artist and tweaking the text to streamline.

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Fla.’s 1st married same-sex couple expecting twins

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Miami – The first same-sex couple legally married in the state of Florida have something new to celebrate.

Catherina Pareto and Karla Arguello announced Feb. 17 that they are pregnant with twins, due in August. 

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The Evolution of Us: Make it a contract worth renewing

By : Dr. Steve Yacovelli
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Back in the 90s there was a TV show called Earth 2. It was kind of cheesy (about future colonists who were trying to make a go of establishing a human colony on another Earth-like planet) but still entertaining. It did, after all, star the sexy Antonio Sabàto, Jr!

One thing that resonated for me in that show was when two characters’ marriage was “up for renewal,” and the wife wasn’t sure she wanted to renew. In this future society, marriage was indeed a contract, but with an expiration date that you can negotiate for renewal—similar to satellite radio subscription. This “contract” concept of marriage always stuck with me.

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