Valentine's and Equality; Same Love, Same Rights® Mobilizes Gay & Lesbian Minority

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The Same Love, Same Rights® Mobile Marriage Summit is traveling the nation this election year, rallying the GLBTQ community in promoting equal rights in marriage and adoption. An initiative of the national company Rainbow Wedding Network, Same Love, Same Rights® combines both a Wedding Expo geared to same-sex couples along with a Forum in which ideas are brainstormed from all who attend on innovative ways to create mass change in America concerning marriage equality. Upcoming dates for the Same Love, Same Rights® Mobile Marriage Summit include Atlanta (February 24, 2008), Seattle (April 6, 2008), Tampa (May 4, 2008) and plans are underway for events in New York City and Chicago.

The Same Love, Same Rights® Mobile Marriage Summit is traveling the nation this election year,rallying the GLBTQ community in promoting equal rights in marriage and adoption. An initiative of the national company Rainbow Wedding Network, Same Love, Same Rights® combines both a Wedding Expo geared to same-sex couples along with a Forum in which ideas are brainstormed from all who attend on innovative ways to create mass change in America concerning marriage equality. Upcoming dates for the Same Love, Same Rights® Mobile Marriage Summit include Atlanta (February 24, 2008), Seattle (April 6, 2008), Tampa (May 4, 2008) and plans are underway for events in New York City and Chicago.

Asheville, NC -- February marks the season of love; however for 19 million Americans the rights and responsibilities of a lifelong commitment through marriage do not apply. The Same Love, Same Rights® Mobile Marriage Summit directly addresses this vital issue, serving as a central rallying point for the GLBTQ community, its advocates and allies. With interactive resources available 24/7 online, and events held in various states throughout the year, the organization provides targeted access to current events and basic action steps participants can take immediately to enact real change. The mission of Same Love, Same Rights® is to re-energize the GLBTQ community about the very real consequences of inequality in America.

"Valentine's is the perfect launchpoint this year for Same Love, Same Rights," states founder Cindy Sproul. "The holiday is about Love and the onset of the wedding season… But it also marks the vast differences in rights for two factions in our country: the heterosexual majority and the gay and lesbian minority. Our first Mobile Marriage Summit event in 2008 will be just after Valentine's Day, in Atlanta on February 24th."

The upcoming event is the organization's fourth annual expo in Atlanta, and will be held from 12:00 - 5:00 pm at Bold American Catering's venue space in the King Plow Center. Attendees will have the opportunity to share their ideas on the issues, sign petitions, join the 'Commitment Photo Album' and learn new ways to network and get involved, both at the state and national levels. Sproul & her partner Marianne Puechl will be speaking during the event, along with Marriage Equality Georgia's Kathy Kelly. Over fifty local, gay-friendly wedding vendors will display their wares and services; Music, Ceremony Tips, Samples, Fashion and live Dance performances will enhance the day's theme. Admission is free, and all supporters of marriage equality are encouraged to attend.

"2008 is such an important election year," continues Sproul. "The voter turnout already proves that to be true. But over the past decade the gay and lesbian community has not been very cohesive. And we truly have seen a need to add a political edge to the party atmosphere of our Wedding Expos. The Mobile Marriage Summit is an exciting complement: it will create a buzz at a grassroots, activist-level, and every attendee at the event will have an opportunity to get involved right then, right there. We'll discuss the fact that no Presidential candidate thus far has come forward to support marriage rights, and what that means for us as voters. There is a lot of ground to cover. We look forward to a high degree of active involvement, in Atlanta and at our other events this year."

Launched in 2000, RainbowWeddingNetwork.com (RWN) has grown to become the most extensive wedding resource for the gay and lesbian community in the United States. RWN produced its first Same Love, Same Rights® GLBTQ Wedding Expo in 2003 and released the national Rainbow Wedding Network Magazine in 2006. To date, RWN has produced sixteen different events in ten states.

For more information about nationwide events please visit SameLoveSameRights and for more same-sex wedding and marriage resources, visit RainbowWeddingNetworkMagazine.

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