Gay Wedding Expo Returns to Seattle

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The national gay & lesbian wedding resource, RainbowWeddingNetwork.com, has targeted Seattle as one of ten cities scheduled to host its 2009 tour of LGBT Wedding Expos. The upcoming Same Love, Same Rights® LGBT Wedding Expo in August marks the company's thirty-first such event since 2003, and its second-annual in Seattle. Same-sex couples throughout the state of Washington are invited to meet gay-friendly business professionals offering ceremony, honeymoon, travel, gift, home and family-related services, each pre-screened to uphold a policy of non-discrimination. Hosted at Waterways Cruises and Events' elegant Lakeside Events Center, the event will take place Sunday, August 16, 2009 from 12:30-3:30pm. The Expo is free for the public to attend.

The ripple-effect of Proposition 8 in California has been felt throughout the West Coast, and across the country

Rainbow Wedding Network's 2009 tour of Same Love, Same Rights® LGBT Wedding Expos is set to travel to Seattle in August for its 2nd annual event in Washington. Free for the public to attend, Waterways Cruises and Events' Lakeside Events Center will host the Expo on August 16, 2009 from 12:30 - 3:30 pm.

Dozens of pre-screened local wedding vendors are scheduled to participate who actively support equal rights in marriage. Businesses ranging from ceremony sites, caterers, and photographers to real estate professionals, lawyers, and marriage equality organizations will exhibit. Other highlights will include Ceremony Planning Tips, Samples and Informative Presentations about the issues concerning equality in marriage and adoption for the LGBT community.

Admission is free, and all supporters of marriage equality are encouraged to attend.

"The ripple-effect of Proposition 8 in California has been felt throughout the West Coast, and across the country," states RainbowWeddingNetwork co-founder, Cindy Sproul. "Washington State has been a pioneer in offering domestic partnership benefits to its LGBT citizens, but there is much work yet to be done. The upcoming Same Love, Same Rights® Wedding Expo is meant to serve as a rallying point for couples, singles and straight allies to join together in promoting a vision of broader-based marriage rights in the state and throughout America."

Couples, singles, advocates and allies from all surrounding areas are encouraged to take part in this day of Celebration, Activism and Joy. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with local advocates about the issues, as well as mingle with more than thirty screened, gay-friendly professionals involved with all stages of wedding planning. Couples will take home a goodie-bag filled with inspirational ideas and contact information to assist in planning their perfect ceremony. In addition, attendees will be invited to add their photograph to the Commitment Photo Album,™ an ongoing project to document LGBT couples and their families throughout the nation.

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. Following the success of its first LGBT Wedding Expo in 2003, the company released the national Rainbow Wedding Network Magazine in 2006, a full-color quarterly glossy dedicated to gay and lesbian weddings and the issues surrounding equal marriage and family rights for the LGBT minority.

For more information about nationwide events please visit http://www.SameLoveSameRights.com and for more same-sex wedding and marriage resources, visit http://www.RainbowWeddingNetworkMagazine.com and http://www.GayWeddings.us.com.

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