After Wednesday’s Supreme Court ruling invalidating a key section of the Defense of Marriage Act, married same-sex couples will be eligible for the same federal benefits as heterosexual married couples.
This decision coincidentally comes during Pride Week in Minneapolis. This weekend, June 29-30, Loring Park will host the Twin Cities Pride Festival. There will be a parade, vendors and a new wedding showcase. As of August 1, gay couples in Minnesota can wed legally.
The Wedding Showcase will be an exciting, first-ever event with wedding vendors, a flower display and a a flash mob. Fabulous Function owner Julie Lyford and Master of Ceremonies and Wedding Entertainer Bill Hermann are sponsors as well as Lavender Magazine.
Go to https://www.tcpride.org for more information.
On the same subject, a wonderfully creative and humorous book is Retrieving Isaac & Jason by Elliott and Kenneth Flies. The story is about the adoption journey of Elliott and his partner Randy. They are a same-sex couple who adopted their sons from south-east Asia. The story is written from the perspective of their dog, Kai, a yellow lab retriever.
The book gives insight into adoption laws and the struggles to become a family.
Go to www.RetrievingIsaacandJason.com for more information.