Couples & LGBTQ+ friendly Wedding Professionals Motivated to Take Substantive Action in Response to Today’s SCOTUS Ruling


Today's SCOTUS ruling marks a decision that many in the LGBTQ+ community have foreseen since Obergefell, but hoped would not come to pass.

“It’s not so much the fact that certain business professionals are now able to openly discriminate, protected by what has been very strongly worded as 'First Amendment' rights… it’s the precedent this sets.  To write discrimination into law is a dangerous thing, and the LGBTQ+ minority is wise to what kind of backlash such politics might create.  So they are continuing to find substantive ways to take action, and claim a place in this nation," says RainbowWeddingNetwork.com co-founder Marianne Puechl.

In September 2000, nearly a quarter of a century ago, Puechl and her partner Cindy Sproul founded an online wedding resource committed to the LGBTQ+ community, serving as a bridge between those couples and businesses that uphold a policy of non-discrimination.  Since that time, their company has continued to grow the services of their website and also has produced over 300 signature LGBTQ+ Wedding Expos in 37 states all across the United States.  Their event calendar for this year features 24 events.

"We've met hundreds of thousands of LGBTQ+ people who are planning weddings, and we've met with an even higher number of small business professionals who are allies of the community, simply wishing to serve ALL couples with respectfulness and civility.  Treat all couples the same.  It has been heartening this past 23 years to see the enthusiasm of heterosexual allies with regard to this very important issue, and I believe rulings like the SCOTUS decision today will only serve to motivate these advocates to come forward with even more rigorous support."

Couples too are continuing to take action.  From RainbowWeddingNetwork.com's vantage point, the company's team can point to an uptick in RSVPs for all their LGBTQ+ Wedding Expos since the recent swell regarding anti-LGBTQ+ policies and proposed legislation, such as the 'Don't Say Gay' laws in Florida, attempts to ban drag performances, and unrelenting anti-trans rulings.  "The Respect for Marriage Act late last year was a positive and bipartisan moment," Puechl goes on to say, "but couples knew even then that it was simply a placeholder.  They are more committed than we've ever before seen this past quarter century to move ahead with their wedding plans and their married lives together, and to do it with pride and fearlessness.

"As a collective of LGBTQ+ individuals, and advocates of equality," Puechl continues, "we must use decisions like 303 Creative LLC v. Elenis to energize our resolve.  Our community’s rights for fair treatment under the law also matter:  I don't think there's any doubt anymore that it's our own responsibility to stand up for those rights and make sure they too are counted."

For Further Information:  Marianne Puechl or Cindy Sproul, co-founders

O: 828-672-6377

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www.RainbowWeddingNetwork.com / www.SameLoveSameRights.com



National Tour of LGBTQ Wedding Expos Visits Raleigh in February with Unique 5th Annual Event - Couples Still Eager to Seek Out LGBTQ-Welcoming Wedding Services

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January, 2018


Raleigh, NC – Following the SCOTUS decision in June 2015 regarding marriage equality for the LGBTQ community, most couples found themselves breathing a sigh of relief. After a decade of vacillating legislation in states throughout the nation, couples finally felt at ease with enjoying a leisurely engagement and planning their dream ceremonies with a more relaxed timeframe. But now, with the new administration in the White House, continuing anti-trans policies, and a Supreme Court appointment that will likely lean toward the conservative, LGBTQ couples find themselves again facing an uncertain future with regard to marriage rights & family equality.

“The potential passage of legislation like the First Amendment Defense Act has many couples feeling rushed to move ahead and plan their weddings sooner, rather than later,” says RainbowWeddingNetwork.com co-founder Marianne Puechl. “It’s not so much the fact that certain wedding professionals might soon be able to openly discriminate… it’s the precedent that legislation of this kind sets. To write discrimination into law is a dangerous thing, and the LGBTQ minority is wise to what kind of backlash such a bill might create. So they are finding ways to take action.”

Puechl and her partner Cindy Sproul launched RainbowWeddingNetwork.com in 2000, and began producing a national tour of LGBTQ Wedding Expos in 2003. To date, the company has brought over 190 signature events to 33 states, and continues to expand its circuit each year. 2018 marks a 5th annual event in Raleigh, hosted once again by The Raleigh Marriott City Center.

“We’ve seen a spike in RSVP’s for our upcoming events ever since November 9th 2016,” Puechl continues. “Couples aren’t frantic, but they’re wanting to take real action. Moving ahead with their plans to marry is one way they can empower themselves.”

RainbowWeddingNetwork’s tour of LGBTQ Wedding Expos will visit Raleigh just after Valentines Day, with an informative and celebratory event set for Sunday February 25th. This fifth annual event will be hosted once again by the Raleigh Marriott City Center and will feature a diversity of screened, LGBTQ-friendly wedding, honeymoon and home-related vendors in a welcoming atmosphere. The afternoon will offer couples the opportunity to mingle with enthusiastic, experienced professionals, eager to help them bring together the details for their Dream Weddings. Food Samples, Trendy Planning Ideas & Raffle Giveaways will be highlights of the event. The Expo is free for couples to attend, and all budgets are welcome. Friends, family, hetero- allies & other advocates of equal rights are welcome to join the celebration.

“Couples, their wedding party & LGBTQ allies will gather together at the Expo,” says Puechl. “Couples are planning their ceremonies & honeymoons, and wedding professionals are meeting new clients. But more than that, this will be an afternoon for everyone to join together & envision the next steps for the LGBTQ community in the area as well as throughout the country. The more cohesive our community becomes, the sooner we’ll achieve lasting equality throughout the nation."

Sunday February 25th, 2018 (12:30-3:30pm)
Location: Raleigh Marriott City Center / 500 Fayetteville Street / Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
RSVPs are requested to attend this event - for more information visit www.SameLoveSameRights.com
For Further Information: Cindy Sproul or Marianne Puechl, co-founders / RainbowWeddingNetwork
O: 828-645-8750 / C: 828-231-7983 / mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
www.RainbowWeddingNetwork.com / www.SameLoveSameRights.com

Valentine’s Engagement in the Air?? National Tour of LGBTQ Wedding Expos Visits Indianapolis in February with Unique 3rd Annual Event

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January, 2018

Indianapolis, IN – Following the SCOTUS decision in June 2015 regarding marriage equality for the LGBTQ community, most couples found themselves breathing a sigh of relief. After a decade of vacillating legislation in states throughout the nation, couples finally felt at ease with enjoying a leisurely engagement and planning their dream ceremonies with a more relaxed timeframe. But now, with the new administration in the White House, continuing anti-trans policies, and a Supreme Court appointment that will likely lean toward the conservative, LGBTQ couples find themselves again facing an uncertain future with regard to marriage rights & family equality.

“The potential passage of legislation like the First Amendment Defense Act has many couples feeling rushed to move ahead and plan their weddings sooner, rather than later,” says RainbowWeddingNetwork.com co-founder Marianne Puechl. “It’s not so much the fact that certain wedding professionals might soon be able to openly discriminate… it’s the precedent that legislation of this kind sets. To write discrimination into law is a dangerous thing, and the LGBTQ minority is wise to what kind of backlash such a bill might create. So they are finding ways to take action.”

Puechl and her partner Cindy Sproul launched RainbowWeddingNetwork.com in 2000, and began producing a national tour of LGBTQ Wedding Expos in 2003. To date, the company has brought over 190 signature events to 33 states, and continues to expand its circuit each year. 2018 marks a 3rd annual event in Indianapolis, hosted once again by The Hawthorns Golf & Country Club.

“We’ve seen a spike in RSVP’s for our upcoming events ever since November 9th 2016,” Puechl continues. “Couples aren’t frantic, but they’re wanting to take real action. Moving ahead with their plans to marry is one way they can empower themselves.”

RainbowWeddingNetwork’s tour of LGBTQ Wedding Expos will visit Indianapolis just after Valentines Day, with an informative and festive event set for Sunday February 18th. This third annual event will be hosted once again by The Hawthorns Golf & Country Club in Fishers and will spotlight a diversity of screened, LGBTQ-friendly wedding, honeymoon and home-related vendors in a welcoming atmosphere. The afternoon will offer couples the opportunity to mingle with enthusiastic, experienced professionals, eager to help them bring together the details for their Dream Weddings. Food Samples, Trendy Planning Ideas & Raffle Giveaways will be highlights of the event, and couples also will have the opportunity to tour the unique and elegant features of the Hawthorns. The Expo is free for couples to attend, and all budgets are welcome. Friends, family, hetero- allies & other advocates of equal rights are welcome to join the celebration.

“Couples, their wedding party & LGBTQ allies will gather together at the Expo,” says Puechl. “Couples are planning their ceremonies & honeymoons, and wedding professionals are meeting new clients. But more than that, this will be an afternoon for everyone to join together & envision the next steps for the LGBTQ community in the area as well as throughout the country. The more cohesive our community becomes, the sooner we’ll achieve lasting equality throughout the nation."

Sunday February 18th, 2018 (12:30-3:30pm)
Location: The Hawthorns Golf & Country Club / 12255 Club Point Drive / Fishers, IN 46037
RSVPs are requested to attend this event - for more information visit www.SameLoveSameRights.com
For Further Information: Cindy Sproul or Marianne Puechl, co-founders / RainbowWeddingNetwork
O: 828-645-8750 / C: 828-231-7983 / mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
www.RainbowWeddingNetwork.com / www.SameLoveSameRights.com

National Tour of LGBTQ Wedding Expos Visits Oklahoma City on Valentines Weekend with Unique Inaugural Event - Couples Still Motivated to Seek Out LGBTQ-specific Wedding Resources

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January, 2018

Oklahoma City, OK – Following the SCOTUS decision in June 2015 regarding marriage equality for the LGBTQ community, most couples found themselves breathing a sigh of relief. After a decade of vacillating legislation in states throughout the nation, couples finally felt at ease with enjoying a leisurely engagement and planning their dream ceremonies with a more relaxed timeframe. But now, with the new administration in the White House, continuing anti-trans policies, and a Supreme Court appointment that will likely lean toward the conservative, LGBTQ couples find themselves again facing an uncertain future with regard to marriage rights & family equality.

“The potential passage of legislation like the First Amendment Defense Act has many couples feeling rushed to move ahead and plan their weddings sooner, rather than later,” says RainbowWeddingNetwork.com co-founder Marianne Puechl. “It’s not so much the fact that certain wedding professionals might soon be able to openly discriminate… it’s the precedent that legislation of this kind sets. To write discrimination into law is a dangerous thing, and the LGBTQ minority is wise to what kind of backlash such a bill might create. So they are finding ways to take action.”

Puechl and her partner Cindy Sproul launched RainbowWeddingNetwork.com in 2000, and began producing a national tour of LGBTQ Wedding Expos in 2003. To date, the company has brought over 190 signature events to 33 states, and continues to expand its circuit each year. 2018 marks an inaugural event in Oklahoma City, and the 34th state in which RWN has produced an event.

“We’ve seen a spike in RSVP’s for our upcoming events ever since November 9th 2016,” Puechl continues. “Couples aren’t frantic, but they’re wanting to take real action. Moving ahead with their plans to marry is one way they can empower themselves.”

RainbowWeddingNetwork’s tour of LGBTQ Wedding Expos will visit Oklahoma City on Valentines Weekend, with a celebratory, informative event set for Sunday February 11th. This first annual event will be hosted by the Gaillardia Country Club and will spotlight a diversity of screened, LGBTQ-friendly wedding, honeymoon and home-related vendors in an elegant and welcoming atmosphere. The afternoon will offer couples the opportunity to mingle with enthusiastic, experienced professionals, eager to help them bring together the details for their Dream Weddings. Food Samples, Trendy Planning Ideas & Raffle Giveaways will be highlights of the event, and couples also will have the opportunity to tour the unique and beautiful features of the Gaillardia. The Expo is free for couples to attend, and all budgets are welcome. Friends, family, hetero- allies & other advocates of equal rights are welcome to join the celebration.

“Couples, their wedding party & LGBTQ allies will gather together at the Expo,” says Puechl. “Couples are planning their ceremonies & honeymoons, and wedding professionals are meeting new clients. But more than that, this will be an afternoon for everyone to join together & envision the next steps for the LGBTQ community in the area as well as throughout the country. The more cohesive our community becomes, the sooner we’ll achieve lasting equality throughout the nation."

Sunday February 11th, 2018 (12:30-3:30pm)
Location: Gaillardia Country Club / 5300 Gaillardia Boulevard / Oklahoma City, OK 73142
RSVPs are requested to attend this event - for more information visit www.SameLoveSameRights.com
For Further Information: Cindy Sproul or Marianne Puechl, co-founders / RainbowWeddingNetwork
O: 828-645-8750 / C: 828-231-7983 / mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
www.RainbowWeddingNetwork.com / www.SameLoveSameRights.com

National Tour of LGBTQ Wedding Expos Visits West Hartford this Month with Inaugural Event at the DELAMAR - Couples Still Eager for LGBTQ-specific Wedding Resources

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January, 2018


W. Hartford, CT – Following the SCOTUS decision in June 2015 regarding marriage equality for the LGBTQ community, most couples found themselves breathing a sigh of relief. After a decade of vacillating legislation in states throughout the nation, couples finally felt at ease with enjoying a leisurely engagement and planning their dream ceremonies with a more relaxed timeframe. But now, with the new administration in the White House, continuing anti-trans policies, and a Supreme Court appointment that will likely lean toward the conservative, LGBTQ couples find themselves again facing an uncertain future with regard to marriage rights & family equality.

“The potential passage of legislation like the First Amendment Defense Act has many couples feeling rushed to move ahead and plan their weddings sooner, rather than later,” says RainbowWeddingNetwork.com co-founder Marianne Puechl. “It’s not so much the fact that certain wedding professionals might soon be able to openly discriminate… it’s the precedent that legislation of this kind sets. To write discrimination into law is a dangerous thing, and the LGBTQ minority is wise to what kind of backlash such a bill might create. So they are finding ways to take action.”

Puechl & her partner Cindy Sproul launched RainbowWeddingNetwork.com in 2000, and began producing a national tour of LGBTQ Wedding Expos in 2003. To date, the company has brought over 190 signature events to 33 states, and continues to expand its circuit each year. 2018 marks an inaugural event in West Hartford, hosted by the newly opened DELAMAR Hotel.

“We’ve seen a spike in RSVP’s for our upcoming events ever since November 9th 2016,” Puechl continues. “Couples aren’t frantic, but they’re wanting to take real action. Moving ahead with their plans to marry is one way they can empower themselves.”

RainbowWeddingNetwork’s tour of LGBTQ Wedding Expos will visit West Hartford with a celebratory, informative event set for Sunday January 28th. This first annual event will be hosted by the elegant DELAMAR West Hartford and will spotlight a diversity of screened, LGBTQ-friendly wedding and home-related vendors in a welcoming atmosphere. The afternoon will offer couples the opportunity to mingle with enthusiastic, experienced professionals, eager to help them bring together the details for their Dream Weddings. Food Samples, Trendy Planning Ideas & Raffle Giveaways will be highlights of the event, as well as the opportunity to tour the newly opened DELAMAR. The Expo is free for couples to attend, and all budgets are welcome. Friends, family, hetero- allies & other advocates of equal rights are welcome to join the celebration.

“Couples, their wedding party & LGBTQ allies will gather together at the Expo,” says Puechl. “Couples are planning their ceremonies & honeymoons, and wedding professionals are meeting new clients. But more than that, this will be an afternoon for everyone to join together & envision the next steps for the LGBTQ community in the area as well as throughout the country. The more cohesive our community becomes, the sooner we’ll achieve lasting equality throughout the nation."

Sunday January 28th, 2018 (12:30-3:30pm)
Location: Delamar West Hartford / 1 Memorial Rd / West Hartford, CT 06107
RSVPs are requested to attend this event - for more information visit www.SameLoveSameRights.com
For Further Information: Cindy Sproul or Marianne Puechl, co-founders / RainbowWeddingNetwork
O: 828-645-8750 / C: 828-231-7983 / mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
www.RainbowWeddingNetwork.com / www.SameLoveSameRights.com