GayWeddings.com Congratulates New York On Achieving Marriage Equality

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ARLINGTON, VA – June 24, 2011 – GayWeddings.com, the Arlington-based niche wedding site, congratulates Governor Cuomo and the State of New York for its recent legislative milestone, as it becomes the seventh jurisdiction in the United States to embrace marriage equality. This achievement follows five states — Massachusetts, Iowa, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire — and the District of Columbia, all of which have previously legalized same-sex marriages for their residents.

“Marriage equality has been long overdue in New York, one of our largest and most stable markets,” says Kathryn Hamm, President of GayWeddings.com. “We have served thousands of couples nationwide and we are ready to serve the couples of New York.“

Kathryn Hamm, along with her mother, Gretchen Hamm, have been strong advocates for marriage equality since they founded their company in 1999, and have displayed this support in providing extensive resources to the under-served LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) community. With tailored offerings such as wedding products, gifts, community forums and a national gay-friendly vendor directory powered by WeddingWire, GayWeddings.com has solidified its position as the largest resource of its kind at the forefront of the burgeoning same-sex wedding industry.

“Even with the recent victory in New York, challenges will still remain for many gay and lesbian couples planning their weddings,” says Kathryn Hamm. “Sites like GayWeddings.com and WeddingWire.com aim to make it a little easier to find accommodating wedding professionals and wedding advice.”

“GayWeddings.com is a strong and vital partner within the WeddingWire Network,” says Sonny Ganguly, Chief Marketing Officer, WeddingWire. “As residents of the largest state to legalize same-sex marriage, New York couples will now be able to easily plan their weddings through the most comprehensive database of LGBT-friendly vendors on our network site GayWeddings.com.”

WeddingWire has the largest database of reviewed wedding vendors nationwide and over 35,000 of these vendors offer their services to couples planning same-sex unions through the GayWeddings.com directory. Since GayWeddings.com and WeddingWire launched their partnership to provide the most comprehensive vendor directory available for same-sex couples (January 18, 2011), the number of wedding professionals serving engaged gay and lesbian couples in the New York market has increased by 35%.

About GayWeddings.com

While planning a wedding for daughter Kathryn in 1999, Gretchen Hamm was frustrated by the lack of resources available to same-sex couples and thus founded TwoBrides.com and TwoGrooms.com – the first such online boutiques to cater to the GLBT community – that same year. In 2005, the mother-daughter team acquired GayWeddings.com, solidifying its position as the largest resource of its kind at the forefront of the burgeoning same-sex wedding industry. Based in Dallas, Texas and Arlington, Virginia, GayWeddings.com serves the under-served LGBT community with its community forum, national gay-friendly vendor directory, wedding planning seminars, consultation services, free planning articles and “Wed Pages,” personalized customer service and its online boutique, which features hard-to-find gay wedding items including certificates, invitations, cake tops, albums, guest books, personalized accessories and more. Through advocacy, relationship building and education, GayWeddings.com continues to affect change in the wedding marketplace.

About WeddingWire, Inc.

WeddingWire.com, the nation’s leading technology company serving the $70 billion wedding industry, is the only online wedding planning resource designed to empower both engaged couples and wedding professionals. For engaged couples, WeddingWire offers the ability to search, compare and book over 200,000 local wedding vendors, from wedding venues to wedding photographers to wedding cakes. WeddingWire also offers an online community and a suite of cutting-edge planning tools for weddings, including wedding websites, all at no charge. For wedding professionals, WeddingWire provides free online management tools creating the only market opportunity that gives local businesses control over their clients, reviews, leads and performance. Businesses that join the WeddingWire Network appear on WeddingWire.com and other leading sites, including MarthaStewartWeddings.com (NYSE: MSO).