Wedding Professionals Speak Out: 90% Willing to Serve Same-Sex Couples
Kathryn Hamm of GayWeddings.com Available for Interviews
Kathryn Hamm, Publisher of GayWeddings.com will share new data from WeddingWire and GayWeddings.com’s 2015 annual survey of wedding professionals, revealing that wedding professionals are becoming more inclusive and supportive of marriage equality.
WHO: Kathryn Hamm, Publisher, GayWeddings.com and Education Expert, WeddingWire
WHAT: Kathryn is available to offer insight on wedding professionals and their willingness to serve same-sex couples with specific topics including, but not limited to:
Wedding professionals’ increasing willingness to serve same sex couples
90% of WeddingWire professionals would serve same-sex couples (directionally up from January 2015 at 86%)
WeddingWire professionals are significantly less likely than the general public to say “Wedding-related business can refuse service to same-sex couples based on religious beliefs.”
Only 29% (less than ⅓) of WeddingWire professionals say refusals based on religious beliefs are OK; compared to 59% (almost ⅔) of the public who say a business can refuse (source: AP)
WeddingWire professionals are more likely than the general public to favor legalization of same-sex marriage
69% of WeddingWire professionals favor same-sex marriage (9% oppose, 21% neutral), which is more favorable than the general population (55% favor 39% oppose, source: Pew)
Of the 69% of professionals who favor same-sex marriage, 93% say marriage is a civil right
Among the 9% who oppose same-sex marriage, 72% say due to religious reasons and 59% believe marriage only applies to heterosexual couples
About Kathryn Hamm: Kathryn is the Publisher of GayWeddings.com, an Education Expert for WeddingWire, co-author of The New Art of Capturing Love (Amphoto, 2014), and contributor for the Huffington Post and WeddingWireEDU. Raised in Dallas, Texas, she received an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Women’s Studies from Princeton University and a master’s degree in Social Work from the Catholic University of America. Kathryn’s 1999 wedding to her partner, Amy Walter, served as a catalyst for her straight-mother’s inspiration for starting GayWeddings.com – the first resource of its kind in the market. In 2013, after twenty years together, Kathryn and Amy got legally married in D.C. with their young son serving as Best Man.
WeddingWire, Inc. is the leading global online marketplace connecting consumers with event and creative professionals. Operating within a $200 billion industry, WeddingWire, Inc. hosts 10 million monthly unique users across its mobile and web platforms. Consumers are able to read over 2.5 million vendor reviews and search, compare and book from a database of over 400,000 businesses. Globally, it provides these businesses the technology they need to serve their clients through advertising, marketing and business management tools such as websites, payment processing, invoicing and contracts. Founded in 2007, the WeddingWire portfolio of sites serves couples and businesses across 14 countries in North America, Latin America and Europe, making it the worldwide leader in weddings with brands including Bodas.net, Casamentos.com.br, Matrimonio.com and more. The company employs more than 650 and maintains global headquarters in Washington, DC and international headquarters in Barcelona, Spain.