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Taking its cue from the New York Times, which recently decided to publish notices of same-sex ceremonies along with its wedding announcements, the September-October issue of Cond? Nast’s Bride’s magazine features an article promoting homosexual weddings.

The New York Times reports the article, entitled “Outward Bound” outlines developments in same-sex ceremonies, shares comments from “gay” and lesbian couples about why their unions should be publicly recognized and offers tips on guests attending the nuptials.


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Cond? Nast’s Bride’s magazine

“We looked at what was happening in the wedding industry,” Millie Martini Bratten, the magazine’s editor in chief and the editorial director of Cond? Nast’s Bridal Group, told the Times. “We were hearing from various retailers that same-sex couples had become an important part of their gift registries … and we were answering more readers’ questions: ‘If two women were getting married, what’s the appropriate attire?’”

Established in 1934, Bride’s is the oldest and largest wedding magazine. Its website touts the publication as the “must-have guide for the newly engaged.”

According to Cond? Nast, the article has not generated any adverse advertising reaction. Editors at other bridal magazines will likely jump on the band wagon, should that remain the case.

Homosexual-rights advocates applaud the magazine’s move.

“A story like this really energizes the gay and lesbian community,” the Times quotes Cathy Renna, news media director for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, as saying.

While homosexual marriage is not legal in the United States, Vermont has a civil-union law that allows couples to register and receive most of the benefits and rights of married couples without calling it marriage. Earlier this year, California’s state Assembly passed a historic bill that would award virtually all the rights of marriage to homosexual “domestic partners.”

Thirty-seven U.S. states have passed laws that bar them from honoring same-sex marriage from another jurisdiction. However, in Massachusetts and New Jersey, homosexual couples have filed lawsuits, and some analysts believe if a marriage license were issued in one of those states, it would have to be recognized in all others under the U.S. Constitution’s “Full Faith and Credit Clause.”

A decision in the Massachusetts case is said to be imminent.

Public acceptance of “gay” marriage has increased in recent years, according to a poll by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.

The survey of 2,002 adults taken between June 24 and July 8 found 53 percent of respondents said they opposed “gay” marriages, while 38 percent said they approved of them. This compares to 1996 poll findings of 65 percent opposed and 27 percent in favor.

But a new USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup poll shows opposition to civil unions has risen in recent weeks. Fifty-seven percent polled said they opposed civil unions – the most opposition since the question was first asked in 2000 – while 40 percent voiced support.

The survey also found 49 percent of respondents said homosexuality should not be considered “an acceptable alternative lifestyle,” while 46 percent said it should. This marked the first time since 1997 surveys that more people were opposed.

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