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Where to Celebrate a Same-Sex Marriage in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington

November 7, 2012 at 11:19 AM | by | Comment (1)

After (probably) staying up late last night and biting off all of your fingernails, Election 2012 finally came to an end with the result that there won't be any packing up going on in the White House.

Here at Jaunted, we always look at the travel angle and, of course, there was a huge issue to watch: that of gay marriage. Four states— Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington—had a proposal on the ballot for the legalization of same-sex marriage. In all four states it passed and now happy couples of all sorts can say their "I dos" in each (not to mention a few others). This ultimately opens up the possibility of gay marriage travel and honeymoon travel. And voila, you have the travel angle.

From coast to coast we give our picks of the most picturesque spots to celebrate some nuptials, gay or straight.

· Maine
Offering beautiful sea views, we could go on and on to list the places that would be perfect. Our picks would be Bar Harbour and the entire Acadia National Park area. From rocky shores trimmed with pine trees to forest landscapes flaunting the colors of nature, we couldn't imagine a more romantic setting. Perhaps being the first is the way to go? The town of Eastport sees the first sunrise in the US. Regardless, lobster better be on the menu.
When gay marriage goes into effect: right now.

· Maryland
Nicknamed the "Free State," it makes sense that now everyone can get married. Anywhere on the Chesapeake Bay would make for a nice backdrop in your wedding photos, but if you really want to have a little fun and throw caution to the wind, get married in Ocean City on the Atlantic shores. Girls, this was originally called the "Ladies Resort to The Ocean," but it would be safe for any couple.
When gay marriage goes into effect: January 1st, 2013 so get cracking on the planning.

· Minnesota
Ahh, the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Let's make it the Land of 10,000 gay weddings. Whether your choice is a wedding on Lake Superior in the gay-friendly town of Duluth or a big-city bash in Minneapolis, the pickings for an outdoor bachelor or bachelorette party are plenty with lots of fishing, camping and hunting to be done. It gets pretty cold here, so just watch your weather, unless you are fine with being a winter bride.
When gay marriage goes into effect: Hopefully soon, but there's still much to be done to get it fully legalized.

· Washington
Finally, our gay marriage travels land us on the West Coast. A perfect ceremony would have a backdrop of a sunset over the Pacific Ocean or even in the shadow of Mt. Rainier on the banks of Reflection Lake. A wealth of National Parks and National Forests can complement the perfect outdoor wedding. Being the home-state of Starbucks, we can't imagine anyone will be running late for their wedding.
When gay marriage goes into effect: New marriage certificates can be validated as early as December 9th, 2012.

With any of these great locations for a wedding, we would love to be first to say "Congratulations!" Now just leave us a piece of the cake.

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No Wedding Bells in Minnesota - yet

Sorry to disappoint, but no gay marriage in Minnesota - yet. The amendment that was defeated Tuesday was actually an effort to place an amendment against gay marriage into the state's constitution. After 30 other states did the same, Minnesota was the first to squelch such an effort. There is already a law on the books banning gay marriage; with democrats reigning now, changes could be ahead. In the meantime, get marriage in nearby Iowa, then come back to Minnesota for the honeymoon. Advocate magazine ranked Minneapolis the gayest city in the U.S. in 2011.

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