Gay Wedding Industry Booming

Romans 1:26-27
“Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.”

Leviticus 18:22:
“You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination.”

How much more clear can the Bible be? Homosexuality is wrong.

RICHMOND, Va. — He’s no celebrity, but when Phillip McKee III tied the knot in September, he did it with all the pomp and circumstance of an A-lister: Custom-designed gold rings, a $2,000 kilt and a caviar-and-crepe reception at a five-star hotel. McKee, 34, sank some $60,000 into his Scottish-themed nuptials, worth it he says for the chance to stand before a minister and be pronounced husband _ and husband.

Even as lawmakers across the nation debate legislation banning same-sex marriage, couples are uniting in weddings both miniature and massive, fueling a growing industry peddling everything from pink triangle invitations to same-sex cake toppers.

Veronica Hoff, right, and her partner, Forest Kairos of Mt. Laurel, N.J., smile during a ceremonial bill signing by New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine, of civil unions legislation in Trenton, N.J., Thursday, Dec. 21, 2006. The new civil unions law giving gay couples all the rights and responsibilities, but not the title, of marriage, makes New Jersey the third in the nation to institute civil unions and the fifth to offer same-sex couples some version of marriage. Vendors say attention to the marriage issue has encouraged more gay couples to recognize their relationships, though in most states, the ceremonies are purely sentimental.

“For the longest time, there was so much shame and privacy around it that people didn’t really give themselves permission to have ceremonies like this,” said Kathryn Hamm, an Arlington-based wedding consultant who planned McKee’s marriage to partner Nopadon Woods. “(Now) the market is growing as the headlines remain out there.”

Unlike the multibillion dollar traditional wedding industry, experts say the gay wedding business is harder to track. Some estimates place its value at up to $1 billion.


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