It's been one year since the SCOTUS decision that legalized same-sex marriage… #Features#gay#genderqueer#lesbian weddings#LGBTQ#marriage equality#queer Posted Jun 24 2016 Catherine Clark bijouxandbits Yeah they do! Photo by Sharma Shari Photography Just about one year ago, on June 26, 2015, the United States Supreme Court case, Obergefell v. Hodges, held that the fundamental right to marry is guaranteed to same-sex couples by both the Due Process Clause and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. In English? Essentially, same-sex couples could now be legally married in the United States. It was monumental, and we were thrilled. In light of the recent events in Orlando, it's easy to feel powerless and angry and beaten down by the continued struggles that befall the LGBT community. But as the first anniversary of the SCOTUS decision rolls around, we can remember that the continued perseverance of these communities are making a difference. Is it still mind-blowingly slow and frustrating and hard? Hell yes. But as Lin Manuel Miranda so heart-wrenchingly uttered at The Tonys, "love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love cannot be killed or swept aside." This anniversary, marked with the pain of the worst mass shooting in recent U.S. history (which targeted the LGBT and people of color communities), has to remind us to keep fighting. Fighting for the rights, protections, and recognition of all facets of the LGBT community. Let's take a look back at some of our coverage of the various legal decisions and a few of our own favorite LGBT weddings we've featured. Because love is love and we love celebrating it. Cath and Laura were pretty psyched to finally get legalled in Atlanta on the day it became legal.Photo by Same-Sex Wedding Photographers, Cindy and Sharon When individual states started recognizing same-sex marriages Maine's decision made this wedding happen… When we got psyched by some early milestones Related Post Major milestones in marriage equality happened and we're PSYCHED! A few news-worthy things happened this morning, and two of them concern marriage, and are major milestones in the LGBT rights movement and marriage equality. Now, we don't have aaaaall… Read More When we realize how far we still have to go Related Post Marriage equality issues with hetero ceremonies in Australia Sarah posted this on the Kiwi & Aussie Brides Group over on the Tribe. It's an issue that we're sure lots of Aussie couples are struggling with, and one that… Read More The ways couples have tried to support legalization Related Post 10 ways to show your support of marriage equality at your wedding Are you looking for a way to acknowledge your support for our LGBT friends and families during your hetero wedding ceremony? From the covert to overt, here are 10 ways… Read More Related Post Wrestle power from the government with this blessing for your nonlegal wedding I was browsing through Molly and Laurie's wedding photos and came across an officiant's blessing that made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. The couple said… Read More When we learned what a "love exile" was Both heartbreaking and amazing… Related Post From Love Exile to legal wedded bliss: get your hankies out for this wedding After meeting fatefully at a nightclub in D.C., Tamara proposed to Leriche every single day. Tamara had to became a Love Exile in South Africa to allow Leriche to join… Read More Celebrating in Atlanta on June 26th. Photo by Same-Sex Wedding Photographers, Cindy and Sharon …And some of our most popular LGBT weddings EVER Here are a few LGBT weddings we've featured (among so many amazing ones!), that captured our hearts and seriously dazzled our eyes. I mean, the cherry blossoms, the "drag clown nun," a drag king weds a burlesque queen! We are truly hashtag blessed to have seen these weddings. Related Post Kim & Cole's barn and bonfire wedding We spied this most excellently dressed wedding party recently and were totally hoping to see the full wedding story. Thankfully, Kim and Cole obliged. Get ready for a seriously chic… Read More Related Post A blissful Stockholm cherry blossom wedding When we showcased some spiffy painted heels recently, we didn't know what else the wedding had in store for us. Then we saw it. And it blew our minds! We… Read More Related Post Color explodes from Kimber & Kaylee's boho wedding Just wait until you see how many gorgeous details you can spot in this two-bride wedding: hundreds of pom-poms, flowers in blue hair, DIYed infographic invitations and programs, guh-mazing Spanish… Read More Related Post Kevin & Mark's rainbow psychedelic three-day wedding This three-day celebration is all about color, amazing hand-carved landscapes, and fab entertainment. We're talking stilt-walkers, costumes, lasers, and a pre-wedding disco party where everyone wore bridesmaids dresses! And just… Read More Related Post A love-heavy rainy day wedding in a New York barn Rebecca and Meeka had to battle downpours throughout their entire wedding day, but even the most torrential rain couldn't stop them from smiling! The two held their ceremony in a… Read More Related Post When a tuxedo-clad "gride" and "broom" get married by a self-described drag clown nun Nicole and Melissa's Washington wedding at Nature's Connection Place is one for the books! For starters, they crafted "gride" and "broom" signs for their chairs and were wed by a… Read More Related Post Kitten, Brynn, and Doll's rainbow garden of poly love three-bride wedding A gorgeous forest setting, lovely Pagan symbolism, and of course, three fabulous brides in long white gowns! They may have had to find a balance between different backgrounds, religions, and… Read More Related Post Kitten and Lou's drag king weds burlesque queen extravaganza Susanna and Ricki, aka Kitten and Lou, are a drag king and a burlesque queen in lurve. After meeting on stage and falling in love while performing in an Atomic… Read More Related Post Christopher & Kevin's Batman vs. Mr. Freeze heroes and villains wedding BAM! POW! ZAP! This adorable pair of geek boys wanted to represent Batman, but they like him for different reasons: the heroism and the villains. So they embraced the clash… Read More Related Post This gay wedding at a children's museum wins the internet today Daniel and Sauce were the first LGBTQ wedding at the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia. And let me tell you, their adorableness combined with that epic venue means this wedding… Read More Related Post This theatrical Halloween wedding slays with its dark glamour Monique and Danika worked with some of California's most skilled designers to create this masterpiece of a theatrical Halloween wedding. From the headdress to the table decor, the skulls and… Read More Related Post Swoon at these dapper dudes with a "Prince Charming marries Prince Charming" theme These two dapper-as-hell, handsome gents are both from Texas, but somehow didn't meet until they were both living in the Bay Area. When they finally got married, it was all… Read More WHEW! There's so much we could talk about with these weddings, but really, this is just a sampling. Gorge yourself on the beauty of the rest of our 63 pages of LGBT weddings in our full archive. Feel free to share your thoughts on the legalized same-sex marriage decision anniversary in the comments. Catherine Clark Catherine Clark loiters at her local library, makes art, watches movies en masse, plays video and tabletop games, poorly cooks healthy things, cuddles with her feline fur babies, and blogs at BijouxandBits.com. @enidjcoleslaw @bijouxandbits @bijouxandbits PREVIOUS A felt succulents tutorial for all your rustic centerpieces, bouquets, and headpieces NEXT Non-heinous men's sandals Show/Hide comments [ 1 ] What an awesome article! It's good to be reminded of the positive things that have been fought for and won (even if they should have been granted without needing the fight). There are some really fun-looking weddings featured! Thank you. 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