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At Gay Hawaii Wedding we are thrilled with the 5.0 score. These reviews are from confirmed customers ( with full names and their email addresses ) over the last years. We have been in business for 24 years on Maui. We have done over 8000 gay and straight weddings on Maui.
We started performing commitment ceremonies in 1994 and have been a leader in the march toward marriage equality in Hawaii, advocating through letter writing campaigns, public awareness and by lobbying our legislators. There is no better place for a destination wedding and honeymoon than Maui, a gay-friendly island. We were featured on NPR Radio Hawaii, USA Today, LA Times, Frontier Magazine, Go Gay. We had to start turning down interviews as it was too time consuming for us and we had weddings to do!
In the 1990’s the Maui Wedding Association had meetings to ascertain if they should support gay marriage. We were the only wedding company that wanted it. Some ministers refused to perform a gay wedding, civil union or commitment ceremony. We were targets of physical threats and verbal abuse. Now, these companies have ads on google saying they perform gay weddings. The reason? money! We are sad to report this but it is true. ( There was an internal debate whether we should have a negative post about this issue and just “move on”, but we felt it was our responsibility to tell the truth about the past.
It is worth noting that other wedding companies advertise gay Maui gay weddings but most are not LGBT owned and/or operated. If you have questions please email us for a prompt response or call toll-free at 1-800-859-0072. Our direct/international phone is 808-891-1208. Mahalo
Gay Marriage and Gay Rights
Impossible to be gay in Iran
Gay Marriage and Gay Rights have come so far in the United States, but there is still so much to do in the USA and in the world. My Iranian friend in the UK tells me of the terrible things occuring in Iran. The UK has accepted political asylum from gays and lesbians and are giving them shelter from the oppressive and homophobic regime. There is an organization in the UK that needs all of our help.
Mazyar Shirali, the Director of LGBT Asylum Seeker Social Group in the says ” We now have need of some further support! Our organisation continues to help those LGBT clients, who are seeking sanctuary in the UK, to navigate the complex asylum process & to integrate into the local community. The good work we are already doing would be greatly enhanced if we had our own computer, scanner, printer & fax machine. We would be so grateful if friends & well-wishers could donate funds or equipment to achieve this goal.”
Gay Marriage and Gay Rights in Iran? No. What does the Iranian government do to gays and lesbians? If they find out a person is gay the person is given 2 choices only. #1- get a sex change! The mullahs agree that a person born with a deformity can have a sex change. The Koran allows this. Option #2 – go to prison for an indefinite time. Many gays are Desperately trying to leave Iran using a dangerous escape route. They are leaving their loved ones; their family who they may never see again, their jobs, and their life.
So as we celebrate gay weddings in the USA and Europe, another reality is occurring that needs more attention than to marriage equality in Hawaii and the USA. Spread the word and hear their cries for help.
Gay Wedding Video
We wanted to provide a taste of what a Gay Hawaii Wedding looks like. This video is a short snippet of a wedding and honeymoon on Maui. See a Hawaiian wedding at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3H4EwyieCuA
The Gay Wedding Video shows what is like to arrive in Paradise driving your a cool convertible to the resort. The wedding snippets show the chant of the Hawaiian officiate and the beautiful tropical Hawaiian flowers.
A Hawaii Wedding is different than in most parts of the country. With year-round warm weather and romantic beaches, wedding couples opt out of church weddings for the most part, and have their wedding on a beautiful Maui beach. The ceremony begins with a welcome by the officiant, the beautiful lei exchange which has so much significance in Hawaii, the Hawaii Wedding vows, and then the ring exchange.
Couples are pronounced at the end however they want. It seems most couples like being pronounced “wife and wife” or “husband and husband”. Some couples like being pronounced “partners united in love”
If you decide on a video, Package #4 includes it along with photography. You are professionally “miked” and the audio is crystal clear. The video is broadcast quality (not the shaking and bad audio of an amateur) After the ceremony he shoots fun, romantic shots of you and your family/friends, all of it edited together with music and titles. It is something to been treasured for a lifetime, and in the future couples play it back to hear the voices of each another saying their vows, etc, and play it at their reception for those who could not attend. All of our couples over the years have been glad they did this.) Please advise.
In any event, the Gay Wedding video of a Hawaii Wedding is pretty cool. Take a look at it and let us know.
Although great progress has been made in the world with gay marriage recognition, still most counties disallow it. Discrimination is still rampant in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and South America. Studies have shown that countries that do allow gay marriage have stability, less gay promiscuity, and zero change in the straight culture of marriage.
Perhaps the greatest LGBT struggle of today is in the extreme Muslim countries. Gays from Iran and other anti-gay countries are obtaining asylum in the USA and European countries. They face forced sex change operations or jail just for being who they are. This author spoke to one Iranian man who was just granted asylum in USA. He said he was so happy to be leaving but thinks he may never see his family again. When asked where he was going to be placed by the US consulate in USA he said he did not know, and did not care as long as it was the USA. It reminded me of all the problems we have, how fortunate many of us are to live in the USA or Europe.
Gay marriage is just the first step for us in America and Europe. We must help our gay brothers and sisters in any way. We at gayhawaiiwedding.com will not stop for just marriage equality but will do whatever we can to help those who live in real fear.
Much research on the gay marriage issue has been completed. There is a real trend of increasing support for LGBT marriage on our planet. Much of the research that was performed in 2nd and 3rd world nations countries from 2000-2010. It shows most people are “okay” with gay marriage. The support hits all demographics: age, gender, education. Yet, politicians from around the world do not proceed with enacting legislation. China, the worlds most populous nation still has not moved towards legalization and the LGBT community remains in the closet due to fear of losing ones job to being shunned by their family and friends. One Chinese man told this author, he may not lose his job if he was “found out” but he definitely would not get a job promotion. Many Chinese LGBT marry the opposite sex for fear of societal and family discrimination and a desire to lead a life that is easier. But there is great sadness.
So, with the USA making gay marriage legal, will the rest of the world remain in the discriminatory mode, or will bigotry become a thing of the past? Time will tell.
Updated May 13, 2016
February, 2015, Gay weddings in some states are being challenged. Alabama has become the next state to try to hinder gay weddings. Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has decided to ignore the US Supreme Court’s ruling 18 months ago that legalized gay marriage in all 50 states. Many Alabama judges are agreeing with the Chief and not issuing marriage licenses to all couples regardless of their preference of who they want to marry.
Already, some gay couples are finding it more difficult to find a legal authorized State employee to provide them their rights. Couples are having to drive longer distances and wait. The homophobic chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court does not agree with the US government. “At this point, I am not defying the United States Supreme Court,” the 68-year-old Christian judge and Republican said. He said “It couldn’t serve as precedent because we ruled first,” Justice Moore referred to the Supreme Court ruling, Obergefell vs. Hodges.
Gay weddings have been occurring in every State. In Hawaii, Gay Hawaii Wedding has coordinated over 800 legal gay weddings since 2013. Alabama gay marriage is threatened by this activist because of his religious beliefs. We in Hawaii welcome all gay Alabama couples to come to Hawaii and get married and honeymoon if they so desire. In the meantime, we continue to offer moral support and informing the LGBT community on what is occurring in Alabama.
Update: Jan 21, 2105, President Obama said today the US supreme court decided the case for all 50 states and that Alabama will eventually have to comply.