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Election Results Change Gay Travel

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This week’s elections mean that gay marriage will soon be legal to the states of Washington, Maryland, and Maine—and that means many more same-sex couples are preparing to taste sample cakes and prune over-ambitious guest lists. To help get the party started, check out a few of the very first special offers and promotions meant to entice same-sex brides and grooms in those states.

Maine
The (first possible) Big Day: December 6, 2012

Camden Harbour Inn’s “Maine Is For ALL! Lovers Wedding Package”gives you and your guests the run of this urbane and carefully designed B&B. The offer, which starts at $15,960, includes the reception, breakfast, and two nights’ stay for up to 40 guests, based on double occupancy.

Washington
December 9

The Edgewater
, a waterfront hotel in Seattle’s hip and pretty Belltown neighborhood, hopes to nudge gay couples to take the “Plunge with Pride.” The package includes the use an event room for your wedding, overnight accommodations, a photography package, and a bottle of champagne “to toast liberation.” If you want something a bit more resorty, then consider the Cedarbrook, in a wooded residential neighborhood near the airport. In honor of Referendum 74’s passage, the hotel’s offering same-sex couples free package upgrades—as well as 7.4% off their bill.

Maryland
January 1, 2013

The day after the election, Visit Baltimore’s gay-marriage microsite was already serving up a big, big slice of gay-friendly venues, florists, hotels, and restaurants in the city, as well as practical planning advice.

General Info: Equally Wed, a good all-around resource for planning an LGBT wedding, has handy backgrounders on rules for getting married in Maryland, and Maine, with Washington sure to follow soon.

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