2016 Contemporary Couples & Current Wedding Trends Report

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Twelve percent of engaged same-sex couples say they've experienced discrimination, while 13% are uncertain. Same-sex couples continue to report a range of experiences from denial of services to prejudice in 'bridal bias' in language and heteronormative assumptions. Additionally, some express general awkwardness in having to disclose their orientation and correct vendor assumptions. Experienced Discrimination in Planning Process BASE: SS N=356 No 75% Yes 12% Not Sure 13% "None of the justices of the peace we contacted would perform the ceremony. Two never returned our calls." - Lesbian/gay female couple, Wisconsin "People assumed we were getting married to men and were sisters or best friends having a joint wedding." - Lesbian/gay female couple, Washington "The most annoying thing is the paperwork for different vendors. It always says "bride" and "groom." - Male couple, Massachusetts "Most vendors assume my fiancé is female when they hear my male voice. They always ask "what is the bride's name?" - Male couple, New York

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