Editor’s Letter, February 2016: Modern Marriage

During the summers of 2013 and 2014, I attended two wildly different weddings. The first was a surprise picnic affair in Santa Monica, Calif., where one of my oldest, dearest friends married her longtime girlfriend as their 1-year-old daughter and a handful of our astonished friends bore witness. The second was much more formal, if you consider that the guests knew in advance it was happening. My wonderful friend and JCK colleague Mark Smelzer married the love of his life, Eric, at a red barn in upstate New York. Both nuptials took place before the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June 2015 that same-sex couples have the right to marry, legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states. Since the ruling, “relationships between wedding jewelry retailers and same-sex couples are certainly more common,” writes senior editor Emili Vesilind in “Inside the Same-Sex Marriage Market: Real-Life

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