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LGBT Wedding Expo coming to Louisville this weekend

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- An event in Louisville this weekend will provide a welcoming place for gay couples planning a wedding.

Realtor Eli Haynes will be one of the vendors at the Same Love, Same Rights LGBT Wedding Expo in Louisville.

"It's important because I think it provides that inclusive environment, atmosphere for people who didn't have that before, especially with last year, with the Supreme Court ruling," Haynes said.

Six plaintiffs from Kentucky were involved in lawsuits that helped lead to the Supreme Court overturning gay marriage bans across the country.

That was in June of last year, and it's changing the landscape of the business.

"The fact that now we're allowing this many new couples to enter into the wedding industry, absolutely it's smart business for wedding professionals," said Marianne Puechl, who is organizing this weekend's event.

Puechl travels around the country planning these events. She says the court's decision didn't get rid of every issue.

"There's more work to be done in terms of marriage and family equality and in terms of equality generally across the country," she said.

A local group called  the Fair Event Vendors Alliance says wedding expos like this are crucial.

"The plaintiffs from our state and the attorneys who fought so incredibly on behalf of LGBTQ folks all over the country were incredibly brave,and I think we owe it to them to create a community of support in Louisville," said Heather Yenawine with Fair Event Vendors Alliance.

The weekend's expo runs Sunday from 12:30-3:30 p.m. at the Galt House Hotel. 

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