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Vendors Offer Free Services to Same-Sex Couples Rushing to Wed

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Worried about President Donald Trump rolling back LGBT rights? So are many same-sex couples, who are rushing to marry before Inauguration Day.

Trump announced in a 60 minutes interview that the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court case Obergefell v. Hodges, which found same-sex marriage consitutional, is "settled." But these couples are tying the knot "just in case," reports The New York Times.

Indeed, Trump's prior pledge on Fox News to nominate judges who will "change things" has left many LGBT folks fearful for the future.

“It’s hard to trust that it’s settled in his mind,” said Danielle Barrows, whose plans to marry her partner DeAnna Britton in 2017 changed after Election Day. They wed Monday.

To help these couples, Mitzie Whelan, a "straight Midwesterner" launched LoveTrumpsHate.com. The website offers a list of florists, bakers, officiants, photographers, musicians, artists, and more who are offering services for free or at a reduced rate.

Vendors are listed in 26 U.S. states, over a dozen of which went to Trump in the presidential election. They include a Wiccan minister from Colorado, sewing and alterations in Illinois, and "wedding cake for up to 44 people" from the Hippie Chick Bakery in New Hampsire. An officiant in Michigan is offering "free hugs" in addition to their services.

“There’s not a lot I can do, but that is something I can do,” Whelan said.

Whelan is not the first to offer her services free of charge to the LGBT community after November 8. Many lawyers and legal professionals are offering help to the transgender community regarding ID and name changes through the hashtag #TransLawHelp.

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