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For better or for worse?

For LGBT+ people, who carry such a legacy of shame and marginalisation, the big pink wedding might appear to be the perfect way to validate our entire existence to ourselves and to everyone else. But proceed with caution, warns couples therapist

Within its powerful, liberating message, the Marriage Equality referendum regrettably communicated the implication that although all gays were now equal, the married ones are more equal than others. Such coupleism is endemic in our society where ‘The Big Day Out’ is the be all and end all of too many people’s life and personal goals. As Belgian psychoanalyst Paul Verhaeghe, argues in Love In a Time of Loneliness: “Family life has changed drastically, the couple of yesterday has almost vanished and paradoxically the main defenders of marriage are to be found in the gay community.”

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In our annual Wedding Issue of GCN this month we’ve got lots of wonderous wedding content and lots of other great stuff too! Thinking of getting married abroad? We take a look at some interesting international options. Comedian Margaret Cho tells us about her life as a fearless free-spirit and LGBT advocate ahead of her first- ever Irish gig. Fellow funny gal Kathy Griffin talks Weinstein, disenfranchisement and the fall-out from that picture. Elsewhere, we speak to some LGBTs who opted for unconventional wedding themes (including bikers, Rocky Horror and a Bjork-inspired duo). We present a photographic round-up of all the GALAS winners, and chat to Fair City's latest gay resident, Brazilian actor Rodrigo Ternevoy. Also, we've got all the details about what's hot and what's not in the world.