Same-Sex Couples Hoping to Win National Wedding Contest

Every year, Crate & Barrel invites couples to share their love stories online and enter for a chance to win a dream wedding. Many couples enter and have several weeks to encourage people to vote for their story in hopes of becoming one of the 100 finalists. Yesterday we told you about one couple who entered last year. Among all of this year's hopefuls are two beautiful couples; Robbie Cronrod and Allen Artcliff from Los Angeles, Calif., and Theresa Thacker and Heather Thomason of Douglasville, Ga. Robbie and Allen met three years ago, and it was love at first sight. They quickly realized they were made for each other and wanted to spend the rest of their lives together. While most couples dream of the perfect wedding, for Robbie and Allen, winning Crate & Barrel's Ultimate Wedding Contest would also mean sharing the importance of marriage equality for same-sex couples. “To our knowledge we’d be the first gay couple to win a national contest for a wedding,” says Robbie. “Winning could create nationwide media attention about the importance of marriage being between two loving people…  A win for us is a win for the LGBT community.” With over 8,000 votes, Robbie and Allen have a great chance to be among the 2011 finalists. Theresa and Heather aren't quite as high in the vote count, but there's still a little bit of time left, and after a touching profile of them on the Advocate today, they can hopefully gain enough momentum to move them into the next round. The pair have fourteen children between them - five of Heather's and nine adopted by Theresa.  Theresa writes that she "cried for days" when she moved to Georgia to be with Heather, only to discover that the state wouldn't recognize their relationship.  She writes "I want to marry my lovely woman." To help these couples advance in Crate & Barrel's Ultimate Wedding Contest, vote here and here. Then, share their stories on Facebook, Twitter and via email to encourage your friends to vote as well. Closing for the vote is TOMORROW, April 30, 2011 with the winning couple set to be announced in June. GLAAD wishes both couples the best of luck and thanks them for sharing their stories of love and commitment.