Now Every Gay Couple Wants to Win a $100,000 Free Wedding

Trailing by about 3,000 votes in Crate & Barrel’s Ultimate Wedding Contest, gay couple Gregory & Jonathan (who are leading Queerty‘s own poll) are losing out to heterosexual duo Mary & Densey, a Chicago cop paralyzed in the line of duty. But with a full month to go before voting closes, it’s still anyone’s game, and Jeff & Lexx (an artist and a firefighter, respectively) want a piece of the action.

Our love story, huh? Well, I could give you the cliche “uphill battle” story, but really, it’s pretty typical. Guy goes up to guy and, being a hip urban dude, suavely says, “Hey, nice tattoos”…..guy responds, “Thanks, but-I’m-recently-out-of-a-relationship-and-not-looking-to-get-involved.” I think, WHEW, OK! But, a friendship begins and during the course of a year there’s lots of laughter, lots of talks, and then on one such night it hits me…hard…he’s the ONE. It’s so cool to be marrying my best friend!

Cute story — but we’re going to need more than that if there’s any chance of your 22 votes catching up to the 8,000+ that it’s taking to lead this contest. Where are the anecdotes? The funny stories? The first date mishaps? Make us fall in love with you, people!

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  • Pete

    Does anyone here know about the old daytime show from the ’50s, “Queen for a Day”?
    Women would get up to the microphone, one after another, and tell their tale of woe. At the end of the program, the audience would applaud for each, and the “applause-o-meter” would register each noise level on your screen, with the winner thus selected. She would then strut up to the microphone, get the Queen’s robe and tiara, a huge bouquet of roses, start crying her eyes out, and have her photo in the New York Daily News each day.

    Crate-and-Barrel doe not know how to properly do tacky like Queen for a Day.

  • Dionte

    How do I vote for them?

  • Dani

    The author wants more anecdotes and stories…which is great, but they may not realize the Crate and Barrel rule of 100 words or less. While Gregory & Jonathan may be Queerty favorites, their profile doesn’t really exude details either.

    Regardless, I think it’s great that this contest is open for all couples (as it should be), but c’mon, the dynamics of Jeff and Lexx seem way more interesting based on the title alone!

  • Ed Urbaniak

    Hi All,

    As I write, the votes are as follows

    8792 votes for Mary and Densey. Sad story, may have a chance to win. I’ve heard that they may be breaking the rules as they are already married.

    5520 Gregory and Jonathan, nicely written, but basically, their story is that they are gay and getting married. Compelling? you decide.

    2965 Marina and Will, wedding was delayed because he had cancer (has cancer?)

    2142 Matthew and nameless bride. Had cancer, but is now cancer free.

    1975 Guilherme and Jenn, very well written, they love dancing. Not the most compelling story

    after this, I will just cover the gay and lesbian couples

    1639 Mikey and Earl, he proposed online, cute gay couple

    1503 Emily and Rachel, it took them a while to get together

    991 Erwin and I, (my entry), been together 10 years, no ceremony, kids, terminal cancer

    481 vinnie and Rob, they had a plane crash that brought them back together

    Remember, the votes only get the top 50 couples to the judging. after that, votes only count for 20% of points.

    Erwin and I would appreciate your vote. Our voting page is here:

  • Jessica

    Actually, there’s more to the story of Jonathan and Greg than just “they are gay and getting married” – and I (a straight woman) find it fairly compelling. Jonathan was the victim of a pretty severe gay bashing a few years ago; he went through a pretty harrowing trial, and three of the perpetrators remain free because there wasn’t enough evidence to convict. Greg was with him through all of this.

    Now, as a result of their success in this contest, another blogger – “Detective Shaved Longcock,” purportedly a Chicago-area cop – chose to make them the targets of his hate, asking his readers to vote for the currently-number-one (straight) couple and against Jonathan and Greg, the “fruitcake fudgepackers” – he said that and quite a bit worse, both in the post and in the comments by other (alleged) cops and followers. The post has been deleted, apparently for violating TOS, but that’s when the current leaders shot to the top.

    I’m really happy Crate & Barrel is being so inclusive in their contest and wish the best to all the gay and lesbian participants – but Greg and Jonathan have my vote. (GLAAD just posted on its blog about their story and the hate blog post, as well as mentioning the other gay contestants –

  • Gregory

    Thank you continuing to support the numerous LGBT couples entered in Crate and Barrel’s Ultimate Wedding contest. Jonathan and I feel truly lucky to have such an amazing community behind us. Please vote for us at Please also look at for their supportive article about us.
    Gregory and Jonathan

  • Katie


    Thanks for setting the record straight (so-to-speak lol) Jessica. Greg & Jon are WAY more than just a gay couple getting married. They have been through so much together and continue to fight the good fight despite hateful bloggers like “Detective Shaved Longcock” trying to tear them down.

  • Endless Men

    voted for them !

  • ebony kirkland

    how do i enter myslf and my wife thats not yet married enter into your contest.

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