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Delaware became the 11th U.S. State to legalize same-sex marriage Tuesday following a lengthy debate and a close vote in its legislative body.
A half hour after the 12-9 State Senate vote, Gov. Jack Markell (D) signed the legislation into law on the main stairs in the lobby of Legislative Hall.
Sens. Bethany Hall-Long (D) and Catherine Cloutier (R), the lone GOP yes vote, provided the crucial swing votes in favor of the gay marriage legislation.
Delawareans will be able to enter into same-sex marriages July 1, and existing same-sex civil unions in Delaware can also be convertedMore >
Jim Nabors has come out of the closet, in the most celebratory way possible: he just got married!
The veteran actor – best known for portraying Gomer Pyle on The Andy Griffith Show – tied the knot with his partner of 38 years on January 15, according to Hawaii News Now.
“I’m 82 and he’s in his 60s and so we’ve been together for 38 years, and I’m not ashamed of people knowing, it’s just that it was such a personal thing I didn’t tell anybody,” Nabors said. “I feel very blessed. And what can I tell you, I’m just very happy.”
The intimate ceremony took place the Fairmont OlympicMore >
Ed Helms is hilarious in The Hangover and on The Office.
But the actor does not take the stance of Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy as a laughing matter.
In a recent interview with a Christian publication, Cathy said his company is “guilty as charged” when it comes to accusations that it is opposed to gay marriage, adding that Chick-fil-A supports the “biblical definition of the family unit.”
That is the company’s right, of course, and it’s led to Helms exercise his own right.
“Chick-Fil-A doesn’t like gay people? So lame,” Helms Tweeted yesterday. “Hate to think what they do to the gayMore >
A federal appeals court ruled today that it will not review a three-judge panel’s decision to overturn California’s Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage.
Proposition 8 banned gay marriage in California, before it was ruled unconstitutional last year. Proponents plan to appeal the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court.
That would put battle for same-sex marriage on a national stage.
The ruling comes after a federal court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which says states don’t have to recognize gay marriages in other states and defines marriage as between a man and aMore >
Former Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon is now a married woman.
The actress exchanged vows over the weekend with Christine Marinoni, the woman to whom she got engaged three years ago during a rally to support same-sex marriage in New York. A bill allowing for just that was passed in the summer of 2011.
Confirms Nixon’s rep to People:
“On May 27, 2012, Cynthia Nixon and her girlfriend, Christine Marinoni, were legally married in the state of New York. Nixon wore a custom dress by Carolina Herrera.”
Nixon – who has two children from a previous relationship and one with Marinoni, anMore >
President Barack Obama today became the first sitting president to announce support for same-sex marriage, making his position on the subject clear.
In a sit-down interview with ABC’s Robin Roberts, Obama completed what has been a long and often dubious “evolution” on the controversial topic.
“I’ve always been adamant that gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly,” Obama told Roberts in an interview that will air Thursday.
Obama’s announcement, on the heels of North Carolina’s Amendment 1 ban on gay marriage in that state, was made after much soul-searching.
“Over the course ofMore >
An overwhelming North Carolina vote to define marriage as legal only between a man and woman dealt a strong blow to gay marriage supporters this week.
With 58 percent support, the measure made North Carolina the 29th state to ban gay marriage, which is legal in only six states (Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, New Hampshire, Maryland and New York) and the District of Columbia.
Washington and Maryland passed legislation to permit it, but those laws have yet to take effect. In any case, North Carolina deals marriage equality a setback.
The state’s Amendment One also proved that despiteMore >
A hard fought measure to legalize same-sex marriage will officially be signed into law in Maryland today. The signing is set for 5 p.m. in the State House.
A marriage bill came within a whisker of passage in 2011, but was shelved in the House of Delegates at the last minute when leaders fell a few votes shy.
Securing those “few votes” this year took up much of the first 45 days of Maryland’s General Assembly’s legislative session, but it eventually got done.
Gov. Martin O’Malley will sign the bill into law today.
Though both the House and the Senate chambers are dominated by Democrats,More >
You wanna believe George Clooney is gay? The actor possesses a resume full of the most beautiful girlfriends in the business, but go right ahead.
He won’t stop you.
“I think it’s funny,” the actor tells The Advocate of such rumors. “But the last thing you’ll ever see me do is jump up and down, saying, ‘These are lies!’ That would be unfair and unkind to my good friends in the gay community. I’m not going to let anyone make it seem like being gay is a bad thing. My private life is private, and I’m very happy in it.”
Clooney, of course, is dating Stacy Keibler (or is he really?!?) and is aMore >
As if the power of the Internet could influence anything, a petition on change.org has caught the eye of many today. Thousands of adults want Bert and Ernie to get married and the show refused.
Now the watchdog organization, American Center for Children and Media, is voicing their opinion. Its president, David Kleeman, recently wrong a column accusing adults making a big deal of nothing. ”With the marriage petition, the impetus is coming from adults’ perspective. There have long been “rumors” about Bert and Ernie, always from adults (honestly, when was the last time you heard a toddler askMore >
Brad Pitt called New York State’s recent passage of a bill legalizing gay marriage an encouraging sign. Might there be signs that he’s considering tying the knot?
The actor and partner Angelina Jolie are famous for saying they won’t marry until gay marriage is legal everywhere. That’s going to be a long, slow fight.
However, Brad recently said his six kids are often asking when mom and dad are going to get hitched. “It’s something we’ve got to look at,” he admits.
So will Brangelina really wait for all states to ratify gay marriage, or is that just a clever, noble response to incessantMore >
Gay couples can now get married in the state of New York.
That’s great and all, Brad Pitt tells People, but it’s not enough. Not by a great number of states.
“It is encouraging that New York has joined the movement to grant equal marriage rights to its citizens,” the actor said. “But it is each American’s Constitutional right to marry the person they love, no matter what state they inhabit.”
In 2006, Pitt said he and Angelina Jolie would get hitched as soon as gay marriage was legal across the nation. Concluded the liberal A-lister:
“No state should decide who can marry and who cannot.More >
It took about 30 seconds for How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris, and longtime boyfriend David Burtka, to take advantage of New York’s brand new Marriage Equality Bill:
The two are engaged!
Harris and Burtka have been together since 2004 and are the parents of twins. Here is how they announced they plans to marry via Twitter:
The exciting news also gives us an excuse to post Harris’ concluding rap from this year’s Tony Awards. Incredibly awesome.
We wish this pair, and all gay couples that now have the same right as heterosexual couples in New York, the very best of luck!
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U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann was “glittered” by a gay rights activist as she left the stage at a conservative conference in Minneapolis, Minn., on Saturday.
Get Equal, a California gay rights group, did the honors, citing Bachmann’s support for a same-sex marriage ban and her “history of anti-gay rhetoric.”
“You can run, but you cannot hide! Keep your hate out of our Constitution!” shouted Rachel E. B. Lang, who threw glitter at the GOP presidential candidate.
Lang actually did a lackluster job with the glitter (which is really more like confetti), largely missing Bachmann before securityMore >
There’s little to really say about the ignorant statements made by former NFL wideout David Tyree yesterday.
An African-American, he actually asked – in an interview with the National Organization for Marriage – how a law can be changed simply because an “influential minority” pushes an “agenda.”
He also said New York state approving a gay marriage bill would be a step toward “anarchy.”
A rep for the Human Rights Campaign couldn’t keep quiet after that one. He/she said to TMZ:
“Anarchy? Hardly. Committed gay and lesbian couples have been able toMore >