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A Judge Rules That Oregon’s Ban On Same-Sex Marriage Is Unconstitutional

Couples can begin to marry immediately

A judge had just struck down the state of Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional and because the state has decided NOT to appeal the decision, same-sex couples in the state will be able to apply for marriage licenses and begin to marry almost immediately. As you may recall, Idaho’s ban on same-sex marriage was also struck down as unconstitutional last week but that decision has been appealed by that state’s government … which means that true marriage equality is on hold there. It’s a much different story in Oregon today! A much happier and historic story, indeed. More »

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A Judge Rules That Idaho’s Ban On Same-Sex Marriage Is Unconstitutional

Marriage Equality is Sweeping the Nation

Last weekend we learned the very happy news that a judge ruled that Arkansas’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, which allowed same-sex couples to get married in the state. Today we learn that another judge ruled yesterday that Idaho’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional … bringing marriage equality to that state as week. Idaho’s Republican governor Butch Otter (yes, that is his real name) has vowed to fight the ruling but if no appeal is granted, same-sex couples will be allowed to marry in Idaho starting this Friday! Woot!! More »

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A Judge Rules That Arkansas’s Ban On Same-Sex Marriage Is Unconstitutional

Woot!!!

Happy news coming out of the Natural State today … a circuit court judge has ruled that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional! Because a stay was not issued along with this ruling, same-sex couples have been getting marriage licenses all morning long today. The state’s attorney general has announced that he plans to appeal the ruling but, for now, marriage equality has come to the state of Arkansas. Wow. More »

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WWE Wrestling Legend ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin Comes Out In Support Of Same-Sex Marriage

“If it’s the same-sex, more power to them."

Stone Cold Steve Austin, one of the most popular wrestlers in WWE history, has gone on the record to emphatically lend his support for same-sex marriage not only here in the US but anywhere in the “g**damn world”. Austin‘s colorful support for marriage equality was recorded on a podcast discussion that is just now making the rounds online. As you might imagine, Stone Cold used a lot of NSFW language while discussing the matter in this podcast because, obviously, he is very passionate about his beliefs … which, I must admit, I find surprising but totally welcome. Click below to hear Steve Austin‘s comments on same-sex marriage in this newly surfaced podcast. More »

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Tom Ford Marries His Partner Of 27 Years

"We are now married"

Fashion designer Tom Ford appeared at an in-store event at the Regent Street Apple Store in England last night and he broke the happy news that he and his longtime partner of 27 years, Richard Buckley, went and got themselves married! Altho he didn’t go into great detail about his nuptials, Ford did reveal that the couple were married recently in New York City. Click below to learn more about Tom and Richard‘s happy, happy news. More »

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Same-Sex Marriage Begins In Great Britain

Woot!! Congrats!!

Last July we learned the happy news that the houses of Parliament passed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in the UK and Queen Elizabeth, II signed that bill into law. We learned at the time that the first same-sex marriages in Great Britain would take place in 2014. Last night/this morning, at the stroke of midnight, marriage equality was instituted in Great Britain and the first same-sex couples began to marry. While the US is slowly but surely enjoying marriage equality on a state by state basis, our friends in Great Britain are now able to enjoy true equal treatment and justice for all of its citizens. Click below to see a few photos of some of the happy couples who got hitched in the UK today. More »

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The First Same-Sex Couples Begin To Marry In Michigan

Historic

Yesterday we learned the amazing news that a US district court judge in Michigan struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage and did so without issuing a stay in the decision pending appeal … which means as soon as county clerk offices opened for business today, same-sex couples were able to apply for marriage licenses and get hitched! Couples lined up early today to be among the first same-sex couples to get married in Michigan, including the state’s FIRST same-sex married couple Glenna DeJong and Marsha Caspar — a couple that have been together for 27 years!!! At long last, marriage equality has come to the state of Michigan!! Click below to see photos of 3 of the first same-sex couples to marry in Michigan and learn more about this very exciting morning in Michigan :) More »

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A Judge Rules That Michigan’s Ban On Same-Sex Marriage Is Unconstitutional

Wooot!!!!!

In just the first 3 months of 2014, state bands on same-sex marriage have been struck down by federal judges as unconstitutional in Oklahoma, Virginia and Texas. Last month we learned that the push for marriage equality got underway in Michigan and today we learn that a judge has also struck down Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage. Unlike the cases in other states where the rulings on same-sex marriage have been stayed while the matter goes through the appeals process, the ruling judge in Michigan has decided NOT to stay his decision … which means, essentially, that Michigan can enjoy marriage equality now. Wow. This is such great news! Not only has another state joined the growing number of states in the US that enjoy marriage equality (Michigan is now the 18th state were same-sex couples can marry, barring a stay in the decision) but because Michigan is my home state, today’s ruling holds special significance. More »

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Chick-Fil-A Founder Dan Cathy Regrets Speaking Out Against Gay Marriage

"Every leader goes through different phases of ... development"

Once upon a time, I was a big fan of the Chick-Fil-A chain of restaurants. My love for their food began when I loved to Oklahoma City, OK to attend college at the University Of Oklahoma many moons ago. Over the years, I would blog about my love for CFA and I got REALLY excited when I learned that a Chick-Fil-A restaurant would be opening in Hollywood, CA. Then CFA founder Dan Cathy started talking openly about his homophobia and it was widely reported that the company routinely donated to anti-gay groups seeking to ban same-sex marriage (among other things). I decided then and there that CFA wouldn’t get another penny from me. Folks staged protests at CFA restaurants around the country and business suffered. That was 2 years ago. Today, we hear from Cathy that he has had a change of heart regarding his open anti-gay views. While he maintains that he still remains true to his religious beliefs, he plans to no longer speak out against gays, gay marriage, gay rights, etc. HMMM. Does this mean that it’s OK to eat at Chick-Fil-A again? More »

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A Federal Judge Rules That Texas’s Ban On Same-Sex Marriage Is Unconstitutional

Another Victory for Marriage Equality

Great, great news to pass along today … a federal judge in Texas has ruled that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. Along with 20+ other states here in the US, Texas is now the largest state in the US to enjoy marriage equality … tho not technically. While the federal judge did rule that Texas’s ban on same-sex marriage is illegal, he decided to stay his ruling until the matter could be appealed to a higher court. That means that no same-sex marriages can take place in the state until today’s ruling is reaffirmed by a higher court … which could take some time. Even still, the tidal wave of progress that is happening here in the US where marriage equality is concerned continues to overtake new states with each passing day. More »

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