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Same-Sex Marriage Comes To England [UPDATE]

Queen Elizabeth Gives Her Approval, The Law is Officially PASSED!

In recent weeks there has been much to celebrate here in the US on the marriage equality front with the striking down of the federal Defense of Marriage Act and the invalidation of California’s Proposition 8. But today, we learn that our friends on the other side of the pond have even greater cause for celebration. The 2 houses of the British Parliament have approved a law legalizing same-sex marriage in England and all that is left is for Queen Elizabeth, II to formally approve the bill for it to officially become law! With the passage of this bill into law, marriage equality will be enjoyed by same-sex couples in England … and I couldn’t be happier for the entire country!! UPDATE: The Queen has given her approval, the marriage equality bill is now officially law! More »

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John Barrowman & Scott Gill Got Hitched!

Just Married!!!

Congratulations are in order for actor John Barrowman and his longtime partner Scott Gill because … they just got hitched in California! Barrowman (who co-stars on Dr. Who, stars in Torchwood and is a recurring character on Arrow) has been in a civil partnership with Scott for a few years now but in the wake of the US Supreme Court‘s invalidation of California’s Proposition 8 (which banned same-sex marriage in the state) the couple decided to make their relationship official by getting legally married. John shared a cute photo of the couple showing off their marriage license, which you can see below. More »

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Beyoncé Voices Her Support For Marriage Equality

#wewilluniteformarriageequality

During her concert stop here in LA on Friday night, Beyoncé gave a shout out in support of marriage equality right before she launched her performance of Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It). Right before she performed the song she said, “If you like it you should be able to put a ring on it“. Her comment was met with thunderous applause in the wake of the Ninth Circuit Court‘s decision to immediately life the stay on California’s Proposition 8 which immediately allowed same-sex marriages to return to the state. Apparently, Bey wanted her message to reach a wider audience so she shared a handwritten message of support for marriage equality with all of her followers on her various social media networks. See the message below. More »

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The Ninth Circuit Court Lifts Its Prop 8 Stay, Same-Sex Marriages Resume In California Immediately!!

COUPLES ARE GETTING MARRIED RIGHT NOW!!!

On Wednesday the US Supreme Court invalidated California’s Proposition 8 which banned same-sex marriage in the state and shortly after that decision was announced, Governor Jerry Brown issued an order that all state clerks were to start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples as soon as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals lifted its stay on Prop 8. It was believed that the stay would be lifted in about 30 days time. Just moments ago, the Court lifted its stay and ordered that same-sex marriages resume in the state of California. Right now, couples are getting married again here in California … what an amazing, amazing day!!! More »

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‘Sesame Street’s Bert & Ernie Celebrate Marriage Equality On The Cover Of ‘The New Yorker’

“Moment of Joy”

In the wake of the historic Supreme Court rulings this week that struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional and invalidated California’s Proposition 8, which further expanded same-sex marriage rights in this country, a great many people have been celebrating the advancement of marriage equality here in the US. President Obama himself spoke out in support of the rulings during his visit to Africa the day after the rulings were announced. A little closer to home, a same-sex couple who have been living together for about 44 years are also celebrating the same-sex rulings issued by the Supreme Court. Bert & Ernie, two beloved characters from the children’s program Sesame Street, are featured together on the cover of next week’s issue of The New Yorker magazine and as you can see below, they are basking in a moment of joy of the expansion of same-sex marriage rights in this country. More »

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President Obama Voices Support Of Same-Sex Marriage While Speaking In Africa

Obama voices support for federal same-sex marriage legislation

President Barack Obama made history earlier this year by discussing his support for same-sex marriage in his second Inauguration speech and today, he took that discussion one step further. While speaking publicly alongside Senegalese President Macky Sall in the African nation of Dakar, President Obama voiced his support for the Supreme Court rulings yesterday that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act and invalidated California’s Proposition 8, thereby granting same-sex marriage rights to more American citizens. Obama made it clear in his remarks that he is in full support of a federal law legalizing same-sex marriage for the entire country … and Senegalese President Sall took offense to those comments. Homosexuality is still a punishable criminal offense in 38 African countries — including Senegal, a fact well-known by Obama … which is why he likely chose the opportunity to make his comments. Man, I love our president so much! More »

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California Governor Brown Instructs State Clerks To Start Issuing Marriage Licenses To Same-Sex Couples

Same-Sex Marriages May Resume in Mere Weeks

Not long after the US Supreme Court invalidated California’s Proposition 8 that banned same-sex marriage earlier today, Governor Jerry Brown issued an order to state clerks to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples wanting to get married in the state of California. Those marriages will not be able to take place until the Ninth Circuit Court lifts it’s stay on the injunction against Prop 8 (which was the reason the case went to the US Supreme Court) but if the court acts swiftly, same-sex marriages can resume in California in as little as a month’s time. More »

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The US Supreme Court Rules That Same-Sex Marriage Will Return To California, Prop 8 Is DEAD

The Court Dismisses The Prop 8 Case On Standing

YES!! The US Supreme Court has ruled that they have DISMISSED the Proposition 8 case Hollingsworth v. Perry on standing … which means the Court has decided it cannot issue a ruling in the case because the plaintiffs (the people who want to ban same-sex marriage in California) have no legal right to argue their case before the Court. This means that the lower Federal ruling that made Prop 8 unconstitutional will stand … which means SAME-SEX MARRIAGE WILL RETURN TO THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA! More »

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The US Supreme Court Rules That The US Federal Defense Of Marriage Act Is UNCONSTITUTIONAL

DOMA is DEAD

The US Supreme Court has just issued its ruling regarding the Defense of Marriage Act (which defines marriage as between a man and a woman, which denies the federal benefits of marriage to same-sex married couples) here in the US. The Court has STRUCK DOWN DOMA AS UNCONSTITUTIONAL! Read below for more details, this post will be updated with more information as soon as it is made available. More »

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The US Supreme Court Will Issue Its Rulings On Same-Sex Marriage Tomorrow Morning

10AM ET / 7AM PT

Back in March the US Supreme Court, the highest court in the land, took up the matter of same-sex marriage here in the US hearing arguments in cases dealing with California’s Proposition 8 (a law that was passed by popular vote that banned same-sex marriage in the state of California) and the Defense of Marriage Act (a federal act that defines marriage in the US as a legal union between a man and a woman). The Supreme Court has been issuing their rulings on other cases that they have ruled on in the past week or so but thus far, the court’s decisions on same-sex marriage have NOT been released. Today we learn that the Court will issue their rulings in the Prop 8 and DOMA cases tomorrow morning at around 10AM Eastern Time, 7AM Pacific Time. By this time tomorrow, we will know the fate of same-sex marriage in this country as it pertains to those two cases as decided by the US Supreme Court. More »

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