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Marriage Equality Comes To The State Of New Jersey

The 14th State in the US to Legalize Same-Sex Marraige

Last last month we learned that a judge in New Jersey ruled that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and, as such, ruled that New Jersey MUST allow same-sex marriages to be legalized in the state. Almost immediately, Republican governor Chris Christie vowed to fight the ruling to strip away the right for same-sex couples to marry in NJ … not that it mattered because at the stroke of midnight last night, same-sex marriages became legal in the state of New Jersey. There are now 14 states in the US that have legalized same-sex marriage — which is more than the 13 original colonies (eventually states) in the United States of America. Let Freedom Ring! More »

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A State Court Rules That New Jersey Must Allow Same-Sex Marriage

The Judge rules that Same-Sex Marriages will be allowed in 30 days

Great news coming out of the Garden State today. The New York Times has just reported that a state judge in New Jersey has ruled that the state must allow same-sex marriage starting next month. Citing the Supreme Court‘s decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional, judge Mary C. Jacobsen ruled that the state of NJ must allow same-sex couples to marry so that they can “obtain equal protection of the law under the New Jersey Constitution“. Wow! This is the first state ruling legalizing same-sex marriage since the Supreme Court struck down DOMA back in June. Woot!! More »

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Same-Sex Couples Begin To Marry In Minnesota & Rhode Island

Marriage Equality Went Into Effect In MN & RI Today

June was a happy month for the celebration of marriage equality with the Supreme Court rulings that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act and invalidated California’s anti-gay Proposition 8 and today is a happy day for MORE marriage equality celebration here in the US. Back in May, the states of Minnesota and Rhode Island became the 12th and 13th states in the country to legalize same-sex marriage and at 12AM today, those laws went into effect. Couples all over the states of MN and RI lined up to begin to marry, which means it’s been a most joyous day already in those states :) More »

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The Oxford English Dictionary Plans To Redefine The Term ‘Marriage’ Now That Same-Sex Marriage Is Legal In England

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Earlier this month we learned that England became the latest country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage and today we learn that that legalization is having a major effect on the English language. The people responsible for the Oxford English Dictionary have said that they will change the definition of the world “marriage” to include same-sex couples. The OED currently defines the term marriage as, “the formal union of a man and a woman, typically as recognized by law, by which they become husband and wife.” But now that same-sex marriage can include a couple of the same-sex, well, the formal dictionary definition has to be updated to reflect that change. More »

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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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