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At 10:00 AM Eastern Time today, the US Supreme Court convened in its marble adorned chamber in the heart of Washington, DC. First up on the docket this morning was the announcement that everyone had been waiting for Chief Justice John Roberts to make – that Justice Anthony Kennedy had the opinion of the Court in Obergefell v. Hodges, the landmark marriage case now decided exactly two years since the Court struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act, and exactly twelve years since it struck down laws prohibiting sodomy. The decision was 5-4, with Justice Kennedy joined by liberal justices Breyer, Ginsburg, Sotomayor, and Kagan. Chief Justice Roberts, along with Justices Scalia, Thomas, and Alito, were in the minority, each of them writing strident dissents.

Justice Kennedy, whose status as a gay rights hero was cemented today, was also the justice behind every single gay rights decision in the Court’s history, starting with Romer v. Evans which struck down discriminatory laws in Colorado, through to Lawrence v. Texas, which overturned statutes that criminalized gay sex, to U.S. v. Windsor, which forced the federal government to recognize same-sex marriage, and on to today, where he and his colleagues took the step many had hoped they would take two years ago when California’s Proposition 8 was before the justices.

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Prior to the landmark decision, gay couples could marry in 37 states in addition to Washington DC. After the US Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is a legal right across the United States, the remaining states will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriage. It’s unclear though, how soon marriage licences will be issued in those states where gay unions were previously prohibited.

“No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family,” Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote. “In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were.”

“It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage,” Justice Kennedy said of the couples challenging state bans on same-sex marriage. “Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.”

Kennedy along with Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Stephen Breyer all voted in favor of marriage equality. Moments after the Supreme Court’s ruling, Obama tweeted the following.

‘Today is a big step in our march toward equality. Gay and lesbian couples now have the right to marry, just like anyone else. #LoveWins” – @POTUS

For more info, head over to the NY Times.

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Newly ordained minister and RHOBH star Lisa Vanderpump officiates her first-ever wedding ceremony in the garden of her new restaurant/lounge PUMP in West Hollywood with Bravo camera’s capturing every exciting moment of partners Magno Salva and Dominic Pierson’s memorable moment. Vanderpump tweeted, “Today I had the honour of officiating my first wedding at PUMP, beautiful couple entitled to equal rights. An emotional exquisite day! #LGBT.”

Proposition Love, a fine jewelry company that caters to LGBT couples will be featured on Episode 18 “Confessions of a Housewife”, airing this Tuesday, March 17th on at 9pm EDT/PDT on Bravo. Vanderpump worked with Sam Street and Jonathan Tack (the company founders) for weeks on the design of the rings, an interlocking motif crafted in white gold, symbolizing the love between newlyweds Dominic and Magno and the joining of their lives together.

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Jesse Tyler Ferguson has finally made an honest man out of Justin Mikita. The Modern Family star wed his attorney boyfriend of two years in New York over the weekend. The couple announced their engagement last September. Ferguson is just the latest gay celebrity to tie the knot in the past month. John Barrowman married his longtime partner and the Fabulous Beekman Boys also made it official.

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The Backstreet Boys premiered their brand new video on Good Morning America today. It shows couples watching television witnessing historic moments in history– the 1969 moon landing, the falling of the twin towers on 9/11 and the recent Supreme Court DOMA ruling. That’s right, BSB is getting all marriage equality on us. I don’t normally get emotional watching music videos, but the last vignette surprisingly touched me.

“BSB wants to show our support for the LGBT community and we believe that two people of the same sex should have the right to get married,” A.J. McLean explained to GMA. “The concept of the video is based on the song, which tells a story of how love conquers all and ‘in a world like this’ that we live in, with all the craziness and negative energy that can go around, with real love you can overcome anything.”

In A World Like This” is the lead cut from their upcoming eighth studio album. The boy band reunited with their longtime collaborator Max Martin for the up-tempo track. Even before watching the clip, I was already lovin’ it. It’s definitely their best since their hey day. While their other boy band compatriots band together for The Package Tour, BSB are hitting the road with DJ Pauly D and Jesse McCartney. Check out their new visual below.

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With marriage equality already in effect in both New Zealand and Canada, it was about time the head of the Commonwealth do the same. British lawmakers have passed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in England and Wales, with the first gay weddings expected to take place by next summer.

The law enables gay couples to get married in both civil and religious ceremonies in England and Wales. It also will allow couples who had previously entered into civil partnerships — which carry similar rights and responsibilities to marriage — to convert their relationships to marriage. All the bill needs now is official royal assent from Queen Elizabeth II which is expected to come later in the week.

With same-sex marriage now legal in England and Wales, the focus now shifts to Scotland. Once approved there, then every single gay person in Great Britain will enjoy full equality.

Remember that hilarious marriage equality clip where the gays threatened to marry straight men’s girlfriends? Still cracks me up no matter how many times I watch it. That was followed with the straight guys filming their own video responding to the threats. Wanting to join in on the action, the girlfriends also made a clip firing back at both clips.

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s DOMA ruling, the straight men of Scotch Tape Productions have joined forces with the homosexuals for one last epic clip. Check out what happens when all the men appear in the same sketch. Sorry girlfriends (the female kind), once again you’ve been shunned. LOL. Check out the video below.

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Indiana is one of the few states with a law banning gay marriage and no constitutional amendment. The state lawmakers have revamped a 1997 law that makes furnishing false information on a marriage license a class D felony. Because Indiana marriage license forms have a space for “male applicant” and “female applicant”, any same-sex couple filling out the form would automatically violate the law. A person doing so would be guilty of a Level 6 felony, punishable by 18 months in prison and a $10,000 fine.

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