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Watch France’s First Official Gay Wedding

In: Donovan, Totally GAY!

With over 500 guests and 150 media crews watching on, Vincent Autin and Bruno Boileau became the first gay couple in France to wed under a new law allowing legalizing same-sex marriage. The nuptials took place just days after President Francois Hollande signed the same-sex marriage bill into law on May 18, 2013.

40-year-old PR firm head Autin and 29-year-old government worker Boileau have been dating for over five years. The couple said “oui” in the southern city of Montpellier amid tight security. Extra police were drafted in amid fears the extreme-right might also attend. Hélène Mandroux-Colas, the mayor of Montpellier, who officiated the ceremony, received threats before the wedding.

According to Pink News, Autin and Boileau walked out to “L.O.V.E.” by Nat King Cole, and were greeted by Mandroux, who described the ceremony as a “historic moment.” She went on to say that the couple were a “symbol of France united”. After the ceremony, the couple walked out to “Love and Marriage“, by Frank Sinatra. Fans of Married… with Children will be familiar with the tune as it was the show’s theme song. Check out the ceremony below.

watch the ceremony after the jump

Same-sex marriage is sweeping the land. On the heels of Rhode Island and Delaware becoming the 10th and 11th state to legalize same-sex marriage respectively, Minnesota approved a bill to legalize gay marriage by a vote of 37-30. The bill now goes to Governor Mark Dayton, who will sign it into law during a ceremony tomorrow at 5 p.m. The law will take effect August 1.

Minnesota now joins Iowa as the other state in the region to be a safe haven for fabulous gay weddings. Could this set off a chain reaction in the area, making the Midwest the second region after New England to have gay marriage all sewn up. Two down, only ten more to go. In the last federal election, Minnesota became the first state to defeat an anti-gay marriage ballot initiative. Congrats all you homo Minnesotans. I expect an invite to a same-sex wedding soon ;)

Funny or Die’s Gays Beware PSA

In: Donovan, Totally GAY!, Videos

“There is one person living on this street whose orientation threatens to destroy society….Dale looks normal, but he gives off clues of his prejudice with buzzwords like ‘pro-family’, ‘traditional marriage’ or …. ‘pole smoker’,” says George Takei the narrator of Gays Beware.

The new Funny or Die-produced PSA for marriage equality features Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family) and Brad Goreski (It’s A Brad, Brad World) as a couple living across same-sex marriage opponent Dale. Eventually Dale comes around after the boys give him a bow tie. No doubt a plug for Ferguson’s advocacy organization Tie The Knot. Once he rocks the stylish neckwear, the black and white video transforms to color. Turns out Dale is actually a closeted down low “sister”. Check out the clip below.

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I’m black. I’m gay.” YOU GO GIRL. Sashay you stay. During a legislative debate over a measure to repeal Nevada’s gay marriage ban, Senator Kelvin Atkinson made the declaration. The 44-year-old politician urged his fellow senators to change the state constitution to recognize same-sex marriage.

His impassioned plea included talking about his father’s interracial marriage which would’ve been banned last century and overhearing derogatory comments about the bill from people who didn’t know he was gay. His impassioned speech also addressed the concept that legalizing same-sex marriages would threaten straight marriages. “If this hurts your marriage, then your marriage was in trouble in the first place,” he said.

His speech definitely moved people, the Nevada Senate voted 12-9 to begin the process of repealing the ban. That said, Nevada is still a few years away from legalizing gay marriage. The proposal will now head to the state assembly before it can be placed on a ballot in 2016. Check out a portion of Senator Atkinson’s speech below.

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France Says ‘Oui’ To Gay Marriage

In: Donovan, TV Shows

And then there were 14. France is the latest country to legalize same-sex marriages. In fact, the land of berets is the third one in this month alone, after Uruguay and New Zealand. The French National Assembly approved marriage equality in a 331-225 vote. The decision also allows for same-sex couples to adopt children. The next step is for President Francois Hollande to sign the bill. He has already given his formal approval last November.

The decision follows months of division in the country, marked by violence and protests. One of the biggest protests against same-sex marriage drew together hundreds of thousands of people bused in from the French provinces. That demonstration took a violent turn as riot police clashed with protesters, firing tear gas into the crowd. Some individuals in masks and hoods, led the charge against police, damaging cars along the Champs-Elysees avenue and making a break for the presidential palace.

“Despite attempts to obstruct the right, the Senate has adopted Article 1 which allows same-sex couples to marry,” said François Rebsamen of the Socialist party. “Given the abuses that took place either by manifestations of violence in the street, either by verbal exaggerations in the chamber, the vote on this article marks a victory for the fight against homophobia, for tolerance and democracy.”

France’s Justice Minister, Christiane Taubira, said the first gay weddings could take place as early as June. “We believe that the first weddings will be beautiful and that they’ll bring a breeze of joy, and that those who are opposed to them today will surely be confounded when they are overcome with the happiness of the newlyweds and the families,” she adds.

Congratulations to our French brothers and sisters. Which country do you think is next to approve same-sex marriages? The tides are certainly turning. Sound off below.

New Zealand Legalizes Gay Marriage

In: Donovan, Totally GAY!

It’s official. New Zealand is the 13th country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage and the first in the Asia-Pacific region. Lawmakers voted 77 to 44 in favor of the gay-marriage bill on its third and final reading. When the result was announced, people watching from the public gallery and some lawmakers immediately broke into song, singing a New Zealand anthem, “Pokarekare Ana” in the indigenous Maori language.

Since 2005, New Zealand has allowed civil unions, which gave many legal rights to gay couples. The new law will allow them to jointly adopt children for the first time and also allow their marriages to be recognized in other countries. The law will take effect in late August.

With New Zealand now allowing gay marriage, it puts pressure on nearby countries to follow suit. In Australia, there has been little political momentum at the federal level. Prime Minister Julia Gillard has expressed her opposition to same-sex marriage. Since New Zealand is only a three hour plane ride away, many Aussie couples tired of waiting for the government to act, will most likely travel there. This will definitely spark a tourism boom.

Same-sex marriage is currently recognized in the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Canada, South Africa, Norway, Sweden, Portugal, Iceland, Argentina and Denmark. Lawmakers in Uruguay approved a law last week that President Jose Mujica is expected to sign.

Congrats to all our Kiwi readers. I traveled to Auckland last year and really enjoyed it. My only regret was not traveling to the beautiful countryside. If you haven’t been to New Zealand, I highly recommend it.

Nate Berkus Announces Engagement

In: Celeb Gossip & News, Donovan

Oprah Winfrey’s best gay BFF is heading down the aisle. I wonder if she’ll play a prominent role in the wedding. Love is certainly in the air. This is the third engagement involving LGBTI celebs in the past week. First former Who’s The Boss? star Danny Pintauro and then The Talk’s Sara Gilbert. Now it’s Nate Berkus’ turn.

People magazine reports the former talk show host popped the question to his boyfriend Jeremiah Brent on Monday. Fans of The Rachel Zoe Project will remember him as Brad Goreski’s replacement on Season 4. The couple celebrated the happy news with friends in Peru atop the famed Machu Picchu. The two have been dating just under a year. Berkus’ rep confirmed the engagement to the publication.

I’m happy that the 41-year-old interior designer found love once again. If you recall, he tragically lost his longtime partner, Fernando Bengoechea, during the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Check out a few pictures of Nate and Jeremiah below. If you thought Nate was cute, Jeremiah is even cuter. Congratulations to the happy couple.

check out pictures of Jeremiah and Nate after the jump

Gay Couple Marry In Traditional Zulu Wedding

In: Donovan, Totally GAY!

While homosexual acts are illegal in most African countries, same sex marriage is legal in South Africa and discrimination against LGBTI people outlawed. Even with that though, homophobia is bound to exist, especially in smaller towns. That makes this story of new-found acceptance by a small community a fantastic one.

“We decided to have a traditional wedding because we firstly wanted to show people that being homosexual can be part of an African culture,” says Modisane. “Being gay is as African as being black”

Tshepo Cameron Modisane and Thoba Calvin Sitho, both 27-years-old, married in the town of KwaDukuza (Stanger) this past weekend. It was the town’s first gay marriage. The two have been dating for three years and decided to tie the knot in a traditional Zulu and Tswana wedding ceremony. I love watching how jubilant, not only the newlyweds are, but the guests and crowd of onlookers also.

Watch a couple of videos of the grooms talking about their relationship and wedding below. The mother-of-the-groom is so adorable. Check it out.

watch the videos after the jump

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