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30 Gay Men React To The Word ‘Marriage’

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Recently, I shared a clip where 30 gay men reacted to the word ‘faggot.’ It was fascinating to see how polarizing the word truly is, especially in the gay community. Cut Video, the folks responsible for that video, gathered 30 more men to get their thoughts on another word.

This time, ‘marriage‘ was the subject of their word association exercise. Not surprisingly, ‘equality,’ ‘love,’ and ‘husband’ came to mind, but ‘non-existent‘ did as well. Check out all the responses below.

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How do I put this on my wedding registry? If there’s a way, I’m walking down the aisle immediately ;)

Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson made a pair of grooms’ special day even more special. The 33-year-old entertainer crashed their wedding held at the W Hotel in Dallas, Texas and surprised them with a performance immediately after saying their ‘I dos.’

Hudson first appeared via taped video message before making a grand entrance, coming behind curtains in a skintight Balmain dress. She performed “I Still Love You” off her latest album J-Hud. She even stepped down off the stage to dance with them. #luckybitches Personally, I would’ve preferred “Spotlight” ;)

“Hi Chris and Scott, it’s me, Jennifer,” she says in the video message before her surprise appearance. “When my friends at the W Hotel and HRC told me about you guys finally being able to get married in Texas, I had to send a message to say congrats and thank you all for the hard work you do to raise awareness for equality.”

It’s worth mentioning that Jennifer works with W Hotels and the HRC for an LGBT marriage equality initiative called Turn It Up For Change. Check out the surprise performance below.

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He’s officially off the market folks ;)

Matt Dallas first announced his engagement via Instagram in January 2013. In the same post, he publicly came out as gay as well. Two years after that huge announcement, the 32-year-old actor finally walked down the aisle.

The former Kyle XY actor revealed he married his musician boyfriend Blue Hamilton over the Fourth of July holiday weekend. He shared a pic of the two of them, standing outside a courthouse holding their marriage license. Check out the photo below which he captioned, “Introducing Mr. & Mr. Dallas.”

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Katherine Heigl returns to the romance genre but with a different love interest. The 36-year-old actress portrays a lesbian who finally comes out to her conservative parents in Jenny’s Wedding. Naturally, they’re surprised to learn that Heigl’s roommate played by Alexis Bledel is also her lover.

Jenny’s Wedding Movie Synopsis

Jenny Farrell (Heigl) has led an openly gay life – except with her conventional family. When she finally decides to start a family and marry the woman they thought was just her roommate (Bledel), the small, safe world the Farrell’s inhabited changes forever. They are left with a simple and difficult choice – either change with it or drown.

Tom Wilkinson, Linda Emond and Grace Gummer round out the cast for the Mary Agnes Donoghue-directed flick. The gay-marriage dramedy hits theaters on July 31 and arrives on VOD August 1. Check out the first trailer below.

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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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On May 22, Ireland heads to the pools for its national referendum on marriage equality. According to a poll held earlier this year, there is strong support for equal marriage. 76% of the people asked are in favor while 19% and 5% are opposed and undecided respectively.

Even though it appears the referendum which states, “Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex,” will pass, supporters of marriage equality are tirelessly working round the clock to get the word out.

The BeLonG To lead coalition is calling everyone eligible to vote to talk to their family and friends about why marriage equality is so important and to work for a Yes vote. Watch a touching ad below showing family and friends of the LGBT community demonstrating their support.

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Barry Manilow has never discussed his sexuality publicly, but any Fanilow knows what side of his bread he likes buttered. People reports the 71-year-old (wow didn’t know he was that old) married his longtime manager Garry Kief at the star’s Palm Springs, California home.

“He’s at a point now where he’s got his career and personal life in a great place and he really doesn’t care what people think,” the source told People. “He’s in love and happy.”

This is Barry’s second marriage. The “Copacabana” singer was married briefly to a woman named Susan Deixler in 1964, but it was annulled the following year.

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Personally, I couldn’t do it but I appreciate anyone with the guts to propose on national television. More power to ya.

On today’s episode of Let’s Make A Deal, a man dressed in lederhosen gets down on bended knee to pop the big question to his unsuspecting boyfriend. The reaction on his face is adorably precious.

The crowd get raucous once they realize what just happened. Host Wayne Brady serenades the newly-engaged couple with a surprise performance. Watch all the action go down below.

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