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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.


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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Aloha Bitches! Hawaii Legalizes Gay Marriage

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Starting December 2, couples wanting to get married in the Aloha State can do so. The state Senate passed a bill by a vote of 19-4 on Tuesday making Hawaii poised to become the 15th state to legal same-sex marriage. Only 35 more to go :) All that needs to be done is for Governor Neil Abercrombie to sign the paperwork.

Abercrombie, a vocal supporter, previously said, “I look forward to signing this significant piece of legislation, which provides marriage equity and fully recognizes and protects religious freedoms.” With Hawaii being President Obama’s home state, naturally he weighed in as well. “I’ve always been proud to have been born in Hawaii, and today’s vote makes me even prouder,” Obama said.

Undoubtedly, this will boost Hawaii’s tourism revenues through the roof. An estimate from a University of Hawaii researcher says the law will boost tourism by $217 million over the next three years. Insane. Check out a video from the Washington Post for more details about Hawaii’s decision.

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Watch Kids Reacting To Gay Marriage Proposals

In: Donovan

If the majority of these kids end up growing up to become political leaders, the world will be a much better place in the year 2040. For some time now, YouTube personalities The Fine Bros. have filmed children reacting to a variety of things. This time around, they corralled a group of kids ranging from five to 13 years of age to watch two LGBT wedding proposals that went viral this year. One of which is that infamous Home Depot one.

For the most part, the kids are generally supportive. The ones who aren’t fully onboard can’t quite explain why. It’s all very interesting. If you’re watching Masterchef Junior, you might recognize Troy. He made it all the way to the Final 4 of the competition. Watch the latest Kids React clip below.

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Google unveiled its new Nexus 5 smartphone earlier this week. The device has a 5-inch display and is tightly integrated with new Google search capabilities and Google Now, the company’s personal-assistant technology. It comes in black and white and costs $349 for a 16GB unlocked version or $399 for 32GB which is cheaper than Apple’s new iPhones.

What better way to capture the moments that matter than with Google’s new offering? There’s no other big moment than a wedding I suppose. The company debuted a commercial titled “I Do” which features weddings from all walks of life and culture. Naturally with marriage equality still a hot topic, a gay one is featured. Check out the ad spot below.

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OWN gets its gay on this Sunday. Airing right before the network premiere of the beautiful documentary Bridegroom is a special episode of Oprah’s Next Chapter. Miss Winfrey sits down with comedienne Wanda Sykes, Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Scandal star Dan Bucatinsky for an in-depth discussion about being gay in America.

The three out celebs share their own personal experiences including how their sexual orientation affected their Hollywood careers. They also go deeper and discuss parenting and the importance of marriage equality. Check out the promo below, along with the Bridegroom trailer. After that, be sure to click on the link to watch an exclusive clip of Oprah’s chatfest over at Entertainment Weekly. Can’t wait for this episode.

watch the promo below

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