Family Ties star Meredith Baxter is equally wed!
Baxter, 66, and her longtime partner, contractor Nancy Locke, were married in an intimate ceremony on Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles.
Close friends and family—including Baxter's five children—witnessed the couple exchanging handwritten vows.
Baxter and Locke have been together since 2005. This isn't the first time Baxter has tied the knot. She was married three times before—Baxter was wedded to Robert Lewis Bush from 1966 to 1971, to David Birney from 1974 to 1990 and finally to Michael Blodgett from 1995 to 2000.
The mother of five had
Marriage equality in Illinois was signed into law on Nov. 20, 2013, but the law won't go into effect until June 1, 2014. But that's not soon enough for Vernita Gray, 64, a Chicago LGBT rights activist who suffers from life-threatening brain and bone cancer. She wants to marry her girlfriend of five years, Patricia Ewert.
The couple, left, had a civil union celebration on Aug. 13, 2011.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois and Lambda Legal brought the case to court Nov. 22.
“Vernita is terminally ill and she wishes
Same-sex marriage makes headlines every day, and this week the cartoonists are getting in on the action with two major news stories. Signe Wilkinson takes the side of Methodist pastor Rev. Frank Schaefer, who was suspended from ministerial duties for officiating his son's same-sex marriage, while Matt Wuerker illustrates a Thanksgiving dinner at the Cheneys now that Liz Cheney has made vicious public statements about gay marriage, even though her sister, Mary Cheney, is a married lesbian.
Shane Bitney Crone is a hopeful romantic. His partner Tom Bridegroom was, too. They were hopeful romantics together until one day the unthinkable happened: Tom died. On May 7, 2011, the 29-year-old had a tragic accident and just like that, he was gone. Tom, the man Shane devoted all of his love to and shared all of his deepest secrets and wildest dreams with, was instantly removed from Shane’s life. In addition to this terrible thing, other unthinkable acts took place, including
Liz Cheney's declaration against gay marriage yesterday on Fox truly hurt her sister, Mary Cheney, and understandably so.
Liz, one of former Vice President Dick Cheney's daughters (pictured far left), said gay marriage is an area where she and Mary, her openly gay sister and also Dick Cheney's daughter, "disagree."
Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie on Wednesday signed a bill into law that extends marriage rights to same-sex couples in his state, making it No. 15 in the lineup of U.S. states that legally recognize same-sex marriage. Illinois has passed the bill in the Senate and the House, but Gov. Quinn hasn't signed the bill into law yet (he is expected to do so on Nov. 20).
“What happened in this Legislature is people… listened to what their role was in terms of upholding the constitution,” Gov. Abercrombie said during the signing ceremony
Meredith Baxter and her longtime partner Nancy Locke are about to get married. According to TMZ, the former "Family Ties" star who played the mom Elyse on the ’80s sitcom and Nancy just got their marriage license from a Beverly Hills courthouse on Friday. Once a marriage license is applied for in the state of California, a couple has 90 days to officially wed. Learn more about how to get married in California.
Illinois is set to become the 15th state to allow same-sex marriage, after both chambers of the state legislature have approved a measure legalizing weddings for gays and lesbians.
Anna and Hannah, an Illinois couple who flew to Hawaii for their beach wedding. Read their Real Wedding feature.
Gov. Pat Quinn (D) said in a statement Tuesday that he would sign the bill into law, although he did not specify a date. The House, which had adjourned in May without passing a Senate bill legalizing same-sex marriage, approved
By Kirsten Palladino
New Jersey weddings for gay and lesbian couples are now legally recognized, and Mayor of Newark, N.J., and U.S. Senator-elect Cory Booker performed one of the first just past midnight on Oct. 21, 2013. But Booker made a couple of awkward comments that comedian Jon Stewart understandably just had to comment on. Watch and laugh, friends. —Kirsten Ott Palladino
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Gay couples in New Jersey will be able to marry starting Monday.
The state Supreme Court Friday turned down Republican Gov. Chris Christie's administration request to delay same-sex marriages, clearing the way for the weddings to begin Oct. 21.
A lower-court judge had earlier ruled that same-sex weddings must be allowed starting Monday, and the administration requested a stay.
If you haven't been following Michigan's marriage equality news closely, the state's equality activists were hoping today would prove a win for gays and lesbians to be able to legally marry in the state. Unfortunately, a federal judge has just declared that the fate of Michigan's ban on gay marriage will be decided in a trial Feb. 25, disappointing gay-rights activists who thought his decision would be immediate.
Pictured above: Nolan, 4, left, poses on Oct. 14, 2013, with April DeBoer, 42, Jacob, 3, Ryanne, 3, and Jayne Rowse, 48.
There's so much news on marriage equality, gay weddings, gay parents, equality in general, trans weddings, lesbian weddings, that our editors' eyes are bugging out a la Roger Rabbit. It's awesome (though we do question some hetero media outlets' true intentions to celebrate equality or just make a buck off our niche industry). In any event, here's what's what:
ALABAMA: A retired United Methodist bishop from Tennessee said Monday that he will perform a wedding service for two men in Alabama despite opposition from the presiding bishop, who says the
Greg Louganis, 53, married Johnny Chaillot, 52, Saturday evening, October 12, at Geoffrey's in Malibu. Dobby, Louganis's dog (pictured above), was the ring bearer.
Chaillot and Louganis began dating in 2012 after finding each other on the online dating site Match.com. They became engaged almost exactly a year later, on April 8 2013.
"I first met Greg in 2010 in Los Angeles," Chaillot explained during a joint interview with Read more...
Today a judge refused to delay the start of same-sex marriage in New Jersey until a legal appeal can be settled, denying efforts by Gov. Chris Christie’s administration to put off gay weddings. As it stands, the state must grant marriage licenses for same-sex couples starting Oct. 21. But the administration of Christie, a Republican who is considered a possible presidential candidate for 2016, was expected to appeal the denial of the stay to a higher court.
“Granting a stay would simply allow the state to continue to violate the equal protection rights of New Jersey same-sex couples, which can hardly be
Lesbian soccer superstar Abby Wambach, 33, married her longtime girlfriend Sarah Huffman, 29, Saturday, Oct. 5 at a posh resort in Hawaii. The pro soccer players exchanged vows in a sunset ceremony on the beach at the Villas at Po'ipu Kai on the island of Kauai.
Abby Wambach and Sarah Huffman via Sarah Huffman's Tumblr
The intimate gathering was attended by several members of the Team USA soccer team, including Alex Morgan and Sydney Leroux, who shared their involvement in the wedding festivities through Twitter and Instagram (see
TR Knight is a married man! The adorable actor has tied the knot with his longtime boyfriend Patrick, reports Us Weekly. The pair said "I do" on Friday, Oct. 4 in an intimate ceremony with a handful of family and friends.
"It [was] very small and quiet," an insider reveals to Us. Knight's former ABC costar from Grey's Anatanomy and close friend Katherine Heigl flew in for the ceremony, the source says.
See more gay celebrity weddings.
A New Jersey judge ruled today in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage in the Garden State. The ruling stated that not allowing same-sex marriages in New Jersey would violate the state constitution now that the federal government recognizes it.
Andreia Veronica in Newton, New Jersey. Photo: Deneemotion Boutique Wedding Cinema.
Read their Real Wedding feature.
Judge Mary Jacobson says now that the federal government recognizes gay marriages, not doing so in New Jersey would violate the state constitution.
“Same-sex couples must be allowed to marry in order
President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush attended and witnessed the wedding of friends in a same-sex ceremony in Maine this past weekend.
Bonnie Clement and Helen Thorgalsen, who own HB Provisions, a Kennebunk, Maine, general store, got the former president’s official stamp of approval despite the fact that Bush has not officially declared his position on same sex-marriage.
Helen Thorgalsen posted this photo of President George H.W. Bush on her Facebook page with the comment, "Getting our marriage license witnessed!"
Emily Saliers, the red-headed half of the Indigo Girls duo, announced Saturday between songs during a show at Vancouver's Vogue Theatre that she and her longtime partner Tristin Chipman have married. The binational couple has a 9-month-old daughter.
"I got married," Saliers told her fans. "My partner's my wife, she's Canadian. She's from, well, she was born in Calgary but she spent most of her adult life in Toronto. She went to Lethbridge though for school. She's geographically a hybrid.
"I got married in New York because we would've got