The show's gay characters, Mitchell Pritchett (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Cameron Tucker (Eric Stonestreet), aren’t officially engaged, but are happily partnered and co-parent a sweet (er, sassy) daughter, Lily. ACLU’s Executive Director Anthony D. Romero hopes to persuade show creators Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd that such an episode would be a hit.
With this light-hearted
There is big news for the Midwest on Monday as Minnesota Senate passed by 37-30 vote a marriage equality bill, which passed in the House last week by a 75-59 vote. Now the bill heads to Gov. Mark Dayton who solemnly promises to sign it into law on Tuesday, making Minnesota No. 12 for states which allow gay and lesbians the legal freedom to get married. This victory of three states passing marriage equality laws in two weeks is indicative of the spread of fairness across the
The Minnesota House has passed a measure to legally recognize same-sex marriage. The vote was 75 to 59.
The measure now goes to the Senate, which will take up the issue Monday.
The Star Tribune reports:
"Debate in the House got underway in the early afternoon, as thousands of supporters and opponents gathered outside the chamber. House Democratic leaders and the bill's supporters were confident it would pass. If it passes Monday in the Senate, Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton could be sign it into law by early next
Earlier we broke the news that Delaware was the 11th state to pass marriage equality. Gov. Jack Markell is set to sign the bill into law tonight! And immediately afterwards, he's hosting a Google+ Hangout to chat with you. Details below:
Where: Google+ Hangout hosted by Sensible Politics
BREAKING NEWS: Delaware has just passed its marriage equality bill (HB75). The final vote was 12-9 in the Senate moments ago. The bill passed the House on a close vote April 23. The bill passed 23-18, receiving two more votes than were required for passage. Gov. Jack Markell has said he will sign it into law.
Photography by Jessica Hill, A Brit and a Blonde
Gay and lesbian Minnesotans could have the freedom to legally marry as early as Aug. 1. There's a bill that is scheduled to be debated and voted on by the Minnesota House on Thursday. The bill would legalize same-sex marriage in the state. House Speaker Paul Thissen has previously said that scheduling the vote would be a signal that the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (the state affiliate of the Democratic party) leaders secured the 68 votes needed to pass the bill.
If the House passes the bill, the next vote would be
Jason Collins is the first openly gay active male athlete in a major U.S. team sport. Photo: Kwaku Alston/SI
Editor's note: This story appears in the May 6, 2013, issue of Sports Illustrated.
I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay.
I didn't set
In an interview with Extra, Jennifer Lopez discussed gay marriage and her forthcoming show, The Fosters, which premieres on ABC Family in June. The multiplatinum artist is the executive producer of the show, which is about a lesbian couple raising a multi-ethnic family.
"Family equals love." —Jennifer Lopez
"Family equals love," says Lopez. “Gay marriage is becoming legal now in so many places, and there's a controversy surrounding it, but at the end of the day, it does exist. And to
EDITOR'S UPDATE MAY 2, 2013: Today is the final passage of the RI marriage bill. Gov. Chafee will sign the bill this evening.
Today, the Rhode Island Senate approved S38, the bill that will extend the freedom to marry to same-sex couples throughout the state of Rhode Island. By a vote of 26-12, senators in Rhode Island voted to stand on the Right Side of History.
It's a landmark moment for marriage nationwide and for thousands of loving, committed couples in Rhode Island. The approval in the Senate today makes it all but
BREAKING NEWS: Rhode Island will remove the last obstacle standing in the way of marriage equality today when the full Senate votes today at 4 p.m. We'll have an update for you after the vote.
A similar bill passed the House in January by a vote of 51 to 19, and Gov. Lincoln Chafee, a onetime Republican who is now an independent, has strongly supported marriage equality.
France became the 14th country to legalize gay marriage on Tuesday.
The measure passed easily in the Socialist-majority Assembly, 331-225, according to the Associated Press, and Justice Minister Christiane Taubira told lawmakers that the first legally recognized weddings could be 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,"
Gay-friendly Circus Circus Hotel and Casino's wedding chapel in Las Vegas
A measure that would legalize gay marriage in Nevada if voters approve passed the Senate late Monday on a 12-9 vote after an emotional, hour-long debate. Senate Joint Resolution 13 would amend the state constitution to remove a provision declaring that marriage is only between a man and a woman.
The measure was supported by all 11 Democrats and one Republican, Sen. Ben Kieckhefer, R-Reno. SJR13 would add new language requiring recognition of gay marriages, although further wording was
Marriage equality is now available in Rio de Janiero, Brazil!
The Frierson-Nixon family on the steps of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. displaying all eight of the couple's marriage certificates
Kacey and Chwanda Frierson-Nixon celebrated their third anniversary of their relationship on April 7, and now they’ve added nine more anniversaries to their calendar—nine wedding anniversaries. The Jonesboro, Ga.-couple, mothers to seven children, ranging in age from 17 to 11-years-old, recently sojourned on a cross-country marriage spree, getting legally married in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Vermont, Washington, D.C., New Hampshire, Maine and Maryland. Their children accompanied them on the
New Zealand became the 13th country in the world and the first in the Asia-Pacific region to legalize same-sex marriage today as lawmakers voted 77 to 44 in favor of the gay-marriage bill on its third and final reading.
Since 2005, New Zealand has allowed civil unions, which confer many legal rights to gay couples. The new law will allow gay couples to jointly adopt children for the first time and will also allow their marriages to be recognized in other countries. The law will take effect in
Marriage-equality supporters Nordstrom have introduced a really fun new video featuring its employees rocking out to hip-hop duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' "And We Danced" in several faux wedding receptions, including several gay and lesbian couples (which we think is pretty rad). The recently engaged Macklemore and his co-performer made a cameo in the video, too. All the looks are sold at Nordstrom. Check out the collections here.
Watch the video below:
Heartthrobs and identical twin sisters Tegan and Sara were out and proud with their stance for marriage equality on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Thursday, posting this photo on Facebook in the wee hours last night. The Canadian lesbian rockers' drum set featured the Human Rights Campaign's equality symbol colored red to symbolize marriage equality, which has become a trending image while the Supreme Court considers two vital cases for same-sex couples to have the right to legal marriage.
The French Senate took a major step toward embracing marriage equality late Tuesday, when it approved an article establishing gender-neutral language to refer to spouses by a margin of 179-157, according to San Diego Gay and Lesbian News.
SDGLN's Editor in Chief Ken Williams writes, "Gay and lesbian couples in France most likely will be able to marry by summer, though a specific date will not be announced until the marriage bill is signed into law."
Currently, marriage equality is offered in Argentina, Belgium,
Uruguay was the first country in South America with civil unions and now, with 71 of the 91 members of the country's House voting in favor, same-sex marriage is in the near future. The law, which was backed by the Senate, is fully supported by President Jose Mujica, who is expected to sign it within two weeks. It will be the 12th country in the world, the third in the Americas, with full marriage equality. The first gay couples could be married 90 days later in mid-July.
Uruguay’s law, however, goes a
It’s the week for celebrity engagements for same-sex couples!
Two days after we learn about Sara Gilbert (Roseanne, The Talk) and Linda Perry (Four Non Blondes) getting engaged, we find out that cuties Nate Berkus and boyfriend Jeremiah Brent are officially engaged to be married. The pair, who have been dating for 8-and-a-half-months, got engaged atop Machu Picchu in Peru on Monday, April 8, reports Us Weekly (who got the exclusive scoop from the grooms-to-be’s rep).