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Facebook Founder Chris Hughes Weds Boyfriend Sean Eldridge: PHOTOS

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Facebook founder Chris Hughes and long-time boyfriend Sean Eldridge tied the knot in Garrison, New York, this weekend.

In addition to being one of the minds behind Facebook, Hughes is also the editor in chief and publisher of The New Republic and has become a leading contributor to the fight for marriage equality.

Eldridge, meanwhile, founded the advocacy group Protect Our Democracy, which, according to its mission statement, "is working to reform New York's campaign finance system—to reduce the influence of money and special interests in state elections, engage more citizens in the political process, and create a model for national reform."

From The New York Times' write-up on the mens' relationship:

The couple met in November 2005 through a college acquaintance of Mr. Eldridge’s at a brunch in Harvard Square in Cambridge, Mass. Mr. Eldridge was working as a customer service manager for a moving company in Somerville, Mass., and Mr. Hughes was a senior at Harvard, and already a founder of Facebook.

"He was very intelligent and charismatic," Mr. Hughes said of Mr. Eldridge. "He was very kind and politically engaged, and he cared about the world around us. All of that was very attractive to me."

Mr. Eldridge was equally attracted. A week later, he asked Mr. Hughes out on a date.

"I think we shared a lot of important, common interests," Mr. Eldridge said. "We have a love of philosophy, politics and literature. He was one of the most intelligent and ambitious people I had ever met."

No word on where the men will be spending their honeymoon, but hopefully they make the most of it!

See some wedding photos Hughes posted, where else?, on Facebook AFTER THE JUMP.

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Anti-Gay Activist Calls Marriage Equality "Monstrous Insaneness"

MikeHeathWith the pro-equality groups fundraising like gangbusters to pass a November vote on same-sex nuptials, homophobic activist Mike Heath (pictured) is trying to convince other right-wingers to join his hateful cause.

In a post over at the group Americans For "Truth" About Homosexuality, Heath, who heads up two PACs fighting a ballot measure that would give same-sex couples the same rights as straights, decries Facebook founder Chris Hughes' $100,000 donation to the pro-LGBT cause and then proceeds to suggest fellow activists start describing "this whole issue" — he calls it "sodomy-based marriage" — as "monstrous insaneness."

From Heaths' post, via Good As You:

[Hughes made] a huge $100,000 donation to assure Maine enacts sodomy-based “marriage” in November of this year.
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The Christian supporters of common sense in Maine struggle to stay faithful in the fight. Even though Maine is the only political jurisdiction to have twice overturned “gay” rights in statewide voting, the momentum has shifted to the homosexual activist lobby. Polling shows them winning the vote in November. That would make Maine the first state to approve of so-called same sex marriage in a popular vote.

Now is, of course, not the time to soften our message. It is, in fact, the time to abandon the pro-family politicking of the past four or five decades and simply tell the truth. A good place to start is this sermon by Saint John Chrysostom. He calls this whole issue “monstrous insaneness."

Heath is most likely fighting an uphill — not to mention archaic — battle: the latest polling gives equality a 20-point lead over tired, old discrimination.


Maine Marriage Equality Group Hits $100,000 Fundraising Mark, Gets Matching Donation from Facebook Co-Founder

Mainers United for Marriage, the gorup working to pass a ballot measure legalizing same-sex marriage in the state, hit their target in a $100,000 matching donation challenge offered by Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes (pictured) and his partner Sean Eldridge, the Bangor Daily News reports:

HughesThe Mainers United for Marriage campaign raised $121,197 as of Friday but topped $100,000 on Thursday, the deadline for raising the matching funds, David Farmer, spokesman for the campaign, said Monday...

...Farmer said Monday that more than 1,000 people contributed to the matching fund, with 470 of them donating for the first time. The average contribution was $115, he said.

“We’re happy with the results,” Farmer, who writes a column for the Bangor Daily News, said in a telephone interview. “It exceeded our expectations.”

Information about who contributed how much to the matching grant will be available in the next campaign finance repor

t due to be filed on July 24 with the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices.


Facebook Co-Founder Chris Hughes and His Partner Sean Eldridge Give $100K to Maine's Marriage Equality Campaign

MEFacebook co-founder Chris Hughes and his partner Sean Eldridge have made a $100,000 matching gift to Mainers United for Marriage, the group working to pass a ballot measure legalizing same-sex marriage there in November, the Bangor Daily News reports:

HughesMainers United for Marriage on Monday announced the fundraising challenge from Chris Hughes and his fiance, Sean Eldrige, president of Hudson River Ventures and senior adviser to Freedom to Marry. The campaign will have until June 7 to raise the matching funds.

“Voters in Maine have a historic opportunity to win marriage at the ballot [box] in November,” Eldridge said in a press release issued by the Maine campaign. “We are encouraged by strong statewide support for the initiative and the top-notch campaign team that’s in place, and we hope that our support will motivate others to invest in the campaign. With numerous marriage equality cases heading to the Supreme Court, there is nothing more important than growing momentum and winning the freedom to marry in more states.”

Fundraising efforts will include direct mail and email solicitations, phone calls and the use of social media, David Farmer, spokesman for the campaign, said Monday.

Visit Mainers United for Marriage HERE.

Hughes, a native North Carolinian, vocally opposed Amendment One, which recently constitutionally banned gay unions there, but notably made no financial contribution to Protect All NC Families, the campaign which was opposing it.

Polling thus far for Maine's ballot measure has been very good. A Maine People's Resource Center poll in early April showed that 58% of likely voters supported the marriage equality ballot measure.


Gay Facebook Founder Chris Hughes Buys 'The New Republic'

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Gay Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes tweeted late last night: "I am honored to take on the role of Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of The New Republic"

HughesThe NYT confirms Hughes' purchase of a majority stake:

Mr. Hughes, 28, will become publisher and the editor in chief of the magazine, and Richard Just will remain the editor. Martin Peretz, who was editor in chief from 1975 until 2010, when his title was changed to editor in chief emeritus, will become a member of the magazine’s advisory board.

The terms of the sale were not disclosed. Mr. Hughes said he was motivated by an interest in “the future of high-quality long-form journalism” and by an instinct that such journalism was a natural fit for tablets. He said he would “expand the amount of rigorous reporting and solid analysis” that the magazine produces.

Said Hughes:  “Profit per se is not my motive. The reason I’m getting involved here is that I believe in the type of vigorous contextual journalism that we — we in general as a society — need....But I’m investing and taking control of The New Republic because of my belief in its mission, not to make it the next Facebook."

Hughes also wrote a letter appearing on the magazine's website. reading, in part:

In the next era of The New Republic, we will aggressively adapt to the newest information technologies without sacrificing our commitment to serious journalism. We will look to tell the most important stories in politics and the arts and provide the type of rigorous analysis that The New Republic has been known for. We will ask pressing questions of our leaders, share groundbreaking new ideas, and shed new light on the state of politics and culture.

The New Republic has been and will remain a journal of progressive values, but it will above all aim to appeal to independent thinkers on the left and the right who search for fresh ideas and a deeper understanding of the challenges our world faces.

New Republic Gets an Owner Steeped in New Media [nyt]


Gay Facebook Founder and NC Native Chris Hughes Speaks Out, Donates Against Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment

Late on Friday, Facebook founder Chris Hughes stepped up action against North Carolina GOP efforts to pass an amendment banning same-sex marriage in the state constitution.

Hughes September 9, 2011

An Open Letter to the North Carolina General Assembly:

I’m writing today to express my deep concern and fervent opposition to the proposed anti-gay constitutional amendment, SB106/HB777.

As the co-founder of Facebook, I have some experience with the challenges of attracting the kind of driven, dynamic and diverse employees it takes to build a fledgling start-up into a full- fledged economic success story.

Companies like Facebook, Google and Apple are the future of our global economy. But the proposed anti-gay constitutional amendment signals to these and other major employers, as well as their mobile, educated employees, that North Carolina does not welcome the diverse workforce that any state needs to compete in the international marketplace.

In short, this amendment is bad for business, bad for the perception of my home state on the national stage, and a far cry from job-creating legislation that North Carolina lawmakers should be focused on.

But the negative business impact is far from the only harm of this amendment. Growing up in a conservative atmosphere in Hickory, North Carolina, I felt first-hand the stigma of being different in a Southern state—a feeling that made it clear to me that I was not welcome in North Carolina.

The proposed discriminatory legislation will only perpetuate this stigma for a new generation of creative, talented youth, uninterested in second-class citizenship in a state they call home. Gay and lesbian North Carolinians work hard, contribute to society, and want to protect their families like everyone else. Their families deserve the same respect and the same treatment as everyone else, and they should not be exposed to the derogatory and harmful anti-gay rhetoric that inevitability accompanies these kinds of campaigns. North Carolina deserves better than that.

The next Facebook or Apple or Google could be created by another North Carolinian. Be mindful of how you treat them and their families.

Chris Hughes Co-founder of Facebook and North Carolina native

Hughes also made this pledge:

Because there could not be a more critical time to support the work of Equality NC, my fiancé, Sean Eldridge, and I have pledged to donate $10 for each person who likes Equality NC’s page on Facebook – up to $10,000 – to support the work of the organization between now and Tuesday. We hope that others will join us and contribute what they can of their time, energy, and resources to help defeat this anti-gay measure.

It appears that goal has been reached.


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