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Michael Sam Confirms Engagement To Vito Cammisano

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Last week we brought you news of unconfirmed reports that Michael Sam was engaged to marry his longtime boyfriend, with whom he shared the kiss seen 'round the world, Vito Cammisano. 

Today, Sam confirmed those reports on Twitter by sharing a picture of him proposing to Cammisano on bended knee with what appears to be the Vatican in the background. The photo proves correct earlier speculations that the two got engaged while on holiday in Italy.

Sam's tweet tagged Cammisano and was captioned "Thank you for saying yes", followed by three diamond ring emojis.

Cammisano posted a follow-up photo with ring on hand:

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Congratulations to the happy couple!

Watch a video of Sam discussing his thoughts on marriage for last month's OWN documentary on him, AFTER THE JUMP...

(Photo via Twitter)

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Tiffany Celebrates (And Advertises To) Gay Couples: PHOTO

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Tiffany & Co. is grabbing people's attention with more than their little blue boxes lately. The iconic jewelry retailer has launched a new engagement ring ad campaign that targets gay male couples and also features an actual gay couple (as opposed to relying on models). The company released a statement to ELLE Magazine heralding their first campaign focusing on same-sex love and marriage:

"Nowadays, the road to marriage is no longer linear, and true love can happen more than once with love stories coming in a variety of forms," said Linda Buckley, Tiffany & Co. VP of North American PR, in a statement to ELLE.com. "The Tiffany engagement ring is the first sentence of the story that a couple will write together as they create a life that is deeply intimate and exceptional, which is the message we hope to convey through this campaign."

The picture of the handsome couple in Tiffany's ad, who thus far have remained anonymous, also features a romantic and wistful caption sure to give any sap (yours truly included) a case of the "aww"s:

"Will you promise to never stop completing my sentences or singing off-key, which I'm afraid you do often? And will you let today be the first sentence of one long story that never, ever ends? Will you?"

Tiffany is not the first retailer to feature actual gay couples in its advertisements. You'll recall Banana Republic last year featured the stylish duo of Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent in a series of ads focused on "showcasing true relationships."


Michael Sam Reportedly Engaged to Boyfriend Vito Cammisano

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Unconfirmed reports are coming in that Michael Sam is now engaged to longtime boyfriend Vito Cammisano.

TMZ writes that it's "unclear who asked who ... but one of Vito's friends (who was on the University of Missouri swim team with Vito) is already congratulating the couple about it on Twitter ... and Sam "liked" her post."

Page Six reports the couple got engaged in Rome during their European vacation through Italy and Spain. Sam turned 25 on Wednesday. 

Congrats to the happy couple if reports are true!

Watch a clip of Sam discussing his thoughts on marriage for last month's Oprah Winfrey Network documentary (and more shots from the European vacation), AFTER THE JUMP...

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Stephen Fry To Marry Partner Elliott Spencer: VIDEO

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English actor, presenter, comedian and National Treasure Stephen Fry has confirmed that he is to marry his 27-year-old partner, stand-up comedian Elliott Spencer.

Attitude reports that Fry (57) has given formal notice to wed Spencer at a registry office in Norfolk, England.

Fry was first seen in public with Spencer last November but the couple are thought to have been involved since last summer.

According to tabloid newspaper The Sun, a source said that Elliott has given Fry “a new lust for life” following a battle with depression and a 2012 suicide attempt:

“Stephen and Elliott get on brilliantly together. It’s fantastic to see Stephen with a smile on his face again.

“He has been very, very open about his battles with drugs and depression. Elliott seems to have given him the confidence to live his life again. It’s great to have the old Stephen back.”

Spencer's parents said they are delighted about the couple's decision to marry.

Fry has told his eight million Twitter followers that messages of congratulations have left him "close to sobbing".

Last year, Fry narrated a television special called Our Gay Wedding: The Musical on the UK's Channel 4.

Watch him discuss fame, addiction and mental health, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick's Daughter Announces Engagement to Girlfriend

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Katherine Patrick (above left), Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s daughter, has announced her upcoming wedding to girlfriend Alisha Lemieux. The couple currently reside in the San Francisco Bay area where Patrick is pursuing her doctorate in psychology and Lemieux is studying sociology.

“The Governor and Mrs. Patrick joyfully announce the engagement of their daughter Katherine Wintersmith Patrick to Alisha Marie Lemieux of New Bedford,” Patrick’s office said in a press release:

"Ms. Patrick is a graduate of Smith College and is studying for her doctorate in psychology at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, California.  Ms. Lemieux is studying for her bachelor's degree in sociology at Mills College in Oakland, California.  The couple reside in the Bay Area."

Katherine Patrick has been active in her father’s campaigns, contributing to its social media presence and and appearing with the Governor in a number of LGBT events throughout Massachusetts.


Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's Holiday Message to Troops Features Gay Sailor Proposing to Boyfriend: VIDEO

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, joined by wife Lilibet, sent out a holiday message earlier this month that featured an image of sailor Jerrel Revels' proposal to his boyfriend Dylan Kirchner back in 2013. 

This is the first time a Secretary of Defense has included gay service members in a holiday message to troops. 

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Last month, Hagel announced he would be stepping down as Defense Secretary. 

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