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CALIFORNIA: Police Investigate 'Nasty' Homophobic Slurs At Gay Wedding, Locals Come To The Rescue - VIDEO

Oscar De Las Salas and his partner of seven years, Gary Jackson

Police have announced that they intend to investigate after Arizonans Oscar De Las Salas and Gary Jackson had their August 17th California wedding ruined by homophobic slurs coming from the balcony of a nearby condo complex, reports ABC 10 News.

De Las Salas, Jackson and thirty guests had gathered in Centennial Park, Coronado to exchange vows. However, cellphone footage shows the officiant standing in front of the couple while someone is shouting the words "homos" and "go home homos."

De Las Salas has since received a call from Coronado police who are aiming to determine if the attack was free speech or threatening speech and a hate crime.

CaResponding to Jackson, who said that the abuser “took a chunk of what should have been a beautiful day and turned it into something nasty and full of hate,” Coronado local Alisa Kerr and a group of her friends have offered to throw the couple a vow renewal party.

"We wanted to make it right," said Kerr. “We didn't want that to be a reflection of Coronado. We take a lot of pride in being helpful, kind, generous and accepting. Let's celebrate their love and show them people are one thing that makes Coronado a special place to be."

Kerr added that Loews Coronado Bay Resort, several bands and restaurants and a wedding planner have volunteered their services.

De Las Salas has received more than 2,000 supportive emails since the initial report.

Watch his reaction on being told about Kerr’s offer, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Neil Patrick Harris Talks Getting 'Choked Up' at His Italian Wedding to David Burtka: VIDEO

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Neil Patrick Harris, who married longtime boyfriend David Burtka in a small ceremony in Italy earlier this month, sat down with Rosie O'Donnell and Whoopi Goldberg on The View Wednesday to reveal details about his wedding and vows - as well as share a too-cute story about his 3-year-old son Gideon serving as the ceremony's "orange boy."

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

And if you missed Harris and Burtka's adorable reenactment of the Lady and the Tramp spaghetti kiss scene, check that out HERE

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Cheyenne Jackson Marries Boyfriend Jason Landau

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Cheyenne Jackson and boyfriend Jason Landau were married Saturday at a private estate in Encino, California. The newlyweds first started dating last October and announced their engagement back in February.

Wrote Cheyenne on Instagram: "M A R R I E D. Life is Beautiful"

The ceremony, described by Jackson as having a "woodsy" themed feel to it, was attended by some 200 guests - including fellow Glee actors Jane Lynch and Jesse Tyler Ferguson. 

"This means a new beginning for us," Jackson told People. "It was love at first sight and this is just the culmination of that." 

Congrats guys!


New Zealand Gay Rights Proponents Angered By Heterosexual Pair's 'Gay Wedding'

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New Zealanders Travis McIntosh and Matt McCormick are jumping the broom and getting hitched this week. The "aww"-inducing announcement has been tampered, however, by the two friends' status as heterosexual pals out to win a trip.

The Edge radio station in New Zealand recently hosted a contest to see which bromance could make the ultimate cut. The prize? An all-expenses paid excursion to the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England. The catch? Travis and Matt have to get married. Since same-sex marriage was legalized in New Zealand just last year, many gay rights groups see the heterosexual union as a mockery of what they spent so long trying to achieve.

News.com.au reports:

LegaliseLove Aotearoa Wellington co-chairman Joseph Habgood told the Otago Daily Times that the competition attacked the legitimacy of same-sex marriages.

“The point of this competition is that men marrying each other is still something they think is worth having a laugh at ...

“Maybe on the day that statistics around mental health for LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) people are better, when high schools are safe places for LGBTI youth, we can look back on all this and laugh.

“But competitions like this don’t bring that day any closer.”

Though Zack and Travis likely support same-sex marriages, and are apparently quite confident in their heterosexuality, their statements about the ceremony are admittedly lacking in sympathy or nuance.

“We are not here to insult anyone. We are here to do our own thing and travel our own path,” McCormick told the Otago Daily Times.

McIntosh said the wedding was not mocking the institution of marriage.

“It’s just seeing how far two good mates would go to win a trip to the Rugby World Cup."

As one gay rights group commentator noted, the language of "how far" the pair are willing to go seems to suggest that same-sex marriage on the whole is "something outrageous that you'd never consider." Of course Zack and Travis's ceremony can also be chalked up to a lark and an occasion to celebrate their friendship.

What do you think of the wedding? Sound off in the comments below.


Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka Married in Italy Over the Weekend

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After more than a decade together, Neil Patrick Harris and his David Burtka happily tied the knot in Italy on Saturday.

Tweeted Harris earlier today:

The couple were joined by twins Harper and Gideon - with Sir Elton John performing at the reception. 

Congrats gentlemen!

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UK Town Of Glastonbury Celebrates First Same-Sex Marriage


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David and Colin Kreps are the first same-sex couple to be married in the town of Glastonbury since the Marriage Act was enacted in England this March. Engaged last April after several years of dating, the happy couple first met each other while singing in a gay men's chorus.

6a00d8341c730253ef01b8d06285f8970c-250wiPink News reports:

Colin said: “Everything went really well. At midday we had a pagan hand-fastening ceremony in the garden behind the Glastonbury Tribunal, before having the actual ceremony at 2:30.”

Talking about the progress that the LGBT community has made through the years David added “Back in the Eighties, I was one of the only openly gay men in Glastonbury.”

“With all of the unpleasant things that used to be said about gay people, I feel that the only place I could really be open was in Glastonbury, which has always been a welcoming place.”

Over 1,400 same-sex marriage ceremonies have occurred thus far in England and Wales. Congrats to Colin and David for adding to that number!


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