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At Least One Same-Sex Couple Married In Idaho Before Justice Kennedy's Stay: PHOTO

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According to The Idaho Statesman, one gay couple was able to get married in Twin Falls, Idaho before Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy issued his stay of the 9th Circuit's ruling striking down bans on same-sex marriage in Idaho and Nevada. Same-sex couples were supposed to be able to begin marrying immediately in both states following a mandate issued by the 9th Circuit.

It is unclear at this time whether other same-sex couples in Idaho, or Nevada for that matter, were able to get marriage licenses before Justice Kennedy's stay was imposed.


Coronado, California Residents Give Gay Couple Heckled by Homophobe a 'Do-Over' Wedding

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Last month we reported that Arizonans Oscar De Las Salas and Gary Jackson were holding a wedding ceremony in Centennial Park in Coronado, California when it was interrupted by a man in a nearby building shouting "go home fags" and other anti-gay slurs.

The incident prompted an apology from the city of Coronado and the condo complex's Home Owner’s Association as well as an investigation by police.

Now, residents and merchants in Coronado are throwing the couple a "do-over" wedding, the San Diego Union Tribune reports:

The goal of the second ceremony is giving the couple a more positive experience and showing that Coronado is a welcoming community where discrimination won’t be tolerated.

“The people of Coronado, who said they wouldn’t tolerate what happened to us, have created a happy ending,” said Oscar de Las Salas, who will marry Gary Jackson again next week. “We never expected this. It’s incredible.”

The "do-over" wedding was led by four young women who were horrified by the incident and the effort has snowballed, the paper reports, throwing the couple a wedding that would normally cost between $15,000 and $20,000:

Loews Coronado Bay Resort donated a 300-seat venue, Coronado’s Blue Bridge Hospitality restaurant chain will supply the food, Coronado Cupcakery is handling the wedding cake and Vigilucci’s Ristorante contributed champagne for the toast, Kerr said. Many other local restaurants and merchants have also made contributions, she said.

Coronado residents are determined to show that their town is one that is welcoming to LGBT people. The police investigation is continuing.


Neil Patrick Harris Describes the Amazing Puzzle Adventure He Had His Wedding Guests Embark On: VIDEO

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Never one to pass on an opportunity to entertain, Neil Patrick Harris added a sense of adventure to his and David Burtka’s recent wedding by having each of the guests complete a clue-filled, puzzle-solving quest to discover what “task” they needed to complete at the ceremony - Elton John and David Furnish included.

Watch Harris explain the game to Seth Meyers, AFTER THE JUMP...

Last year, you may recall back when NPH revealed the incredible gift David Burtka gave him for his 40th birthday - a week-long scavenger hunt involving Cirque du Soleil in Vegas, a train ride to Albuquerque, Disney World, and a cop. 

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Neil Patrick Harris' Italian Wedding Had Fireworks, Elton John and Kelly Clarkson: VIDEO

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Neil Patrick Harris sat down with David Letterman to share some more intimate details about his recent wedding to longtime partner David Burtka in Italy. Harris talked about Sir Elton John's performance, his and David's first dance to Kelly Clarkson's "A Moment Like This" and the perfectly timed fireworks that took the couple's breath away.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Louisiana Church Kicks Out AA Group Over Concerns It Will Be Forced to Perform Gay Weddings: VIDEO

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A church in Keithville, Louisiana has severed its five year relationship with Alcoholics Anonymous over concerns that the church may be forced to publicly accommodate a same-sex wedding in the future. In a letter sent to AA, Westwood Baptist Church pastor David Venable said that the group would need to find another place to meet, KSLA reports:

"As I am sure you are aware, God's church, his written word, and its values and principles have come under a constant and aggressive attack from the homosexual and lesbian community," the letter begins, before going on to say that "Churches and Christian businesses alike, across our nation, are being forced, by our legal system, to accommodate these groups in the use of their buildings/facilities to perform marriage ceremonies, receptions, etc." due to a court decision they say was based on the fact the churches and business were accepting and accommodating other public entities, and therefore must also accommodate the homosexual and lesbian community."

Church officials say they aren't turning anyone away from the church and all people are free to worship at the church, but Pastor David Venable says in order to stay in line with God's word, the church had to make a tough and carefully considered decision.

CritcherPeople Acting for Change and Equality political director Adrienne Critcher [right] slammed the church's decision, saying "They say they are not out to get anyone but they singled out homosexuals as having some agenda that they are trying to force on the Baptist Church."

Venable added that while the letter could have been worded differently, he was only acting on the advice of an anti-gay article published in the Louisiana Baptist Church Message.

Since Louisiana remains one of the 29 states where it is entirely legal to discriminate against gays and lesbians in public accommodations, I suppose Venable is just being precautious. 

Watch a KSLA news report on the story, AFTER THE JUMP...

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New York Wedding Venue Owners Who Discriminated Against Gay Couple: 'We're Not Hateful People' - VIDEO

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The owners of Liberty Ridge, the wedding venue fined $13,000 by the New York State Division of Human Rights last month for refusing to allow a same-sex couple access to the facilities, are speaking out about the case in a new video for the conservative publication The Daily Signal.

Said Cynthia Gifford:

"We have hired homosexuals. We have hosted parties for same-sex couples. That's not the issue here. The issue is back to our freedom of religion - of our core values...We're not hateful people. We open our doors for a certain part of the year to everyone to come and enjoy God's country that we're so blessed to live on. And in no way would we ever turn anybody away from the farm. We just believe that marriage is between a man and a woman and we don't want to hold a marriage ceremony here on our farm because the state tells us we have to."

Watch the video, AFTER THE JUMP...

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