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Gay Wedding Video of the Day: Jordan and Devon

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Occasionally Towleroad features extraordinary gay marriage and proposal videos. Feel free to send us yours to consider. Today we feature the wedding of Devon and Jordan in California.

Devon writes us:

Johnnydevon3"I married the love of my life in a small ceremony in Los Angeles a few months back. Get the tissues ready, my husband went right for the feels in his vows."

He isn't kidding. Prepare yourselves.

And congrats, guys!

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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WWII Veteran Marries Partner of 20 Years in Senior Home's First Gay Wedding: VIDEO

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John Banvard, a 95-year-old World War II veteran married his partner, 67-year-old Gerard Nadeau, a Vietnam veteran at the Chula Vista Veteran's Home on Thursday. It was the facility's first gay wedding, FOX5 San Diego reports:

“We were waiting on the Supreme Court to make that decision,” said Banvard.

Many of the couple’s friends who live at the veteran’s home attended the small and simple ceremony. “The world is changing, we have to go along with it,” said one guest. 

Facility director Neal Asper said news of two men getting married at the VA home wasn’t well received by everyone. A town hall meeting was held at the VA home to address concerns from other residents. “It’s been somewhat controversial,” said Asper. “I told them, they have the right to get married here just like everybody else.”

One resident told Fox5 he didn’t agree with Banvard and Nadeau’s celebration of their love for each other, but supported their legal right to do so.

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Gay Marriage Proposal of the Day: Derek and Robert

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Derek proposed to his boyfriend Robert with a flash mob at Burning Man at the end of August, featuring the fiancé's favorite dance music, rehearsals at camps on the playa, white costumes, and choreography. He then proposed to Frank Sinatra's "Strangers in the Night".

The camera needs a bit of stabilizing (well, more than a bit) but you get the idea.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Gay Marriage Proposal Video of the Day: Kunal and Jason at Broadway's 'Cinderella'

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Jason and Kunal, a couple from San Diego, got engaged after the September 4 performance of the Tony Award-nominated Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Cinderella after they were brought up on stage with Jason thinking they had won a special contest, the HuffPost reports.

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Gay Wedding Video of the Day: Johnny and Sebastian

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Johnny and Sebastian were married in front of family at the beautifully breathtaking, Banyan Tree Mayakoba in the Mexican Caribbean after being together for seven years. They were also one of the first same sex couples to have their vows legally recognized in New York, at City Hall in NYC.

In the clip you'll see Johnny (left) get emotional while walking out with his mom. He tells us that one of the reasons he was so emotional was that his parents traveled the entire journey of acceptance after hearing he was going to marry a man — literally went from declining the wedding, and not wanting to come at all, just one month prior — to being very invested and engaged that weekend.

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First Same-Sex Marriages In NM's Taos County Are 'Legally Solid': VIDEO

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Unlike other states, marriage equality is making its way to the state of New Mexico one county at a time. Earlier this week, only three of the state's biggest counties were issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. That number then climbed to five, and finally rose to six as Taos county joined in. But with the state Supreme Court's refusal to issue a statewide ruling on marriage equality, many are worried that same-sex couples who are currently applying for marriage licenses might get caught in a legal limbo if another case challenges marriage equality. AP reports:

"What remains uncertain is when or how a legal challenge over same-sex marriage reaches the five-member Supreme Court. Justices on Wednesday rejected a request to take control of pending lawsuits over gay marriage and consolidate them before a single judge, representing a procedural setback for advocates who hoped it could provide a way for a speedy decision by the court to offer a uniform policy on gay marriage."

Hugging the clerkThis controversy is only made worse by the fact that New Mexico law does not expressly prohibit or allow same-sex marriage. State statutes have simply called for marriage licenses to have sections for male and female applicants. That fact has been sufficient grounds for county clerks to refuse marriage licenses in the past.

As is being illustrated in county after county, however, more clerks are deciding to represent the right side of history. In the meantime, many legal experts are declaring these new same-sex marriage licenses as valid and unlikely to be unvalidated bny the state supreme court, although many would still prefer the state government to still legalize same-sex marriage statewide to ensure that married couples receivie their proper benefits. Peter Simonson, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico, told the AP that:

"Until we know for sure that the federal government will recognize marriages in the state of New Mexico, whether or not couples here qualify for joint filing remains uncertain. It's our contention that the federal government should recognize marriages now throughout the state regardless of what county someone gets married in."

NewmexicoMeanwhile, lawyers are calling the marriages legally sound and solid:

"Folks who have received marriage licenses from county clerks and have gotten married with those licenses are just as married as anyone else," said Brian Egolf, a lawyer who represented two Santa Fe men in a lawsuit that led to a court order directing county officials to issue them a marriage license.

Egolf said it's highly unlikely a court would invalidate the recent marriages that have occurred in the past week since the Dona Ana County clerk, without a court order, started issuing licenses to same-sex couples. The practice soon spread. A judge directed the Santa Fe County clerk a few days later to grant licenses and this week a district court judge in Albuquerque declared that it's unconstitutional to deny a marriage license to gay couples.

State Republicans are already planning to challenge same-sex marriage in court once again. Barry Massey of the AP also predicts that the state legislature will also try to weigh in on the controversy, although the state's governor believes that the issue should be decided by voters. 

In the meantime, happy couples continue to obtain marriage licenses by the hundreds.

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