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Lupita Nyong'o Celebrates Friend's Gay Wedding With Message of Love

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Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o attended the wedding of celebrity hairstylist Ted Gibson and his partner Jason Backe in NYC yesterday and posted the above Instagram pic with a message congratulating the newlyweds:

"I witnessed the man who adds so much beauty to my life legalize his beautiful marriage. Thank you for the reminder that love and its declaration can be simple. Congratulations @tedgibsonbeauty."

Gibson sent back a message of thanks to the actress via Instagram:

What a fun evening thank you @lupitanyongo for making it so special xo

Congrats gentlemen!


PA Bakery Owner Cites Desire to 'Stand True to God' In Her Refusal to Bake Gay Couple's Wedding Cake: VIDEO

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A popular bakery in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania is making headlines after denying a wedding cake to a gay couple, WFMZ reports:

Screen Shot 2014-08-14 at 9.04.42 AMBethany and Jennifer Petrich now have to make a change of plans for a ceremony to renew their vows, WBRE reported. The women wanted to get a cake from The Cake Pros, a bakery in Schuylkill Haven.

"I loved the work they did and it tasted great. It's a hometown bakery. I wanted to support my hometown," said Jennifer Petrich. "My mom, who is planning our wedding, called and made the appointment for us. It was okay at that time and she was open and honest and said it's for Bethany and Jennifer."

But the women say things took a not-so-sweet turn when Jennifer's mom received a phone call.

"They had called and said to her that they were a Christian bakery and the owner had talked to Jesus for two weeks and that because it was two females getting married she couldn't make our cake," said Jennifer.

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Screen Shot 2014-08-14 at 8.52.55 AMSaid bakery owner Lorraine Fleming:

"I'm not sorry for my decision and I feel strong. I know that I'm doing the right thing...It was hard to do. We have homosexuality in our family and it was a hard decision to make. But in the end, when I die and am one-on-one with God, I have to stand true to him"

Fleming said since news got out of her refusal, her employees have faced harassment and she has been forced to take down the cake shop's Facebook page. 

Last week, we reported on a similar story out of Columbia County, Pennsylvania - where a bridal store turned away a lesbian couple looking to buy wedding gowns.

Pennsylvania remains one of the 29 states without a comprehensive, sexual orientation-inclusive non-discrimination law on the books. 

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Pennsylvania Bridal Shop Refuses to Sell Wedding Gown to Lesbian Couple: VIDEO

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A bridal store in Columbia County, Pennsylvania is under fire for turning away a lesbian couple looking to buy wedding gowns, the AP reports:

W.W. Bridal Boutique owner Victoria Miller tells the newspaper that "providing those two girls dresses for a sanctified marriage would break God's law."

Bloomsburg Town Council plans to discuss the incident at a meeting on Monday. Council members say they will consider whether to propose legislation to ban businesses from refusing to serve gays and lesbians.

Check out a news report on the story, AFTER THE JUMP...

The New York Daily News adds

In the meantime, Miller isn’t budging. She’s hired an attorney to help defend her in case a lawsuit is filed.

Her lawyer Al Luschas says his client has a “liberty interest” in refusing to be involved in a wedding that violates her “firmly and honestly held religious beliefs.”

Pennsylvania remains one of the 29 states without a comprehensive, sexual orientation-inclusive non-discrimination law on the books. 

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Eric Stonestreet Dishes With Ellen about Modern Family's Upcoming Gay Wedding: VIDEO

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Modern Family star Eric Stonestreet sat down with Ellen to share some behind-the-scenes info about the emotional shoot for Mitch and Cam’s upcoming wedding on the show.

Stonestreet also talked about his real parents welcoming actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson into the family now that he and Ferguson are "married"

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP

Yesterday, it was also announced that the show would celebrate the upcoming event by covering the cost of all marriage licenses and wedding ceremonies in NYC on Monday.

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Toronto To Host Mass Gay Wedding For 200 Couples During World Pride In June: VIDEO

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Toronto will be hosting World Pride this June, and the organizers have got a record-breaking idea up their sleeve. 

On June 26th, 200 LGBTQ couples will be invited to tie the knot at the world's largest queer wedding. The event is called A Celebration of Love: A Grand Pride Wedding and it will take place in the gardens at Casa Loma, a beautiful castle in the city. 

Because World Pride is an international event, couples from countries where same-sex marriages are not yet legal will have the opportunity to be recognized. Councilor Kristyn Wong-Tam and deputy mayor Norm Kelly also see the event as part of a healing process after anti-gay remarks and actions from mayor Rob Ford.

Now Toronto reports:

Wong-Tam, the only openly gay council member, said the celebration is also a chance for Toronto to turn the page after Mayor Rob Ford made international headlines with his anti-gay actions. In February Ford tried to have the Pride flag removed from a ceremonial pole outside City Hall. Last week he was caught on tape making disparaging remarks about “the gays” who led the flag-raising campaign...

“I think that it’s time for us to show a different face of Toronto, to demonstrate that this is a city of equality and inclusive values, a city that celebrates all its diverse communities,” Wong-Tam said.

She noted that the city has a proud history of protecting LGBTQ rights. In 1973 council passed a motion prohibiting discrimination against city employees based on their sexual orientation, the first legislation of its kind in Canada. The first same-sex marriages in Canada took place here in 2001, four years before Parliament passed legislation making them legal.

That history “can’t be undone by just one person,” Wong-Tam said.

The event will be free to the couples who choose to participate, there will be officiants from a variety of religious and non-religious backgrounds in attendance, and...

The wedding colours will, of course, be rainbow.

Check out Councilor Wong-Tam and Deputy Mayor Kelly's invitation video, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Watch Will and Sonny Marry on 'Days of Our Lives' in Daytime TV's First Gay Male Wedding: VIDEO

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Will Horton and Sonny Kiriakis tied the knot yesterday on Days of Our Lives in daytime TV's first gay wedding between two men (the first for two women was in 2009 on All My Children, when Tamara and Eden married).

The wedding took place over a three-day arc, but an industrious YouTuber has clipped together the couple's entire wedding day.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

Note: The actual ceremony begins at around 22:00.

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