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04/19/2007


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.

Watch the real-life fairy tale go down, AFTER THE JUMP...

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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.

Congrats guys! Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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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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Gay Marriage Proposal of the Day: Adam and Nathaniel

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Adam, who proposed to his boyfriend Nathaniel on August 12, writes, on YouTube:

Nathaniel's godmother (whom I had never met) had been inviting us to visit her in Hawaii for some time. When we decided to go for our 7th anniversary, I started planning a surprise proposal with her help!

I toyed around in theater in high school and college, Nathaniel used to work in a movie theater, and we're both big film buffs. So, I reached out to the Hawaii Theater Center in downtown Honolulu about the possibility of a fascinating but mostly for-show private tour culminating in a private exhibition. With their enthusiatic support, I began the months-long process of filming as many of our friends and family as possible for a Birthday/proposal movie.

The end result is one of the happiest moments of our lives... so far!

No date is set, and frankly, we're in no rush since it's not legal in our home state of Florida anyway. The demise of DOMA was just the beginning. Support full marriage equality!

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Judge Orders More New Mexico Counties To Issue Marriage Licenses To Same-Sex Couples

NM marriage licensePreviously, same-sex couples in Doña Ana and Santa Fe counties were granted the right to apply for marriage licenses. Now, thanks to a New Mexico judge, another county gets to join in, Bernalillo County. Furthermore, the same judge, Alan Malott, struck down a challenge to same-sex marriage licenses granted in Santa Fe county, thus opening up the possibility for other counties to follow suit. 

Clerks in Santa Fe and Doña Ana counties were persistent that New Mexico law was actually worded in such a way that did not bar same-sex couples from getting married. Subsequent legal challenges argue that it does. Thankfully, Judge Malott sided with same-sex couples, saying that "gay and lesbian citizens of New Mexico have endured a long history of discrimination. Denial of the right to marry continues this unfortunate and intolerable pattern." Better yet, the judge's decision was set to take forth immediately upon its release. According to Action 7 News of Albuquerque, same-sex couples will be able to apply for marriage licenses as of 8 am tomorrow morning. Computers at the county clerk's office will need to be reset overnight. Judge Malott gave the reasoning for his immediate ruling in the opinion:

"There is no benefit to the parties or the public interest in having this matter progress through a lengthy path of litigation while basic constitutional rights are being compromised or denied on a daily basis."

NM same sex couples celebrateNaturally, today's ruling is drawing some harsh criticism from conservative politicians in the state. Republican state Sen. Bill Sharer said in a statement that:

"It is up the New Mexico State Legislature, with the consent of the Governor of New Mexico, to make laws and for county clerks and district court judges to abide by them. They do not make the laws. It is inexplicable how a district court just today discovered a new definition of marriage in our laws, when our marriage law has not been changed in over a century."

Someone had better tell Senator Sharer that he needs to get his facts stright, at least with that last claim, considering that marriage laws have changed, more than once, during the last century. Action 7 is currently keeping a live blog of these events, and will continue giving updates on the events of this story as they continue to come in. 


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