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New York Venue Fined For Refusing Lesbian Wedding Shuts Down - VIDEO

Melisa and Jennifer McCarthy

A couple fined by the for refusing to host a lesbian wedding at their New York property has decided to close the venue to all weddings rather than violate their religious beliefs, reports Yahoo! News.

Last month, the New York State Division of Human Rights affirmed the state's Human Rights Law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in the case of Melisa and Jennifer McCarthy after their 2012 request to have their wedding at the Albany area farm and wedding venue was turned down as soon as the owners found out they were a same-sex couple.  

According to anti-gay Christian litigation group Alliance Defending Freedom attorney James Trainor, Cynthia and Robert Gifford, the venue’s owners, have since decided not to host ceremonies anymore, other than those already scheduled, "in order to stay true to their religious convictions."

In a similar ongoing case, Denver baker Jack Phillips has appealed an order from the Colorado Civil Rights Commission requiring him to prepare wedding cakes for same-sex couples after the CCRC rejected his appeal of a judge’s earlier ruling that he “unlawfully discriminated against a gay couple by refusing to sell them a wedding cake” in 2012.

Watch a press conference with the Giffords, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Google Hangouts Tackles French Gay Marriage In Emotional Ad: VIDEO

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Nearly a month ago to the day, France legalized same-sex marriage, and in honor of the momentous occasion Google created an advertisement for its video-chatting system, Google Hangouts. The ad looks at several French gay couples who use the technology as a way to get around France's previous restriction on same-sex marriage, engaging in remote weddings with Belgian officiators. The organization "Together for equality," or "Tous Unis Pour L'Egalite" is the power behind the video weddings. It just goes to show that love cannot be stopped, by geography, politics, or closed minds.  

Be advised: the video's a tear-jerker.  


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Brangelina Engaged: No Hard Feelings

Brangelina01_102907In January, Andy reported that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie may get married sooner than later, despite the couple's repeated insistence that they'd wait until all Americans enjoyed full marriage equality. Back then, Pitt was saying:

We’d actually like to, and it seems to mean more and more to our kids. We made this declaration some time ago that we weren’t going to do it till everyone can. But I don’t think we’ll be able to hold out. It means so much to my kids, and they ask a lot. And it means something to me, too, to make that kind of commitment.

Indeed, they couldn't hold out. The couple's engaged, and TMZ reports that Equality California's got no hard feelings:

Rebekah Orr, Communications Director for Equality California, says the group is totally behind the Brangelina marriage, even if the right to vote is still not enjoyed by everyone. [sic]

She tells us, "Marriage is something that says ‘we're a family’ in a way that nothing else can ... No one has to deny that for themselves or their family to prove they are an ally and supporter of equality."

Adam Hills's Mass Gay Wedding: VIDEO


This week, star Australian comic Adam Hills hosted a big, beautiful gay wedding on his talk show, Adam Hills In Gordon Street Tonight. It wasn't a legal wedding (this is Australia) and it wasn't entirely straight-faced (so to speak), but what it lacked in legality and reverence it almost made up for in charm and sweetness. It was a mass wedding of 41 same-sex couples, and according to The Sydney Morning Herald its genesis was something like this:

Prospective audience members are asked to complete a questionnaire, and when they started pouring in for the first show a pattern began to emerge. Asked "what would you change if you were Prime Minister for a day?" an overwhelming majority answered they'd legalise same-sex marriage.

"And when I read one saying, 'I'd change the same sex laws so I could marry my girlfriend', I thought, 'I think I know what I have to do now'," Hills said ...

The show's producers contacted Rebecca Edwards to ask how she would feel about being "married" - albeit without any legal status - on TV. She said was up for it.

... the day after her proposal went to air 200 other couples contacted the ABC to say they wanted to be involved. In the end, logistics limited the wedding party to 41 couples.

The couples were gay, the officiator was famous, and the wedding singer was Adam Ant. Watch the mass nuptials AFTER THE JUMP ...

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True Blood Actor Denis O'Hare Marries Partner Hugo Redwood


Former Vampire King of Mississippi Russell Edgington portrayer Denis O'Hare married his partner, interior designer Hugo Redwood yesterday in New York. The True Blood actor announced it on Twitter, tweeting "Okay. It happened. Hugo and I just got married."

O'Hare also tweeted the adorable photo you see above.


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