Posts Tagged ‘Gay Marriage’

New York legalizes gay marriage

Friday, June 24th, 2011

BREAKING NEWS

An momentous historic night for New York and gay marriage!

 

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The Empire State Building celebrates gay marriage. Tonight NYC admits that LGBT couples deserve equal rights! Six states down, forty-four to go!

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14th Amendment to the Constitution…

Friday, November 21st, 2008

THE CONSTITUTION

14th Amendment

Citizenship Rights.

Ratified July 9, 1868

 

 

1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

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Celebs Support ‘NO on Prop 8’…

Friday, October 17th, 2008

California gay marriage fundraiser reaches for stars

 

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Thu Oct 16, 2008
By Alex Dobuzinskis
Reuters

 

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Battling to save the right to same-sex marriage in what is expected to be a close state vote next month, California gay rights backers are turning to Hollywood celebrities for help at a major fundraiser.

 

Actress and singer Barbra Streisand is expected at the event on Tuesday and singers Melissa Etheridge and Mary J. Blige will perform, organizers said on Thursday.

 

Supermarket billionaire Ron Burkle will host the event at his Beverly Hills home (Green Acres), with a private $25,000-a-plate dinner. Among other entertainment figures planning to attend are actor/director Rob Reiner.

 

In recent weeks, director Steven Spielberg and actor Brad Pitt each donated $100,000 in support of the campaign to preserve the right to gay marriage.

 

The fundraiser comes as backers of same-sex marriage fight to stem a tide of support for Proposition 8, a November 4 ballot measure that seeks to define marriage under the California Constitution as only between a man and a woman.

 

A poll released last week by Survey USA showed 47 percent of Californians supported the measure, while 42 percent opposed it.

 

“We’re feeling very good about the surge in the campaign,” said Sonja Eddings Brown, a spokeswoman for Protect Marriage, the group advocating for a “Yes” vote on Proposition 8.

 

The “Yes” campaign has raised $25.4 million, compared with $15.8 million for those who wish to maintain the right to gay marriage.

 

In recent weeks, advocates of same-sex marriage have chided the Hollywood community for failing to contribute cash to the campaign to defeat Proposition 8.

 

But Geoff Kors, executive director of Equality California, said the fundraiser would show Hollywood’s support for same-sex marriage rights.

 

“Having support from Hollywood leaders who are visible, who reach a wide audience, is critical to our success,” Kors said.

 

“It’s always really scary when you’re being outspent 2 to 1 in an election, and when your rights are at stake and someone’s trying to take your rights away,” he added.

 

In recent days, opponents of same-sex marriage have stepped up their television advertising and warned voters that if Proposition 8 is defeated, children will be taught about gay marriage in elementary schools.

 

Gay-marriage supporters call that argument misleading.

 

In California, an estimated 11,000 same-sex couples have married since the state’s highest court in May overturned a state ban on same-sex marriage.

 

Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres and actress Portia de Rossi wed in August in one the most high-profile same-sex unions. Etheridge has said she plans to marry girlfriend Tammy Lynn Michaels before November 4.

 

DeGeneres released an online video message this week urging California voters to strike down Proposition 8.

 

Gay and lesbian marriage was legalized last week in Connecticut, bringing to three the number of U.S. states that allow it. (Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis: Editing by Jill Serjeant and Peter Cooney)

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Brad Pitt Supports Gay Marriage…

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

Pitt donates $100,000 to support gay marriage

 

 

Actor fighting California initiative that would overturn same-sex marriages

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The Associated Press
Wed., Sept. 17, 2008
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Brad Pitt has donated $100,000 to fight California’s November ballot initiative that would overturn the state Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage.

 

It’s the first time voters will be asked to ban same-sex marriage in a state where gay couples already have won the right to wed. Same-sex marriage is legal in Massachusetts and California.

 

“Because no one has the right to deny another their life, even though they disagree with it, because everyone has the right to live the life they so desire if it doesn’t harm another and because discrimination has no place in America, my vote will be for equality and against Proposition 8,” Pitt said Wednesday.

 

Trevor Neilson, Pitt’s political and philanthropic adviser, told The Associated Press that Pitt was surprised that his colleagues in the entertainment industry had not donated more money to support the battle against Proposition 8.

 

Earlier in the week, Pitt and Angelina Jolie announced they donated $2 million to help fight HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis in Ethiopia.

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Ellen Weds Portia…

Sunday, August 17th, 2008

LGBT NEWS

DeGeneres marries girlfriend

 

 

 

U.S. comedian and talk show host weds actress Portia de Rossi

 

Reuters
August 17, 2008

 

U.S. comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres married her long-time partner, actress Portia de Rossi, at their home in Los Angeles on Saturday, according to People magazine.

 

DeGeneres, 50, and de Rossi, 35, exchanged handwritten vows in an intimate ceremony attended by 19 guests, a representative for the couple told the magazine.

 

The couple have been dating for about four years and have been open about their relationship, appearing at red carpet events in Hollywood together.

 

DeGeneres announced her plans to wed de Rossi, the former Ally McBeal actress, on her talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, in May after California’s Supreme Court overturned a state ban on same-sex marriage.

 

DeGeneres made broadcast history in 1997 when her TV alter ego came out of the closet on her ABC sitcom Ellen, becoming the first openly gay lead character on U.S. prime-time network television.

 

She previously had a relationship with actress Anne Heche.

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Gay marriage now legal in California…

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

 Joy blooms on California’s first day of legal gay marriages

 

 

 A newly married couple, Joe Alfano, left, and Frank Capley hug in the rotunda
of San Francisco’s City Hall. (Robert Durell / Los Angeles Times)

 

By Tami Abdollah, Duke Helfand and Tony Perry
Los Angeles Times Staff Writers

 

June 17, 2008

 

More than 1,451 marriages licenses were issued or scheduled to be issued as of 3 p.m. today in California — nearly three times as many as on a typical June day — as gay couples across the state embraced the first opportunity to wed legally in the wake of the state Supreme Court’s rejection of a ban on same-sex marriages, a Times survey found. READ MORE
 

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 George ‘Sulu’ Takei to Marry on Sept. 14

 

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (June 17) – Star Trek star George Takei is ready to “live long and prosper” with his partner of 21 years.

 

Takei will marry 54-year-old Brad Altman on September 14th in Los Angeles.

 

The 71-year-old actor, known for his role as Sulu on the Star Trek sci-fi TV series, was the first to pay $70 for a marriage license in West Hollywood early Tuesday. The marriage license is good for 90 days.

 

Takei was jubilant, saying “it’s going to be the only day like this in our lives and it is the only day like this in the history of America.”

 

He told reporters and a swelling crowd outside the West Hollywood city auditorium “may equality live long and prosper.”

 

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