EXCLUSIVE! Lisa Vanderpump Marries Gay Couple – See The Vander-perfect Pics!

EXCLUSIVE! Lisa Vanderpump Marries Gay Couple – See The Vander-perfect Pics!

Restaurateur, reality TV star, and… ordained minister?! Yup, Lisa Vanderpump officiated her first gay wedding, and only perezhilton.com has the Vander-perfect pics and wedding day details. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star wed Magno and Dominic Salva (above far left to right) on November 8 in the garden of her newest restaurant PUMP.

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Our Destination Full of Hope: Marriage Equality in Illinois – Huffington Post

Our Destination Full of Hope: Marriage Equality in Illinois

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The much-loved poet Dr. Maya Angelou once wrote, “Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” It is that unrelenting power of love that unfolded during our fight for marriage equality in Illinois.

In the end, we succeeded in ensuring this civil right for all couples and put Illinois on the right side of history. Starting now, everyone in Illinois may receive the long-overdue rights of marriage. Advocates had to jump hurdles, leap fences and penetrate walls to make it happen, but we arrived at our destination. Last November 20th, I signed the Illinois Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act into law.

In 2011, when I signed Illinois’ civil union legislation, few could predict that in a few short years, marriage equality would be the law of the land. Sometimes a struggle can take decades, but change can happen overnight. Now, through the tireless efforts of advocates who have stood up and spoken out for equality across Illinois and the nation, we made history and enacted a reform that will last forever.

Since taking office, I’ve worked to make Illinois a more welcoming state. After declaring marriage equality a priority in my 2013 State of the State Address, I worked with legislators and dedicated activists. It was a difficult battle, but eventually lawmakers passed Senate Bill 10, making Illinois the 16th state to embrace full marriage equality. The bill signing last November – before thousands of joyous people at the University of Illinois at Chicago – was among the proudest moments of my governorship.

The new law is simple and fair. It requires that Illinois laws pertaining to civil marriage must apply equally to all, and guarantees equal access to benefits, protections, rights and responsibilities for all couples entering into marriage and their families. These protections include provisions under the Affordable Care Act that require insurance companies to offer the same coverage for all spouses, regardless of gender. Families will be able to enroll in a plan together through a special 60-day enrollment period.

One person who made this day possible was Vernita Gray. A tenacious activist, Vernita was loved in the community and respected by politicians. She and her partner made history when a judge ruled that, due to Vernita’s declining health, they could marry late last year – ahead of today’s effective date. Vernita passed away in March with her new wife Pat by her side.

So today, I’ll think of Vernita Gray and others unable to witness this day. I’ll think of happy couples embarking on the adventure of marriage. And I will be proud to live in a state where the will of the people can become the law of the land.

US: First same-sex couple marries in Arkansas after marriage ban struck down

US: First same-sex couple marries in Arkansas after marriage ban struck down

A same-sex couple has married in Arkansas
A same-sex couple has married in Arkansas

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A same-sex couple has married in Arkansas, after the state’s same-sex marriage ban was struck down.

Yesterday, Judge Chris Piazza ruled that the state’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage  violated the rights of same-sex couples by defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

According to Associated Press, lesbian couple Kristen Seaton and Jennifer Rambo married late this morning, at Western District Courthouse in Carroll County.

They are 27 and 26, have been together for four years.

Weddings were not expected to start until Monday morning, but couples flocked to the Eureka Springs courthouse, one of the few to open on a Saturday.

Deputy County Clerk Lana Gordon requested permission from the Attorney General to issue licenses today, but initially made the decision not to after she did not hear back.

However, the courthouse eventually re-opened, and Seaton and Rambo were first in line to marry.

Carroll County Deputy Clerk Jane Osborn issued a license Saturday morning to Kristin Seaton, 27, and Jennifer Rambo, 26, of Fort Smith. They had slept in a Ford Focus after arriving in Eureka Springs at 2 a.m. Saturday and were the first of about 10 couples to line up outside of the courthouse before it opened.

When the license was issued, Rambo said, “Thank God.”

The couple, who were married by Minister Laura Phillips, proceeded to hold a marriage ceremony on the courthouse steps.

The couple had rushed to Eureka Springs at 2am Saturday after hearing the ban had been struck down, and slept in a Ford Focus to ensure they were first in line.

The Attorney General Dustin McDaniel yesterday filed for a stay, which would put the ban back in place and prevent recognition of same-sex marriage until the appeals process is concluded.

It could take several months for an appeal to conclude, as it would likely go all the way to the Supreme Court.


Huffington Post Gay Voices – Dolly Parton Speaks Out On Gay Marriage

Dolly Parton Speaks Out On Gay Marriage

The Huffington Post  | by  Cavan Sieczkowski

Same-sex marriage might not be recognized in Dolly Parton’s native Tennessee, but the blond bombshell supports equality for all.

“I didn’t know any gay people in my childhood. I do have a lot of gays in my family now, but some will never come out,” the singer, who was one of 12 children in a Pentecostal family living in Locust Ridge, Tenn., told Britain’s Event magazine, per an article featured on the Daily Mail’s website.

“I think everyone should be with who they love,” Parton, 68, continued. “I don’t want to be controversial or stir up a bunch of trouble but people are going to love who they are going to love. I think gay couples should be allowed to marry. They should suffer just like us heterosexuals. Ha ha ha!”

The country superstar has been married to her husband for almost 50 years, but she’s still been the subject of gay rumors involving her close friend Judy Ogle. She has compared her relationship with Ogle to that of Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King.

“Like Gayle [King], her friend, Judy, my friend … they just think that you just can’t be that close to somebody,” she said in 2012. “Judy and I have been best friends since we were like in the third and fourth grade. We still just have a great friendship and relationship and I love her as much as I love anybody in the whole world, but we’re not romantically involved.”

Parton’s 42nd studio album, “Blue Smoke,” drops on May 13.

(h/t Gay Star News)