Entries in Gay Marriage (13)


"Modern Family" Star Supports Gay Marriage Bill in Illinois

Charley Gallay/WireImage(CHICAGO) -- Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson is lending his support to a proposed bill in Illinois that would legalize gay marriage.

The openly gay actor was in Chicago Wednesday to launch Marriage Equality Days of Action in the state. "I certainly respect everyone's right to their opinion but I think at the end of the day we all have to agree that treating any American as a second class citizen is not okay," Ferguson said.

If the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act passes in Illinois it would become the tenth state in the U.S. to recognize same-sex marriage.

Ferguson plays Mitchell Pritchett on the ABC series.

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Brad Pitt Donating $100K to Same-Sex Marriage Campaign

ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Brad Pitt is putting his money where his mouth is as he pushes for the legalization of same-sex marriage in a number of states.

The Human Rights Campaign announced on Wednesday that Pitt will match every dollar contributed by the group's members to ballot measure campaigns for those states, up to $100,000.  Same-sex marriage is on the ballot for next week's election in the states of Maryland, Maine, Minnesota and Washington.

Pitt said in an email sent to HRC members, "It's unbelievable to me that people's lives and relationships are literally being voted on in a matter of days....If you're like me, you don't want to have to ask yourself on the day after the election, what else could I have done?"

Pitt, who's engaged to Angelina Jolie, has long been an advocate for same-sex marriage.

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Sale of Anne Hathaway's Wedding Pics to Benefit Gay Marriage Org

Fred Duval/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Anne Hathaway is selling her wedding photos to help raise money for a cause that's close to her heart.

The 29-year-old Dark Knight Rises star will donate a portion of the proceeds from the sales of her wedding photos to Freedom to Marry, a pro-gay marriage campaign, as well as other non-profit organizations.  The Freedom to Marry website reported the news.

There's no indication of which outlets are in the running for the pictures.

Hathaway, an LGBT advocate whose brother is gay, married Adam Shulman in September.

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Ed Helms Boycotting Chick-fil-A Over Chain's Stance on Gay Marriage

Michael Tran/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Ed Helms, who is best known for his work on television’s The Office and for his role as Dr. Stu Price in The Hangover films, has declared that he is boycotting Chick-fil-A, reports TMZ.  The restaurant chain's anti-gay marriage stance has apparently made him lose his appetite for chicken. 

Helms tweeted on Wednesday, "Chick-Fil-A doesn't like gay people? So lame. Hate to think what they do to the gay chickens! Lost a loyal fan."

In a new interview with the Baptist Press, Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy spoke about his franchise's "support of the traditional family." Cathy said, "guilty as charged" when it comes to accusations that his company is actively opposed to gay marriage. 

He explained, "We are very much supportive of the family -- the biblical definition of the family unit.  We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives.  We give God thanks for that...we know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles."

The gay rights campaign NOH8, which is supported by Glee actress Jane Lynch, Deepak Chopra, Miley Cyrus, Lindsay Lohan and the Kardashian sisters, among others, has also called for a Chick-fil-A boycott.

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Manny Pacquiao’s Conservative Punch

Jeoffrey Maitem/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Manny Pacquiao’s latest jab toward gay marriage has landed him on the wrong side of the rope in Tinseltown. Pacquiao was scheduled to be interviewed on the set of the TV show Extra at The Grove Wednesday but the owner banned him after his comments against gay marriage were made public.

“God only expects man and woman to be together and to be legally married,” said Pacquiao in a recent interview with The National Conservative Examiner. “It should not be of the same sex, so as to adulterate the altar of matrimony, like in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah.”

Pacquiao’s comments arrive on the heels of President Obama’s endorsement of same-sex marriage. The endorsement has managed to be a catalyst for both sides of the debate and has been met with a payload of opposition.

The 33-year-old boxer and Sarangani representative in the Filipino Congress, who’s also No. 33 on Forbes’ world’s most powerful celebrities list, has made no secret of his conservative politics after denouncing a reproductive health care bill that would benefit Filipinos seeking contraception.

It was reported that Pacquiao had quoted Leviticus 20:13 verbatim during the interview, which states, “If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.”

It then turned out that he had not said that, but not before the media frenzy took off and an online petition was created to encourage Nike to drop a deal they have with Pacquiao. Nearly 5,000 signatures were gathered before it was shut down.

Pacquiao, a devout Catholic, released a statement Wednesday on his website to clear up what he said during the interview.

“I’m not against gay people,” he wrote. “I have a relative who is also gay. We can’t help it if they were born that way. What I’m critical of are actions that violate the word of God. I only gave out my opinion that same-sex marriage is against the law of God.”

Another message on his official website further explains the boxer’s beliefs. "Pacquiao does not now and has never believed that people deserve death because of their sexual orientation.”

Besides Nike, the married father of four has deals with Monster Energy, Hennessy and Hewlett Packard.

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Ricky Martin Endorses President Obama

ABC/Donna Svennevik(NEW YORK) -- International pop star Ricky Martin, famous for hits like "Livin' La Vida Loca," and the star of Broadway's current production of Evita, has come out in support of President Obama, endorsing him for the 2012 election.

The openly gay singer is hosting a fundraiser with Obama in New York on Monday just days after the president publicly declared his support for same-sex marriage.

"I applaud President @barackobama for affirming that ALL Americans should enjoy equal rights," Martin tweeted shortly after the president's announcement last Wednesday. "Historic! I will be a very proud host on Monday."

While the fundraiser was scheduled weeks ago, it takes on a new significance following Obama's assertion that "same sex couples should be able to get married."

"I am proud to support our president," Martin told Univision's Spanish-language program Primer Imapcto after announcing the fundraiser last month.

"I believe Barack Obama has shown a deep conviction to help those most in need, even if their voices are not always the ones heard the loudest in Washington," Martin continued. "He has also been an exceptionally strong advocate for the Latino and LGBT communities, leading us to precedent setting milestones such as the appointment of the first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice and the repeal of [Don't Ask, Don't Tell]."

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Fashion Designer Michael Kors Ties the Knot

Paul Warner/WireImage(SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y.) -- Fashion designer and Project Runway judge Michael Kors wed his longtime partner, Lance Le Pere, in a beach ceremony in Southampton, New York, on Tuesday, according to Women's Wear Daily.

The pair met in 1990.

Same-sex marriage was legalized in New York earlier this summer.

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Bert, Ernie Don't Have Sexual Orientation, Says 'Sesame Street'

Moritz Winde/Bongarts/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Are they gay?  It's the age-old -- well, several-years-old -- question intriguing fans of muppets Bert and Ernie.

On Thursday, Sesame Street weighed in on Facebook:

"Bert and Ernie are best friends.  They were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves.  Even though they are identified as male characters and possess many human traits and characteristics (as most Sesame Street Muppets do), they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation."

The controversy emerged most recently with an online petition suggesting Bert and Ernie be allowed to marry.  Thousands of same-sex couples have been married in New York since gay marriage was legalized in the Empire State in July.  So why not Bert and Ernie?

Chicago resident Lair Scott started the online petition at to pressure the Sesame Street Workshop to "Let Bert & Ernie get married on Sesame Street."  The petition reads, "We are not asking Sesame Street to do anything crude or disrespectful...It can be done in a tasteful way.  Let us teach tolerance of those that are different."  The petition has collected more than 1,600 signatures.

But are Bert and Ernie even gay, never mind ready for the ultimate commitment?  Scott clearly thinks so.

In an interview with ABC News, Scott said, "A lot of people have wondered about Bert and Ernie...Living in the same bedroom and the same home would make anyone question their sexuality."

His aim, he added, is to get 20,000 petitioners to encourage the Sesame Workshop to either marry Bert and Ernie or introduce a gay or lesbian character.

A few days before he posted the marriage petition, Scott had generated another, asking Sesame Workshop to "Out Bert and Ernie as Gay."

For a couple of puppets geared toward preschoolers, Bert and Ernie have generated controversy over the years, centered primarily around their sexual orientation.

The rumor mill went into overdrive last year when Bert wrote on the Sesame Street twitter account that his haircut resembled Mr. T's -- "the only difference is mine is a little more 'mo, a little less 'hawk."  That was enough to convince many bloggers that the Sesame Workshop was secretly signaling Bert's sexual orientation.

But the folks on Sesame Street have always pushed back against the rumors.  In 2007, Sesame Workshop president and CEO Gary Knell wrote, "They are not gay, they are not straight, they are puppets...they do not exist below the waist."

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Brad Pitt Releases Statement on Marriage Equality

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Brad Pitt is such a strong believer in marriage equality that he released a statement to on the recent legalization of same-sex marriage in New York State.

Pitt wrote, "It is encouraging that New York has joined the movement to grant equal marriage rights to its citizens.  But it is each American's constitutional right to marry the person they love, no matter what state they inhabit."

“No state should decide who can marry and who cannot," he added.  "Thanks to the tireless work of so many, someday soon this discrimination will end and every American will be able to enjoy their equal right to marriage."

Pitt and partner Angelina Jolie had said they'd consider tying the knot once everyone in the country was legally able to do so.

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Neil Patrick Harris Announces Engagement to Longtime Boyfriend

Christopher Polk/Getty Images for PCA(NEW YORK) -- It didn't take long after New York state's passage of the Marriage Equality Bill Friday night for actor Neil Patrick Harris to make a big announcement of his own.

The How I Met Your Mother star says he's getting married to his boyfriend David Burtka.

Harris wrote on his Twitter page, "It PASSED. Marriage equality in NY!! Yes!! Progress!! Thank you everyone who worked so hard on this!! A historic night!"

A follower told Burtka he should "propose to his boyfriend."  Burtka, who is also co-parent to their twins, responded, "I've already proposed, he said yes! Thank god!"

Harris confirmed on Saturday, "David and I did propose to each other, but over five years ago! We've been wearing engagement rings for ages, waiting for an available date."

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