Entries in Gay Marriage (13)


Celebrities React to NY's Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage

Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- On Friday night, the New York State Senate voted in favor of legislation that will allow same-sex couples in the state to marry, and some celebrities took to Twitter to express their feelings about the passing of the bill.

Pop star Lady Gaga, who has been a vocal supporter of gay rights, was in Tokyo when the Marriage Equality Act of 2011 passed in the New York Senate, and expressed her happiness online tweeting “I can't stop crying. We did it kids.”

Lady Gaga also tweeted a picture of herself with a group of young people, with the message “The revolution is ours to fight for love, justice+equality. Rejoice NY, and propose. We did it!!!” accompanying the twitpic.

Leading up to the vote Actor Neil Patrick Harris, who is openly gay, tweeted “I'd sure love to get married. Please, NY Senate, vote in favor of marriage equality today. My family would really appreciate it.”

And after the bill was passed, Harris hopped back onto Twitter to say, “It PASSED! Marriage equality in NY!! Yes!! Progress!! Thank you everyone who worked so hard on this!! A historic night!”

Funnyman Seth Meyers, of Saturday Night Live, added some humor to the reactions on Twitter, saying “In the last 10 minutes I've had 100 missed calls from Stefon.”

SNL fans know “Stefon” as a flamboyant Correspondent character on the show.

New York joins Connecticut, Vermont, Iowa, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, as the sixth state to legalize gay marriage. Same-sex nuptials are also legal in Washington, D.C.

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Celebrities Sign Open Letter to Obama Supporting Same-Sex Marriage

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Ellen DeGeneres, her wife Portia DeGeneres, Anne Hathaway and Glee actress Jane Lynch are calling on President Obama to legalize same-sex marriage.

The Freedom to Marry organization says those celebrities and others have signed an open letter to Obama that reads, in part, "We ask you now for your leadership on ending the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage -- an exclusion that harms millions of Americans each day.  Whether to end discrimination in marriage is a question America has faced before, and faces again today."

Freedom to Marry is asking the public to co-sign the letter, which it says will be presented to the White House in the spring.

Martin Sheen, Eric McCormack, and singers Melissa Etheridge and Mya are also among the group of entertainers, athletes, and business leaders who signed the letter.

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Jason Mraz Won't Wed Until Gays Can Too

Photo Courtesy - Atlantic Records(LOS ANGELES) -- Jason Mraz and his girlfriend, singer Tristan Prettyman, got engaged around Christmas, but don't hold your breath waiting for a wedding invitation.  Jason told Us Weekly magazine that he and Tristan won't tie the knot until gay couples can do the same. 

"The wedding would be nice for our family, our friends, our community -- our moms especially...[but] we can't get married until [gay] marriage is legal and equal," he said.

"I think giving people the right to marry will be a huge movement in civil rights."

Jason made those statements at a benefit held last week in Beverly Hills to raise money to fight Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in California.

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