Chris Christie’s Anti-Gay Record Gets Spotlighted—and Applauded—at Iowa Freedom Summit

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New Jersey governor Chris Christie was much ballyhooed over the weekend at the Iowa Freedom Summit, with much of his applause generated over his movement to stop same-sex marriage in our neighboring state. More from Time:

At the gathering of Republican leaders, which is regarded as the unofficial start of the presidential primary, Rep. Steve King introduced Christie with a list of the New Jersey governor’s conservative credentials. Among them was his past obstruction of same-sex marriage in the Garden State.

“He vetoed the gay marriage bill in New Jersey,” King said, inremarks reported by Time. “He is pro-life.”

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Snooki to Officiate Gay Wedding

We’ve done our fair share of hating on Snooki, but it’s hard to poke fun at the gal when you hear stories like this: The Jersey Shore alum took to Twitter this week to announce that she’s an ordained minister—and one of the first weddings she’s going to officiate is that of her gay besties, hairstylists Bradley Moreland and Luis Miller:

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Moreland, who works at Vidov Salon in New York posted a photo of him and his fiancé with Snooks earlier this month:

HuffPo’s gay voices reminds us that Snooki has long been an advocate of LGBT rights, once even going so far as saying: “”I’m praying I have a gay little boy one day,” when she spoke at a Trevor Project event in 2013.

There’s a New All-Gay Wedding Magazine Called EQL, and It’s Awesome

From eqlwedding.com.

From eqlwedding.com.

Sure, there are so many wedding magazines on the market (including Philly Mag‘s own fabulous Philadelphia Wedding), but imagine wandering through the periodical isles at Barnes and Noble and finding a publication dedicated totally to gay ceremonies.

It would only make sense that such a magazine would come to market, given the drastic momentum behind legalizing gay marriage throughout the country, and EQL is it. The new publication, which comes out twice a year, is a glossy, gorgeous assortment of actual couples’ wedding celebrations, offering great ideas for just about any swanky or simple party. Read more »

Gay Couple to Be Married On Mural Arts Love Train for the First Time

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Mural Arts‘ annual Love Train is gearing up to embark on its fifth and final journey on February 8th. The trek is a slow-speed, privately chartered tour of Steve Powers’ now-iconic Love Letter project on the Market-Frankford Line, and, as always, organizers are choosing one lucky local couple to be married on the tour. This year, however, there’s a little twist: To celebrate the first year of marriage equality in Pennsylvania, that lucky couple will be same-sex.

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Mayor Nutter to Officiate Same-Sex Wedding of Israeli Diplomat

Elad Strohmayer (left) and Oren Ben-Yosef

Elad Strohmayer (left) and Oren Ben-Yosef

Gay wedding bells will be ding-donging at City Hall this week, when Mayor Michael Nutter officiates the wedding of Elad Strohmayer, deputy consul general of Israel to the Mid-Atlantic Region, and his fiancé, Oren Ben-Yosef, in an intimate ceremony in the Mayor’s Reception Room.

Strohmayer and Ben-Yosef are both Israeli citizens who will be living in Philadelphia throughout the former’s appointment at the Consulate.

“It is only appropriate that our marriage takes place in the beautiful structure that houses the seat of government of the City of Brotherly Love, that has come to be a second home since my appointment to the Consulate in 2012,” says Strohmayer in a press release sent out this afternoon.“We are honored to be joined in marriage by Mayor Nutter, who has done excellent work to promote Israeli and LGBT interests in Philadelphia. We look forward to sharing this special day with so many people who have made us feel at home in this city.”

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Tie-the-Knot Tuesday: Jesse Warren-Nager, of Motown: The Musical and Jacob Warren-Nager

Jacob Warren-Nager and Jesse Warren-Nager

Jacob Warren-Nager and Jesse Warren-Nager, by Brent Dundore Photography

Every Tuesday, we feature a gay or lesbian couple who have walked down the aisle. Today, we have special guests: Broadway’s Jesse Warren-Nager, currently starring in Philly’s Motown: The Musical, and his husband, Jacob Warren-Nager, share the story of their wedding day.

Names: Jesse Warren-Nager and Jacob Warren-Nager

How long have you been together as a couple before you got married?: We were together a little under two years before we got married.

When did you get married?: We got married February 12th, 2010. It will be 5 years this year.

Describe the experience of your wedding. Where did you get married? Who was there? What was the most memorable part?: Our wedding was very small: just Jacob, myself, and my mother. It was in an old colonial home in Connecticut, a few blocks form the town hall where the paperwork was done. The most memorable part were the vows. Even though it was pretty much just Jacob and me, saying how we felt outright and our goals to make each other happy was pretty profound.

You can catch Jesse in Motown: The Musical at the Kimmel Center through January 18. Check out our interview with him here.

Want to be featured in a future Tie-the-Knot Tuesday? If you’re a gay or lesbian couple married in Pennsylvania, we want to hear from you. Take our brief survey!

WATCH: Songbird Contestant Proposes to His Boyfriend On Stage at Tabu

Songbird: Josh Schonewolf’s Philly singing competition that births local celebrities, a few jaded hearts … and now holy matrimony!

Wednesday night, contestant Robert Alexander took to the stage to sing his song, Rascal Flatt’s “God Bless the Broken Road,” when he stopped in the middle to propose to his boyfriend, Justin Torres. The crowd erupted in cheers and, well, it’s best if Alexander explains:

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