GOOD NEWS NUGGET: 60 Percent of Americans Will Soon Live in States With Marriage Equality

U.s. gay marriage map

Updated U.S. marriage equality map from Freedom to Marry.

Yesterday was a monumental day in the annals of LGBT history. The Supreme Court declined to hear cases from five states that had appealed marriage equality rulings in their state, which cleared the way for same-sex marriage in Utah, Indiana, Oklahoma, Wisconsin and our very first Southern state to allow gay marriage, Virginia.

Gay Star News reports that the ruling also clears the way for marriage in six other states, which would bring the total number of marriage equality states to—are you ready for this—30! That’s more than half!

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GAY NEWS FLASH: Supreme Court Denies Review of Five Gay-Marriage Cases

Over the summer you may remember reading headlines like “Wisconsin Judge Says Gay Marriage Ban is Unconstitutional,” or “Gay Marriage Ban Struck Down in Virginia.” Similar calls rolled in from Utah, Oklahoma, and Indiana, but the stories didn’t really go much further, because government officials in each of those states appealed the ruling, putting off gay marriage until a higher court could hear the ruling.

Well today that higher court—the Supreme Court, thank you— is listening, and if SCOTUS is correct it has decided to deny review in all seven petitions before it.

What does this mean? Amy Howe from SCOTUS blog explains:

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PHOTOS: Barbara Proud’s First Comes Love Book Launch at UArts

A book launch and reception was held Friday night at University of the Arts for photographer and Associate Professor Barbara Proud’s new page-turner First Comes Love: Portraits of Enduring LGBTQ Relationships (Soleil Press).



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Tie-the-Knot Tuesday: Ethelda Makoid and Wendy Sheppard

Ethelda Makoid and Wendy Sheppard

Ethelda Makoid and Wendy Sheppard

Every Tuesday, we are featuring a Philadelphia-area gay or lesbian couple who have walked down the aisle. Today, Wendy Sheppard and Ethelda Makoid, a couple from Ambler, Pennsylvania, one of the couples who married last summer when same-sex marriage became legal for a split-second in Montgomery County.

Names: Ethelda Makoid and Wendy Sheppard

How long have you been together as a couple before you got married?: 10 years

When did you get married?: Officially on May 10, 2014 in Connecticut; unofficially in Montgomery County on August 8, 2013.

Describe the experience of your wedding. Where did you get married? Who was there? What was the most memorable part?: We got married on our 10-year anniversary in Greenwich, Connecticut. One-hundred of our closest family and friends traveled to be with us from 15 states and two countries. Prior to getting married, our son produced an award winning documentary (see clip below) detailing his experience living with two moms. His film won him the Greenfield Youth Film Festival award for best producer and he was nominated for best documentary at the mid-Atlantic division of the Student Emmy’s. The most memorable part of our wedding is the fact that we got nearly a dozen thank-you notes from guests, thanking us for including them in our celebration.

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Tie-the-Knot Tuesday: David B. Devan + David A. Dubbeldam

David B. Devan & David A. Dubbeldam (plus guests)

David B. Devan & David A. Dubbeldam (plus guests)

Every Tuesday, we are featuring a Philadelphia-area gay or lesbian couple who have walked down the aisle in their own special way. Today, we feature David Devan, Artistic Director of Opera Philadelphia, and his husband, David Dubbeldam, from Philadelphia. Yes, they are a pair of Double-D’s!

Names: David B. Devan and David A. DubbeldamHands cropped

How long have you been together as a couple before you got married?: Two years.

When did you get married?: August 4, 2007

Describe the experience of your wedding. Where did you get married? Who was there? What was the most memorable part?: In the summer of 2006 we returned to Victoria, British Columbia, the city we met in and lived in before moving to Philadelphia, to be legally married (marriage equality has been recognized in B.C. since July 2003). Our wedding was the most beautiful day of our lives filled with cherished family and dearest friends (including over 20 from Philadelphia). We were not expecting to be so moved by all the love and support that everyone had for us as a couple—it was so powerful and we will never forget it! 

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!

Tie the Knot Tuesday: Em Sov and Kat Nguyen

Kat Nguyen and Em Sov

Kat Nguyen and Em Sov

Every Tuesday, we are featuring a Philadelphia-area gay or lesbian couple who have walked down the aisle in their own special way. Today, we feature Em Sov and Kat Nguyen, a couple from West Chester, Pennsylvania who said “I do” twice: Once in California, and once in Pennsylvania.

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GAY NEWS FLASH: Neil Patrick Harris and Partner David Burtka Tie the Knot

If you heard the gay Internet explode a few minutes ago, it’s because superstar gay Neil Patrick Harris broke the news on Twitter that he married his partner of 10 years, David Burtka.

According to People the couple tied the knot in Italy in “an intimate ceremony surrounded by their close friends and family.” They donned custom-made Tom Ford tuxedos, and How I Met Your Mother director Pam Fryman officiated.

So sweet. Congrats, boys!

Tie-the-Knot Tuesday: Dana and Tracey Jones

Dana and Tracey Jones

Every Wednesday, we are featuring a Philadelphia-area gay or lesbian couple who have walked down the aisle in their own special way. Today, we feature Dana and Tracey Jones, a lesbian couple from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, who incorporated their two lovely children in their marriage ceremony.

Names: Dana and Tracey Jones

How long have you been together as a couple before you got married?: 2 years

When did you get married?: October 2, 2010, in Pennsylvania with a ceremony and reception. Then we did it in New York City to make it legally recognized on April 20, 2012.

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