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.

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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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5 Reasons Philadelphia Should Be Thankful

And the No. 1 reason to be thankful...

And the No. 1 reason to be thankful…

It’s Thanksgiving Week! That means — it addition to some well-deserved time off for most of us — it’s time to actually contemplate what makes us thankful. Let me offer five suggestions for Philadelphia in 2014:

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IN THE WINGS: A Conversation with The Matter of Frank Schaefer Star Paul Kuhn

Paul headshotMy name is … Paul Kuhn. The “u” in Kuhn is supposed to have an umlaut over it, but I think that is way too pretentious. The only way I would do that is if i could utter more than one phrase in German, which I cannot. I do speak modern Greek, though.

I am … happiest when I am designing/building a set. I love acting but my greatest love is designing and building for Curio Theatre. I am a rabid recycler. Don’t leave a piece of wood or steel on the street because it will be on a set at Curio.

How would you describe The Matter of Frank Schaefer in one sentence? Raised with evangelical homophobic principals, a United Methodist minister transforms himself into an advocate for the LGBTQ community and challenges the bigotry of his own Church in an ecclesiastical court.

What’s your favorite thing about playing Frank Schaefer? My favorite part is that I got to hang around this man for over a year. I have never had this much insight into a character I am playing.

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96-Year-Old Pastor Has Credentials Revoked After Officiating Gay Son’s Wedding

An all-too-familiar, all-too-unfortunate story:

Chester Wenger has dedicated 65 years of his life to the Mennonite Church USA, serving as a pastor, missionary, and church leader based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania since 1949. That all came to an end recently, however, when he officiated the marriage of his gay son, who, it should be noted, was excommunicated from the church 35 years ago for being gay. More from Think Progress:

Chester Wenger and his wife Sara Jane | Photo from The Mennonite

Chester Wenger and his wife Sara Jane | Photo from The Mennonite

Wenger “grieved deeply” about the church’s decision to expel his child, but when same-sex marriage became legal in Pennsylvania in May, his son asked him to officiate his wedding to his partner of 27 years. The retired pastor “happily agreed,” openly defying the established rules of his tradition in order to perform the union on June 21.

After he reported the marriage to the Lancaster Mennonite Conference credentialing committee, however, church authorities convened on September 10 and formally retired Wenger’s ministerial credentials. They argued his actions violated established church guidelines, which read “Pastors holding credentials in a conference of Mennonite Church USA may not perform a same-sex covenant ceremony.”

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GAY NEWS FLASH: Court Upholds Same-Sex Marriage Bans in Four States

A federal appeals court in Cincinnati voted to uphold Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee’s right to ban gay marriage. The New York Times has more:

By a two-to-one vote, a federal appeals court in Cincinnati upheld the right of states to ban same-sex marriage, overturning lower-court decisions in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee that had found such restrictions to be unconstitutional.

The long-awaited decision, written by Judge Jeffrey S. Sutton, an appointee of President George W. Bush, ​contradicted rulings by four other federal circuit courts and appeared almost certain to force the Supreme Court to decide the same-sex marriage issue for the nation.

The three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit concluded that states have the right to set rules for marriage.

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