• Gay Themes and Same-Sex Nuptials During 2014 Grammys

    It was perhaps the biggest and certainly the most poignant “water cooler moment” of the Grammys. On a stage representing a huge church at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis rapped out “Same Love”—their moving song about homophobia and the right of Macklemore’s gay uncle to marriage equality, with lesbian Mary Lambert’s “She Keeps Me Warm” chorus and its haunting lyric “I can’t change, even if I wanted to.”

    “Same Love” has become an anthem for a new generation, as evidenced by students from Eastside Catholic School singing the song in front of the Seattle Archdiocese last December after the firing of gay teacher Mark Zmuda for marrying his partner. The song represented the students’ message that “Love is love.”
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  • Utah Couples Hold Mass Wedding Reception

    For 17 days, Utah recognized the marriages of same-sex couples as legal in that state. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder still does, despite the stay on any recognition of marriage equality granted by the U.S Supreme Court and the governor’s admonition to state agencies to ignore requests from gay couples for official documentation. All briefs to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in the Kitchen v. Herbert lawsuit challenging the marriage ban will be filed by Feb. 25, 2014; oral arguments are expected in mid-March.

    Meanwhile, on Saturday the gay group Restore Our Humanity held a mass wedding reception to celebrate their unions and raise money for the legal battle.

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  • Breaking: Obama Administration Recognizes Utah Marriages

    With stunning speed, Attorney General Eric Holder said Friday that the Obama administration will recognize as legal the marriages of the approximately 1,360 same-sex Utah couples who wed before the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay as a court challenge to the state ban on marriage equality is appealed. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert directed state agencies not to recognize those marriages until the stay was lifted or the case was resolved.

    In a video, Holder said that the federal government will grant federal benefits, based on the Supreme Court ruling in the Windsor case overturning Sec. 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act. Holder says

    Last June, the Supreme Court issued a landmark decision—in United States v. Windsor—holding that Americans in same-sex marriages are entitled to equal protection and equal treatment under the law. This ruling marked a historic step toward equality for all American families. And since the day it was handed down, the Department of Justice has been working tirelessly to implement it in both letter and spirit—moving to extend federal benefits to married same-sex couples as swiftly and smoothly as possible.
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  • Lucky Couple to Marry on AHF Rose Parade Float

    Every couple wants its wedding to leave a lasting impression and strives to put on the most beautiful, romantic and over-the-top display of love. Well, one lucky gay couple is going to ring in the new year and say “I do” in a truly unique and history-making fashion—on top of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s parade float at the 2014 Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade.

    AHF’s prior entries were 2012’s “Our Champion,” which paid tribute to Elizabeth Taylor’s work in the fight against AIDS, and 2013’s “The Global Face of AIDS.” Its latest float will mark the defeat of Prop. 8 and celebrate gay marriage and the role it can play in helping to reduce HIV infections among gay men. AHF is the largest global AIDS organization, and it hopes the float will get its message out to the masses: “Love is the Best Protection.”

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