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The Longest Married Gay Couple in the U.S. Reflects on That Moment 48 Years Ago: WATCH

Jack Baker and Mike McConnell, who obtained a marriage license in Blue Earth County, Minnesota in 1971 because the state’s laws did not explicitly say that marriage had to be between a man and a woman, hold the title of the longest-married gay couple in the United States. Baker and McConnell are reflecting on that moment in a new clip from Minnesota local station WCCO. The post The Longest Married Gay Couple in the U.S. Reflects on That Moment 48 Years Ago: WATCH appeared first on Towleroad Gay News.
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Taiwan: More than 1,000 gay couples wed in first month of equal marriage

Taiwan has wed 1,173 same-sex couples since becoming the first Asian country to introduce equal marriage on May 24. In the first month of equal marriage, 790 female couples and 383 male couples tied the knot—though two have since divorced, Taiwan’s Ministry of the Interior announced on Sunday (June 23). Same-sex marriage was introduced after Tapei legislators approved a government-backed bill on May 17, almost two years to the day after the island’s Constitutional Court ruled that a law defining marriage as being between a man and a woman was...
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Elizabeth Warren Reintroduces Bill Allowing Gay Couples to Receive Retroactive Refunds from IRS

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) reintroduced the Refund Equality Act on Thursday. The bill would allow same-sex couples to amend past tax returns in order to receive refunds owed to them by the IRS. Said Warren in a press release: “Before the Supreme Court’s decision in Windsor, a same-sex couple, legally married under state law, could not file federal income taxes as a married couple. After Windsor, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published guidance that clarified the IRS’s recognition of same-sex marriages, and stated that married same-sex couples could amend previously-filed...
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Pete Buttigieg Marks First Wedding Anniversary, Talks Starting a Family in the White House: ‘I Don’t See Why Not’ — WATCH

Pete Buttigieg, who celebrates his first wedding anniversary to Chasten today, told Jake Tapper “I don’t see why not” after the CNN anchor asked him if he would plan to start a family in the White House. "I don't see why not. I think it wouldn't be the first time children have arrived to a first couple."Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg tells @JakeTapper he and his husband, Chasten, may be open to having kids in the White House, if he is elected. #CNNSOTU— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) June...
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Ecuador’s Highest Court Approves Gay Marriages in Landmark Ruling

Ecuador’s Constitutional Court approved the marriage of two gay couples in a landmark ruling on Wednesday. Reuters reports: “Five of nine judges in Ecuador’s top court on Wednesday ruled in favor of two gay couples who sued after their request to be married was denied by the country’s civil registry. The Latin American nation is the 27th country to allow same-sex marriage with the move coming during the annual gay Pride month and events to mark the 50th year of the Stonewall riots in New York that gave rise to...
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Vince Cable and Caroline Lucas back gay marriage in Northern Ireland

Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable and Green Party MP Caroline Lucas have backed a new campaign to end the ban on gay marriage in Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland remains the only part of the UK not to allow same-sex unions, five years after marriage equality was introduced in England, Scotland and Wales. Now, a filmmaker who was kicked out of the Irish Presbyterian Church for being gay has launched the #LoveIsAllWeHave campaign, hoping to put an end to the discrimination. Matt Hyndman created an emotive short film for the campaign,...
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Gay meteorologist proposes to Twister fan boyfriend in front of storm

A meteorologist asked his boyfriend to marry him in front of a dramatic storm. Meteorologist Joey Krastel, 27, proposed to his boyfriend, Chris Scott, a fan of the 1996 film Twister, in Kansas. Krastel posted a photo of the romantic proposal on Instagram, with the caption: “The 2 loves of my life.” Krastel, a risk analyst for the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, saw his first tornado at the age of four. Speaking NBC News, he said: “It was at that moment where I knew everything I wanted to do from...
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Alabama to stop issuing marriage licenses in gay wedding workaround

Alabama is to stop issuing marriage licenses to circumvent conservative judges opposed to same-sex unions. The Alabama House of Representatives voted for the change in response to a handful of probate judges who have refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. About six of Alabama’s 68 probate judges made the decision after the Supreme Court ruled in favour of marriage equality in 2015. Under state law, they “may” issue marriage licenses, but are not obligated to do so. Under the bill passed by the house on Thursday (May 23),...
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