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Gay Man’s Super-Romantic Marriage Proposal Goes Viral: WATCH

Naisa Lasalosi, a singer/songwriter and former contestant on Australia’s The X Factor, went viral over the weekend after posting a romantic video to Twitter of his fiancé Adam Price proposing to him at Rocky Point, near Sydney. The clip shows the couple descending a rock formation that has been covered in rose petals and fairy lights to a blanket spread out below. According to Lasalosi, he told Price “baby there’s someone having dinner down there” not realizing it had all been decorated for him. “Baby, it’s for us,” replied Price....
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Bulgaria Court Recognizes Same-Sex Marriage in Groundbreaking Ruling

A court in Bulgaria has recognized same-sex marriage for the first time, ruling in favor of a gay couple who married in France. The AP reports: “Australian citizen Kristina Palma, who married Mariama Dialo of France in 2016, was initially permitted to live, work and travel in Bulgaria and the European Union on the grounds that she married an EU citizen. But Bulgaria later denied her those rights, arguing that same-sex marriage was not legal in the country.” On Wednesday, after a two-year court battle, the court ruled that Palma...
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MPs vote for gay marriage in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland could finally be given marriage equality after MPs overwhelmingly voted for a pro-LGBT+ amendment to the Northern Ireland Bill. In an historic decision, the House of Commons voted 383-73 in favour of a clause to extend same-sex marriage to Northern Ireland, tabled by Labour MP Conor McGinn. The clause will require secondary legislation, and will only come into force if power-sharing talks fail to restore devolution by October 21. Should the Stormont executive become functional by this deadline, the amendment will become void. MPs including the Democratic Unionist...
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MPs to vote on Northern Ireland marriage equality today

The UK parliament will vote on whether to extend equal marriage to Northern Ireland on Tuesday evening (July 9). MPs will debate an amendment to the Northern Ireland bill which, if passed, would commit the government to extending same-sex marriage to Northern Ireland if the devolved executive is not restored by October 21. The amendment was tabled by Labour MP Conor McGinn and signed by his colleagues Yvette Cooper, Owen Smith and Stella Creasy, as well as openly gay backbenchers Ged Killen, Wes Streeting and Stephen Doughty. It also has...
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Burger King Scorched a Whopper into Carbon and Made It into Diamond Wedding Rings for a Gay Couple: WATCH

Burger King Germany had an original way to celebrate Pride. They scorched a Whopper burger until it was carbon and then pressed it into diamonds, creating a wedding ring for Dima and Alvar, an Eastern European couple from a country where gay marriage is illegal. The Drum reports: ‘Burger King facilitated the wedding, brought them to Germany where gay marriage is legal and thoughtfully (or crassly?) transforms its lead product in a symbol of the couples’ love. The pair dubbed it a “dream come true” in a spot that culminates...
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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. http://www.towleroad.com/2019/06/jack-baker-mike-mcconnell/...
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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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