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Pink proposes on behalf of lesbian fan | VIDEO

SYDNEY, Australia – Pink played Cupid during her concert Wednesday night at the Entertainment Centre in Sydney, stopping her show and inviting a woman in the audience named Shirley to join her on stage.

The fan had persuaded Pink to play a role in her proposal plans.

“Where is she?” Pink asked Shirley. “Hey Courtney, will you marry Shirley?”

Courtney said yes.

Pink is an outspoken supporter of LGBT rights, and recently said she is flattered when people falsely call her a lesbian.

In Tennessee, gay couples turned down for marriage licenses | VIDEO

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Across Tennessee, same-sex couples are taking a stance for their right to marry in the volunteer state. They all attempted to file for a marriage license, but Wednesday was not just a failure in their eyes.

Standing at the bottom of the stairs inside the Shelby County Clerk's Office, Chris Snow and Aaron Thompson were ready to apply for a marriage license.
"We matter. We're the same as just everybody else," said Snow.

They two have been together for 13 years.

Gay marriage issue entangles Pa. Gov. Tom Corbett

Defending a divisive gay marriage ban is probably not the fight Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett would have chosen 15 months ahead of an election he’s widely expected to lose. A majority of Pennsylvanians now support same-sex marriage, a dramatic shift from just a few years ago.

But the issue has been thrust in the first-term Republican’s lap — and the politics may not be all bad for him.

Corbett’s decision to stand by the state’s 1996 ban will help shore up his shaky support among Republicans and all but eliminates the possibility of a primary challenge from the right, strategists said.

Long Beach Gay and Lesbian Center creates directory of gay-friendly wedding businesses

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Rossmoor Pastries sells dozens of wedding cakes each week, and the variety of cake toppers sold at the bakery provide a small -- but obvious -- signal that gay marriage has resumed in California.

The bakery's offerings include one cake topper in the form of two grooms holding each other close, and another shows two brides locked in a kiss.

Braddock mayor performs first same-gender marriage in Allegheny County, Pa. | VIDEO

PITTSBURGH – Last week he spoke out against the ban on gay marriage and now the Mayor of Braddock is publicly defying it.
Monday night he performed Allegheny County’s first same-sex marriage.

The couple who were married knows that neither the Pennsylvania nor the federal government may recognize their marriage, but they say one day they hope it will be recognized by both.

John Kandray and Bill Gray of Regent Square have been together for 11 years. They share a house, two dogs and what they say is a deep love for each other.

Illinois court hears arguments in Lambda Legal marriage lawsuit

CHICAGO - The Circuit Court of Cook County, Chancery Division, heard oral arguments today on a motion seeking to dismiss Darby v. Orr and Lazarro v. Orr, Lambda Legal and the ACLU of Illinois' lawsuits seeking marriage for same-sex couples in Illinois.

Camilla Taylor, Marriage Project director for Lambda Legal, argued before the court today. She had this to say:

Ninth Circuit officially dismisses Prop 8 case "for lack of jurisdiction"

SAN FRANCISCO -- Moments ago, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals officially closed the books on its involvement in California's Proposition 8 case that took away same-gender marriage.

The Ninth Circuit issued this order:

Order filed for PUBLICATION (STEPHEN R. REINHARDT, MICHAEL DALY HAWKINS and N. RANDY SMITH) In accordance with the Supreme Court’s opinion of June 26, 2013 as well as the resulting judgment, this appeal is dismissed for lack of jurisdiction. The clerk is directed to issue the mandate forthwith.

Vietnam sexual minorities have fingers crossed over gay marriage

Thao Nguyen does not hesitate to publicly admit she is a lesbian despite the discrimination and stigma homosexuals face in Vietnam, a traditional society ruled by Confucian social mores and Buddhist beliefs.

“We have loved each other for a long time,” the 30-year-old from Tien Giang Province says, tightly holding the hands of her lover.

“We also have the same wish like other couples to have a wedding, be recognized as spouses, and become a member of the other’s family.”

Same-gender marriage comes to Uruguay

MONTEVIDEO, Uraguay -- Two gay men who have been a couple for 14 years have become the first to register to marry in Uruguay, hours after a law came into force allowing same-sex marriages in the country.

Rodrigo Borda, 39, and Sergio Miranda, 45, said it was a day of much joy and emotion, but also of responsibility.

President Jose Mujica signed the legislation in May, but it took 90 days to come into effect.

Uruguay is the second South American nation to pass a gay-marriage law.

San Diego County Clerk withdraws Prop 8 petition, leaving one writ with state's high court

San Diego County Clerk Ernest Dronenburg has withdrawn a petition asking the state Supreme Court to rule on whether same-sex marriages have truly become legal in California.

In a news release sent out Friday afternoon, Dronenburg said he canceled the petition because it covered the same ground as another petition filed earlier to the court.

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