Maryland couples ring in the new year with marriage equality. ”It’s just so hard to believe it’s happening,” James Scales said just before marrying his partner of 35 years. James and William Tasker were the first couple legally married on Tuesday.
Well, hell. If I’d realized that post was going to be reblogged so many times, I wouldn’t have built in a dynamic time reference.
Just for completeness and accuracy on my own little corner of tumblr: it became legal at 12:01 on January 1st. Maryland courthouses began issuing licenses in mid-December, and those who obtained them ticked over from unmarried to married just about the time the New Years kiss ended.
I love that idea! The minute it became 2013 they were legally married with the license in hand and everything. SO WONDERFUL.
As of one minute ago, same-sex marriage is legal in the state of Maryland.
ME4M. The scene on the first night of same-sex marriage in Maine.
Over the weekend, U.S. Marine Corps captain Matthew Phelps proposed to the love of his life, Ben Schock, at the White House. And that bended knee is now certifiably viral: their pictures have over 8,000 likes on Facebook, more than 17,000 upvotes on Reddit, and 16,000-plus views on imgur (Reddit’s go-to image-hosting platform). It’s easy to see why: an active Marine Corps captain, his boyfriend, and the first gay marriage proposal in the White House— all a year after the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, in the year when gay marriage swept the ballot box and the polls. We emailed with Phelps just now about his newfound Internet fame, the wedding plans, his problem with DOMA, and why he doesn’t feel like that much of an overnight symbol after all.
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This just totally made my day
Jane Abbott Lighty, 77, and Pete-e Petersen, 85, were the first couple to get married in Seattle, Washington last night after the new same-sex marriage law passed.
Mapping marriage equality around the world
Please go and vote!
im fucking crying wth
This is the best possible thing I could see coming home from work.
Bill Maher on MSNBC, Nov 8
Full quote: “Last night was a victory for pot, for gay marriage and for math. You know, these people have denied facts and math. And one of the big arguments they put forward for not doing anything about health care was, ‘Why are we messing around with the greatest health care system in the world?’ I don’t know, maybe because the U.N. ranks it 37. You know, outside the bubble there are facts. I know they’re not in the Bible but can’t we use them sometimes?”
I’m not always a fan of Bill Maher’s but oh my god I love this quote.
Two women became the first couple to have a Buddhist same-sex wedding in Taiwan.
Fish Huang and You Ya-ting , who have been together for seven years, exchanged vows and prayer beads instead of rings at a monastery in Taoyuan, northern Taiwan, accompanied by chants from nearly 300 Buddhists.