New Hampshire to Recognize Out-Of-State Same Sex Marriages
A bill signed by New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan yesterday guarantees recognition of out of state marriages, uniform marriage recognition law, civil union recognition and gender neutral references. The bipartisan measure helps advances marriage equality in the state, which passed marriage equality legislation in May 2009. The law went into effect on January 1, 2010.
Governor Hassan released this statement after signing the bill:
“As the number of states with marriage equality continues to rise and courts across the country issue rulings that advance the cause of equality, it is critical that the law in New Hampshire works for all legally married couples who have moved or are seeking to move here. By clarifying our marriage equality law to recognize an out-of-state marriage or civil union as of the date it was legally contracted, SB 394 helps ensure that all married couples in New Hampshire receive the fair and equal treatment under the law that they deserve”.
LGBT Celebrities and Allies With Many Emmy Nominations
Emmy Award nominations, which were announced this morning, were packed to the brim with LGBT celebrities, allies and HRC supporters.
The LGBT community was well-represented in TV nominations. Bryan Cranston, who is a member of HRC’s American for Marriage Equality campaign, was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Walter White in Breaking Bad (the show was also nominated for Outstanding Drama Series). Andre Braughe, who plays a gay man on Brooklyn Nine Nine, was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.
HRC supporter and our very own Jesse Tyler Ferguson was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his portrayal as Mitchell Pritchett on Modern Family. Gay actor Jim Parsons was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for The Big Bang Theory. The Big Bang Theory and Modern Family were both nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series.
We got all the amazing photos back from our NCLR event in Utah with Jesse and Ty Burrell and wanted to share a few with all of you!
We feel like today’s Bow Tie of the Day is pretty self explanatory, but we are so excited to have The Fun Uncle back as part of our Best Of Collection!
Though the name pretty much speaks for itself, this tie is designed to bring the fun to any outfit with it’s funky design on the gray background. The pops of orange, blue and white, make this a statement tie that is sure to make any outfit stand out!
Pair this with a blue or orange collared shirt to bring the fun to the outfit and make a statement! Or wear it with a neutral color that will let the tie do the talking.
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U.S. District Judge Strikes Down Kentucky’s Ban on Gay Marriage
In another triumph for marriage equality, U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II has struck down Kentucky’s ban on same-sex marriage.
His ruling Tuesday follows a similar ruling June 25 by a U.S. district judge in Indiana striking down that state’s ban. It continues an unbroken string of such rulings in federal court in which judges have struck down state rules prohibiting gay marriage.
In his opinion and order, Judge Heyburn finds in clear and compelling language that Kentucky law forbidding same-sex marriage violates the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution which bars states from enacting or enforcing laws that deny people equal protection under the law.
No Ruling on Marriage Equality in Florida
Judge Sarah Zabel heard arguments from both sides on Pareto vs. Ruvin, the lawsuit filed in January by six same-sex couples and the Equality Florida Institute challenging Florida laws barring same-sex couples from marrying.
The anti-gay arguments focused heavily on Amendment 2, Florida’s ban on gay marriage which was passed by 60% of Florida’s voters in 2008.
There was no decision reached after the hearing and still one has yet to be made.