A uniquely Indian perspective on marriage equality

Sandip Roy tells of watching two friends, both Indian, get married in a beautiful garden in Santa Cruz.

"One is Christian, the other Hindu, so they had two ceremonies. There was a three-tiered wedding cake and a sacred fire. But the really amazing part of the ceremony was that one of their fathers had flown in from India to bless them. It was amazing because my friends are both men."

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Voice for Equality: Maggie Griffin

Maggie Griffin is the mother of comedienne Kathy Griffin, and co-stars with her daughter in a reality show airing on Bravo called "My Life on the D-List". The show follows the struggles of self-proclaimed "D-list" celebrity Kathy Griffin and her climb of the Hollywood ladder.

In this Advocate interview, the reality television star, boxed-wine aficionado, and new author opens up about drinking with Betty White, her “boyfriend” Bill O’Reilly, and why she supports gay rights.

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Voice for Equality: Bringing the freedom to marry to N.Y., Dina-style

Dina Manzo, who is best known for having appeared on The Real Housewives of New Jersey, is a mother, interior decorator, and the founder of the non-profit organization Project Ladybug. She and her family live in the affluent town of Franklin Lakes, NJ. She has been married to Tommy Manzo, co-owner of the event and catering facility The Brownstone, since 2006. Manzo is her second husband. Tommy's brother and business partner is the husband of Dina's older sister and cast mate, Caroline, making the two both sisters and sisters-in-law. Their wedding was featured on the VH1 television show My Big Fat Fabulous Wedding. A lot of reality stars say they support gay rights, but this former Housewife is putting her money where her mouth is by producing My Big Gay Italian Wedding off-Broadway in New York.

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Vote: Blog 4 Equality Netroots Nation Scholarship Contest

The top ten finalists in Freedom to Marry and Open Left's 'Blog 4 Equality' scholarship contest have been chosen by a panel of judges.

Now it's time to vote for your favorite to decide who wins. The top three finishers will attend Netroots Nation.

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Wayne Besen: The tipping point on LGBT equality has arrived

Wayne Besen writes about several factors that show an increased acceptance of LGBT people and LGBT relationships in the U.S.

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Rush: ‘Congrats on #4 from those of us who can’t have 1’

In response to Rush Limbaugh's fourth wedding over the weekend, web site Gawker.com hired a plane to fly over the wedding site towing a banner that read "Rush: Congrats on your 4th marriage. XO, Gawker."

The message on the banner was chosen from suggestions made by readers which included: "This time he really means it," "Wishing you months of bliss," and the ironic freedom to marry angle: "Congrats on #4 from those of us who can't have 1."

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‘My Big Gay Italian Wedding’ joins forces with Broadway Impact

"My Big Gay Italian Wedding," which begins performances Off-Broadway at St. Luke's Theatre May 5, has joined forces with Broadway Impact in the fight for marriage equality.

A portion of the proceeds of every ticket sold for Gay Italian Wedding will benefit Broadway Impact, the grassroots organization of the theatre community mobilizing in support of marriage equality.

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Event Reminder: LARF anti-Prop 8 Scavenger Hunt in Los Angeles this Sunday

Join the stars this Sunday for an anti-Prop 8 scavenger hunt to support the freedom to marry and The Williams Institute.

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Tampa men first gay couple on ‘Marriage Ref’ Thursday night

Michael Wigh and David Salinero of Tampa are the first gay couple to be featured on producer Jerry Seinfeld's 'The Marriage Ref.'

"We didn't even know until we were in New York that we were the first gay couple," said Salinero, noting that judges Griffin and Lane have a huge gay fan base. "After the show, we got to meet Jerry Seinfeld, (who) said he was committed to having same-sex couples on," Salinero said. "We're just another average couple that has typical silly arguments. The more exposure of that, to me, the better." The show airs Thursday night at 10pm on NBC.

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Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Jesse Tyler Ferguson is an American actor known for his role as Richie Velch in the CBS sitcom The Class and currently seen as Mitchell Pritchett on the ABC sitcom Modern Family. Jesse graduated from high school in 1994 and attended The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in New York City. He worked mainly in off-Broadway and Broadway shows, including the Tony Award-winning The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, where he originated the role of Leaf Coneybear.

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