Sean Hayes has always remained mum concerning his private life. The star wasn’t technically out until a 2010 interview—that’s four years after the last episode of Will and Grace. Hayes, though, has revealed to PEOPLE, that he is in fact engaged to LA-based music producer Scott Icenogle. The Sean Saves the World lead, sparked rumors of his engagement after arriving on set of CBS’ The Talk wearing a ring on his left ring finger. “Sean Hayes and Scott Icenogle have been together for eight years. They are not yet married, but they have been engaged for quite some time,” Hayes’s rep said.
US District Court Judge Scott W. Skavdahl of the District of Wyoming ruled in favor marriage equality today ruling in favor of a request by four same-sex couples and Wyoming Equality, who had filed a federal lawsuit challenging Wyoming’s marriage ban, for an order requiring the state to allow couples to begin marrying immediately. Citing two decisions of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit striking down Utah’s and Oklahoma’s bans on marriage for same-sex couples, Judge Skavdahl ruled that Wyoming’s refusal to permit same-sex couples to marry is unconstitutional. Judge Skavdahl ordered the state to begin issuing marriage licenses, but placed that order temporarily on hold to permit Wyoming state officials to appeal his ruling. Marriages will begin in Wyoming at 5:00 pm on Thursday, October 23, or as soon as the state officials defending the challenge inform the court that they do not intend to appeal, whichever is sooner.
Marriages can begin as early as 10 A.M. tomorrow in the Equality State.
After a week of closed-door meetings about family issues, Catholic bishops released a report that many are calling revolutionary. The released documents reveal an evolving church that has room for both gays and lesbians as well as non-married straight couples. Taking into account the opinions of Pope Francis, who said “Who am I to Judge?” when asked about gay people, as well as the more liberal social climate of modern-day Catholics, the Bishops showed remarkable levels of liberalism in an otherwise staunchly conservative institution. According to the AP: “The bishops said gays had ‘gifts and qualities’ to offer and asked rhetorically if the church was ready to provide them a welcoming place, ‘accepting and valuing their sexual orientation without compromising Catholic doctrine on the family and matrimony.'”
Next week, we’ll receive the final report from the meetings.
Today the Supreme Court denied review of five cases seeking marriage equality, leaving standing marriage victories in several federal circuits and opening the door to the freedom to marry in many more states. The Court’s decision not to review the rulings means that soon as many as 60% of American people will live in states with marriage equality, with a majority of the states (30) having the freedom to marry for all. With the Supreme Court’s decision not to review the cases, favorable marriage rulings in the 10th Circuit, the 7th Circuit, and the 4th Circuit will soon go into effect. Marriage bans in every state within those circuits will be invalidated, adding Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Utah, Wyoming, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Indiana, and Wisconsin to the list of states to have same-sex marriage. As a result of the Court’s decision, an additional 51 million Americans will live in a freedom to marry state.
Freedom to Marry hopes to capitalize on the near 40 rulings across the country affirming marriage for gay couples, by releasing a new national television ad called “It’s Time.” The ad summarizes the blatant injustice of not allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry. The thirty-second ad airs on Sunday morning network news shows in the Washington, D.C. market and on cable news next week.
Check it out after the jump…
A federal judge, Edward Rubin, has ruled today that Louisiana’s ban on gay and lesbian marriage is unconstitutional. Rubin said, according to sources, that the ban “…violates the due process clause and the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment, as well as the full faith and credit clause of the constitution.”
Just a few months before the Supreme Court of the United States may once again take up gay and lesbian marriage in court, one justice, Elena Kagan, made her opinion on gay marriage crystal clear. Kagan presided over the marriage of former-law clerk Mitchell Reich and Patrick Pearsall’s wedding in Maryland on Sunday. Kagan is not the first justice to perform a same-sex wedding—Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg have presided over one in the past. [AP]
The Supreme Court indicated that it will consider whether to grant review of appeals in Bostic v. Schaefer, the federal constitutional challenge to Virginia’s discriminatory Marriage Amendment. The Bostic case, along with four other cases challenging marriage bans in Utah, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, and Indiana will be considered at the Justices’ private conference scheduled for September 29. “Gay and lesbian couples in Virginia should not have to wait another day to enjoy their right to marry,” said AFER Executive Director, Adam Umhoefer. “The distribution of our case for the Court’s consideration brings us one step closer to our mission of marriage equality for all Americans. Our Constitution’s guarantee of liberty and equality soon will be realized for all loving and committed couples, no matter what state they reside in.”
The Court is expected to release an Orders List on October 6, 2014, that will indicate which – if any – marriage equality case or cases it will consider for its 2014-2015 term. [afer]
It’s a love story 72 years in the making. Two women, who are both in their 90s, finally married at the First Christian Church in Davenport, Iowa. The two, Vivian Boyack and Alice “Nonie” Dubes, exchanged vows after 72 years together surrounded by their family and friends. Rev. Linda Hunsaker, who presided over the ceremonies, said “This is a celebration of something that should have happened a very long time ago.” The two grew up together in Yale, Iowa and moved to Davenport in 1947.
If you thought all along that longtime couple Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka were already married, you’d be wrong. The couple confirmed that after ten years together they finally tied the knot on Saturday. “We happily confirm that Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka were married in Italy in an intimate ceremony surrounded by their close friends and family,” Harris’s reps told PEOPLE. According to Harris’s Twitter, the two married, kids in tow, in Italy. “Guess what? David Burtka and I got married over the weekend. In Italy. Yup, we put the ‘n’ and ‘d’ in ‘husband,'” he wrote. According to sources, the two wore custom-made Tom Ford tuxes, and the wedding was officiated by Pam Fryman, the director of How I Met Your Mother. [People]