US: First ever Mississippi mayor states support for equal marriage

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The first ever mayor in the US state of Mississippi has declared his support for same-sex marriage.

Waveland Mayor David Garcia, signed up to Freedom to Marry’s list of mayors in support of same-sex marriage.

“We know many people in loving and committed same-sex relationships who are active participants in improving our communities, and we’ve seen how important marriage has been for them and their families,” Garcia said in a statement.

“Because I believe in fairness for all American families, I support the freedom to marry for same-sex couples willing to take on that commitment.”

The group is an initiative of Freedom to Marry, a national same-sex marriage advocacy group, and has hundreds of mayors signed up. 

A Mississippi law that legalises anti-gay discrimination on the grounds of

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Laverne Cox makes history as first trans actress to be nominated for Emmy award

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Laverne Cox has become the first openly trans actress to ever be nominated for an Emmy award.

The Orange is the New Black star picked up a surprise nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, for her role as inmate Sophia Burset on the show.

She said on Twitter: “Congrats to everyone at

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Michael Sam: When I first met my boyfriend, he was dressed as a rabbit and throwing up

Michael Sam has opened up about his relationship with swimmer Vito Cammisano Get the latest LGBT headlines in your inbox with our free daily newsletter! Join Share on WhatsApp 1 reader comment

Openly gay NFL star has opened up about his relationship, revealing he did not get on with his boyfriend when they first met.

In May, the football player shared a kiss on live TV with boyfriend Vito Cammisano after making history with his draft to the St Louis Rams, causing outrage among anti-gay groups.

According to a poll, 47 percent of Americans thought it was

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Australian gay rugby team wins first professional match

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The Sydney Convicts have made history, becoming the first ever gay rugby team to win a professional-level match

Taking to the Allianz Stadium in Sydney today, the team thrashed Macquarie University 30-12 in an opening match, becoming the first gay rugby team to play at a professional level, and the first one to win.

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US: Indiana judge grants first same-sex divorce

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An Indiana judge has granted a couple the first same-sex divorce in the state.

According to the Indy Star, Judge Valeri Haughton granted the state’s first same-sex divorce to Melanie Davis and Angela Summers.

The couple had been unable to divorce previously as Davis is a trans woman and they married before her transition, which the court last year said left them unable to recognise the marriage in order to dissolve it.

However, that judgement was overturned by the Court of Appeals, who found: “Under the specific facts and circumstances before us in this case, a marriage between a man and a woman that was valid when it was entered into does not automatically become void when one of the parties has his or her birth certificate amended to indicate a change of gender.

“The statute prohibiting same-sex marriage does not apply to the particular set of circumstances in this case because the parties did not enter into a same-sex marriage in Indiana or into a same-sex marriage that was solemnized in another state.”

US District Judge Richard Young last week struck down Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriage, allowing couples to begin marrying immediately.

On Saturday, an appeals court stayed the ruling, putting the ban on marriages back in place until the conclusion of the appeal.

Haughton said: “It was a little ironic. Last week I did about 20 marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples and in the midst of that I did what was probably the state’s first same-sex divorce.”

Same-sex couples in states including Tennessee and Kansas have previously fought for the right to divorce.

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