Wednesday was a historic day in New Zealand as the government finally passed legislation legalizing gay marriage.
It wasn’t just the crowd gathered outside, however, who were ecstatic to hear the news. In what is probably one of the most heartwarming videos I have ever seen, the entire House of Representatives broke out singing the love song “Pokarekare Ana” in Maori, a language spoken by indigenous tribes in the country.
I’m not one to watch televised coverage of parliamentary debates (I prefer Keeping Up With the Kardashians), but this is a must see. Just try to make it to the end of this video without cracking a smile.
If only the rest of the world – I’m looking at you, USA – would follow New Zealand’s lead, we could all be singing too!
CollegeHumor supports gay marriage and you should too. Even though it’s a moral and civil right there are still some narrow-minded people who fight against the cause, believing marriage should strictly be between a man and a woman.
Well, these men have a message for you. If you keep marriage between a man and woman then they’ll play within your rules and will marry your girlfriend.
Think about it: They’ll go to the gym together and get Pinkberry as a reward. He’s the shoulder your girlfriend cries on when you’re a total jackass
“If you stay closed minded about this, we will take one for the team and marry the crap out of them,” says one guy. “So don’t make us marry your girlfriends. Support gay marriage.”
Watch it here
In the world of celebrity news, there’s no shortage of hits and misses. This week, Carrie Underwood supports gay marriage and Lindsay Lohan gets set to work with a porn star for an indie thriller.
HIT: One Direction write songs for their girlfriends
What use is your boyfriend if he has a sweet voice but won’t write any songs about you? Absolutely none. So it’s nice to see the boys of 1D put their talent to work. They’ve been busy penning song for their next album and it seems they’ve been inspired by homesickness and their girlfriends. The next time I go to the dentist, he’ll have a couple of cavities to fill because this is beyond sweet. Note: there are still a couple single 1D guys up for grabs.
MISS: Chris Brown wears gold fangs
After seeing pictures of this, British GQ was right to dub Brown the worst dressed celebrity. First of all, who even wears gold grills anymore? I thought all rappers got rid of those when Kanye started donning Louis Vuitton back in the early 2000s. Secondly, he’s a bit late on the Twilight vampire phase, isn’t he? (Yes, even I know Twilight vampires don’t have fangs. Gosh.)
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President Barack Obama’s recent public support of same-sex marriage split the political arena in two, but at least he knows he has hip hop mogul Jay-Z backing him. The rapper, who is a curator for the Made in America Festival, has been a longtime supporter of Obama and didn’t shy away from telling us how it is.
“I think it was the right thing to do,” he told CNN’s Poppy Harlow. “So whether it cost him votes or not—it’s really not about votes, it’s about people. So whether it cost him votes or not, I think it was the right thing to do as a human being.”
One commenter on YouTube said it takes serious balls and a secure man to approve same-sex marriage in the hyper-masculine world of rap.
Jay-Z also gave his personal thoughts on the issue, likening opposition to same-sex marriage to discrimination against African-Americans: “I have always thought of it as something that is still holding the country back,” he said. “What people do in their own homes is their business and you can choose to love whoever you love. That’s their business. It’s no different than discriminating against blacks. It’s discrimination, plain and simple.”
You tell ‘em Jay-Z! The rapper isn’t the first celebrity to support Obama, as everyone from Snooki and JWoww to Vampire Diaries’ actress Nina Dobrev and The Wanted have all given him a shout out.
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Carrie Prejean found herself in hot water during April 2009 for comments she made regarding gay marriage. Prejean explained that she was opposed to gay marriage while contending in the 2009 Miss USA pageant.
Those comments lead to a PR nightmare for the California beauty – forcing her to hire a PR firm to help her out. Prejean hired A. Larry Ross Communications, costing Prejean over $64,000, according to TMZ.
However she has yet to pay the bill! Consequently the PR firm has filed suit against Carrie looking for their money. Let’s see her talk her way out of this one.
Ambre Lake, the winner of season two of Rock of Love with Bret Michaels, took off her shirt, taped her mouth and wrote “Legalize Gay” on her stomach as part of a demonstration protesting California’s recent ban on same-sex marriage, reports TMZ.
The protest took place in Los Angeles outside the world’s second-largest Mormon temple. It was part of a photo shoot advocating for the legalization of same-sex marriage.
A police officer ended the show, telling her she was causing a traffic hazard.
We love Mandy Moore here at andPOP. We were a little upset when she dumped Vince on Entourage but we have slowly recovered from that pain. Jordan speaks with Mandy about the latest album, life in Hollywood, and give us her thoughts on gay marriage and Proposition 8 in California.
Heather Matarazzo will soon walk down the aisle–with her girlfriend.
The openly gay actress, who played Anne Hathaway’s best friend in The Princess Diaries, recently got engaged to Carolyn Murphy. The couple have been together for over a year.
“It was really cute. First Heather proposed to Carolyn, then Carolyn proposed to her,” says Lisa Jammal, Matarazzo’s publicist.
The engagement might not come as a surprise to friends and family of the couple. Jammal says the two women are very supportive of each other and are totally in love:
“It was love at first sight.”
Matarazzo, 25, is known for playing unpopular misfits. She is best known for her roles as Lilly Moscovitz in The Princess Diairies, and Dawn Wiener in Welcome To The Dollhouse.
More wedding bells are on the horizon after the state of California passed the bill allowing gay marriage.
“Star Trek” alum George Takei has announced on his website that he is ready to marry his partner, Brad Altman.
“Our California dream is reality,” Takei wrote. “Brad Altman and I can now marry. We are overjoyed! Brad and I have shared our lives together for over 21 years. We’ve worked in partnership; he manages the business side of my career and I do the performing. We’ve traveled the world together from Europe to Asia to Australia. We’ve shared the good times as well as struggled through the bad. He helped me care for my ailing mother who lived with us for the last years of her life. He is my love and I can’t imagine life without him. Now, we can have the dignity, as well as all the responsibilities, of marriage. We embrace it all heartily…For now, Brad and I are enjoying the delicious dilemma of deciding where, when, and how we will be married. Marriage equality took a long time, but, like fine wine, its bouquet is simply exquisite.”