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New Zealand Passes Historic Marriage Equality Bill! Same-Sex Marriage Legalized!

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Dear New Zealand, YOU ROCK!!!

The land of the kiwis just became one of our new favorite places on the planet as it is set to become the latest country to legalize same-sex marriage!

Hundreds of supporters gathered in screening rooms to watch and celebrate as the historic Marriage Equality Bill was passed with 77 votes to 44!

Labour MP Louisa Wall (pictured above) was one of THE key figure behind the bill and had a short but sweet message after the HUGE victory:

“In our society the meaning of marriage is universal - it's a declaration of love and commitment to a special person.”

Preach sista!

As always, there were still people who opposed the legalization of same-sex marriage, but Customs Minister Maurice Williamson told the haters to chill out, saying:

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NHL Goes Out Of Its Way To End Homophobia In Sports!

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After the NHL's awful lockout, we're glad to see that they're focusing on something within the sport that actually matters other than greed: they're joining the You Can Play Project, which mission is the end of homophobia in sports!

Patrick Burke, the son of the former Maple Leafs GM, heads up the project as his brother Brenden Burke was part of the Miami University hockey team when he revealed he was gay. He started the project in Brenden's honor, as he tragically passed away in a car accident shortly after his announcement.

You might remember the original launch of the group, and its mantra (above): if you can play, you can play. Talent should be the only thing that matters!

Here's what Patrick said about the official partnership with the NHL:

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At Least One Chik-fil-A Is Trying To Make Progress!

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The Chik-fil-A in Rancho Cucamonga is fed up with whatever the rest of the chain locations are saying about "biblical families" and not liking same-sex couples. They're so fed up that Corey Braun, the owner of that location, showed up at a pro-same-sex rally just to give out coupons for free meals, and to talk to the crowd about how he doesn't care about what the other locations do or say!

Honestly, it was pretty touching!

The problem is

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The Prop 8 Movie Hits The Fast Track Because Of The Supreme Court Debate!

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A better world might not be the only good thing to come from the Supreme court's marriage equality debates! It looks like the Prop 8 movie is getting the fast track!

Last year, Dustin Lance Black put on a play called 8 in NYC and L.A. — and Rob Reiner, one of the directors, already knew he wanted to take it to the big screen!

Of COURSE there's going to be a big-screen adaptation, and Black is on track (that rhymes!) to finish up that script as fast as he can! Which makes sense, because the media buzz around the debates has been huge. If you're going to bank off of it (and inspire everyone while you're at it), it better be now!

We're hearing it's slated to be directed by Reiner, but shooting probably won't happen until June or July — when the Supreme Court finally rules on the ridiculousness of Prop 8. No word on who will star, but if they take any of the cast members for either city, it'll be perfect!

In L.A., it was

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A$AP Rocky Clears Up 'The Gay Thing' In The Hip Hop World!

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We just became A$AP Rocky's biggest fans!

The rapper is taking a stand against homophobia in hip hop!!!

He is sick and tired of fans believing that the entire hip hop world is against equal rights for the gay community.

In an interview with Alexander Wang for Interview Magazine, the Goldie rapper advocated:

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Hillary Clinton Publicly Supports Marriage Equality! Watch Her Video For Human Rights Campaign Here!

Just when we think we couldn't love Hillary Clinton anymore, she finds a way to prove us wrong!

The former Secretary of State has never shied away from social issues and was a huge advocate for gender equality before stepping down from office, and now she is also showing support for same-sex marriage!

In a video posted for the Human Rights Campaign, Hillary shares her beliefs on marriage equality saying:

"LGBT Americans are our colleagues, our teachers, our soldiers, our friends, our loved ones, and they are full and equal citizens and deserve the rights of citizenship. That includes marriage."

Preach sista!!!

She goes on to explain why the issue is important to her personally, saying:

"A few years ago Bill and I celebrated as our own daughter married the love of her life, and I wish every parent that same joy. To deny the opportunity to any of our daughters and sons solely on the basis of who they are and who they love is to deny them the chance to live up to their own God-given potential."

Can someone get us a tissue over here?!

Ch-ch-check out Hillary's inspiring speech (above)!

Although she is no longer in office, it is always great to see such an influential figure speak out for a great cause! We can't even begin to say how proud we are of Hillary!

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Madonna Dons Cub Scout Uniform And Presents Anderson Cooper With The Vito Russo Award At The 2013 GLAAD Media Awards!

This was EVERYTHING we could have wanted her to say at such an important event - and so much more!

At last night's 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, held in New York, Anderson Cooper was the recipient of the "Vito Russo Award," which is given to an "openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality!"

While that itself is incredible and exciting news, Madonna was on hand to present her longtime friend with his honor, and donned a complete Cub Scout uniform for the occasion!

Ch-ch-check out her rousing, articulate and thoughtful speech, during which she called on the Boy Scouts of America to end its ban on gay scouts and scout leaders, criticized the Russian government for its imprisonment of Pussy Riot, and called for a much-needed social revolution here in the US of A (above)!

INCREDIBLE!

All we have to say is that Anderson is one lucky silver fox!

Her words have so much fire, passion, and most important of all, TRUTH, behind them, and we couldn't be more proud to have such a powerful ally in the fight for equal rights and a better tomorrow!

You can find the full list of awards and recipients from the ceremony…AFTER THE JUMP!!!

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