The Beruti register office in the Palermo district of Buenos Aires will never have witnessed a marriage like it. The ceremony will be a tribute to their determination as well as their love for each other, after a bitter three-year campaign which has divided a city, outraged Argentina's powerful Roman Catholic church and overturned the constitution. Freyre and Di Bello's forthcoming nuptials have been debated on television, in churches and on the street. Hostile posters can be found on billboards across the city. But, in Di Bello's words, nothing can now prevent him and his partner becoming "husband and husband". Not surprisingly, the marriage is already being hailed by equality activists as a significant triumph against the odds in a traditionally macho society.
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Nevada has become the first US state to enshrine in its constitution the right of gay couples to marry, overturning an year ban on same-sex marriage. The measure was put to voters during the recent presidential election on November 3 and the final results were published in recent days. Voters approved the "Marriage Regardless of Gender Amendment" by 62 percent, with 38 percent against, according to the Nevada secretary of state's office. This was direct democracy — it's how everything should be. He said the initiative was important to members of the LGBTQ community, many of whom are concerned that the new majority conservative US Supreme Court may seek to revoke the ruling that protects same-sex marriage federally.
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Corrie favourite Daniel Brocklebank, who plays archdeacon Billy Mayhew, says his character would be one of the grooms. But viewers will be on tenterhooks wondering if Billy will end up with his ex Todd Grimshaw or current partner Paul Foreman. Billy, played by Daniel Brocklebank, is currently unaware that he's being lured away from Paul, played by Peter Ash, by devious Todd, played by Gareth Pierce. Todd, who returned to the street last year after being on the run for three years, is on a mission to split up Billy and new love Paul. If there is a wedding it would be a first for the show, which celebrated its 60th anniversary in December.
Erwynn, 34, is an active-duty serviceman in the Air Force. Will, 35, is a branch manager for a financial firm. It will be the first publicly announced gay civil union or wedding ever to take place on an American military installation. But today is about family, not planning for the big day.