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A federal appeals court ruled today that it will not review a three-judge panel's decision to overturn California's Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage.

Proposition 8 banned gay marriage in California, before it was ruled unconstitutional last year. Proponents plan to appeal the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court.

That would put battle for same-sex marriage on a national stage.

Prop 8 Signs

The ruling comes after a federal court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which says states don't have to recognize gay marriages in other states and defines marriage as between a man and a woman for federal purposes, is unconstitutional.

The Supreme Court could also decide to hear that case next year.

In February, a three-judge panel in California voted 2-1 against the voter-approved gay marriage ban, upholding an earlier decision by Judge Vaughn Walker.

The panel said that by denying same-sex marriage rights, Proposition 8 violated the equal protection clause and due process clause of the U.S. Constitution.

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Former Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon is now a married woman.

The actress exchanged vows over the weekend with Christine Marinoni, the woman to whom she got engaged three years ago during a rally to support same-sex marriage in New York. A bill allowing for just that was passed in the summer of 2011.

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Confirms Nixon's rep to People:

"On May 27, 2012, Cynthia Nixon and her girlfriend, Christine Marinoni, were legally married in the state of New York. Nixon wore a custom dress by Carolina Herrera."

Nixon - who has two children from a previous relationship and one with Marinoni, an education activist - created a stir earlier this year when she said homosexuality is a choice. She then went on to amend the statement and explain she was only referring to her own experience.

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Glee star Jane Lynch narrates a new documentary about LGBT rights in America, featuring a candid interview with President Obama and doubling as a de facto campaign ad for the reelection-seeking Commander-in-Chief in 2012.

The documentary-style commercial highlights Obama's achievements over the past three years, most notably ending the military's Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy and most recently coming out with full support for same-sex marriage.

The Prez even name-checks Lady Gaga. Check it out below:

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Former Secretary of State Colin Powell told CNN Wednesday that he had "no problem" with gay marriage, but after a week of talk show appearances he's made it clear he's still not ready to endorse its latest champion, Barack Obama.

The Republican famously, and somewhat surprisingly, backed him in 2008.

Supporting gay marriage is also a change for Powell, who had officially been opposed to it for years. But he made it clear while, promoting his new book, It Worked For Me, that he's supportive of the right of same-sex couples to marry.

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Obama's historic backing of same-sex marriage prompted Newsweek to dub him the first gay president, and has stirred both praise and criticism nationally.

His lack of endorsement of Obama is not necessarily a boon to his likely GOP opponent, however. Powell has yet to throw his support to Mitt Romney either.

The Los Angeles Times said Powell may still be "putting his thumb on the scale in the president's favor" as he criticized Romney's foreign policy blunders.

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50 Cent is joining the cause. Or at least not objecting to it.

One week ago, Jay-Z supported same-sex marriage and President Obama's recent decision to do the same. Now Fiddy is weighing in on it as well.

His take? A little less profound than Jay's, but still positive.

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“I think everyone should be happy. I think only a fool is really going to go against same sex marriage at this point," the rapper told Vibe Magazine.

"Look how long it took [Obama] to say he was for same sex marriages. You understand? I’m up for it. If everyone is for it, then hey, to each his own."

"I don’t have strong personal feelings towards it because I’m not involved in that lifestyle, but I want people to be happy. It just makes everything better.”

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Manny Pacquiao is standing by his criticism of same-sex marriage, but denies giving some of the strongly-worded quotes in a recent article about his views.

The athlete, regarded by many as the best pound-for-pound boxer on Earth, criticized gay marriage in the wake of President Obama's recent support of it.

Pacquiao DOES NOT, however, believe gay people should be put to death, or treated intolerantly, blaming the media for distorting his take on the subject.

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Manny has been under scrutiny since the National Conservative Examiner published an interview in which he said that gay marriage is against the will of God.

The article includes a reference to Leviticus 20:13, which says gays "must be put to death." But Pacquiao says he never said that or referenced the verse.

The boxer said in a statement, "I didn’t say that, it’s a lie ... I didn’t even know that quote from Leviticus because I haven’t read the Book of Leviticus yet."

He also made a point to say, "I’m not against gay people ... I have a relative who is also gay. We can’t help it if they were born that way."

"What I’m critical of [sic] are actions that violate the word of God. I only gave out my opinion that same sex marriage is against the law of God.”

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Boxing champion Manny Pacquiao is pointedly criticizing President Barack Obama's recent endorsement of gay marriage, calling it offensive to his religion.

In an interview, the religious Pacquiao said that Obama's view was nothing more than a direct attack on the morals of society and the will of God.

"God only expects man and woman to be together and to be legally married, only if they so are in love with each other," Manny Pacquiao said.

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"It should not be of the same sex so as to adulterate the altar of matrimony, like in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah of old," he added, citing the Bible.

He described same-sex marriage as an "abomination" and went on to say that America should be the model of morality for other countries to emulate.

Recently voted Forbes' fourth most influential athlete, the World Boxing Organization welterweight champion is regarded by many as the best pound-for-pound boxer on the planet, and already has a burgeoning career out of the ring.

He is a member of the Philippines legislature, hosts a weekly TV game show and has his own vegetable business. Manny Pacquiao also hopes to become a leading Christian evangelist after having a religious "awakening."

Last week, Obama became the first U.S. president to publicly back gay marriage.

Many politicians, pundits and stars have weighed in - Jay-Z praised Obama Monday, while Bristol Palin ripped him last week - but members of the sporting community have been largely silent until Pacquiao's condemnation.

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Jay-Z says he strongly agrees with President Obama's support of same-sex marriage, equating opposition to gay equality with discrimination.

In a recent interview with CNN, the rapper said he believed supporting gay marriage, as Obama did last week, was "the right thing to do."

“I’ve always thought it as something that was still holding the country back,” Jay-Z said, referencing the fact that it's not recognized nationwide.

“What people do in their own homes is their business and you love whoever you love. That’s their business. It's no different than discriminating against blacks."

"It’s discrimination plain and simple.”

In Philadelphia to announce a two-day music festival in early September, Jay-Z sat down with CNN's Poppy Harlow to chat about broader issues.

Asked if he felt Obama, dubbed the first gay president by Newsweek, could be hurt politically by this, the music mogul and new father shrugged.

"It's really not about votes," he said. "It's about people."

Jay also said he sees America's moribund economy as an opportunity: "You know, for a long time, you know, we had it pretty good in America," he said.

"We were floating on this high. Well, we were hiding some of the troubles that we were going through. So, I just see this as a test of our character."

"I think we'll get there and we test the resolve of Americans. Just to remind us that we have that fight. We haven't had such a fight since the Great Depression."

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In the mid-90s, author Toni Morrison famously referred to Bill Clinton as "the first black President" based on his empathy, efforts to foster broad socioeconomic equality and commitment to issues important to African-American community at large.

Newsweek plays off this quote in its new cover story on President Barack Obama.

Following Obama's public support of same-sex marriage, he has been dubbed The First Gay President ... in a manner of speaking of course:

Barack Obama Newsweek Cover

While Obama's statement was groundbreaking and bold, will his "coming out" on behalf of gay marriage even make a different in November’s election?

"If you were going to cast your vote based on a candidate's position regarding same-sex marriage, you were already going to vote for Obama [or] Romney based on that," Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank said on ABC's This Week.

"I literally don't think anybody's vote was changed one way or the other."

In any case, Obama’s end to “evolving” on gay marriage will continue to generate critical comment, and not all of it positive, even from the left.

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Bristol Palin is, predictably, receiving a swift and solid Twitter smackdown after speaking out against President Barack Obama's support of gay marriage.

Palin said, in short, that heterosexuals make better parents, Obama is a pushover who lets kids script his policy statements, and Glee might make you gay.

Shortly after writing her blog post ripping Obama, Bristol's hearing about it.

A few comments directed at the unwed 21-year-old mother, who says "in general kids do better growing up in a mother/father home," are as follows:

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JWoww: "Bristol should keep her uneducated ignorant mouth shut... If Ur living in the past u wouldn't have a kid w/out marriage #hypocrite. It's 2012!"

"My best friend will get married one day and not just have civil union with his man. Stop hating people," added the outspoken Jersey Shore star.

Sherri Shepherd: "Sara Palin educated Bristol... and not blaming Bristol, but I'm blaming Bristol being young & not excercising good judgment."

Samantha Ronson: "'We know that in general kids do better growing up in a mother/father home.' really bristol palin? how's your kid doing?"

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