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It took about 30 seconds for How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris, and longtime boyfriend David Burtka, to take advantage of New York's brand new Marriage Equality Bill:

The two are engaged!

Harris and Burtka have been together since 2004 and are the parents of twins. Here is how they announced their plans to marry via Twitter:

NPH Tweets

The exciting news also gives us an excuse to post Harris' concluding rap from this year's Tony Awards. It was incredibly awesome.

We wish this pair, and all gay couples that now have the same right as heterosexual couples in New York, the very best of luck!

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New York has become the latest state to permit gay marriage, passing a bill yesterday that has resulted in a celebration across Hollywood. A sample of excited Tweets from stars follows.

Sorry, David Tyree...

Lady Gaga, celebrating the news with fans below: “The revolution is ours to fight for love, justice+equality. Rejoice NY, and propose. We did it!!!"

Neil Patrick Harris: “It PASSED! Marriage equality in NY!! Yes!! Progress!! Thank you everyone who worked so hard on this!! A historic night!”

Eliiza Dushku: “Welcome to the present NY ;) #equality”

Lady Gaga and Fans

Kathy Griffin: “tonight we’re all New Yorkers! Straight & gay alike, let’s all celebrate marriage #equality. The right side of history!

Kerry Washington: "I’m proud of NY right now. Justice. Equality. Respect. Civil Rights for all.” WOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOO”

Lance Bass: “BIG BIG DAY FOR OUR FAMLIES 33-29 it passed!!!! Now lets educate people and make sure we make them feel comfortable with why this happened!”

Russel Brand: It is now legal to do a gay marriage in NYC @AlecBaldwin, carpe diem.

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U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann was “glittered” by a gay rights activist as she left the stage at a conservative conference in Minneapolis, Minn., on Saturday.

Get Equal, a California gay rights group, did the honors, citing Bachmann's support for a same-sex marriage ban and her “history of anti-gay rhetoric.”

“You can run, but you cannot hide! Keep your hate out of our Constitution!” shouted Rachel E. B. Lang, who threw glitter at the GOP presidential candidate.

Lang actually did a lackluster job with the glitter (which is really more like confetti), largely missing Bachmann before security hauled her off REALLY fast:

Get Equal said that Lang's words were a reference to to the conservative “You Can Run But You Cannot Hide” ministry for which Bachmann raised money.

Bachmann is not the first GOP presidential candidate to be glittered.

On Thursday, representatives from the groups Reproductive Rights and CODEPINK showered former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty with pink confetti.

Newt Gingrich was similarly hit with glitter at a book signing back in May. Basically, no Republican is safe. Well, except N.Y. State Sen. Roy McDonald.

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Republican State Sen. Roy McDonald is one of the few members of his party currently backing an initiative to legalize gay marriage in N.Y. State.

Today, in response to pressure from some conservatives opposed to the measure, McDonald gave a tremendous statement in his own defense.

According to the The N.Y. Daily News, the 64-year-old said THIS:

Sen. Roy McDonald

"You get to the point where you evolve in your life where everything isn't black and white, good and bad, and you try to do the right thing."

"You might not like that. You might be very cynical about that. Well, f--k it, I don't care what you think. I'm trying to do the right thing."

"I'm tired of Republican-Democrat politics. They can all take the job and shove it. I come from a blue-collar background."

"I'm trying to do the right thing. That's where I'm going with this."

Somewhere, former Super Bowl hero David Tyree is very upset.

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There's little to really say about the ignorant statements made by former NFL wideout David Tyree yesterday.

An African-American, he actually asked - in an interview with the National Organization for Marriage - how a law can be changed simply because an "influential minority" pushes an "agenda."

He also said New York state approving a gay marriage bill would be a step toward "anarchy."

A rep for the Human Rights Campaign couldn't keep quiet after that one. He/she said to TMZ:

"Anarchy? Hardly. Committed gay and lesbian couples have been able to legally marry in five states and the District of Columbia - not to mention a number of foreign countries - for years now and cows are still giving milk, little boys are still pulling little girls’ pig tails, and we still drive on the right side of the street."

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Among other entertainment industry heavyweights, Anne Hathaway, Martin Sheen, Jane Lynch and Ellen DeGeneres signed an open letter sponsored by Freedom to Marry, a New York-based group promoting same-sex marriage rights.

Just weeks after President Obama's administration announced it would no longer legally defend the Defense of Marriage act, his supporters want him to go further.

Anne at the Oscars

"Whether to end discrimination in marriage is a question America has faced before. It is a question that calls for clarity from the president," the letter reads. "We ask you to join us, and the majority of Americans, who support the freedom to marry."

The letter was also signed by moguls David Geffen and Bob Wright; former NAACP chairman Julian Bond; and Facebook co-founders Chris Hughes and Sean Parker.

Hughes, who is gay, worked for Obama's campaign in 2008, heading its enormously successful social media efforts. But in 2011, the climate is a bit different.

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In a break from her father's political views, Barbara Bush, daughter of former President George W. Bush, has expressed her support for gay marriage.

Vocally advocating for something her dad wanted constitutionally banned, Barbara filmed an emotional PSA for the Human Rights Campaign this week.

"New York is about fairness and equality," she says in the video (below). "Everyone should have the right to marry the person that they love.”

Barbara's break from her father's position is bold, but not unprecedented.

Meghan McCain, daughter of former Presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. John McCain, is a vocal gay marriage advocate, as is her mom, Cindy McCain.

The next Bush family gathering might be a bit awkward, but good for Barbara for having the courage to stand up for what she thinks is right.

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Jason Mraz and Tristan Prettyman got engaged in December. But the singer says the couple likely won't walk down the aisle any time soon.

The singer told attendees at the Concert to Benefit the American Foundation for Equal Rights this week that he's waiting until marriage is legal for all sexual orientations before he takes the vows.

"We both feel that in our engagement, we have a union that's really special and cant be broken. It's a sacred bond," Mraz said. "The wedding would be nice for our family, our friends, our community... [but] we can't get married until [gay] marriage is legal and equal... I think giving people the right to marry will be a huge movement in civil rights."

In the past, Brad Pitt has made a similar type of statement in regard to marrying Angelina Jolie.

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When California's controversial Prop 8 was overturned last week, many members of the Hollywood community took to the streets (and Twitter) in celebration.

No one was more thrilled to see the gay marriage ban lifted by an appellate judge than Lady Gaga, a longtime champion of gay and lesbian rights and issues.

Lady Gaga Maxim Photo

On Ryan Seacrest's KIIS-FM morning show Wednesday, Gaga said she was elated, saying "Oh my gosh, I felt like it was a revolution, a gunshot went off."

"It was like setting everything into rotation, it was so exciting," the singer said. "For me, it was a moment that indicates it can happen in every state now."

While being straight herself, Lady Gaga has long been an unabashed, vocal supporter of gay marriage. And outrageous fashion. [Photo: PacificCoastNewsOnline]

"It has been important for so long, we've been fighting about it for so long," the rumored hermaphrodite continued. "I've been fighting for it for so long."

Gaga mentioned during the interview that she wrote a song called "Future Love" about the gay community's struggles to win the right to legally marry.

Hopefully, the judge's determination that Prop 8 was a violation of the Constitution's equal protection clause under the 14th Amendment stands for good.

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Earlier today, Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker announced his verdict regarding Prop 8, the controversial ballot proposition that was passed in November 2008 and banned gay marriage in California.

Judge Walked deemed the amendment a violation of the Constitution's equal protection clause under the 14th Amendment and overturned it. THG's reaction to this news?

Hooray! There's no practical argument against the harmless institution of gay marriage, and every reason to treat homosexuals the same as heterosexuals. As for the reaction in Hollywood, an outspoken community when it came to this issues? Here are a handful of responses:

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger: "This decision affirms the full legal protections and safeguards I believe everyone deserves."

Ellen DeGeneres: "Equality won!"

Portia de Rossi: "I am ecstatic that proposition 8 has been overturned in the state of California. This is an incredibly exciting and historical day and a big step towards equal rights for all."

Lance Bass: "Congrats on the overturning of Prop 8!!!!"

Celebs

Pink: "It’s a good day!"

Adam Lambert: It's time to "throw glitter on this barn!

Ricky Martin: "YEAHHHHH!!!!! PROP8UNCONSTITUTIONAL MOVING FORWARD!!!!!!!!"

Kelly Osbourne: "so happy over the news on prop8 its about time!"

Kim Kardashian: "Prop 8 was struck down! This news is amazing!!!! Its about time! Congrats to everyone!"

Shanna Moakler: "Tonight we celebrate! EQUALITY and LOVE for all! This is so much bigger then [sic] marriage, it's about wisdom, compassion and knowing we CAN be heard, action DOES make a difference!"

Samantha Ronson: "Song Of The Day: Let's Get Married- Jagged Edge."

Olivia Munn: "Prop 8 Overturned!!! Equal rights for everyone! Nice to be out of the 1950s..."

Seth Myers: "Prop 8 was always my least favorite Prop. Favorite Prop: Joe."

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