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‘Chopped’ Host Ted Allen to Take a Bite Out of Marriage After DOMA Ruling

Melissa Etheridge isn't the only openly gay star ready to take the matrimonial plunge after the Supreme Court's ruling regarding same-sex marriage on Wednesday. "Chopped" host Ted Allen says he's getting hitched too.

"Proud to announce on this historic day that my partner of 20 years, Barry Rice, and I are engaged to be married," the Food Network personality and "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" alum tweeted hours after the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was ruled invalid.

Allen, 48, and Rice are New York residents, where marriage equality was passed on the state level in 2011. The new ruling now makes homosexual partners eligible for the same legal benefits given to heterosexual couples under federal law, including things like health insurance, Social Security, and pension protection.

Allen received many well wishes following his Twitter engagement announcement, which got 887 favorites and 446 retweets. Fellow foodies Mario Batali and Duff Goldman were among those sending congratulations.

Earlier in the day, Etheridge announced that she will be marrying her partner of three years, TV writer Linda Wallem. Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard, who previously said that they wouldn't marry until it was legal in California, also announced their plans to wed as the Supreme Court's second ruling dismissed California's same-sex marriage ban, Prop 8. However, neither of those weddings will take place immediately. There is a waiting period of at least 25 days, during which requests to reconsider the case can be heard.

by Anonymousreply 1407/04/2013

Wasn't Etheridge married before?

by Anonymousreply 106/27/2013

He already lives in NY and could have gotten married two years ago. Why didn't he do it then?

I love how these celebs try to make it all about them.

by Anonymousreply 206/27/2013

[quote] He already lives in NY and could have gotten married two years ago. Why didn't he do it then?

Maybe because there was no Federal benefits available to married couples in NY?

by Anonymousreply 306/27/2013

R3 So what? They would've at least got State benefits.

by Anonymousreply 506/27/2013

I agree with both couples.

Even tho' we could, my partner and I swore we would not accept a "skim milk" marriage.

(Just from a financial standpoint, you'd file favorable joint state tax returns, but still have to prepare completely separate "roommate" returns for the Feds - and the two sets better be consistent: are those living expenses family assets you're spending (state) or is one partner making taxable gifts to the other (feds).

Separate ain't equal?

by Anonymousreply 606/27/2013

[quote]I hope they get gang-raped at their reception.

Hey! You stole the theme for my wedding!

by Anonymousreply 706/27/2013

Congrats, Ted.

Now who's got dibs on Kyan Douglas?

by Anonymousreply 806/28/2013

Anyone watch "Chopped" tonight? They had teen chefs and the two boys were gayer than a tree full of parrots. Maybe Ted and his hubbie can adopt them.

by Anonymousreply 907/03/2013

I get the feeling that AC and Ben will be next to snnounce.

by Anonymousreply 1007/03/2013

cunts. it all fetishizes food

Just fucking learn to cook and get OVER shite like this

by Anonymousreply 1107/03/2013


the 14 yr old gay who won was so "unique."

Welcome to my rooftop terrace, what you have today is...

"My dream is a restaurant where I can cook and then come out to perform."

by Anonymousreply 1207/04/2013

John Barrowman (Dr Who, Torchwood, Arrow) and his partner Scott got married in California yesterday. Odd people I follow on twitter...

by Anonymousreply 1307/04/2013

Mikey will be the world's first chef/drag queen, Cherri Flambé.

by Anonymousreply 1407/04/2013
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