Get the hat, it's wedding season: from the Clintons to Argentina

Don the hat, pick out the nice shoes, look for a smart tie. Ah summer, and wedding season. Don’t you just love it.

This weekend it was the little village of Rhinbeck off the Hudson River that took centre stage, as the former first daughter (is that the correct term for the daughter of a President?) Chelsea Clinton got hitched to investment banker Marc Mezvinsky.

According to the Mail it was a small affair, a mere 500 guests, an estimated bill of over £2 million and, as with most weddings, the mandatory 30-mile no fly exclusion zone.

A notable absentee from Chelsea’s little shindig was Oprah Winfrey as the Guardian spotted.

A firm pal with the Clinton household, what could possibly have distracted her from such events?

We at Amnesty went into full speculation mode this morning and came to the conclusion that having picked out a nice frock and some nice shoes surely she must have gone to a wedding somewhere.

Maybe, we thought, she had headed several thousands miles south to the Argentinian town of Frias, where arguably a far more significant ceremony was taking place.

There a 54-year-old architect Jose Luis Navarro and a 65-year-old retired office administrator Miguel Angel Calefato were exchanging vows. As the BBC pointed out, it was the first gay marriage in Argentina under a new law legalising same-sex marriages.

The move is a huge step forward for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights in Latin America. And the global gay rights organisation, ILGA, speculates that the likes of Uruguay, Paraguay and Chile may soon follow suit.

Meanwhile, back in the UK and the Independent on Sunday published its annual Pink List, naming the top 101 influential lesbian and gay figures in the UK.

Joint top were the Wales rugby player Gareth Thomas and broadcaster Mary Portas.  Amnesty International UK media award winner Johann Hari was up there at No 16.

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