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AP: He won the affection of millions of people on “American Idol,” but this weekend, Ruben Studdard is giving his heart to one woman.

A representative for the former “Idol” confirmed to The Associated Press on Tuesday that Studdard, 29, plans a Saturday wedding.

He and Surata Zuri McCants, 30, took out a marriage license on Monday, according to court records.

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AP: He won the affection of millions of people on “American Idol,” but this weekend, Ruben Studdard is giving his heart to one woman.

A representative for the former “Idol” confirmed to The Associated Press on Tuesday that Studdard, 29, plans a Saturday wedding.

He and Surata Zuri McCants, 30, took out a marriage license on Monday, according to court records.

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From the recent 20/20 “What Would You Do” Segment”

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From the recent 20/20 “What Would You Do” Segment”

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From the recent 20/20 “What Would You Do” Segment”

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From Equality Alabama:

Equality Alabama launches petition in support of Pride
The Birmingham News reported on Saturday that Mayor Larry Langford declined to issue the traditional mayoral proclamation celebrating Central Alabama Pride or to allow Pride banners on city right-of-ways. Most disturbingly, the article reported that the Mayor intended to deny the required permit for the annual Pride parade based on his personal animus toward GLBT and their “lifestyle.” The Mayor subsequently reversed his position on the parade permit. However, it remains to be seen whether the private prejudices of public officials will manifest themselves in other ways during this year’s Pride celebrations. We must send a clear message to the city government that we support Pride and the rights of all people to equal treatment under the law. SIGN THE PETITION >

Birmingham News: Mayor Larry Langford said today he will not interfere with plans for a gay pride parade next month on Southside, but he still refuses to sign a proclamation or allow banners on city property.

Langford spoke with state Rep. Patricia Todd and clarified his position on the parade. The 20th Gay Pride Parade, sponsored by Central Alabama Pride, will be June 7 in Five Points South.

“We don’t agree on everything, but I still want to maintain a relationship and have an open dialog with him,” Todd said. Langford on Friday he would not sign a proclamation, allow banners on city property or sign a parade permit. The mayor said he rejected those requests because it was inappropriate for government to endorse a lifestyle.

Today Langford said he will not block the police from issuing the parade permit. That permit is not normally signed by the mayor.

Previous mayors have quietly signed the proclamation and allowed the banners.

“I thought I had stated my position very clearly. If I were to sign the permit to put up banners on city right of ways I would be condoning that which I don’t condone,” he said. “To give a proclamation is totally under the purview of the mayor.”

Birmingham News: Birmingham, Alabama Mayor Larry Langford won’t sign a proclamation for an annual gay pride celebration or allow banners on city property, and said he will not grant the sponsoring group a parade permit.

Langford said he turned down the requests this week from Central Alabama Pride because it is inappropriate for government to endorse a lifestyle. Pride Week is next month and often includes a parade on Southside and other events.

“My policy is don’t ask because it’s not my business, and don’t put me in the position to make it my business,” Langford said Friday. “I don’t condone it, but I also am not sitting in judgment on anyone.”

Still Langford’s stance angered some members of the city’s gay community.

“It doesn’t hurt my feelings, because we’re not politically on the same page. I’m offended more so,” said Ronald Simoneau, a participant in the parade since 1989. “It’s a slap in the face to the gay community, to just shrug us off like we’re not important.”

He said he learned of the mayor’s decision in an e-mail sent to an event organizer.

Simoneau, also known as “Libertee Belle,” said past mayors have signed the proclamation and allowed the parade. Refusing such an innocuous request sends a message of intolerance to a significant population of the city, he said.

“I did the first gay pride march in 1989,” Simoneau said “At that time, even the police were a little worried then, but we’ve never had a problem at all.”

Langford cited his support for increased funding for AIDS outreach programs and a nondiscriminatory hiring policy as evidence of his fair treatment of all people.

“I don’t think I’m intolerant, I just don’t condone the lifestyle,” he said. “Your personal lifestyle should be nobody’s issue but yours. It’s not a civil rights issue, it’s a personal choice issue.”

In addition, Langford said anyone familiar with his personality and religious views should not be surprised by the denial.

“I’m not going to endorse, condone or condemn anybody,” he said. “I’m just not going to sign the proclamation.”