Gay Couples Take to the Skies, Skype to Wed

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LOS ANGELES (CBS) -- Same-sex couples are finding creative ways to get married.

First, Thomas Mark Reed and Dante Karl made digital matrimony history when they became the first couple to get married over the Internet last week. While their ceremony was in Dallas, they were married by Washington, D.C., Officiant Shiela Reid-Alexander via Skype.

(Watch a video at left from CBS News station KTVT-TV in Dallas about the wedding)

Now another gay couple is making headlines for tying the knot. While flying a red eye on Virgin America from San Francisco to New York Thursday morning, WordPress founder Matt Mullenwag tweeted that a quick wedding was conducted on his flight while the plane was over Canada.

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Another passenger, Ryan McManus, also used Twitter to release the big news.

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No word from Virgin America or the couple and a cell-phone video has yet to surface, but hopefully something will come out shortly.

UPDATE: A Virgin America PR representative did email me the following:

The crew has been on rest (it was a red eye flight), but I did briefly get a hold of the pilot for the flight - and there was no "diversion" - this was part of the normal flight path. He actually was unaware of the reported celebration in the cabin (so reports that a pilot performed it are definitely not correct). That flight's normal flight path (VX 28 SFO-JFK) does cross the Canadian border for a few minutes. I have not had reports from anyone else onboard however, so other than that I cannot confirm anything.

That said I would not rule it out, as we've actually had a wedding onboard before. Sir Richard was ordained as a minister and married a couple on a Vegas flight in 2007.

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