News: Caribbean Airlines, American Socialism, Gavin Newsom, Gay Christians

CaribbeanAirlines  road Barack Obama's reelection campaign is currently running a Facebook ad touting his support for the Respect for Marriage Act.

 road Caribbean Airlines jet from New York crashes during landing in Guyana; luckily there were no fatalities.

 road Beyond the Rainbow helps LGBT immigrants find friendly spaces in Canada.

 road The rich and well-heeled gathered to celebrate royal granddaughter Zara Phillips' wedding.

 road Comedian Bill Maher to closeted socialists: "It gets better:" "Yes, there are millions of people in the world just like you in nice places lie Switzerland and Sweden. They enjoy high standards of living and freedom and they’re socialists. Studies show they’re happier than we are and that’s not surprising because the only difference between American socialism and European socialism is European socialism works.”

BillMaher road Gay Christian musicians strike balance between love and faith. "It became clear to the record label that my theology was a potential liability … not because I was unique as a same-gender-loving person singing gospel music, but because I was clear about my sexuality and clear about my theological position regarding human sexuality," said gospel singer Yvette Flunder.

 road Chicago CBS affiliate edits tape to make it appear that a little boy living in a crime-riddled neighborhood says he will own a gun when he gets older. They failed to include the bit where the tot explains he hopes to be a cop.

 road New York Post tells employees to preserve any documents pertaining to parent company News Corp's ongoing phone hacking scandal. From the company memo: "We are sending this notice not because any recipient has done anything improper or unlawful. However, given what has taken place in London, we believe that taking this step will help to underscore how seriously we are taking this matter."

 road Minnesota gay marriage supporters hold equality rally in Waite Park.

 road Former San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom has been kicked out of that city's Democratic Party after moving to Marin, California.

 road Conservative radio host says gays are bullies, and should be stopped.

NPH_Smurfs  road Slain student Lawrence King's mother was banned from the court room after calling her late son's gay-supportive teacher an expletive during alleged murderer Brandon McInerney's trial.

 road Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays discuss their Smurfs movie.

 road Rick Perry hasn't yet announced his presidential campaign, but he already has a powerful conservative supporter in Iowa: State Sen. David Johnson.

 road One-in-four gay and lesbian teens in Massachusetts are homeless.


  1. Trey says

    the Respect for Marriage act is b.s. yes, it protects same-sex couples that are ALREADY married. not really in support of new marriages. stop side-stepping the issue Obama. if he were currently a senator, would he have been one of the two dems that voted against marriage in NY?

  2. says

    “if he were currently a senator, would he have been one of the two dems that voted against marriage in NY?”

    No. Obama would have supported marriage equality in NY. No-brainer.

    The Respect for Marriage Act is hardly b.s. By allowing legally married gay couples the federal benefits they deserve, it would end blatant discrimination while further unraveling the argument that any gay couple should be excluded from civil marriage. The b.s. are the odds for passage. Should Obama simply support full marriage equality? Of course. But there is nothing wrong with being on-board with a bill that would significantly dismantle DOMA.

  3. Alan says

    Thanks for this news, Andy. It’s always great to see what’s happening in the world, and you have a good eye for relevant stories.

  4. Rowan says

    Urgh it’s not Andy, it’s Andrew who does the weekend news.

    And yes Alex you weird prick who wants another 8 more years of Bush, what do YOU suggest?


  5. Trey says

    @Ernie, you’ve proved my point. should the Respect for Marriage Act pass? of course. Obama is only patronizing us. Would he have voted for marriage equality in NY? yes. Now, what’s keeping him from having a supportive position now? that’s what makes me absolutely furious.

  6. Rowan says

    And it is weird that no lefties look or talk about European cities that are really socialist and successful. Sweden.

  7. says

    @Trey: The Respect for Marriage Act IS a supportive position, one that will be miles ahead of his Republican opponent. Obama shouldn’t be knocked for supporting it. Perfect, no, progress, yes. No one is claiming it solves all. Voting Republicans out of office around the country is the best thing we can do.

    Criticizing him for not fully supporting marriage equality, on the other hand, is legitimate, and many of us are critical of his failure to take a stand and evolve prior to the 2012 election. He’s a cautious politician, one reason he’s now the President, and he’s playing a political game. But it’s not like anyone with a brain doesn’t see the calculation he’s making. I agree that his position seems increasingly disingenuous, but that doesn’t mean he shouldn’t support the Respect for Marriage Act.

    Part of politics is praising politicians for doing the right thing (supporting the Respect For Marriage Act), understanding where they are along the political spectrum and why (much more pro-gay than any other feasible presidential candidate, less pro-gay than most Dem’s in NY etc. ), and pressuring them to do more. We’ll either be working with Obama or someone far worse till 2017–pressuring him makes sense, dismissing him doesn’t.