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Santorum Tells Gay Man He Doesn't Deserve 'Privilege' of Marriage: VIDEO


At a campaign stop in Fulton, Missouri today, a gay man asked Rick Santorum, "Who are you to tell me that I don't have the same rights as anyone else in this country?"

Santorum told the man that he's entitled "like any other person to equal treatment under the law" but not "special treatment" and that marriage is "for the purposes of having children and continuing...civilization," Think Progress LGBT reports.

"It is an intrinsic good…And as a result of that, we extend a privilege. We extend certain privileges to people who do that because we want to encourage that behavior..."


Posted Feb. 3,2012 at 6:15 PM EST by in 2012 Election, Gay Marriage, News, Rick Santorum | Permalink | Comments (97)

Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1057

FLASHBACK: Whitney Houston's 1991 Super Bowl national anthem performance.

FORTUNATELY, UNFORTUNATELY: Unfortunately, a skier got caught in an avalanche. Fortunately, she was wearing her BCA Float 30 avalanche airbag.

THREE'S COMPANY: Suzanne Somers and Joyce Dewitt reunite, mend feud after 30 years.

SAINT BERNARDS: Lots of 'em.

For recent Guides to the Tube, click HERE.

Posted Feb. 3,2012 at 4:55 PM EST by in News, Television, Towleroad Guide to the Tube | Permalink | Comments (18)

News: Nova Scotia, Roseanne Barr, Amphipods, Daniel Radcliffe

RoadDallas Mayor Mike Rawlings refuses to budge on endorsing marriage equality.

RoadMore "ex-gay" looniness from pillow-beater Richard Cohen and PFOX's Greg Quinlan.

TroutpointRoadGay Nova Scotia couple awarded largest defamation damage award in Nova Scotia history ($425K) from Mississippi blogger who targeted them in a campaign of homophobic harassment.

RoadRosanne Barr announces run for President.

RoadEdmund White recommends five novels where beautiful writing and gay themes come together.

RoadMariah Carey X-Factor rumors swirl.

RoadEllen and Daniel Radcliffe make $5,000 Super Bowl bet to benefit the Trevor Project. Radcliffe: “I am a Giants fan. I was christened a Giants fan when I arrived in NY. I did Equus there. The first time. But it was this year I really got into it."

RoadUtah lawmakers consider LGBT anti-discrimination bill, for fourth consecutive year: "The bill sponsored by Sen. Ben McAdams, D-Salt Lake City, would protect gay, lesbian and transgendered people from losing a job or housing. Senate Bill 51 would also allow people to freely participate in political activities outside of their work without fear of retribution. A committee hearing on the bill, introduced Wednesday in the Senate, will likely happen early next week. McAdams said even if the bill fails to get out of committee, it is still a success after discussion of the bill was stymied by Republicans last year."

RoadBrad Pitt's favorite word is "Daddy" and his favorite curse word is, um....

RoadDavid Furnish won't be watching Madonna's Super Bowl show.

TylerRoadCalifornia marriage equality activists Robin Tyler and Diane Olson to divorce. "'It’s a divorce, not a gay divorce,' said Tyler, 69, the CEO of Robin Tyler International Tours and Cruises for Women.'We had a very successful, happy relationship for a long time.' Tyler said she filed for divorce on Jan. 25, 3½ years after the couple wed on June 16, 2008. A family law hearing is scheduled for Feb. 27 in Los Angeles."

RoadAmerican Independent: How NOM is shilding its donors from Minnesota voters.

RoadWarren Buffett will joke about a lot but he draws the line at proposing to a man.

RoadPrisoner adds hidden pig to Vermont police car license plates: "State officials Thursday pointed to the failure of the quality assurance office within the Vermont Correctional Industries Print Shop in St. Albans to detect a prisoner-artist’s addition made four years ago to the traditional state police logo. A spot on the shoulder of the cow in the state emblem was modified into a pig."

RoadGay UK church attendant horrified by sexual assault charge from female parishioner: "I would have no reason to touch her breasts, no wish to touch her breasts."

RoadVIDEO: Ab Fab's Pats and Eddy do some real-life modeling.

AmphipodRoadMassive crustaceans pulled from ocean depths near New Zealand.

RoadSusan G. Komen foundation teams up with handgun manufacturer to offer pink gun.

RoadMcGill University has Canada's first gay frat and it's causing controversy: "While some might have thought that would sufficiently encompass transgendered individuals who consider themselves male, McGill’s main LGBT group, Queer McGill, wasn’t happy when it saw the frat’s literature. Queer McGill thought the language separating 'males' and 'those who identify as male' implied that transgendered individuals were somehow not real men. They were 'just pretending to be men,' explained Queer McGill administrator Elyse Lewis, 20."

RoadGay candidate faces tough battle Sunday in Finland run-off presidential election,

RoadPolice investigating possible anti-gay hate crime on Boston train: "The incident took place at 10:30 p.m. on Monday night as the 48 year-old male victim was a passenger on a Mattapan-bound high-speed trolley in the vicinity of Butler Street station. According to MBTA Police, the two men 'assaulted the victim while berating him with racial and homophobic slurs.' The two suspects— who have not yet been identified or caught— allegedly tried to pull the victim off the trolley to continue the assault."

Posted Feb. 3,2012 at 3:25 PM EST by | Permalink | Comments (19)

Virginia House Passes Adoption Bill Allowing Agencies to Deny Gays Based on Religious Beliefs

Earlier today I posted about the discriminatory adoption bill pending in the Virginia legislature. The bill allows private adoption agencies to deny service to gay people based on religious or moral beliefs.

VirginiaIt passed the House and a Senate panel, the AP reports:

The state House voted 71-28 to pass the legislation Friday. Earlier in the day, a Senate committee endorsed its version of the Republican-backed measure on an 8-7 party-line vote. Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell is expected to sign the bill.

Supporters say the measure protects religious freedom. Opponents argue that the government, which contracts with dozens of private, state-licensed child placement agencies, should not sanction discrimination.

Posted Feb. 3,2012 at 2:32 PM EST by in Catholic Church, Evangelical Christians, Evangelicals, Gay Adoption, News, Virginia | Permalink | Comments (22)

Gay Couple Files Suit, Claims Cleveland Police Beat and Humiliated Them, Called Them 'Faggots': VIDEO


Jonathan Simcox and his partner Steven Ondo have filed a federal lawsuit in U.S. District Court claiming they were harassed, beaten, and humiliated by police in a series of events stemming from an argument with a neighbor who is an officer.

In the first incident, Simcox and Ondo said they were brought to jail in their underwear following an altercation with the neighbor. About a week later, another incident occurred:

According to the lawsuit, “6 or 7 members of the SWAT/and or Warrant Team” were on a sweep that day. Ondo and Simcox said officers then informed them they were wanted on a warrant that was issued for, “assaulting a peace officer.”
The men said each time they tried asking questions, the officers became increasingly violent.

“The officer in the glasses grabbed me by my shirt, and punched me twice in the face, after he punched me, he threw me up against the wall,” said Simcox.

Simcox says at the time of the arrest, he and his partner were wearing only underwear and t-shirts. When Simcox’s brother asked police if he could get them some pants and shoes, one of the officers allegedly responded by saying, “You can go get them shoes, but faggots don`t deserve to wear pants in jail.”

Watch FOX8's report on the charges, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted Feb. 3,2012 at 1:54 PM EST by in Cleveland, Crime, Law Enforcement, News, Ohio | Permalink | Comments (21)

Asparamancer Knows Your Future Before You Do: VIDEO


Jemima Packington is the world's only Asparamancer, meaning she predicts political, sporting events, the weather, and other things by throwing asparagus on the ground and reading it.


I predict someone's pee probably stinks.

(via dlisted)

Posted Feb. 3,2012 at 12:56 PM EST by in Food and Drink, News | Permalink | Comments (12)


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