Washington Governor Gregoire Says She'll Lobby NJ Governor Chris Christie on Marriage Equality: AUDIO
Washington Governor Chris Gregoire, who will be signing Washington's marriage equality bill on Monday, discusses the response she has received and a potential voter referendum on the measure, Think Progress reports.
She also says she'll lobby New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who has said he plans to veto a similar measure in his state.
Said Gregoire: "I have worked with him on a number of issues, so yea, I would feel very comfortable sharing with him, my personal journey the overwhelming response that I’ve received and how good I feel about myself today and I have not felt good about this issue and about where I stood for a number of years."
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Just released. This one is outstanding.
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Writes the SFPD:
The making of this video was a concerted effort by numerous members of the SFPD with the assistance of San Francisco film maker Shawn Northcutt who produced and edited the video along with San Francisco local musician Lynden Bair who developed the musical score.
"Today our Police Department joins the nationwide campaign to end bullying of LGBT youth by producing a heartfelt video that provides a message of hope and encouragement that it will get better," said Mayor Ed Lee. "San Francisco is a city that prides itself on embracing equality for all and this video is another great example of our commitment to reinforcing our City's values."
Chief Greg Suhr wants youth to know that it really does get better. "This is a first of its kind video for the SFPD and for any law enforcement agency in the United States. I hope this message of encouragement will give hope to anyone who might be bullied because of who they are. The members of the SFPD will continue to work with all young people and reach out to the communities, as mentors and role models."
FROTHY ADDRESS: Rick Santorum's speech at CPAC.
TWO PUPPIES WALK INTO A HOSPITAL: And get the care they need.
MATTSTACHE: A man and his facial hair (in various stages) do Nicki Minaj.
RENEWABLE ENERGY AD: Sullivan writes, "You will never feel more empathy for cooling towers."
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Hypervocal: 10 conservatives trolling for sex at CPAC.
Gay flash shopping mob planned at JC Penney tomorrow in NYC!
Azerbaijan plans world's tallest building. "The building will dwarf the Burj Khalifa, with a 27 percent increase in height on the UAE building, and is expected to be bigger than any currently under construction.
Construction is due to begin in 2013..."
Matt Bomer does Elvis.
Jake Gyllenhaal looking fine at the Berlin International Film Festival.
Three British men jailed for pamphlet calling for death to gays.
Obama blinks on birth control: "An additional burden is being placed on women to accommodate the bullshit objections of a vocal minority who are playing politics with religion to complain about a policy the central mandate of which has been law for over a decade. All of this 'religious freedom' malarkey is the invocation of false ethics by some of the most unethical, cynical, opportunistic jerks in the country."
Cancer drug reverses Alzheimer's in mice.
Michelangelo Signorile interviews Michele Bachmann and Chuck Woollery (Love Connection) at CPAC. Woollery: "Majority rules. We were born with natural rights. We don't need civil rights. [African-Americans] don't need civil rights. They don't need them. They have inalienable rights granted by God in the Constitution. I mean, I'm discriminated against all the time. I don't care. It doesn't bother me. [I'm discriminated against] because I'm old. I'm too old to get a job as a game show host. They say, well, the guy's 71 and in five years he'll be 76. And I’m a one per center, and I'm absolutely discriminated against as a one per center."
Ellen DeGeneres thanks Bill O'Reilly for defending her: “you didn’t really make it clear if you were going to shop at JCPenney but if you do you can use my employee discount any time you want.”
UK Christian B&B owners who denied gay couple lose appeal: "The challenge by Peter and Hazelmary Bull, who run Chymorvah House in Marazion, Cornwall, was rejected by three judges in the Court of Appeal in London."
Madonna dings MIA for flipping the bird: “I was really surprised. I didn’t know anything about it. I wasn’t happy about it. I understand it’s punk rock and everything, but to me there was such a feeling of love and good energy, and positivity it seemed negative. It’s such a teenager…irrelevant thing to do…there was such a feeling of love and unity there what was the point? It was just out of place.
Prince Harry is a top helicopter gunner.
Anti-gay rabbi affiliated with NOM, Yehuda Levin, suggests gays should be "cured" with chemicals: “I have tremendous sympathy for those challenged by temptations and unkosher desires. As you do with cancer, you never stop trying to find a better treatment to cure yourself. If all therapies fail, as a last resort you use chemicals to stop the urge to act in a forbidden manner. (This resolution is ordered by European courts for offenders and it works.) Unpleasant, surely; but better than committing adultery, homosexuality or incest.”
Yes, that is Susan Lucci in Gloria Estefan's new music video for "Hotel Nacional", along with drag queens, boys in underwear, chandelier headwear, and a lot of dancing.
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Dan Savage alerts us to a situation in Anchorage, Alaska, where they are trying to pass an equal rights initative on the ballot. protections they've been fighting for for 35 years.
Read Dan's whole post about it here.
To combat the inevitable, last-minute anti-gay/anti-trans hate campaign, One Anchorage is raising money to get television ads on the air up here in the last weeks of the campaign. They're asking people to consider donating $35—one dollar for each year that Anchorage has been fighting for equality and basic civil rights protections. (There are no limits on campaign donations for initiatives up here, so if you're moved to donate $350 or $3500 or $3,500,000, please don't hesitate.) There's also the 35/35/35 Club: Ask 35 friends to donate $35 each. You can set up your own page at One Anchorage and you'll get a fundraising thermometer of your very own!
We scored major victories in California and Washington state this week. But the LGBT community in Anchorage is still struggling to achieve the most basic civil rights protections.