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02/14/2012

Gay Couple Breaks Record for World's Longest Kiss: VIDEO

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A gay couple kissed for 50 hours, 25 minutes and one second to break a world record for longest kiss, VOA News reports:

The two men were taking part in the annual Ripley's Believe It or Not longest kissing competition in the resort town of Pattaya, Thailand. The seven competing couples started kissing Sunday and had to keep their lips locked at all times, including to eat and drink and to go to the bathroom.

Thirty-one-year-old Nontawat Jaroegenasornsin and 28-year-old Thanakorn Sittiamthong won $6,500 worth of diamond rings, cash and a voucher for a five-star hotel in Thailand for their first place kiss.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted Feb. 14,2012 at 7:50 PM EST by in Kiss, News, Thailand | Permalink | Comments (11)


Maryland House Panels Advance Marriage Equality Bill in 25-18 Vote

Two House committees have advanced Maryland's marriage equality bill, the Baltimore Sun reports:

CostaThe two panels — House Judiciary and House Health & Government Operations — voted 25 to 18 to approve the bill that would legalize same-sex marriage. Del. Sam Arora, a Democrat from Montgomery County, abstained.

The bill is set to go to the House floor Wednesday, though supporters say they are still unsure that they have the 71 votes needed for passage. Arora's vote is considered key. O'Malley has been meeting privately with delegates to seek their support.

A surprise "yes" vote Tuesday was that of Anne Arundel County Del. Robert Costa (pictured), thus far the only House Republican to support the bill. Another Republican, Del. Patrick Hogan, says he is still undecided.

According to the paper, "The two committees voted as one 45 member super-panel. A simple majority was needed to move the bill to the floor."

Posted Feb. 14,2012 at 7:23 PM EST by in Gay Marriage, Maryland, News | Permalink | Comments (8)


Christie Says He'll Take 'Swift Action' to Veto NJ Marriage Equality, Calls Attempt to Pass It 'Theater': VIDEO

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie assured reporters that the legislature would not have the votes to override a promised veto of the marriage equality bill which the Senate passed yesterday and the House is expected to pass on Thursday, Think Progress LGBT reports.

Said Christie: "They’re gonna be nowhere near the votes to override in either chamber. And so hopefully we can move on from this issue. If they pass it on Thursday and send it to my desk, believe me I will take very swift action on the bill and then we can move on to the things the people of New Jersey say are most important to them, which is creating jobs, lowering taxes and continuing the New Jersey comeback and not the last month that we spent, which really is an act of theater on their part because they know it’s not going to happen."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted Feb. 14,2012 at 6:40 PM EST by in Chris Christie, Gay Marriage, New Jersey, News | Permalink | Comments (59)


Libyan UN Envoy: Gays Threaten the Human Race

Libyan deputy envoy Ibrahim Dabbashi has told the UN's Human Rights Council that gays threaten humanity, UN Watch reports:

DabbashiProtesting the council’s first panel discussion on discrimination and violence based on sexual orientation, scheduled for March 7th, Libya’s representative told the gathering of ambassadors today that LGBT topics “affect religion and the continuation and reproduction of the human race.” He added that, were it not for their suspension, Libya would have opposed the council’s June 2011 resolution on the topic.

In response, council president Laura Dupuy Lasserre said that “the Human Rights Council is here to defend human rights and prevent discrimination.”

Said Hillel Neuer, executive director of human rights group UN Watch:“We were happy to see the Gaddafi regime finally suspended last year. Yet today’s shocking homophobic outburst by the new Libyan government, together with the routine abuse of prisoners, underscores the serious questions we have about whether the new regime is genuinely committed to improving on the dark record of its predecessor, or to pandering to some of the hardline Islamists amidst its ranks."

Neuer added, "The restoration of the new Libyan regime to the council, supported by 123 states including all of the Western democracies, was carried out precipitously and without any record of its commitment to human rights domestically and abroad. The new rulers’ pledges are being broken. Gays are now paying the price, with their right to be free from violent attacks now being undermined at the UN by a country that democratic countries fought to liberate, and by a goverment that our leaders helped install. It’s all very disconcerting.”

Posted Feb. 14,2012 at 6:15 PM EST by in Libya, News, United Nations | Permalink | Comments (29)


Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1064

VICTORIA JACKSON: Takes on lesbian author Ellen Ratkin at CPAC.

IMPRISONED PUTIN: Fake video of jailed Russian PM going viral.

DUBAI: An aquatic tribute to Whitney Houston.

REVERSE THINGS: Going backwards.

For recent Guides to the Tube, click HERE.

Posted Feb. 14,2012 at 5:15 PM EST by in Dubai, News, Towleroad Guide to the Tube, Victoria Jackson, Vladimir Putin, Whitney Houston | Permalink | Comments (6)


News: Kate Upton, Uganda, Breitbart, Notre Dame, Gonorrhea

RoadAn examination of Uganda's 'kill the gays' bill.

RoadAmericablog: GetEqual's backstory on the $1.4 million Obama LGBT fundraiser.

CasteelRoadSeth Casteel's underwater dogs.

RoadMeet the new most famous supermodel.

RoadAndrew Breitbart confronts Michelangelo Signorile at CPAC: "Turning around I see that Andrew Breitbart -- the conservative activist who later would go outside and call Occupy protesters 'filthy freaks' -- is pointing at me to a crowd of people. 'The devil is here -- and he's wearing Prada!'"

RoadWhat's LGBT in the 2013 White House budget? Find out HERE. And HERE are the budget appropriations for fighting HIVAIDS.

RoadMore than 4,000 sign new effort to remove Chick-fil-A from NYU campus.

RoadReward grows for information leading to arrest of gang members seen in video beating Atlanta gay teen: "Kasim Reed says the reward has been raised to $25,000 for information in the brutal beating of a gay man... each time the reward has been raised, more tips have come in."

RoadGeorge Clooney and Colin Firth hold hands at the BAFTAs.

Priscilla_lambertRoadAdam Lambert visits Priscilla on Broadway.

RoadVIDEO: Wendy Williams talks about Whitney Houston's death.

RoadThe 13 least gay-friendly countries in Europe.

RoadHouston Aeros player Justin Fontaine  suspended for 'Foo Faggots' tweet.

RoadA lesbian writes about her experiences being gay at Notre Dame: "We were accepted amongst our friends and things were fine. But stepping out of our comfort zone and walking down the quad holding hands, or sharing a kiss outside of a classroom - all those things that are accepted with heterosexual couples were completely taboo for us. We would get really intense stares while holding hands, some guys even chiding us. Girls would look with disgust."

RoadThe Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had a close call at Heathrow Airport.

RoadShakira attacked by sea lion that wanted her BlackBerry.

RoadMiley Cyrus got a Rachel.

LightRoadWhen North Korea says 'lights out', they mean it.

RoadHappy Valentine's Day: untreatable gonorrhea is on the way.

RoadDemonstration planned outside Berlin's Russian embassy. "The demonstration has been organized on the very same day that the Legislative Assembly in Saint Petersburg will hold the third and final reading of the bill which seeks to prohibit so-called 'propaganda of sodomy, lesbianism, bisexuality and transgender among minors.'"

RoadChristopher Dallman: What is toxic to you?

RoadJimmy Kimmel reportedly earning $1-2 milllion a year from YouTube clips: "And Kimmel's success also seems to be deflating the idea that a web presence would drain away viewers of its TV counterpart: Kimmel's ABC show is the only major late-night program to see a year over year increase in viewership."

Posted Feb. 14,2012 at 3:45 PM EST by | Permalink | Comments (5)



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