News: Maggie Gallagher, Barney Frank, Vampire Lestat, Fred Karger

RoadFred Karger makes Republican ballot in California.

RoadObama gets a break on his marriage equality "evolution" with Prop 8 decision. “We were hoping for a very broad ruling that held that there was a right under the Constitution to same sex marriage,” Socarides tells me. “If the court had ruled on those grounds, there would have been more pressure for him to move forward with his evolution on this.”

NnRoadWasn't he a hot piece in the day?

RoadJake Gyllenhaal receives flowers from an older gentleman, who happens to be the director of the Berlin International Film Festival.

RoadThe Making of Gay Marriage's Top Foe: Salon profiles Maggie Gallagher. "The great trauma of Gallagher’s youth, her unplanned pregnancy and subsequent alienation from the father of her child, was rooted in failing to understand that sex and procreation are connected. It is understandable that, having grasped the truth, she is intent on emphasizing its importance."

RoadBuzzfeed on NOM's sneaky, probably illegal system to hide its donors in Minnesota.

RoadEpiscopal Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde calls for marriage equality in Maryland: "Every generation, it seems, has struggled to include someone previously thought to be outside the realm of God’s grace and full humanity. In our time, we in the Episcopal Church have come to understand that God shows no partiality between straight and gay people. Not every same-sex couple is a paragon of holiness, but neither is every heterosexual couple. Life long relationships are hard, which is why the support of religious and societal institutions is so important."

RoadRyan Gosling rocks a set of specs and a tight white T in Thailand.

RoadKelly Clarkson covers Madonna's "Crazy for You".

StonestreetRoadEric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson respond to the Prop 8 decision on WhoSay.

RoadRobert Pattinson on fame: "You can say, 'Oh if I was still unknown, then no-one would judge me,' but at the same time, nobody would give a shit, either."

RoadTom Cruise's son Connor didn't like his rep's "gay ass tweet".

RoadBarney Frank to marry in July: "In a conversation Tuesday with USA TODAY, Frank said they have set a July wedding date in Massachusetts, where same-sex marriage is legal. Ready is a resident of Maine, where it is not. The nuptials will make Frank the first member of Congress to have a legal gay marriage. It will also serve as a bookend to his congressional career, as Frank has already announced that he will not seek re-election."

RoadVoice of Christian Youth America joins call for JC Penney to fire Ellen: "Does it offend you, when you hear what retailers now—putting icons before you and your kids who are known, and according to some, flaming homosexuals?"

RoadDaniel Radcliffe: The Oscars snubbed Harry Potter.

ClearRoadYour flower arrangement has arrived.

RoadHHS updates website, enables search for health plans covering same-sex partners.

RoadGay Indian man commits suicide after lover marries a woman: "Police said the victim, Narmada Prasad, a resident of Bhainsa village hung himself in his house when he came to know that his lover Rajesh was getting engaged. Prasad dressed himself in bridal finery and wrote his lover's name in red on his forehead before taking the extreme step."

RoadState of Iowa erases lesbian mother from birth certificate: " After the loss of their son, Jenny and Jessica filled out the spaces on the death certificate form for both parents, and indicated that they were married. IDPH sent the couple a death certificate with Jenny’s name erased."

RoadThe Vampire Lestat could be returning to the big screen: "Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment has optioned the rights to Anne Rice’s The Tale of the Body Thief, the fourth book in Rice’s best-selling series The Vampire Chronicles."


  1. Brian says

    Dear Christian Youth America, please wait until you’ve mastered the English language before you enter the public debate. That attempt at a sentence was exhausting to read.

  2. NaughtyLola says

    The Salon article on Maggie Gallaher is well-written, and the letters in response to it are largely very insightful about what makes her tick, and definitely worth the read.

  3. 99% says

    Dear Daniel, I love your support of equality, but dear, dear, Daniel, “Harry Potter” was snubbed because is was one long, boring movie (save for Maggie Smith).

    Also, Daniel… two things, with all those wizards and wands laying around, why was there ONE person sweeping up after the destruction when every one could have just waved a wand, said a spell and had the building restored?

  4. irisgirl says

    I am outraged at and ashamed of the Iowa Dept of Public Health. In addition to re-training their staff on the law, they obviously need to revise their death certificate forms. All Iowa State agencies probably should audit any forms they use which call for names of parents and/or spouses.

  5. says

    I love Daniel Radcliffe, but here’s my question for him… other than technical awards, what should any of the Harry Potter films be nominated for?

    There were plenty of great actors and actresses in the franchise, but none of them ever really got the screen time to have an award-worthy performance. The closest, perhaps, would be Half Blood Prince with Michael Gambon, but even I think that’s a little bit of a stretch.

    I don’t think Dan would think he warrants a nomination in any of the films, and the closest to one of the trio deserving a nomination would probably be Emma Watson… but I don’t think that quite rises to the level of a great big snub, even if I could have seen the choice as credible in one of the last films, if she got it.

    I’d maybe — maybe — consider Deathly Hallows Part 1 as being top-ten worthy on a Best Picture list, but probably not Part 2, and the only reason why I think the first could belong there is because of the ridiculously large amount of films nominated in the category.

    I’d also have to look at what else was nominated for Best Director the year D.H. Part 1 came out, because Yates did some brilliant work there… but again, him not being included doesn’t really rise to the level of a horrific snub, maybe just a little one.

    On the whole, the Harry Potter films were great for commercial fare, especially after the first two. They were as mature and carefully designed as the books and they’re aging well. Taken as a whole, they’re a great body of work and everyone associated with them should be proud of that. I’m just not so sure any of them individually stood out enough to be nominated for any of the Oscar trophies.

    I haven’t seen Hugo, though I’ve heard it’s quite good, but what I’d say to Daniel is this. If Hugo isn’t better or worse than the bulk of Harry Potter films, perhaps the problem isn’t that the Harry Potter films weren’t nominated, but that Hugo was.

  6. jaragon says

    Young Nolte was at his hottest in “Rich Man, Poor Man” those guys in plastic bags looks creepy-Mr Gosling is was just walking sex ( and why speaking of Oscar snubs he deserved a nomination for “Drive”)

  7. luminum says

    99%, I recommend that you read the blurb. He thought the HP film was snubbed for a technical Oscar, not a “Best Picture” Oscar.

    Also, the sweeping thing was humor. The fact that he’s trying to sweep up a destroyed castle is purposefully ridiculous, since the character is established as being rather out of touch with reality, but dedicated to his job as the caretaker.

  8. says

    there’s a line in Alex Haley’s ROOTS that has always stayed with me……

    slavery has been abolished. the angry non-wealthy white folks are furious – “Being white was all they had left”

    Maggie Gallagher, this is you.

  9. Modern Meet says

    With Fred Karger being a Republican, there is nothing he could possibly say or do that would garner my vote for him as anything but Scum of the Earth, certainly not President. Give it up Fred and stop carrying baggage for the GOP. That goes for you too GOProud and the LCR.

  10. Derek Pearce says

    I agree, the Gallagher piece should be reposted as it’s own link here Andy. It’s actually a little bit sad, but fascinating. Poor bitter woman. Now, if we could get an equally in-depth examination of Brian Brown and HIS motivations…

  11. DeeVee says

    @JARAGON – Absolutely! There wasn’t a Thursday night when that ‘miniseries’ was on that I missed. VCRs weren’t even a thought so you had to be there, but Nick was a major reason why everyone watched and the guy that everyone talked about.

Leave A Reply