Dharun Ravi has been making the media rounds following the guilty verdict for his role in Tyler Clementi's 2010 suicide. First there was his sit-down with Newark's Star-Ledger, and now ABC News is promoting their own interview with Ravi, set to air tomorrow on 20/20.
In addition to saying again that he doesn't dislike gay people, Ravi tells journalist Chris Cuomo that he doesn't ultimately feel responsible for what happened.
"I feel like I was an insignificant part to his life. That’s giving me comfort now," he said, "The more and more I found out, it would be kind of obnoxious of me to think that I could have this profound effect on him." He also argues he couldn't have been the sole factor in Clementi's death: "He had bigger problems in his life," which is most likely true.
Ravi does, however, admit he was in the wrong by transmitting Clementi's gay hookup. "Even though I wasn’t the one who caused him to jump off the bridge, I did do things wrong and I was stupid about a lot of stuff." But he does believe he's been "used" to make an example, telling Cuomo, "I understand why people feel the need to punish me. Bad stuff happens and they need to set an example, but it’s unfortunate this has to be the case where this happens."
Watch a preview of Ravi's interview with ABC News, AFTER THE JUMP…
Ken Cuccinelli, the Virginia Attorney General who says gay people aren't protected by the 14th Amendment and cut his state's ties with King & Spalding for the law firm's stance on DOMA, announced today that he plans on running to be the Commonwealth's governor.
"I am running for Governor to continue the work I have undertaken during my tenure as Attorney General and as a State Senator," he said, according to CNN.
"I will continue my work to strengthen our economy, preserve our liberty, and to promote the principles of smaller, more efficient state government, accountable to the people it serves. I look forward to sharing my vision for the Commonwealth following the November elections."
There were even estimates that had New Jersey Governor Chris Christie not vetoed marriage there, the Garden State could have generated over $100 million.
The same is true in Rhode Island, though on a smaller scale, the AP reports:
The Williams Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law says Rhode Island stands to generate nearly $1.2 million in new government revenue over three years if the state allows gay and lesbian couples to marry.
The new revenue would come primarily in the form of additional tax revenue. The study estimates that same-sex weddings would generate $400,000 in new sales tax dollars over three years.
Also, married couples filing their state taxes jointly would pay an estimated $786,000 in new income taxes over the same period.
Rhode Island lawmakers voted last year to permit same-sex couples to form civil unions after gay marriage legislation failed.
And yet Republican lawmakers and conservatives are still spending time and money fighting against American rights while encouraging tax breaks for the rich and corporation. What's wrong with this picture?
Some good news out of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights today: the court, a judicial arm of the Organization of American States, ruled that Chile violated Karen Atala's rights by not granting her custody of her children after she left her husband for another woman.
The Chilean government must now pay Atala, a judge, $50,000 in damages and $12,000 for legal fees, the New York Times reports.
While this doesn't sound like huge news, it could actually have a notable impact across the Americas.
It is the first time the Court has ruled on a case of discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Additionally, the court affirmed that in regards to the right to equality and non-discrimination, “sexual orientation and gender identity are protected categories in the American Convention under the phrase ‘other social condition’ established in article 1.1 of the Convention.” and that no legal decisions — whether made by governmental authorities or not — can “diminish or restrict, in no way, a person’s rights because of their sexual orientation.”
The Court also found the Chilean State, through its Supreme Court ruling, “internationally responsible” of violating other principles found in the Convention, including the right to privacy, the protection of family, and the right of children to be heard.
The United States is a member of the OAS, so this techically includes us, but obviously the US isn't about to bend to this court's ruling. Still, a symbolic win is better than none at all.
STEPPING DOWN: Sanford, Florida police chief Bill Lee said he's stepping aside from the Trayvon Martin case.
"I AM": GLAAD makes sure we hear trans people.
AMAZONIAN STROLL: Google cruises around the Amazon.
"LIES: Rachel Maddow takes down Mitt Romney.
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Bad news for Philadelphia: a federal judge ordered the city to pay the Boy Scouts of America $900,000 for legal fees stemming from a decade-long battle over the organization's ban on gay scout leaders. The city tried to evict the Scouts from their property in town, but the Scouts proved victorious and now Philadelphia and its residents have to cough up dough to subsidize the group's hateful ways.
Why are KISS and Motley Crue picking on Rihanna?
Nineteen-year old Deryl Dedmond pleaded guilty to the 2011 killing of James Craig Anderson, a black gay man Dedmond and his pals targeted because of his race. He's been sentenced to two terms of life in prison with no parole.
Scenes from the New York City march calling for justice in the Trayvon Martin killing.
This is too rich: Jason Mattera from Andrew Breitbart's right wing media empire has been trumpeting an "exclusive" interview with Bono -- only it wasn't Bono at all. It was a Bono impersonator. Then he and his conservative buddies tried to pretend like the whole thing never happened.
Chaz Bono will be grand marshall at the Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade being held on April 15th.
Teens discuss what it's like to start a gay-straight alliance in the South.
Jon Hamm and the rest of the Mad Men cast are tickled pink to open the stock exchange.
Jessica Simpson's Elle cover too hot for Arizona Safeway.
NBC has renewed Broadway drama Smash for a second season.
Anti-gay zealot Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth fame wants MTV to severe all ties with Dan Savage: "Dan Savage is a radical and raunchy homosexual activist who gives unhealthy and reckless sex advice... He should NOT be rewarded for this evil crusade, nor held up as a role-model for young people."
Here's what the cast of Downton Abbey would look like if they were dogs.
Is conservative king maker Jim DeMint inching toward Mitt Romney? Sounds like it. "I'm not only comfortable with Romney, I'm excited about the possibility of him possibly being our nominee... Again, this is not a formal endorsement and I do not intend to do that right now but I just think we just need to look at where we are."
Gay film a surprise box office hit in Serbia.
Lambda Legal executive director Kevin Cathcar predicts marriage will remain the hot button gay political issue for years to come: "Marriage is going to continue being the most visible, the most public because it gets the most attention in the media."
North Ireland's ban on gay adoption remains in place.
Reuben Lack, a student at Georgia's Alpharetta High, is suing to be reinstated as his school's student body president after he says officials booted him for being gay.
Posted Mar. 22,2012 at 4:05 PM EST by Andrew Belonsky in 2012 Election, Boy Scouts, Dan Savage, Discrimination, Jon Hamm, Mad Men, Mitt Romney, News, Philadelphia, Rihanna, Serbia | Permalink | Comments (19)