On the eve of North Carolina's vote on the discriminatory Amendment One, which would take away civil unions, domestic partnership, and constitutionally prohibit any legal union that isn't one man and one woman, Protect All NC Families has released this video of real North Carolinians talking about the hateful measure and why they're opposing it.
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...
In related news, it was finally revealed who is behind the language meant to confuse voters.
Writes Chris Fitzsimon at NC Policy Watch:
House Majority Leader Paul Stam, a chief proponent of the amendment, dismisses such talk as crazy and foolish, but he had never deigned to tell us why the amendment goes so much further than simply restating the ban on same-sex marriage if that is his goal.
This weekend, Stam finally explained it to the Fayetteville Observer who reported it this way.
Stam, the Raleigh lawmaker, said he wanted a more narrowly worded amendment but was “overruled” by “national experts” he identified as the Alliance Defense Fund, a Christian legal advocacy group.
I don’t recall electing the Alliance Defense Fund to represent me or to overrule members of the North Carolina General Assembly. Apparently Stam’s first allegiance is to a hate group, not the people in Wake County that he is supposed to represent.
Why do those defending the sanctity of marriage target a small segment of the threat and ignore adulterers and divorcee?
Watch Maggie Gallagher offer her explanation, AFTER THE JUMP...
(via andrew sullivan)
Scissor Sisters tweeted the shot above with Sharon Needles (who joined them on stage) from their concert last night at the Bowery Ballroom. I was able to catch the show, and the band debuted a few songs from their upcoming album, including 'Let's Have a Kiki', which went down a storm. They premiered it today on Spotify.
Listen to a YouTube copy while it's still up, AFTER THE JUMP...
What's a kiki? “A kiki is a party/for calming all your nerves/We’re spilling tea and dishing just desserts when they deserve.”
Below, blurry iPhone photo by moi.
A masseur is suing John Travolta for $2 million, TMZ reports, alleging that Travolta groped him during a session:
In addition to specific sexual details about the encounter, the lawsuit also alleges that Travolta told the masseur "he got to where he was 'due to sexual favors he had performed when he was in his 'Welcome Back Kotter' days,' adding 'Hollywood is controlled by homosexual Jewish men who expect favors in return for sexual activity.'"
Travolta's reps released a statement to Entertainment Weekly:
“This lawsuit is a complete fiction and fabrication. None of the events claimed in the suit ever occurred. The plaintiff, who refuses to give their name, knows that the suit is a baseless lie. It is for that reason that the plaintiff hasn’t been identified with a name even though it is required to do so. On the date when plaintiff claims John met him, John was not in California and it can be proved that he was on the East Coast. Plaintiff’s attorney has filed this suit to try and get his 15 minutes of fame. John intends to get this case thrown out and then he will sue the attorney and Plaintiff for malicious prosecution.”
Weary of Redundant Talking Points, Press Hammers Jay Carney on Obama's Same-Sex Marriage Evolution: VIDEO
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was plied with questions for 21 minutes today in the press briefing over Biden's remarks as they relate to President Obama's 'evolution' on marriage equality, Think Progress reports.
The press responded by accusing Obama of laying the political groundwork for eventually embracing marriage rights and pushed back against Carney’s redundant talking points, asking marriage-related questions for 21 of the 44 minute press conference. Significantly, the press secretary could not explain if Obama agrees with Biden’s claim that he is “comfortable” with “men marrying men” or if he believes that marriage is a “civil liberty.”
Here's a bit of his exchange with ABC News' Jake Tapper:
TAPPER: And if that is the likely future of the president and this position, given that you don’t have any news to drop on it, or probably his mind has been made up, why not just come out and say it and let voters decide? It seems — it seems cynical to hide this until after the election.
CARNEY: Jake, I think the president’s position is well- known. He’s spoken to this. It’s gotten a great deal of coverage. I don’t have an update to provide you on the president’s position. It is what it was. I’m sorry you don’t want to hear about the president’s support for LGBT rights, because it’s considerable.
TAPPER: That’s not accurate — I — it’s not that I don’t want to hear it. I don’t want to hear the same talking points 15 times in a row.
CARNEY: No, I think the — we’re talking — talking points to you; serious, substantial rights to others, OK? “Don’t ask, don’t tell” — repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell” is a serious matter. The efforts that this administration has taken on behalf of LGBT citizens are a serious matter.
TAPPER: I’m not quibbling with that, Jay. We’re talking about same-sex marriage.
CARNEY: But look, I think that’s the context of this discussion. I just don’t have anything more to give to you on the issue of the president’s views.
TAPPER: Because he’s still evolving, not because you don’t have news for me. It’s because he’s still evolving.
CARNEY: It is as it was, yes.
Think Progress posted a clip of some of the other highlights in the exchange with Carney. That, and a full video of the press briefing follows.
Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...
NOM's Brian Brown tooted in anticipation of a win in North Carolina on FOX News over the weekend, claiming that scare tactics about domestic violence and health benefits are being used by the opposition.
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