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Towleroad-roadicon Images of a Navy Academy tradition which somehow predates the repeal of DADT.

Towleroad-roadicon What will Maine's churches be up to on June 17th?

Scores of Maine churches will pass the collection plate a second time at Sunday services on Father's Day to kick off a fundraising campaign for the lead opposition group to November's ballot question asking voters to legalize same-sex marriages.

Between 150 and 200 churches are expected to raise money for the Protect Marriage Maine political action committee, said Carroll Conley Jr., executive director of the Christian Civic League of Maine evangelical organization and a member of the PAC. Conley is also trying to drum up support for the Maine campaign from religious leaders from around the country.

It's unusual, but not unheard of, for churches to take up collections for political causes. Maine's Catholic diocese says it raised about $80,000 with a designated collection in 2009 in its effort to overturn Maine's same-sex marriage law, which was passed by the Legislature that year and later rejected by voters ...

Towleroad-roadicon Mitt Romney's running for the presidency because he's no good at sports.

Towleroad-roadicon UConn lets LGBT hockey player know: If you can play, you can play.

Towleroad-roadicon Lots of straight footballers agree:

... when Outsports attended the NFLPA Rookie Premiere events in Los Angeles last week, we were met with a gay-positive attitude from every player we talked to; And some warmly welcomed us with open arms. A dozen different men from various teams, both rookies and recently retired, each expressed support for gay athletes. Many shared personal experiences involving gay friends, family members, and even a gay former teammate. These aren’t third-stringers we talked to. These men are NFL stats leaders, national champions and high draft picks. They are the past, present and future leaders of the NFL.

Towleroad-roadicon "My bully, my best friend."

Towleroad-roadicon "... brother of the blind activist Chen Guangcheng has gone missing after fleeing his village in north-eastern China to seek help for his son who is facing an attempted murder charge ...":

Chen Guangfu, the eldest brother of Chen Guangcheng, disappeared two days after he arrived in Beijing to support his son, Chen Kegui, who has been detained in a case that has become a rallying point among rights activists.

The Shandong-based lawyer Liu Weiguo said Chen Guangfu, a 55-year-old farmer and labourer, did not return to his hotel room in Beijing on Friday night.

... As of now, there’s still no news on Brother Guangfu,” Liu said. “We’re not optimistic. Guangcheng is also very worried. He’s contacting friends to look [for him].”

WTC2view Towleroad-roadicon Britney's new job: Show up, walk off in a huff, don't come back 'til you feel like it, and make millions.

Towleroad-roadicon 35 years ago today, George Willis climbed all 110 stories of WTC 2. Wow!

Towleroad-roadicon AFTER THE JUMP, see the best public proposal ever. These guys have awesome friends.


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  1. The Lip Dub Proposal was one of the best things I've ever seen. Wow!

    Posted by: Bill | May 26, 2012 8:22:10 PM

  2. As far as what's going on in Maine, I hope that the Justice Department and the IRS are keeping an eye on this flagrant violation of US law, under which churches have tax-exempt status as long as they remain apolitical.

    Posted by: David | May 27, 2012 1:20:30 AM

  3. the naval academy tradition is WHY it took so long to repeal DADT...

    Posted by: t | May 27, 2012 6:29:14 AM

  4. The photos of the Naval Academy plebes caused me to think of two things: 1. There were no women plebes any where to be seen. So the sexism continues. 2. Are we certain this wasn't an A&F ad? There wer only three people of color in that group of ultra-fit young men.

    Posted by: JT | May 27, 2012 7:15:56 AM

  5. @JT - there are women at this event. In other pics and videos they are there. So the sexism doesn't continue.

    Posted by: Mark | May 27, 2012 8:09:39 AM

  6. @JT: The title of this collection of pics is "The Ultimate Collection Of Hot Shirtless Navy Guys Climbing A Monument Covered In Lard" so it makes sense there are no women in the pics.

    Posted by: Jeff | May 27, 2012 8:13:36 AM

  7. @David. Churches can raise funds and participate in issue campaigns. They can take positions on a public policy matter. Clergy can express their views on a public policy matter, even using church resources, such as letterhead, newsletter, or website.

    Churches cannot raise funds or participate in candidate campaigns either by supporting a candidate or opposing one. Clergy can say who they are voting for, but cannot tell others who to vote for and they cannot use church resources to communicate their personal voting plans.

    I'm a United Church of Christ minister. So I can have a candidate bumper sticker on my own car, encourage people to vote without mentioning any names, promote marriage equality all I want, including fundraising.

    Posted by: revchicoucc | May 27, 2012 9:22:40 AM

  8. The Navy pics made me wonder if the Naval Academy won't admit men with hairy chests. Hardly any of those in the pictures either. Not that I didn't enjoy them, just sayin'

    Posted by: james | May 27, 2012 9:24:28 AM

  9. @JT: In addition to what Mark and Jeff said, it looks like there is a light brown haired girl in pic #8 and a brunette in #39. We don't get to see their faces but I assume that Navy men aren't allowed to have long hair, are they?

    Posted by: Jude | May 27, 2012 9:29:39 AM

  10. Every year the Navy thing gets gayer.

    Posted by: Paul R | May 27, 2012 10:02:10 AM

  11. @JT,

    PLEASE stop using the phrase 'people of color'. It's obnoxious, factually incorrect if the definition leaves out 'white' people, and a twisting of the English language. 'People of color' should be spoken and written in English as 'colored people'.

    ALL major institutions, public and private, in our society, bend over backwards to recruit and retain 'minorities' including [especially] females. This has been the case for at least 40 years. There are multiple laws that discriminate IN FAVOR of 'minorities' and females. In the private sector companies are PAID in the form of tax credits to hire 'oppressed minorities'. The federal government also vigorously investigates and prosecutes both real and alleged 'biases' in hiring and recruiting, and corporations and institutions are well aware of this. Finally, there are MANY 'advocates' who routinely sue for the 'rights' of 'oppressed minorities'. These law suits are feared by companies and institutions both for the legal costs [$] and publicity.

    ANY honest HR person and/or recruiter will back up what I wrote above.

    Posted by: ratbastard | May 27, 2012 11:46:39 AM

  12. That phallic-looking things the Naval Cadets were climbing? It looks like it was greased up with Crisco. Very interesting. Especially the guy who made it to the top and sat, um, straddling it with open legs. Very, very interesting.

    Posted by: jamal49 | May 27, 2012 12:21:04 PM

  13. If some guy pulled that proposal stunt on me, I'd be running away like Danny Torrance in the hedge maze.

    Posted by: Red assault | May 27, 2012 12:29:22 PM

  14. Is there a porn version of the navy stunt with pantless guys?

    Posted by: anon | May 27, 2012 1:08:51 PM

  15. @RATBASTARD: your comments are so factually incorrect and intellectually vapid that.... never mind. Enjoy your white weekend.

    Posted by: jamal49 | May 27, 2012 2:27:42 PM

  16. @James: I think straight guys have learned a lot about waxing and shaving from their gay buds. They'd do it for the same reason, after all: so that it's easer to see how defined they are. And why shouldn't they be as proud of their bodies as their gay buds?

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | May 27, 2012 3:27:49 PM

  17. @Jamal49 — he ain't called RatBastard for nothing, take it as it comes, sometimes he brings up an interesting point. In any event you will NEVER ESCAPE HIM.

    Navy academy pics—check out the frustrated chicks at Gawker. They just aren't gettin' this… this… wonderful celebration of what it is to be a MAN. By the way, the one hairy chest (on the link, lots of juicy goo) happens to have been shaved and regrown (or simply trimmed). What straight man has time for that?

    I'm going to bed. Nite.

    Posted by: tinkerbelle | May 28, 2012 5:03:59 PM

  18. ratbastard has a fake "life-story' in which he justifies his hatred for "blacks" because "blacks" shot his father, who later died. and, oh, it was never reported in any form of newsmedia whatsoever. because the news never reports on things like that. at all. ever.

    so, that's his fake troll story. the ironic part: were it true we should only be condemning those "blacks" for not getting to his father before the ol'rat was born.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | May 28, 2012 5:20:33 PM

  19. Will somebody please say it. No two ways about it, but anal intercourse hurts like hell. There is a very small, and I mean very small window where it might be enjoyable -- drunk and in your early teens -- lust helps that one.

    Posted by: Ben | May 28, 2012 9:53:55 PM

  20. I know the passion of wanting to share everything I have,everything I am with you
    and only you.

    Posted by: Sample Proposal | Jun 20, 2012 2:28:21 PM

  21. I know the passion of wanting to share everything I have,everything I am with you
    and only you.

    Posted by: Sample Proposal | Jun 20, 2012 2:28:23 PM

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