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Towleroad-roadicon Meet Jon and Nedo, a binational married couple whose union is imperiled by an expiring visa:

Since the day we first met, Nedo and I have not been apart with the exception of the seven months while we waited for him to come to the United States on his student visa ... To this day the effects of [the] decision to leave his family are deeply emotional and he can’t allow himself to communicate with them regularly because it is easier to disassociate then deal with the enormity of that decision. Every time he talks to his family he ends up crying for the remainder of the night.  He misses his nieces and nephews terribly and it hurts him not to see them regularly. The fact that he is separated from his mother is something he can’t even fully grasp without his eyes swelling with tears. Due to his current legal status he cannot risk leaving the country for fear his visa will not be renewed, but this means he also must live with the knowledge that he may never see his parents again. They are getting older and the more time that goes by without him being able to visit is another form of torment for us as a gay binational American family. My husband experiences this pain often, and it causes me to resent my government for the pain our families suffer in the name of DOMA.

... Each year we participate in the Diversity Visa Green Card Lottery and this last year was especially bitter for us as we are running out of time on Nedo’s visa. The Green Card Lottery is our final hope ... Because his visa will be up in February of 2013 we are running out of options ...

We can no longer put off conversations about what will happen to us next year ...

Towleroad-roadicon Tasmania likely to become first Australian state to grant marriage equality.

Towleroad-roadicon Conservative news organs complain that the mainstream media ignored Chick-fil-A appreciation day.

Towleroad-roadicon Indiana megachurch pastor Jack Schaap dismissed after allegations of sexual conduct with a 16-year-old girl:

“At this time, we deeply regret the need to announce that First Baptist Church has dismissed our pastor, Dr. Jack Schaap, due to a sin that has caused him to forfeit his right to be our pastor,” the church said in a statement.

Towleroad-roadicon There were as many as a hundred Christian families in the Egyptian town of Dahshour. After mob rampage, there are none:

The violence was ultimately rooted in a dispute over a badly ironed shirt that escalated into a fight in which a Christian burned a Muslim to death, in turn sparking the rampage by angry Muslims.

"It was a devil's moment," Wehba said Thursday at the home of her Muslim neighbors, who have taken her in. "Whoever caused this was the devil's son."

Towleroad-roadicon What Afghan girls brave on the way to school.

Towleroad-roadicon Five ridiculous atheists.

Towleroad-roadicon NBC apologizes for airing an ad starring a gymnast monkey immediately after recapping Gabby Douglas's gold-winning performance.

Towleroad-roadicon Michael Phelps concludes a storied career.

Towleroad-roadicon A lucky Olympic picture.


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  1. Sad that Towleroad takes the typical American media tack of fawning all over Phleps wins as a manifestation of American dominance, while totally overlooking (ignoring?) an historic performance by American distance runner Galen Rupp, who became the first American man to medal in the 10,000 meters in 40 years, and only the third American to medal in the even in the last 100 years. The gold medal winner Mo Farrah is Rupp's training partner, and they train under American distance great Alberto Salazar. But the American only won silver, so it's not a story.

    Posted by: Kiss My Rapidly Disappearing Tail Lights | Aug 4, 2012 6:12:38 PM

  2. Five ridiculous atheists, or a ridiculous list of "five people I don't agree with", hmm?

    Posted by: Randy | Aug 4, 2012 6:38:26 PM

  3. Yeah, gosh it's weird that someone who won a gold medal for the 18th time got more attention than someone who won silver in a sport that few people care about. And I say that as someone from a family of cross-country runners.

    Posted by: Paul R | Aug 4, 2012 6:45:00 PM

  4. Whilst Tasmania might legalise gay marriage, in Australia most constitutional scholars agree that marriage legislation is clearly a commonwealth power, suggesting it is unlikely to survive a high court challenge.

    Still awesome though.

    Posted by: Tom | Aug 4, 2012 6:45:38 PM

  5. "Whoever caused this was the devil's son."

    No, it was people with ridiculous hateful religious beliefs. Just people, nothing supernatural.

    Posted by: PDX Guy | Aug 4, 2012 6:48:00 PM

  6. Savages...

    Both religions are rife with them.

    As for the pastor, may he be punished to the full extent of the law, that he may serve as an expample to the rest of his filthy religion that they are not above the law.

    Posted by: Sarm | Aug 4, 2012 6:59:11 PM

  7. Five very smart atheists. You are an idiot Mr.

    Posted by: Malo | Aug 4, 2012 7:07:14 PM

  8. Also, I find it mildly unnerving when couples wear the same clothes, as in the first picture. My ex and I sometimes did it unwittingly (though not identically), and I was mortified. Be an individual.

    Posted by: Paul R | Aug 4, 2012 7:13:46 PM

  9. About the atheists thing:

    I am an atheist, and an outspoken one. Hell, my best friend is James Randi. The point of the article, I think, is that it's unwise for the atheist movement to think mere unbelief is itself a sign of rectitude. The article is arguing that it's skepticism that's important -- scientific skepticism -- and that an atheist who, like Bill Maher, doesn't believe in the germ theory of disease probably doesn't have enough of that stuff.

    - BKT

    Posted by: Brandon K. Thorp | Aug 4, 2012 7:16:59 PM

  10. Brandon,

    In the future, could you do like Andy and let us click in for Olympic results, rather than letting unsuspecting people read a result when they haven't watched the event yet? Thanks.

    Posted by: Bill | Aug 4, 2012 7:17:47 PM

  11. Bill --

    Good looking out. Sorry about that. I've changed the wording.

    - BKT

    Posted by: Brandon K. Thorp | Aug 4, 2012 7:20:45 PM

  12. I cannot STAND NBC coverage of the olympics! This has to be the most obnoxious coverage. Ever.

    Posted by: 99% | Aug 4, 2012 7:34:41 PM

  13. @Paul: I think that's a wedding picture. I'm not sure exactly what the official dress code is, but given that bridesmaids usually wear the same color and groomsmen traditionally the same suit, it seems logical that matching outfits would be an option for a same sex couple.

    Posted by: KevinVT | Aug 4, 2012 7:35:38 PM

  14. Bring on the paralympics

    Posted by: Gordon | Aug 4, 2012 9:08:33 PM

  15. Brandon,

    while we have you here, just know that you're excuse of terms like "no homo" are careless at best and dangerous at worst. It's that type of wreckless pandering that enables societal homophibia which runs rampant anywhere from rural America, to urban cities. Folks like yourself want to use any justifiable reasoning to rationalize words that clearly CUT at the dignity of LGBT- but you'll (hopefully) soon realize that there doesn't need to be a tolerance of ignorance. We shouldn't excuse, nor celebrate ignorant thinking or phrases, regardless of popularity. Words like "that's soo gay" and "no homo" both directly and indirectly contribute to the cycle of vicious reactions toward an actual "homo"

    Posted by: USC Trojans Fan | Aug 4, 2012 9:29:04 PM

  16. Well said USC Trojans Fan.
    In the past, I've been able to enjoy Brandon's contributions but I along with many other posters were clearly baffled at his Chris Brown thread. It left me both disapppointed in this site and the writer.

    Posted by: Dynex | Aug 4, 2012 9:30:15 PM

  17. We're still giving Brandon guff for that?

    "just know that you're excuse of terms like 'no homo'"

    Somehow, I find your grammar more offensive than Brandon's words.

    Posted by: Mikey | Aug 4, 2012 9:35:45 PM

  18. @ Paul R
    If thats what makes you mortified, you have a pretty easy life. I think there's more things to be concerned about than what a gay couple wears, especially the struggles this gay couple endured. How about we as a community stop disecting our gay couples as often as we do? Depending on what a gay couple chooses to wear, to their wedding ceremony, to how they dance in their wedding ceremony, to them kissing in public, to them fighting for their rights...it seems the gay community has an unhealthy fixation of holding same sex couples to an abnormal standard. It's really unfortunate. This mentality that every gay couple is representing every gay person, or moreover, has a duty to represent every gay person and constantly be mindful of what the big heterosexual man thinks is both belittling and demonizing.

    Live YOUR life as you see fit. Please stop 'schooling' other, notably gay couples, on how to live theirs. They have enough armchair judges.

    Posted by: Art Smith | Aug 4, 2012 9:38:00 PM

  19. Art Smith,
    Beautiful. Absolutely nailed it.

    Posted by: MJ | Aug 4, 2012 9:38:41 PM

  20. Mikey,
    yeah we are. sorry we don't all bow down to you hip hop lovers because you have an adopted sense of entitlement and think you are immune to criticism because you listen to gangsta rap.

    Posted by: Leo | Aug 4, 2012 10:59:21 PM

  21. Fine. Live your life as a duplicate.

    Posted by: Paul R | Aug 5, 2012 4:33:45 AM

  22. >> Tasmania likely to become first Australian state to grant marriage equality.

    AWWW. Good on them if they do. I know that Australia always feels inferior to Canada, as the Senior Member of the Commonwealth -- happy to have the Aussies catch up to us on one or two things.

    Posted by: Randal Oulton | Aug 5, 2012 4:52:36 AM

  23. @ Paul R
    And live your life as a bitter, old, scrooge who is so negative that he'd see a story like the one posed about the gay couple and automatically take a dig at something as superficial as you did. how old are you? probably a lot older than you act. stop being so bitter, you'll probably end up single and miserable if you aren't already.

    Posted by: Chast | Aug 5, 2012 5:30:23 AM

  24. I once saw an article about a gay couple that had a lifelike doll all dressed up, and they carried it around like a child everywhere they went. That creeped me out.

    Posted by: Hector | Aug 5, 2012 6:26:01 AM

  25. Somehow Jon Stewart managed to come up with some main-stream media coverage of Chick-Fil-A appreciation day (e.g. CNN). I'm not surprised that the Religious Right could not, given that their collecttive eyes are closed to reality. Perhaps they should start following blogs they don't agree with.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Aug 5, 2012 7:25:10 AM

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