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Minnesota Vikings Punter Chris Kluwe, Defender of Marriage Equality, Appears on 'The Ed Show': VIDEO


Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, whose letter defending gay rights and the free speech of Baltimore Raven Ayanbadejo against the attacks of Maryland House of Delegates member Emmett Burns Jr went viral today, appeared this evening on The Ed Show to talk about his views and the Burns letter.


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Posted Sep. 7,2012 at 11:00 PM EST by in Brendon Ayanbadejo, Chris Kluwe, Emmett C Burns, Football (American), Gay Marriage, Minnesota, News | Permalink | Comments (45)

Today on Towleroad: Obama at DNC and Frank Ocean at VMAs

 The Conventions have come to a close and if you missed President Obama officially accepting the nomination last night in Charlotte, here is the full speech. Also, Vice President Biden's remarks. After four days of speeches it became quite clear that the LGBT community is very welcome in the Democratic party

Wine_harryOne of the more contentious moments of the DNC was the vote over the reinstatement of the word "God" into the party platform. Check out Jon Stewart's take on the chaos

With the debates over, the Romney campaign has announced that they are going on an advertising blitz. They will be running a bunch of new spots in eight battleground states. Romney has taken heat over the fact that he neglected to mention the troops in his speech at last weeks GOP convention. Questioned about it today Romney said that he didn't think it was important. Make of that what you will. 

Clint Eastwood continues to talk about his dislike for President Obama. He also mentioned that he only decided on what he was going to talk about fifteen minutes before his now infamous Convention speech.

The MTV Video Music Awards made the ill-advised decision to go up against Obama's speech last night. It was a rather uneventful show, but host Kevin Hart drew attention by taking time to praise Frank Ocean for coming out. The NFL may be just as difficult a place as the rap or R&B world to be gay but Brendon Ayanbadejo of the Baltimore Ravens will not stop supporting gay rights, no matter who tries to silence him.

In music news Michael Stipe is really not pleased that Fox News has been using an R.E.M. song. Also P!nk just released her new single, check it out here!

Finally, a combo of a nude Prince Harry and wine? Score!



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Michigan Couple Challenges State's Marriage Amendment, Ban on Gay Adoption: VIDEO


A Detroit couple already suing the state of Michigan over its ban on adoptions by unmarried couples has expanded their lawsuit to take on the state's marriage amendment, the Detroit News reports:

April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse, who have three special-needs children, made the announcement Friday during a news conference with their legal team at the Penobscot Building.

The couple is the first to challenge the state's marriage amendment since it was passed in 2004.In the amended lawsuit filed Friday in federal court, the Hazel Park women are seeking to change the state's laws that prevent same-sex couples from marrying and adopting children.

The suit claims Gov. Rick Snyder, Attorney General Bill Schuette and Oakland County Clerk Bill Bullard are denying them the same constitutional rights afforded to heterosexual couples.

Watch the press conference held by the couple and their attorneys today, as well as a news report broadcast a week ago when they had not yet decided to expand their lawsuit, AFTER THE JUMP...

A news report from last week:

Posted Sep. 7,2012 at 6:10 PM EST by in Detroit, Gay Adoption, Gay Marriage, Michigan, News | Permalink | Comments (5)

Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1203

MARY J BLIGE: Supports marriage equality.

MIKA: Sample his full album.

SH*T APPLE FANATICS SAY: Some of you will relate.

NOH8: L.A. officials line up for the activist portrait campaign.

For recent Guides to the Tube, click HERE.

Posted Sep. 7,2012 at 5:25 PM EST by in Apple, Los Angeles, Mary J. Blige, Mika, News, Towleroad Guide to the Tube | Permalink | Comments (5)

News: Oreos, Andy Warhol, Eastenders, Syria, Ryan Phillippe

RoadIowa wingnut Vander Plaats caught in smear of pro-equality judge David Wiggins.

RoadMixner: What Now? "For the LGBT community, everything we have gained over the last decades is at risk. There isn't just a subtle difference in rhetoric between the two candidates. The Democrats want us to have full equality and the Republicans want to take away our rights by enshrining us in the Constitution of the United States. It is really that simple."

StingrayRoadStingray: X-ray.

RoadLindsay Lohan tells Obama that "millionaires" need a tax cut too.

RoadBritish soap's gay couple to depart: "EastEnders cast members Marc Elliott and John Partridge, who play gay lovers Syed Masood and Christian Clarke, are to be written out of the BBC One soap."

RoadRyan Phillippe bares his bum on Damages (work-unfriendly).

RoadObama sets Twitter record: "Twitter reports 52,756 Tweets in the minute following Obama's speech -- a new record for a political event and on par with Usain Bolt's final race in the 2012 Olympic relay, Twitter spokesperson Elaine Filadelfo told POLITICO."

RoadPrince Harry sent packing to Afghanistan. "'He will be in a difficult and demanding job. And I ask that he be left to get on with his duties and allowed to focus on delivering support to the coalition troops on the ground,' Royal Navy Captain Jock Gordon, Commander of the Joint Aviation Group said."

RoadFirst look: A Glee Season 4 preview.

CandycornRoadThese now exist.

RoadUK Culture Secretary Maria Miller asks gay and lesbian groups not to judge her on her votes against gay adoption and fertility treatment for lesbians: “I can say very clearly that I have worked for many years in the area of disability and also women’s equality and I am absolutely committed to making Britain a more equal society,” Miller, who was previously minister for the disabled, told reporters during a visit to a business in central London today. “Perhaps looking at voting records isn’t the way to assess what people think about in this world and perhaps actually talking to them is a better way of doing it.”

RoadP!nk and Miley Cyrus do hair battle at the VMAs.

RoadNe-Yo addresses gay rumors again: ''That sh*t ate me alive…(I was) like where did that come from? Who are these people that have gone to such heights to try and make people believe this? They went all out with that story. I’ve never been the 'hey everybody, look at me!' dude and I’m not gonna start. If my music doesn’t do it for you, if it doesn’t get your attention, there’s 100 dudes out there that will do anything and everything so that you’ll look at them. I’m not that dude.''

RoadSF DA George Gascon warns gay men at alleged murderer's hearing: "Be very careful who you take home. The consequences can be very dire as they were in this particular case."

WarholRoadAndy Warhol artworks set to flood the market: "Andy Warhol's estate is cashing out. A quarter-century after the Pop artist died, his art foundation is about to upend the Warhol market by auctioning off the rest of his estate—including more than 20,000 works it expects to sell for a total of more than $100 million."

RoadFriday laughs: a Parks and Rec blooper reel.

RoadIt's also Hunting Season.

RoadGays join the Syrian uprising: "Hassino joined the opposition to President Bashar Assad and seeks to raise awareness about gay issues. It isn't easy...Hassino started the online magazine Mawaleh, which means "nuts," in an effort to reach out to his community regardless of their political views. 'Nobody knows what will happen in Syria until the regime falls,' said Hassino. 'We need to raise awareness. We want a secular Syria.' Even gays who currently support Assad need to think about what happens when he leaves power. 'They need to have a backup plan.'"

Posted Sep. 7,2012 at 3:55 PM EST by | Permalink | Comments (7)

Minnesota Vikings Punter Chris Kluwe Comes Out Swinging in Defense of Brendon Ayanbadejo and Gay Rights

Minnesota Viking punter Chris Kluwe, like Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, is an advocate for LGBT rights and marriage equality. He has recorded three radio ads for Minnesotans for Equality, the group fighting a November ballot that would constitutionally define marriage as opposite sex only.

KluweListen to one of Kluwe's radio ads here.

Now, Kluwe, in the form of an extremely colorful letter, is coming out against Maryland lawmaker Emmett C. Burns, who this week urged Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti to silence Ayanbadejo from speaking his mind on gay rights.

Here's the closing part of Kluwe's letter, published in full on Deadspin.

I can assure you that gay people getting married will have zero effect on your life. They won't come into your house and steal your children. They won't magically turn you into a lustful cockmonster. They won't even overthrow the government in an orgy of hedonistic debauchery because all of a sudden they have the same legal rights as the other 90 percent of our population—rights like Social Security benefits, child care tax credits, Family and Medical Leave to take care of loved ones, and COBRA healthcare for spouses and children. You know what having these rights will make gays? Full-fledged American citizens just like everyone else, with the freedom to pursue happiness and all that entails. Do the civil-rights struggles of the past 200 years mean absolutely nothing to you?

In closing, I would like to say that I hope this letter, in some small way, causes you to reflect upon the magnitude of the colossal foot in mouth clusterf*ck you so brazenly unleashed on a man whose only crime was speaking out for something he believed in. Best of luck in the next election; I'm fairly certain you might need it.

Chris Kluwe

P.S. I've also been vocal as hell about the issue of gay marriage so you can take your "I know of no other NFL player who has done what Mr. Ayanbadejo is doing" and shove it in your close-minded, totally lacking in empathy piehole and choke on it. A**hole.

Read Kluwe's full letter HERE. It follows a more tempered response from Ayanbadejo.

(h/t think progress)

Posted Sep. 7,2012 at 2:57 PM EST by in Brendon Ayanbadejo, Chris Kluwe, Emmett C Burns, Football (American), Maryland, Minnesota, News | Permalink | Comments (75)


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