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Last month Baltimore Raven linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo made headlines for his unwavering support of marriage equality. Well today, Ayanbadejo's Baltimore teammate and former Vikings player Matt Birk spoke out with the opposite sentiment. In an op-ed for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune he writes that not all NFL players want to "redefine marriage".
This weekend California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill into law that bans barbaric "ex-gay" therapy for minors. Today, CNN's Brooke Baldwin invited an "ex-gay" therapist on her show where she grilled the wacko about his claims that therapy saved him.
The Supreme Court again took no action today regarding Prop 8 and DOMA cases. We will have to keep waiting to find out what the Supreme Court's decision is about these important cases. In good news, proponents of same-sex marriage in the state of Maine hopefully won't have to wait beyond November to achieve victory as a referendum in favor of marriage equality is currently winning easily in the polls.
There is currently a referendum on the ballot in Minnesota that would limit marriage to between a man and a woman and the NOM-backed group hoping to pass the amendment has a new ad out that claims marriage was made by God.
Steve Barton, a survivor of the Aurora shooting, has released a powerful video demanding a plan for gun control from both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi's opponent John Dennis has a new ad out. It answers the age old question of what would it look like if Nancy Pelosi wanted to eat everybody.
Dexter and Homeland returned last night (thank God!). Check out the full episodes here!
DTLA, which is a new gay scripted series by one of the Executive Producers of The L-Word, has found a home at LOGO. Take a look at the trailer here!
Adele will be performing the theme song for the new James Bond film, Skyfall, which is due out in November. A clip of said theme leaked earlier today.
The Pet Shop Boys released a video for their new single "Leaving" today. Take a peek here.
Part one of the reunion for The Real Housewives of New Jersey was last night and after all the yelling was over, we got a sneak preview of the truly terrifying craziness that's in store for part two. Speaking of out-of-control animals, this is what you should do if you need to get a giant Black Bear off of your porch.
Congratulations to my friends MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts and his longtime partner Patrick Abner on getting married Saturday night in New York. I was a guest at the touching and beautiful ceremony, officiated by California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, though the photos I snapped with my camera phone aren't nearly as good as the handsome shot above. Along with some words and poetry from family members, the ceremony was accompanied by a gorgeous song from country singer Chely Wright followed by a celebration at the Gansevoort Park Hotel.
CNN's Brooke Baldwin Grills 'Ex-Gay' Quack Over California's Ban on Reparative Therapy for Minors: VIDEO
CNN's Brooke Baldwin invited senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and “ex-gay” therapist and NARTH (National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality) representative Dan Pickup to discuss the law that was signed by California Governor Jerry Brown over the weekend banning harmful "ex-gay" reparative therapy for minors.
Pickup, who claims "ex-gay" therapy saved him after he was physically and emotionally abused as a child, was not happy to be challenged on his claims, which Baldwin and Cohen did proficiently.
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Pickup also announced that NARTH will be filing a lawsuit with conservative legal group The Liberty Counsel challenging the law, this week.
Liberty Counsel discusses the suit on its website:
“The California governor and legislature are putting their own preconceived notions and political ideology ahead of children and their rights to get access to counseling that meets their needs,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. “A number of minors who have struggled with same-sex attraction have been able to reduce or eliminate the stress and conflicts in their lives by receiving counseling of their choice which best meets their needs and religious convictions. This bill will harm children, stress families, and place counselors in a catch-22, because they will be forced to violate their licensing ethical codes,” said Staver.
“We are filing on behalf of mental health professionals who find themselves in a catch-22,” Staver said. Therapists have an ethical obligation to help clients deal with conflict. If a client is experiencing conflict between religious beliefs and same-sex attractions and wants to prioritize those beliefs over such attractions, the counselor is ethically obligated to directly help or refer for help. Under this law, the counselor will be forced to disregard the client’s religious beliefs or change them. “This bill and the ethical codes of all of the licensing boards in California are on an inevitable collision course,” Staver said. “The licenses of countless mental health professionals hang in the balance.”
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Andres Serrano invites Catholic bigmouth Bill Donohue to see "Piss Christ" and talk.
Chippendales bring their beefcake to The Amazing Race.
Ten races around the country where Mitt Romney could sink GOP candidates.
On October 9 at 6:30 pm, our legal expert Ari Ezra Waldman is participating in "How Can New Yorkers Help Win the Freedom to Marry?", a panel discussion with Nicole Bronzan, Brian Ellner, and Lynn Faria at the LGBT Center in NYC.
Anne Hathaway got married in Big Sur.
Romney preps for debate: "...Mr. Romney's team has concluded that debates are about creating moments and has equipped him with a series of zingers that he has memorized and has been practicing on aides since August."
A gay wedding in Rome: "The one-hour ceremony included communion, scripture readings and lively spiritual music by a visiting choir invited to help celebrate the first same-sex marriage known to be held in Rome, the base of the Roman Catholic Church. The grooms held hands and exchanged rings that had been blessed by Mother Teodora Tosatti, the first woman to be ordained as a priest in Italy under the Vetero Catholics, which is an offshoot of the Catholic Church. 'Why should love that does not follow tradition be illegal?' she asked the congregation made up of same-sex and heterosexual couples. 'Your vows to each other are as important as any other’s.'"
Hugh Jackman prances in the Sydney surf.
Veteran arrested in murder of Craigslist escort: "Delacey, at the time a resident of 1074 Cedar Way, unit 102, in Fruita, is accused in the slaying of 26-year-old Luis Alberto Vasquez Oliva, or 'Beto,' an undocumented Mexican national who was beaten to death inside his apartment at 540 29 Road, unit 6."
70,000 activists rally in Chile in support of LGBT rights: "The march's organizers delineated three main focuses of 2012's march: adding a preventative mechanism to Chile’s recently-passed anti-discrimination law, providing representative identification for transsexuals and developing an education campaign about sexual differences in public schools."
Nude photos of Prince William being shopped? "...a technology blogger writing for the Telegraph today alleges that there are naked photos of Big Willie Wales being hawked around the newspapers and gossip mags of Europe. Willard Foxton says, 'Newspaper pictures editors tell me there are as many as 270 pictures being hawked around, which feature both the Duchess and Prince William naked – only 24 have appeared thus far. The Palace's nightmare is that the pictures are stills from a video.'"
HuffPost reporter Lila Shapiro spends some time with GOProud and Log Cabin.
Male model fix: Laurin Krausz.
Paris Hilton makes out with woman, inspiring Vegas bar fight involving her new model boyfriend River Viiperi.
Jamaica's only drop-in center for homeless LGBT youth forced to close by anti-gay local authorities and media.
Wayne Butterfass, a 70 year old, retired, former small business owner from Cincinnati: “I don’t know why any woman or gay would ever vote for Romney. All you have to do is look at the Republican platform. I’ve never seen such HATE this year in the Republican Party, national or state.”
NOM defends child's kidnapping over a parent's 'biological connection'.
George Michael cancels Australian leg of tour: "I have today announced the cancellation of the shows in Australia which breaks my heart. By way of explanation all I can say at this time is that since last year's illness I have tried in vain to work my way through the trauma that the doctors who saved my life warned me I would experience. They recommended complete rest and the type of post traumatic counselling which is available in cases like mine but I'm afraid I believed (wrongly) that making music and getting out there to perform for the audiences that bring me such joy would be therapy enough in itself. Unfortunately I seriously underestimated how difficult this year would be and although I was right to believe that the shows would bring me great happiness and that my voice would recover completely (I truly think that some of my recent performances have been my best ever) I was wrong to think I could work my way through the major anxiety that has plagued me since I left Austria last December."