A group of 63 priests with more than 800 combined years of service to the church are coming out in support of marriage equality on Thursday, the Seattle PI reports:
“We are uneasy with the aggressive efforts of Catholic bishops to oppose R-74 and want to support the 71 percent of Catholics (Public Religion Research Institute) who support civil marriage for gays as a valid Catholic position,” they said in a statement.
Former priest Pat Callahan, who organized the statement, added: “This is the first public action we’ve taken.” Callahan was in the Catholic priesthood for 15 years.
Over the weekend, Catholic Bishop Joseph J. Tyson of the Diocese of Yakima told his 41 parishes that same-sex marriage endangers religious liberty.
In related news, NOM-backed group Preserve Marriage Washington just injected $650,000 into the battle there.
Writes Dominic Holden at Slog:
The statewide dialogue up to now has been controlled almost entirely by gay-rights advocates. The advantage we have now is one that exists before the anti-gay campaign even opens its mouth. Their ads begin airing on October 15, and they will get more traction with less money. Reserved to the tune of $1.5 million, the ads are being designed by Frank Schubert, whose commercials in Maine depicted girls marrying princesses, a chalkboard with the words "gay sex," teachers discussing penetration, and the looming—dishonest—specter that "homosexual marriage will be taught in schools."
To scare the sh*t out of Washington, they only need enough money for one statewide blitz. And now they've got it.
Help out Washington United for Marriage here.
A Romney voter weighs in.
"I've been a huge advocate of him because he is super gorgeous, and hot, and we haven't really had a hot president since like, Kennedy, but we all know how that ended..."
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...
Here's the second installment of New Left Media's excellent mini-doc series they're producing in association with The Four, on the four states — Maine, Minnesota, Maryland, and Washington — with same-sex marriage ballot measures this November. The first was on Maine, and you can watch it HERE.
In Minnesota's case, it's not a measure that would put marriage equality into effect but a constitutional amendment which would ban it.
Watch "Marriage for All Families: Stories from Minnesota", AFTER THE JUMP...
In related news, new polling from PPP finds the amendment to ban same-sex marriage trailing:
PPP's newest poll on Minnesota's amendment to ban gay marriage finds it running slightly behind, with 46% of voters planning to support it and 49% opposed. That represents a 4 point shift compared to a month ago when it led for passage 48-47.
The movement over the last month has been with independent voters. Where they supported the amendment 51/42 in September, they've now almost flipped and oppose it by a 52/42 margin. Women (43/51) are stronger in their opposition to it than men (49/47) are in their support. Most of the margin against the amendment is being provided by younger voters who say they plan to vote against it 53/38.
In general 47% of voters in the state say they support gay marriage to 43% who are opposed. And 74% of voters, including even 52% of Republicans, support some form of legal recognition for gay couples either in the form of marriage or civil unions.
Jon Stewart suggests the "empty-headed puppets" on the right come up with their own version of Sesame Street. Call it Patriot Street.
Watch a preview, AFTER THE JUMP...
Lady Gaga posted a photo last night of herself in a pointy witches hat with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.
They had dinner at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, the Telegraph reports:
The WikiLeaks founder, who is wanted in Sweden over alleged sex attacks on two women, has been holed up there since June and has claimed asylum.
Lady Gaga is said to have spent five hours with him, emerging at midnight after the two had shared a meal.
Earlier, singer M.I.A. had tweeted a message to Lady Gaga saying: “If ur at harrods today, come visit Assange at the Ecuador embassy across the st. im there. Ill bring TEA and CAKE (sic).”
The mostly crowd-sourced thriller The Canyons written by Bret Easton Ellis, directed by Paul Schrader, and starring Lindsay Lohan and porn star James Deen has busted out of the gate with a 70's-style retro teaser.
At this point it's hard to tell what the ultimate project will look like, but the filmmakers say two more teasers "made to resemble 1950's melodrama and 1930's comedy" are on the way soon.
Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...