The Washington Post followed up with the Vatican about their panicked, quixotic crusade against marriage equality both here and abroad.
Here's what they came up with: the Vatican is sticking by that old-timey "Why not polygamy?" argument.
Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi, for his part, said gays can have their rights protected by means other than through legal marital recognition. He stressed that children should have a right to say they have a father and a mother.
“If not, then why not contemplate freely chosen polygamy, and naturally so as to not discriminate, polyandry?” he asked sarcastically. Polyandry is when a woman has two or more husbands.
“As a result, don’t expect the church to stop insisting that society recognizes a specific place for marriage between a man and woman,” he said.
Who would expect anything more?
Mitt Romney's campaign canceled all their credit cards after the failed presidential hopeful conceded the race to President Obama. Many staffers, caught unaware, were left stranded: "Aides taking cabs home late that night got rude awakenings when they found the credit cards linked to the campaign no longer worked."
Secret Service were notified early Wednesday that their time guarding Mitt Romney had come to an end. "Javelin, Jockey details, all posts, discontinue," read the command text.
Anti-gay Muslim and Christian activists protested in Monrovia, Liberia, today to ban all gay and lesbian activities there.
Did Paula Broadwell's husband write to Chuck Klosterman at The Ethicist to ask for advice about how to handle her affair with David Petraeus?
Raise your hand if you wish Becks had taken you and not wife Victoria to see Barbra Streisand perform.
Is it gauche to ask wedding guests to donate to marriage equality causes in lieu of gifts?
The DC Eagle is closing.
Liam Neeson, Will Ferrell and Alison Brie have all signed on for the Lego movie.
This is what happens when you buy an "iPad" from a gas station.
Baby tiger and chihuahua find love in a hopeless place.
May we all age as well as Daniel Day-Lewis.
Brian Brown and his mob at the National Organization for Marriage want to make equality-supporting Starbucks "pay a price" in the Middle East. "Their international outreach is where we can have the most effect,” Brown said during a conference call with his minions. “So for example, in Qatar, in the Middle East, we’ve begun working to make sure that there’s some price to be paid for this. These are not countries that look kindly on same-sex marriage. And this is where Starbucks wants to expand, as well as India. So we have done some of this; we’ve got to do a lot more.”
Lindsay Lohan has decided not to sit down for an interview with Barbara Walters.
Eugene Delgaudio, the Virginia conservative who used a gay couple's wedding picture to campaign against Colorado State Sen. Jean White and propagandize against marriage equality, is being investigated for allegedly using public resources and employees to fuel his anti-gay crusade.
This is what the Earth sounds like. PBS explains: "Physicist Craig Kletzing, a professor at the University of Iowa, and his colleagues at NASA recently recorded the clearest example yet of this chorus from the Radiation Belt Storm Probes, a pair of satellites surveying the radiation fields that envelop the Earth. Just days after the satellites' launch, they were beaming back high-resolution data that matches the quality of CD audio."
President Obama is officially the winner in Florida, collecting the state's 29 electoral votes and bringing his total to 332 over Romney's 206.
Nate Silver says GOP still has an electoral disadvantage for next two election cycles at least. "States like Wisconsin, New Hampshire and Iowa are overwhelmingly white – but also highly educated, with fairly progressive views on social policy. If Republicans moderated their tone on social issues, they might be more competitive in these states, while regaining ground in Northern Virginia and in the Philadelphia suburbs," says the statistician.
Posted Nov. 10,2012 at 4:05 PM EST by Andrew Belonsky in 2012 Election, Barack Obama, Barbara Walters, David Petraeus, Eugene Delgaudio, Film, Florida, Liberia, Lindsay Lohan, Mitt Romney, Nate Silver, News, Science | Permalink | Comments (15)
Anderson Cooper stopped by David Letterman's Late Show last night and while there was asked whether, as a homosexual, he has "gaydar."
Telling the talk show host that he prefers the term "light in the loafers," the CNN anchor explained that, sure, he can sometimes tell people are gay, but others slip under the proverbial radar. Letterman, Cooper said, was indeed pinging it, though that may have just been the scotch the men shared at the start of the segment.
Cooper also did a great job convincing Letterman that there's no secret gay handshake, which was tough, because Letterman presented Cooper with the actual secret gay handshake, the fist bump, leaving Cooper to claim, "I'm gay, we don't do this kind of thing!" Nicely done, Mr. C.
On a serious note, Cooper expained to Letterman why he decided to come out of the public: "As a member of a community in this country who is concerned about the well being of this country and the well being of people in the community I didn't want to be sending in any way, I didn't want anybody interpreting my silence on the issue as being somehow that I was ashamed of something or was trying to hide something."
He went on, "I could not be any more happy, I could not be any more comfortable and any more proud of being gay than I am."
Watch the "gay-dar" and fist bump segments of the chat AFTER THE JUMP as well as Cooper and Letterman's discussions about Hurricane Sandy, the election and Dick Morris.
Hurricane Sandy's ramifications continue to be felt across New York, including at International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission's downtown office, where thousands of archived materials were lost.
From the group's Facebook message, posted yesterday:
Today, IGLHRC learned that the 8 ft of water and gasoline that filled the basement of our NY office destroyed our on-site archives and publications. We fight to memorialize LGBT communities every day, and with your support, we will re-build our history and present.
If you'd like to help IGLHRC rebuild, donate HERE.
Reporting on the final vote tally in Washington State's ballot measure approving marriage equality, Fox News' Shepard Smith declared the equality win a "victory for civil rights".
Last week's historic LGBT wins made clear that the United States has turned a corner in terms of marriage equality, finally coming out victorious against conservative religious powers that want to maintain institutionalized discrimination.
...According to an article in L’Osservatore Romano by historian Lucetta Scaraffia, the church has emerged in recent years as the only institution on the global stage that’s capable of resisting the forces that threaten to "break up ... human society."...
"You could say that the church, on this level, is bound to lose,” writes Scaraffia. “But this is not the case.”
According to the historian, the church’s fight on moral issues such as gay marriage and abortion has drawn support and “admiration” from many non-Catholics.
Scaraffia went on to argue that political battles over gay adoption, abortion and other policies the Vatican deems sinful aren't about "progress," but about "the loss of one of the founding freedoms of the modern State, religious liberty."
Today that same paper ran another piece that "sought to frame itself as the lone voice of courage in opposing initiatives to give same-sex couples legal recognition," says the Washington Post.
And the Vatican's editors even worked their quixotic belief into a report on President Obama's re-election: "If Obama wants to be the president of all American people, he must eventually acknowledge the requests that are rising with strength from the religious communities — the Catholic Church being the first in line — in favour of the family, life and religious liberty."
Meanwhile, the aforementioned article on America's waning religious right noted, "Solid majorities of Catholics supported same-sex marriage, said Dr. Jones, the pollster."