The Charlotte LGBT Chorus puts a little holiday cheer into their gay pride. Or is it gay pride into their holiday cheer?
Either way, check out "God Bless You Chick-Fil-A" as sung by the Charlotte LGBT Chorus AFTER THE JUMP.
Well aware that marriage equality is the wave of the future, Taiwan's government is enlisting academics to look into how to integrate same-sex nuptials or unions into the country's laws and traditions.
The initial research, organized by the Ministry of Justice, looked West to Germany, Canada and France, but activists demanded the government look closer to home, the Taipei Times reports.
[Chung Jui-lan, deputy director-general of the ministry’s Department of Legal Affairs] said the ministry decided to study Asian countries’ attitudes to same-sex marriage after critics of such unions questioned why the ministry had left Asian countries out of its May study, given that they are more similar to Taiwan than Western nations.
The study will also cover topics such as whether to revise the Civil Code if same-sex marriage if legalized or if passing a civil partnership act would be more viable than outright legalization, Chung said.
The report released by the ministry in May concluded that the Registered Same-Sex Partnership Regime adopted by Germany offers “a better common ground and a compromise solution between the marriage equality groups and those who are opposed to same-sex marriages.”
The system initially gave unequal rights to same-sex registered partners compared with married couples, but has improved the rights of the former through amendments to the law over the years.
As the Ministry of Justice launches this study, a court is considering whether gay couple Kao Chih-wei and Nelson Chen, whose 2006 wedding remains unrecognized, can go ahead with a lawsuit against the ban. If they win the suit, they'll be the first same-sex married couple in relatively liberal Taiwan, the paper notes.
With Susan Rice out of the running to replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State when Clinton stepped down, all eyes turned to John Kerry, the Democratic Senator whom many assumed was high on President Obama's shortlist.
Well, turns out those people were right: it was reported late last night that the commander-in-chief plans on nominating Kerry, currently chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and an advocate of equality.
Republicans have already indicated that Kerry would breeze through the nomination, one of the reasons UN Ambassador Rice stepped aside. They prefer Kerry not only for his foreign policy acumen, which Rice also has, but for the fact that his ascension to Secretary of State would get him out of the Senate, potentially freeing up some space for the GOP, though not for a little while.
CNN lays out how a power transfer would unfold:
If nominated by the president and confirmed by his colleagues in the Senate, Kerry would leave Congress, and Deval Patrick, Massachusetts' Democratic governor, would appoint a replacement.
By state law, a special general election is required to take place 145 to 160 days after a vacancy occurs. So if Kerry were nominated, confirmed, and then stepped down on January 21 (Inauguration Day), the election would take place between June 14 and June 29, with primary elections being held six weeks earlier.
Whoever wins the special election would serve the final year and a half of Kerry's term and would then be able to run again for a full six-year term in office in the 2014 midterm elections.
The formal announcement should be coming early this week.
Well, that's according to activist and singer Sean Chapin, who reimagines "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" AFTER THE JUMP.
The Associated Press reports that Vatican police today "seized" placards by pro-equality activists who showed up at St. Peter's Square to protest the traditionally anti-gay message tucked within Pope Benedict's recent Christmas speech. Same-sex nuptials are an "offense against the truth of the human person, with serious harm to justice and peace," he said during his remarks on peace.
From the AP:
The protesters carried signs in several languages, including ones saying: "Marriage for All" and "Homophobia (equals) death."
In his annual peace message released by the Vatican on Friday, the pontiff called gay marriage, and abortion, threats to peace.
The organizers of the protest issued a statement saying: "Gay unions don't harm peace. Weapons do."
Other reports put the total number of protesters at about 15 and notes that other signs read "Love Has No Barriers," "Talk About Love" and "Marry Peace".
The protesters never made it within St. Peter's parameters - that's how fast police acted to put an end to this action. If only the Vatican were as fast when it came to keeping up with social and cultural change.
The Westboro Baptist Church, the hateful congregation known for picketing high-profile messages to spread their tired "God hates fags" message, plans to picket outside Sandy Hook Elementary, the elementary school where Adam Lanza senselessly murdered twenty children last week.
Just when you think Westboro can't sink any lower - well, they do.