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News: Gun Rally, Norovirus, Balkanization, 16-bit

1NewsIcon The New York Times' Charles M. Blow on the GOP's plans to discard the winner-take-all system that has been favoring Democrats: "One day I will have to visit the evil lair where they come up with these schemes.They pump them out like a factory. Voter suppression didn’t work in November, and it may even have backfired in some states, so they just devised another devilish plan."

BalkanizeAmerica1NewsIcon Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, an anti-gay Republican, also opposes the measure: "I think winner-take-all is part of how a state matters. Our side would have gotten more votes this go-around but you know I want people to want to fight to win the whole state. It makes the state as a state matter more... We need to build them up and not to Balkanize America. It's the states that created the federal government and not the other way around."

1NewsIcon And neither does Haley Barbour, the former governor of Mississippi.

1NewsIcon Good news: "Emmanuel Lutheran Church will vote Sunday to openly confirm its acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parishioners… The vote would confirm Emmanuel as a Reconciling in Christ congregation and make it the first Rockford church listed with Reconciling Works, which advocates for the full inclusion of LGBT Lutherans in all aspects of church life. Reconciling Works lists 5,893 open Lutheran congregations across the United States."

1NewsIcon Never fear, Beyoncé is on site rehearsing for her Super Bowl performance.

1NewsIcon Headline of the day: "There's Absolutely No Logical Argument Against Gay Marriage".

LambertBday1NewsIcon Runner-up: "Adam Lambert Got A Birthday Lap Dance From David Arquette Last Night".

1NewsIcon No amount of crunches can save your tummy from the norovirus: "It's here. A variant of norovirus first spotted in Australia is now sweeping the U.S. The wily virus causes stomach upset, vomiting and diarrhea. The sickness is sometimes referred to as the stomach flu, though influenza has nothing to do with it."

1NewsIcon Which "straight" actors have taken to snogging one another?

1NewsIcon New satellite technology lets us finally see what clouds are up to at night.

1NewsIcon Thousands turn out for pro-gun control rally in D.C.

1NewsIcon On her 55th birthday, 55 reasons to love Ellen DeGeneres.

1NewsIcon Troy Stevenson, the new executive director for Garden State Equality, vows to keep fighting for marriage equality there.

Daysoffuture1NewsIcon  Bryan Singer confirmed that Ellen Page and Anna Paquin have signed on to the next X-movie, "Days of Future Past," based on the classic X-Men story arc of the same name.

1NewsIcon Downton Abbey as a 16-bit Super Nintendo video game.

1NewsIcon Here's part of what President Obama said a video pre-recorded for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force annual conference: "Today you are helping lead the way to a future where everyone is treated with dignity and respect... The work will be hard, the road will be long, but I'm more confident than ever that we will reach a better future as long as Americans like you keep reaching for justice and all of us keep marching together."

Posted Jan. 26,2013 at 6:40 PM EST by in 2012 Election, Adam Lambert, Anna Paquin, Barack Obama, Beyoncé, Bryan Singer, Comic Books, Ellen DeGeneres, Gay Marriage, Haley Barbour, Ken Cuccinelli, New Jersey, News, Science, Super Bowl, Virginia | Permalink | Comments (13)

French Poll Shows Slight Uptick In Equality Support

MarriagefranceA new poll out of France shows a small improvement in the number of voters who support marriage equality.

From Reuters:

The number of people who support the legalisation of same-sex marriage in France has risen despite major protests against the government's planned reforms earlier this month, a new poll by Ifop for news website showed.

The proportion of those surveyed supporting the change in the law rose to 63 percent from 60 percent in early January and December.

Support for adoption rights for gay couples also rose by 3 percentage points, although the country remains divided on the issue, with 49 percent in favour, according to the international marketing firm.

While good news on the surface, never forget that polls should be taken with a grain of salt.

Posted Jan. 26,2013 at 2:17 PM EST by in Gay Marriage, News, Paris | Permalink | Comments (10)

GOPAC Prez Tells Bill Maher 'Right-Wing' Is 'Name-Calling:' VIDEO


Right-wingers can be very thin-skinned. I'm sorry, homo sapiens with political beliefs on what is known as the conservative side of the spectrum can be very thin-skinned. Just look at David Avella, president of the Republican political action committee and a guest on Bill Maher's weekly talk show last night.

Though Avella admits President Obama's inaugural address had some ideas that the GOP can get behind, he accused the commander-in-chief of hypocritical name-calling.

"There are many things Republicans, thematically, can get behind," Avella said, before explaining that the president also demanded lawmakers not to treat "name-called as reasoned debate."

Avella went on, "This is a week [after] he sit [sic] and name-called and was critical of Republicans in his last press conference." Asked what name the Republicans were allegedly called, Avella replied, "right-wing Republican." Maher broke the news, "I got so many worse than that."

Pressed for an alternate term, Avella said he would have preferred the president said, "conservative" or "my friends on the other side of the aisle."

Meanwhile, former DNC head Howard Dean told Maher he thought President Obama's inauguration speech hit all the right (read: correct) notes.

"I thought the speech was something Americans out to embrace, which was equal rights for all Americans," he said. After the applause faded, he added, "And it's about time the President of the United States stood up to all this crazy crap on the right wing."

Watch video of Avella, Dean and some conversation about Sen. Rand Paul's silly questions during Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's appearance before the Senate this week AFTER THE JUMP

Via Huffington Post:

Posted Jan. 26,2013 at 1:37 PM EST by in Howard Dean, Inauguration, News, Republican Party | Permalink | Comments (33)

NOM To Protest SCOTUS Prop 8 Hearing: 'Could Be The Roe v. Wade Of Marriage'


The haters from the National Organization for Marriage announced today that they'll rally in Washington DC on March 26th, the day the Supreme Court begins hearing arguments in the Proposition 8 marrage equality case.

From their press release, via Joe.My.God:

When the Supreme Court convenes to hear oral arguments in what could be the Roe v. Wade of marriage, we'll be there — and we hope you'll be there with us!

...[We] hope that you can show up in person to stand with us on March 26th for what we pray will be an unprecedented outpouring of support for society's most fundamental and sacred institution: marriage between a man and a woman.

Together, we'll stand before the Supreme Court and make sure our voices are heard that we will not allow the dismantling of marriage by Judicial fiat to happen on our watch!

Hopefully those voices will be drowned out by the majority of Americans who support marriage equality, instead of the minority who stand by discrimination and vitriol.

Posted Jan. 26,2013 at 12:58 PM EST by in News, NOM, Proposition 8, Supreme Court | Permalink | Comments (37)

New Web Series 'The In-Betweens' Coming Soon: VIDEO


Early-to-mid February can be a pretty heinous time of year. Winter, well in full-swing, has gone from charming to oppressive, the warmth of your apartment has gone from quaint to rank and the looming celebration of St. Valentine brings stresses for singles and couples alike. With all of that going on, you'll probably need a few laughs.

Luckily, there's a new web-series on the horizon, The In-Betweens, a comedic tale of a gay man and his straight girlfriend navigating the space between relationships, jobs and all that other stuff that comes with adulthood. It can be the pits, like February, or it can be a hilarious adventure, like in fiction.

Check out a teaser trailer for The In-Betweens AFTER THE JUMP.

Posted Jan. 26,2013 at 11:06 AM EST by in Film, Film and TV, News | Permalink | Comments (17)

A New Day Dawns In Congress, Though Not Bright Enough

CongressnewdayWith the new Congress settling in, Jeremy Peters of the New York Times today discusses how gay and lesbian lawmakers are slowly emerging from the shadows, an illustration of society's own evolution. But things are far from perfect.

Congress has never been an accurate reflection of the country it serves. It remains far whiter, wealthier and more male than the nation’s population. But as their numbers in Congress gradually increase, there is a sense among these newcomers that they are forcing some of their colleagues to rethink gay rights and homosexuality.

The presence of openly gay men and women and their families was a factor that many believe was decisive in turning the tide for states where same-sex marriage was legalized by legislatures. Seeing them helped put a human face on a concept that many legislators had thought about only in the abstract.

Yet even with the opportunities gay men, lesbians and bisexuals say their membership in Congress presents, their reception has not been a completely warm one. One of the first acts of the Republican-controlled House was to set aside funds to defend the 1996 law that prohibits the recognition of same-sex marriages because the Obama administration has stopped supporting it. And not everyone seems completely comfortable with their presence, like members of a Christian prayer group who seemed taken aback at a recent Congressional retreat when one noted he was married to a man. But in some ways the most telling sign of the gay lawmakers' advancement in Congress is the fact that their presence is now a little more routine.

The fact of the matter, though, is that gay and lesbian lawmakers are still a little over 1 percent of Congress, and the bulk of the GOP-controlled House remain obstinate on equality. Only 184 members have come out for LGBT rights, according to HRC; 220, a majority, are opposed.

Openly Gay, and Openly Welcomed in Congress [nyt]

Posted Jan. 26,2013 at 9:59 AM EST by in David Cicilline, News, Tammy Baldwin, Washington DC | Permalink | Comments (3)


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