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02/19/2013

Gay Wedding Video of the Day: Patrick and Sébastien

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A stop-motion souvenir shot at the Botanical Gardens in Montreal on Patrick and Sébastien's wedding day.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

And if you missed yesterday's Valentine's round-up of our favorite gay wedding videos, check it out HERE.

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Posted Feb. 19,2013 at 11:18 AM EST by in Gay Marriage, Gay Wedding, Montréal, News | Permalink | Comments (5)


German High Court Takes 'Historic' Step to Strengthen Adoption Rights for Gay Couples

Germany's top court made a historic ruling on Tuesday, the AP reports:

GermanyThe Federal Constitutional Court ruled that one member of a civil partnership should be able to adopt the partner’s stepchild or adopted child. Until now, they could only adopt a partner’s biological child.

Deutsche Welle adds:

It ruled that same-sex couples could provide for a child as well as couples in a traditional marriage.

"In marriage as in a civil partnership, adoption provides the child with legal security and material advantages in terms of care, support and inheritance law," presiding judge Ferdinand Kirchof told the court.

The ruling followed a legal challenge from a woman who was forbidden from adopting a Bulgarian-born child whom her female partner had adopted.

Tuesday's decision does not alter legislation, however, which forbids same-sex couples jointly adopting a child. They may still only adopt the same child on an individual basis.

Posted Feb. 19,2013 at 10:58 AM EST by in Gay Adoption, Germany, News | Permalink | Comments (4)


The World's First 3-D Printing Pen Lets You Draw in the Air: VIDEO

Doodler

In the category of Kickstarter projects we love comes this awesome offspring of the 3-D printer:

As 3Doodler draws, it extrudes heated plastic, which quickly cools and solidifies into a strong stable structure. This allows you to build an infinite variety of shapes and items with ease!

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted Feb. 19,2013 at 10:30 AM EST by in Art and Design, Kickstarter, News | Permalink | Comments (8)


Oscar Pistorius Dumped from 'It Gets Better' Project

South Africa is set to launch a branch of the 'It Gets Better' project tomorrow, and Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius had recorded a video for the campaign.

PistoriusThat will no longer be part of it, given the murder charges he is facing:

In his video, which will no longer be included in the campaign, Pistorius said: "Just remember that you're special. You don't have to worry. You don't have to change. Take a deep breath and remember 'It will get better'."

Richard Freedman, the director of the SA Holocaust and Genocide Foundation, said the public was invited to film their own anti-homophobia videos at the Cape Town Holocaust Centre on March 14 and 17.

Athletics Gauteng North general manager Walter Vilakazi said there had been no objections to Pistorius being awarded the track and field male athlete of the year title on Saturday night. H e said the period taken into account was January to December 2012.

"We have a [committee] that recommends athletes who have excelled," he said. "This all happened before the unfortunate situation. If we do withdraw the award, what reasons do we use?"

Pistorius appeared in court today and denied murdering his girlfriend, the NYT reports:

“I fail to understand how I could be charged with murder, let alone premeditated,” he said in an affidavit read to the packed courtroom by his defense lawyer, Barry Roux, “I had no intention to kill my girlfriend.”

His assertion contradicted an earlier accusation from the prosecutor, Gerrie Nel, that Mr. Pistorius committed premeditated murder when he rose from his bed, pulled on artificial legs, walked more than 20 feet from his bedroom and pumped four bullets into the door, three of which struck his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on the other side.

It was the first time that either the prosecution or Mr. Pistorius had publicly provided details of their radically divergent accounts of a killing that has shocked the nation and made news around the world.

Posted Feb. 19,2013 at 10:16 AM EST by in Bullying, News, Oscar Pistorius | Permalink | Comments (11)


Judge Vaughn Walker, Who Struck Down Prop 8., Speaks Out

Judge Vaughn Walker, who struck down Proposition 8, reflects on the case as SCOTUS prepares to take it up, in a conversation with the Mercury News:

WalkerWalker wasn't always so sure the Proposition 8 case would reach the Supreme Court, although he prepared from the outset for that possibility. He notes that the gay marriage debate was at a different juncture in 2009 -- few states had legalized same-sex marriage (nine do now), and President Barack Obama was still several years away from backing same-sex marriage rights in the courts.

"It was a different time, and the Supreme Court doesn't always get out in front of public opinion," Walker said. "Not that many cases go to the Supreme Court."

Over the objections of Proposition 8 backers, Walker ordered a full trial to establish a complete record on the arguments from both sides, aware the higher courts would review whatever he decided. "If you are going to have an issue that deals with a significant constitutional matter, it pays to have some facts that are established the old-fashioned way," he said.

But, to Walker's surprise, after lawyers for same-sex couples put on a parade of witnesses, gay marriage foes put on scant evidence, offering just two witnesses, including one who later came out in favor of same-sex marriage rights. "I did think the proponents of Proposition 8 would put on a case," Walker said.

"It never occurred to me that they would ... ," and his trademark baritone trails off. Walker asks for the correct baseball term for taking a swing and a miss at a pitch and then just shrugs.

And whiff they did.

Posted Feb. 19,2013 at 9:00 AM EST by in California, Federal Prop 8 Trial, Gay Marriage, News, Proposition 8, Vaughn Walker | Permalink | Comments (6)


Jimmy Kimmel's Valentine's Day to Remember: VIDEO

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Because what wife or girlfriend wouldn't remember receiving insects, rodents, reptiles, or, um, bodily excretions?

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted Feb. 19,2013 at 8:40 AM EST by in Jimmy Kimmel, News | Permalink | Comments (4)



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