A look back at today's top stories
A day after his administration filed a brief that urged the Supreme Court to strike down Proposition 8, President Obama publicly addressed his decision to stand up against discrimination. Ari Waldman takes a look at what the Obama brief means, not only for the Supreme Court but also for gay rights as a whole. And if this isn't the best advertisement for marriage equality and gay parenting, I don't know what is; check out these adorable twin little boys who just want their daddys to stop talking and play with them!
A lesbian woman is recovering in Texas today after being brutally assaulted after trying to defend a bullied four-year old boy. I guess playground behavior doesn't stop after the playground.
Mitt and Ann Romney sat down with Fox News to discuss the pain of suddenly being nobodies. My heart breaks for them. Also in response to the arrival of the Westboro Baptist Church, Vassar University staged a ginormous counter protest. Nothing bands people together like a mutual hatred of the WBC.
VIDEOS OF THE DAY
Dogs are never more scary than when they take on the form of a giant robot that throws cinder blocks. And in something out of a horror film, a man in Tampa fell into a giant sinkhole in his living room and hasn't been seen or heard from since.
Vikings punter Chris Kluwe spoke with The Dan Patrick Show this morning about the recent reports that NFL recruiters were asking potential draftees about their sexual orientation.
Kluwe explained why he thinks teams are doing that, why it's wrong, and whether or not, given what's happened in the past few days, if a player might be more or less likely to come out of the closet.
Patrick also asks Kluwe how much homophobia there is in the locker room.
"It's there casually in some respects. I don't know that I've ever seen any outright hatred of gay people in the locker room like someone just frothing at the mouth. I think a lot of it has to do with how guys are brought up, the unthinking assumptions they make from their backgrounds. For a lot of guys once they're educated, once they actually get a chance to talk about the issue they see how dumb that is. People are people. It doesn't matter what your sexuality is."
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...
The SF City Attorney's office has posted PDFs of every amicus brief (nearly 50) filed in the Supreme Court Proposition 8 case Perry v. Hollingsworth. They are all available HERE.
So, for you legal eagles with an open Friday night, happy reading!
212 Democratic members of Congress led by Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) including all seven out LGBT members and some who voted for DOMA in 1996 have asked the Supreme Court to strike it down in a brief submitted today in the Edith Windsor case, Buzzfeed's Chris Geidner reports:
In summary, they agree with the Obama administration that laws like DOMA that classify people based on sexual orientation should receive heightened judicial scrutiny — but then go on to argue that DOMA is unconstitutional even if the court chooses not to proceed under such a heightened review:
The SF Chronicle adds:
A statement from the group said the amicus was filed because the members “want the Supreme Court to hear the full story from Congress, and to explain why they believe that Section 3 of DOMA is unconstitutional. They disagree with the arguments being made by lawyers hired to defend DOMA in court by the House Majority following the divided 3-2 vote of the House Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group (BLAG). The amicus brief filed today makes clear that BLAG does not speak for Congress, and that many members believe that Section 3 should be struck down because there simply is no legitimate federal interest in denying married same-sex couples the legal security, rights and responsibilities that federal law provides to all other married couples.”
Read the brief below:
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PAT ROBERTSON: God is giving somebody a million dollars (and his name is probably Pat Robertson)!
JIMMY KIMMEL: The week in unnecessary censorship.
PUGS: A sledding party.
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Astronomers think they have spotted, for the first time, the birth of a planet.
Jonathan and Juka: Another tale of love and DOMA damage.
Justin Bieber now going shirtless and pantless.
Chicago magazine counts the votes for marriage equality in the Illinois House and says it's going to be a VERY tight vote.
GLAAD wants Carly Rae Jepsen and Train to take a stand against the Boy Scouts.
NYT reporter Sheryl Gay Stolberg explains her Marilyn Musgrave mistake: "I corrected it immediately, called Ms. Musgrave and apologized, and she accepted. A good lesson in journalism: Check everything twice, and we are only human."
We found our son in the subway: "When I got to the A/C/E/ subway exit on Eighth Avenue, Danny was still there, waiting for help to arrive. The baby, who had been left on the ground in a corner behind the turnstiles, was light-brown skinned and quiet, probably about a day old, wrapped in an oversize black sweatshirt...Three months later, Danny appeared in family court to give an account of finding the baby. Suddenly, the judge asked, 'Would you be interested in adopting this baby?' The question stunned everyone in the courtroom, everyone except for Danny, who answered, simply, 'Yes.'"
Liza Minnelli talks to NEXT magazine.
Vatican knew Cardinal O'Brien was gay five months ago: "Reports said a priest lodged a complaint in October about “inappropriate behaviour” by the former Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh in 2001. The priest is said to have written directly to Rome because he did not think he could trust the church hierarchy in Scotland to handle the matter. His claim is said to have been taken seriously and led to the Vatican contacting Cardinal O’Brien and a “deal” being brokered by Cardinal Marc Ouellet of Montreal for the departure of the leader of Scotland’s Catholics."
Another Downton Abbey cast member leaves the show.
Ian Somerhalder dresses down for Origin magazine.
Australian comedy series pulled from mainstream network for being "too gay". Creator: "They told me it (the switch to ABC2) was a compliment. I don't believe them," Thomas says. "I don't know if what they were really saying was, 'Josh the show is a bit s---' or, 'Josh the show has too much suicide and gay sex in it'.
Kathy Bates character on American Horror Story to be "really, really bad".
Mississippi students protest transgender classmate.
Ellen's brief to the Supreme Court: "In the words of Benjamin Franklin, 'We’re here, we’re queer, get over it.' And there’s another famous quote that says 'A society is judged by how it treats its weakest members.' I couldn’t agree with that more. No one’s really sure who said it first, so if anyone asks, tell them I said it."
Obama issues proclamation for Women's History Month.
But it looked so good.
Taylor Kitsch joins the cast of HBO's The Normal Heart adaptation: "Kitsch plays Bruce Niles, a closeted investment banker who becomes a prominent AIDS activist."
Is Anne Hathaway the new Gwyneth Paltrow?
Former Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Answar Ibrahim denies he is gay: "Of course, it's very clear (that I am not)...I am happily married with six children."
Texas group fights to get criminalization of homosexuality off the books.
Demographic information on gays and lesbians unearthed in SCOTUS amicus brief: "About one in five gay and lesbian couples are raising children under the age of 18. Same-sex couples are less likely than traditional married couples to have health insurance covering them both. One in 10 men with a male partner or spouse is a military veteran. As many as 6 million Americans, roughly 2 percent of the population, have a parent who is lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender."