04/09/2013BY SAM GREISMAN
A look back at today's top stories
Conservative pundit (and usual wackjob) Glenn Beck has joined the growing number of right-wing voices who are conceding that the marriage battle may be lost. Beck says the argument is about freedom. Following yesterday's video in which he discussed coming out to his "ex-gay" therapist father, activist and writer Richard Socarides sat down with MSNBC's Thomas Roberts to discuss the gay son and father relationships that have been in the news lately.
Check out this emotional plea from an openly gay lawmaker in Montana to his fellow State Senators asking them to vote to decriminalize homosexuality in the state. And Jon Stewart takes a look at the evolution of the Senators who have recently rushed to join the marriage equality bandwagon.
Mark Pryor of Arkansas has become one of the few Democrats in the Senate to publicly oppose gay marriage. Guess he doesn't mind being on the wrong side of history. Megyn Kelly of Fox News interviewed hate group leader Tony Perkins today and took a moment to push the ridiculous notion that pro-gay activists are victimizing Christians. Despite an astonishing amount of evidence to the contrary Russian leader Vladimir Putin says that his country does not discriminate against gays. Also Rick Santorum will be going down with the ship as he announced that the GOP would be "suicidal" to support gay marriage.
VIDEOS OF THE DAY
Former President Bill Clinton sat down with Stephen Colbert at the talk show host's "Galactic Initiative" last night and was forcibly signed up for Twitter. Watch as a bromance turns into a deep, passionate love and though I have never heard of Bitcoin, it is apparently poised to take over the internet and you should know about it.
The French Senate today approved Section 1 of its marriage equality bill in a vote of 179 to 157. Section 1 removes the requirement for different genders as a condition of the right to marry.
The bill was adopted after more than 10 hours of discussion. The National Assembly has already passed it 329-229 and according to AFP will not need to see it again.
Looks as though marriage equality is going to happen in France!
The Local reports:
The article was adopted by a majority of 179 to 157, following 10 hours of debate on the floor of the Senate. Five senators from the centre-right opposition UMP defected from their party and voted in favour of the article. Radicals senators, from the RDSE (European Democratic and Social Rally), had one vote against the article, and four abstentions. The remainder of the left in the Senate were united in voting in favour.
Despite the efforts of gay marriage opponents in the chamber, the article was also passed ‘conforme’— that is, without any modifications, or amendments, and on the first vote, which means it will not have to go back to the lower house. While Tuesday night’s vote does not formally cement gay marriage in French law, the Senate would now have to reject the entire bill, to prevent it becoming definitive, however that now appears unlikely.
Another crucial vote will be held on the whole bill in a matter of weeks, but rejection looks unlikely. Full passage would make France the world's 12th country to legalize same-sex marriage.
Back in January photos of Jodie Foster appeared on the web from the set of District 9 director Neil Blomkamp's sci-fi thriller Elysium, about the state of mankind in 2159. In this world the wealthy live amid luxury on a space station and the other 99% live back in something of a hell on Earth.
Now the full trailer has arrived. Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...
TODD EDWARDS: More on the new Daft Punk album.
MARRIAGE NEWS WATCH: AFER's Matt Baume on the recent Senate stampede, Cindy McCain and action in Utah.
HOW ANIMALS EAT THEIR FOOD: Slapstick silliness.
US NAVY: Shooting down a drone with a laser weapon.
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Chicago Dept of Public Health lobbies for marriage equality.
Chicago may get its own OUT hotel: "The proposed multi-level complex would be constructed adjacent to Sidetrack, with lobby access to the popular video bar, and would include a fully enclosed glass courtyard for events (weddings, performances, etc.), a restaurant/café, 'bOUTique' (retail), and a spa/gym/wellness center."
Singapore High Court upholds criminalization of homosexuality: "In his 92-page judgment, Justice Quentin Loh said that Singapore's society in the midst of change, and in a case where the change in a 'particular long-held social norm' has yet to gain currency, a court is "hard put" to decide whether to retain or discard that social norm."
Clinton Foundation renamed: "An email sent around from the Foundation yesterday was addressed from the 'Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation.' The move was made shortly after Hillary Clinton left the State Department, and was long planned to reflect the work the three have had with the foundation since its inception, sources familiar with the planning said.
The NYDN looks back at the buildings that housed NYC's former sex clubs.
Zac Efron and Seth Rogen spotted posing shirtless in front of an Abercrombie & Fitch store.
A new clip from Iron Man 3.
Simon Cowell couldn't care less if you think he's gay. "It would make no difference to my life or my career. A lot of my friends are gay, but I’m not and don’t even think that way anymore. I couldn’t care less (if people think I’m gay) because it’s nothing to be ashamed of. It feels like such an antiquated question now.”
Jessie Ware talks about her gay fans: "when I did 'What You Won’t Do For Love' — my Bobby Caldwell cover — I did it in Chicago and at the beginning of the Chicago show it was — I was like, so the lights come up and I was like, 'Why are there only blokes in this audience?' And one of them just shouted out, '‘Cause the gays love you honey!'"
Someone in the Vatican is downloading naughty movies: "File sharing blog TorrentFreak.com used an anti-piracy service to find out that people within the confines of the Catholic Church’s headquarters have downloaded a number of pornographic films starring transgender star Tiffany Starr and female performers Krissy Lynn, Lea Lexis, and Sheena Shaw."
Colombian senate cancels debate on marriage equality bill: "Barreras canceled the debate because of what he called 'unacceptable behavior'on the part of LGBT activists protesting a forum against the marriage bill on Thursday."
Rutgers former athletic director Tim Pernetti gets $1.1 million payout following fallout over Mike Rice firing.
Former Calvin Klein underwear model Travis Fimmel is all grown up.
Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts wants FEC to rule on whether gay couples have the right to make joint contributions to political candidates: "In a request for an advisory opinion Friday, attorneys for state Rep. Dan Winslow, a moderate Republican running in a special election to fill the seat vacated by Secretary of State John F. Kerry, asked the commission whether gay couples could donate to his campaign with a single check, as heterosexual married couples were allowed to do."
Chocolate with half the fat? "Dr. Stefan Bon, who led the research at the University of Warwick in the UK, said the new technology would allow manufacturers to make chocolate with fruit juice, vitamin C water, or even diet soda."
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder won't touch the Dave Agema debate: "I'm not going to get in the middle of all that," the first-term Republican said. "My view is any kind of discrimination is wrong. I've been a strong advocate of anti-bullying legislation, and I think it's appropriate that we stand up for all people."
“I am opposed to gay marriage,” he said in an e-mail. “In the interview with KFSM done on April 5, I also discussed whether gay couples should receive benefits if they work for the federal government. On the benefits issue, I said to ‘put me down in the undecided category.’ By that I meant that, depending on what the U.S. Supreme Court decides, I will evaluate whether federal benefits should be available to gay couples. Of course, I will consider the impact any extension of benefits would have on the federal budget.”