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Mark Sanford's Ex-Wife Allegedly Caught Him Trespassing

It looks as though anti-gay, 'traditional marriage' defending, Republican former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford, who left office over and extramarital affair and is now running in a special election for the state's 1st Congressional District seat, may be toast again.

SanfordThe AP reports:

Documents acquired by The Associated Press Tuesday say Jenny Sanford confronted her ex-husband leaving her South Carolina home on Feb. 3. Her attorney filed a complaint the next day and she confirms the documents are authentic.

In them, she says he was using his cellphone as a flashlight as he left. The couple's divorce settlement says neither may enter the other's home without permission.

Sanford has been ordered to appear in court two days after his election.

Posted Apr. 16,2013 at 8:47 PM EST by in Mark Sanford, News, South Carolina | Permalink | Comments (30)

New Zealand Set to Pass Marriage Equality Tonight

As I mentioned earlier in the week, New Zealand is set to pass marriage equality tonight on its third and final reading. Passage is virtually assured.

NewzealandIf you are an American night owl you can watch it happen. Live streaming available HERE.

As far as timing goes, should happen at around 3:30 am EDT.

Champagne is on ice, TVNZ reports:

MP Louisa Wall's Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill, which would allow same-sex couples to marry, is due to have its third reading and final vote in Parliament.

Big crowds are expected at Parliament tonight ahead of the reading, and celebration parties are planned across the country. There is a fully booked public gallery at Parliament to watch the historic moment. Representatives of France, Spain and the US will attend and international media will cover the event.

Posted Apr. 16,2013 at 8:28 PM EST by in Gay Marriage, New Zealand, News | Permalink | Comments (15)

Letter Sent to U.S. Senator Tested Positive for Ricin

A letter addressed to Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) testing positive for the deadly poison ricin has been intercepted, CBS News reports:

WickerThe letter, which was intercepted by the Capitol Police at a Prince George's County, Md., processing center and never reached Wicker's office, has been sent to the Baltimore FBI office for further testing. A source tells CBS News that it's common for false positives to come back on field tests of ricin.

There's no additional information on who sent the letter or what message may have accompanied the letter.

CBS News has learned that results from the more definitive test to be taken at the Baltimore FBI office will not be available tonight.

House and Senate post offices have been shut down.

CNN has posted a bit of background on Wicker:

Before joining the Senate, he held elected office as a U.S. representative in the House from 1995 to 2007. Before that, he served in the Mississippi Senate.

Wicker was one of 16 GOP senators who voted to end a filibuster against a gun control bill on Thursday. He was also one of the 12 Senate Republicans who dined with President Barack Obama at the White House last week.

"I know Roger well," House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul said on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront." "He's a nice guy. I don't know why anybody would want to do this to him."

Posted Apr. 16,2013 at 7:22 PM EST by in News, Roger Wicker | Permalink | Comments (14)

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon: Governments Have a Duty to Uphold the Rights of LGBT People — VIDEO


UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon spoke out for LGBT rights at the Oslo Conference on Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity on Monday, blasting government and religious anti-LGBT oppression.


Said the Secretary General in his statement:

We should all be outraged when people suffer discrimination, assault and even murder – simply because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. We should all speak out when someone is arrested and imprisoned because of who they love or how they look. This is one of the great, neglected human rights challenges of our time. We must right these wrongs.

Governments have a legal duty to protect everyone. But far too many still refuse to acknowledge the injustice of homophobic violence and discrimination. We need to document this problem and share information with States on a regular basis for discussion and action.

We must institutionalize our efforts to address discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. We need public education to change popular attitudes.

Some will oppose change. They may invoke culture, tradition or religion to defend the status quo. Such arguments have been used to try to justify slavery, child marriage, rape in marriage and female genital mutilation.

I respect culture, tradition and religion – but they can never justify the denial of basic rights.

My promise to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members of the human family is this: I am with you. I promise that as Secretary-General of the United Nations, I will denounce attacks against you …. and I will keep pressing leaders for progress.

I am committed to leading a global campaign in partnership with the United Nations human rights office. I count on others to join us. Together, we can make the world safer, freer and more equal for everyone.

Thank you.


It is not the first time he has spoken in support of LGBT people. At a UN Human Rights Council hearing on LGBT equality in March 2012, he denounced violence and discrimination, inspiring a walk-out by leaders of Islamic and African nations. He also appeared at a UN panel against homophobia with Ricky Martin last December.

Posted Apr. 16,2013 at 6:22 PM EST by in Ban-Ki Moon, News, United Nations | Permalink | Comments (14)

Towleroad Talking Points: Investigation Begins in Boston

6a00d8341c730253ef017eea4d5a23970d-800wiPHOTO OF THE DAY: A gay officer is one of three Boston first responders featured on Sports Illustrated's dramatic cover 


A look back at today's top stories


A day after the shocking bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon few details about who is behind the attack have been discovered but President Obama is promising to bring the terrorists (be they foreign or domestic) to justice. As if we needed anything else to make us lose faith in humanity it turns out that one of the first victims of the bombings is an 8-year-old boy.



600417_10152746697050206_663178192_nMeet the woman who left the hatefulness of the Westboro Baptist Church behind and is now fighting for gay rights. In case you wanted to dislike the group any more, read the story of how they celebrated when 9/11 happened. For the first time since being outed by TMZ, Magic Johnson's gay son EJ spoke publicly about his sexuality and his family in a skype interview. And there is good news in New Jersey where a new poll shows that well over half the state's voters are in favor of marriage equality. 



Anti-gay craziness continues to come out of France where the country's leading Catholic Bishop announced that gay marriage would lead to more violence. Also a transgender woman from Idaho was banned from shopping at a local grocery store after she used the women's restroom



If you wanna know a quick history of music, check out this a cappella group covering a thousand plus years of songs

Posted Apr. 16,2013 at 5:39 PM EST by | Permalink | Comments (0)

Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1348

DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM? A spoken word performance about equality.

KYLILE MINOGUE: Almost finished with her new album.

HOW TO MAKE A MOVIE TRAILER: An animated guide.

MAT STAVER: Gay rights advocates treating Christians like the Nazis did the Jews.

For recent Guides to the Tube, click HERE.

Posted Apr. 16,2013 at 4:18 PM EST by in News, Towleroad Guide to the Tube | Permalink | Comments (3)


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