A look back at today's top stories
Over the weekend the Family Research Council held a webcast event entitled "Stand with Scouts Sunday" that was, for lack of a better term, a hatecast. The event featured a plethora of wingnuts. Rick Perry was on hand to tell viewers that the 'pop culture' of the gays will destroy the Scouts. We do love pop culture. A congressman from Mississippi also spoke about how gays are being "crammed down the Boy Scout's throats." Also here are a couple carefully selected Scouts discussing how gays will likely hit on other Scouts.
Pat Robertson doesn't like that people get in trouble for being bigots and believes that gays can change just like murders and rapists. The Archbishops of San Francisco and Rhode Island have warned fellow Catholics against the dangers of attending same-sex weddings. A Catholic school in Wisconsin has rejected a newly appointed president after they heard rumors he is gay, and an Arkansas school district has informed a gay alum that he cannot speak at his alma mater's graduation.
A report in The Guardian states that eight European based footballers would like to come out but are afraid of negative reactions from fans. Back stateside, outspoken LGBT ally Chris Kluwe has been cut by the Minnesota Vikings and at least one report lists his activism as the reason for his departure. An all male "semi-strip" club may be coming to the iconic Bank of America building in San Francisco's Castro District. Also watch a pro-gay Illinois Republican face down anti-gay protesters.
Simon Cowell was charmed by a drag version of "La Vie en Rose" during a weekend edition of Britain's Got Talent. A group of famous gays got together to record a PSA that warns us against the dangers of anti-gay individuals. Mariah Carey's new and poorly named "#Beautiful" was released today and a male Justin Bieber fan rushed the stage last night in Dubai to hug get a hug from the teen.
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This pit bull shows you can be vicious and stylish at the same time!
Minnesota's House Ways and Means Committee has advanced a marriage equality bill on a voice vote, Pioneer Press reports:
New estimates show it would cost the state about $688,000 annually to provide health insurance benefits to same-sex spouses of state employees but would be partially offset by about $10,000 collected from marriage license fees in 2015, according to a Minnesota Management & Budget analysis.
House Speaker Paul Thissen, DFL-Minneapolis, has said he wouldn't schedule a floor vote on the gay marriage bill until he knows it would pass.
Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, has said he thinks the Senate has the votes to pass it. And DFL Gov. Mark Dayton has said he would sign a gay- marriage bill if it reaches his desk.
The Delaware Senate will vote on marriage equality tomorrow. This is the final vote. If it passes, Delaware will be the 11th state to legalize same-sex marriage. Governor Markell has said he will sign the bill.
Equality Delaware reports: "Several Senators still haven't decided how they'll vote. They need to hear from their constituents who support the freedom to marry and want them to stand on the right side of history by voting YES on HB75."
Find out how to do that here.
The debate and vote are scheduled for 2 pm.
Nick Porto and his partner Kevin Atkins were attacked near Madison Square Garden on Sunday after they had enjoyed an afternoon brunch, DNA Info's Matthew Katz reports:
The pair were assaulted on Eighth Avenue, between West 34th and West 35th Street about 5 p.m., cops said — as the Indiana Pacers played the Knicks on Sunday.
Police said could not say whether the attack was a hate crime, as it was still under investigation, but Porto, who was left with a broken nose and severe headaches, said there was no doubt in his mind...
...Porto said that he and Atkins, 22, were walking arm-in-arm down Eighth Avenue after a leisurely brunch when a group of men he said were in their early-to-mid 20s and wearing Knicks jerseys started shouting slurs at the couple.
"They called us f----ts," said Porto, a clothing designer. "They made fun of my jeans — I made the jeans myself, for that day."
When Porto turned around asked why they were shouting at him, the group of men knocked the pair to the ground and began to violently kick and punch them, he said.
Their attackers are unlikely to be identified, police say, as there were so many people in the area wearing Knicks jerseys. Atkins suffered a broken right wrist and lost his bag with iPad and cell phone in the attack.
HBO has released an excellent featurette on the upcoming Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra starring Michael Douglas, Matt Damon, Rob Lowe, Debbie Reynolds, and Dan Akroyd.
The filmmakers discuss how they and the actors recreated Liberace's world and his life.
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...
It you missed the trailer, it's HERE.
Hot 97 DJ Mister Cee sought to clear up speculation surround his arrest last week for allegedly soliciting an undercover police officer posting as a prostitute, MTV reports:
The legendary turntablist, who broke some of rap’s biggest acts, including the Notorious B.I.G., took to the airwaves Monday to tell listeners his side of the story concerning his arrest last week after allegedly soliciting an undercover police officer posing as a prostitute.
Numerous outlets reported that the solicited prostitute was male, so the disc jockey, born Calvin Lebrun, directly refuted those claims on air.
“I am not gay,” Mister Cee told program director Ebro Darden on the station’s morning show. "They tried to turn it around and say the female officer was a male officer. It was a sting operation.” ...
Despite the former Big Daddy Kane DJ’s adamant claims that the officer was female, rumors abound that this incident, combined with 2011’s charge of engaging a male prostitute named “Brook-Lyne,” proves that when it comes to sex, he prefers the company of men.
"Let's say if I'm lying, that's my choice," Cee said. "If I'm lying and I chose not to come out, that's my choice."
Listen to his appearance on Hot 97 this morning, AFTER THE JUMP...