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05/13/2013

Towleroad Talking Points: Marriage Equality in Minnesota!

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PHOTO OF THE DAY: It seems that hateful tweets come from pretty much where you would expect 

BY SAM GREISMAN

A look back at today's top stories

MINNESOTA

The victories continue for marriage equality as today Minnesota officially became the 12th state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage with a 37-30 vote in the state Senate. One, if not all of the bridges in St. Paul will certainly be a "freedom to marry" bridge tonight and Michele Bachmann will have to eat her words, or her tweets at least. 

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WINGNUTTERY

Bachmann made some non-gay rights related news this past week when she had a speaking in tongues moment at the U.S. Capitol and blamed 9/11 and Benghazi on God's wrath. Speaking of Benghazi, President Obama has had enough of the "side show" the GOP is trying to stir up over last year's attacks. Also Brian Brown of NOM is trying to use a George Takei PSA to prove that folks like him are being portrayed as "sick, bigoted, ignorant, drunken and hypocritical." Nobody ever said anything about being drunk. 

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ENTERTAINMENT

In this week's New York Magazine cover story, Michael Douglas talks about his upcoming Liberace biopic and tells readers to expect a lot of sex between him and co-star Matt
Damon
. And after years of hoping and praying, the first trailer for the new season of Arrested Development is finally here


Posted May. 13,2013 at 10:30 PM EST by | Permalink | Comments (0)


Scott Dibble, Minnesota's Only Out Gay Senator Gives Emotional Speech on Marriage Equality: VIDEO

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Senator Scott Dibble, the author of the marriage bill and the Senate's only out gay member, offered an emotional speech before the vote as his husband Richard Leyva looked on from the gallery. Dibble married Leyva in California in August of 2008.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

And don't miss Senator Tom Bakk's speech I posted earlier.

Posted May. 13,2013 at 10:01 PM EST by in Gay Marriage, Minnesota, Scott Dibble | Permalink | Comments (2)


Pod of Orcas Eyes a Small Fishing Boat Near Denmark: VIDEO

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As a follow-up to my post of last week, here's a recent rare Orca encounter near Denmark, kindly translated by someone on Reddit:

There, there, look at that!
NO, they're coming over here, dammit! Sail dammit, sail dammit! They're right under us, they're huge. I am afraid of them!
Don't be.
Emil, for f**ks sake, it's Orcas! get me out of here.
Take a picture!
I am filming.
Look at that, now take some pictures!
I am filming it!
Look at the fin on that one... Now hold fast when they (BEEPING) or you'll be knocked off.
This is insane!
Just take a look at those fish, no it's Orcas dammit.
It's Orcas, Emil... SHUT UP!
It's the world's most dangerous fish... Take some pictures.
I AM filming it! I've got it all on film.
Look at that fin on its back... This is crazy!
They're under the boat!
They're gone now... This was crazy! They were huge, Mikkel!
NO, they are coming back! I don't want anything more to do with this sh*t.
Are you afraid of fish?
I'm afraid of f**king Orcas!

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted May. 13,2013 at 8:56 PM EST by in Denmark, Nature, News, Whales | Permalink | Comments (13)


Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1367

CHANGES AHEAD: AFER's Matt Baume looks at what happens after Minnesota. Constitutional amendments could delay any further success for years to come.

BALD EAGLE: Steals a fish off a line.

MOTORCYCLE DIARIES: A modern day version.

SF BAY: 1,200 tons of trash are removed from it every year.

For recent Guides to the Tube, click HERE.

Posted May. 13,2013 at 8:19 PM EST by in Gay Marriage, News, San Francisco, Towleroad Guide to the Tube | Permalink | Comments (6)


Celebration in Minnesota's Capitol Rotunda Moments After Marriage Equality Passes: VIDEO

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A crappy cell phone camera may not be great at capturing images, but it is perfectly capable of transmitting joy.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted May. 13,2013 at 7:47 PM EST by in Gay Marriage, Minnesota, News | Permalink | Comments (10)


MN Senator Tom Bakk Gives Powerful, Moving Testimony About Gay Priest Who Married Him: VIDEO

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Minnesota Majority Leader Tom Bakk wrapped up today's Senate testimony on marriage equality with a story about a longtime family friend who is gay. Bakk grew up at a boy's Bible camp where his dad was the camp director. In 1962 his dad recruited a college student to be a camp counselor who later went on to the seminary to become a Lutheran pastor.

Bakk recounted a conversation about the pastor, named Ray, that he had with his mother over this past weekend. She told him, "Ray was the best friend our family has ever had."

Bakk then listed off a number of difficult and intimate moments at which Ray had offered his support for his family when they were ill, or grieving, and sacrifices he had made for them.

Said Bakk:

"Ray knows a lot about marriage. Married a lot of couples. Counseled a lot of couples through the highs that marriages have and some of the deep disappointments that sometimes happen in marriage relationships. He felt the excitement and could see the excitement in a couple's eyes as he married them. He felt the excitement in mine. Because in 1976 he married me. A few years later he came out as being gay and his employer in the church didn't treat him very well, and he had a very difficult ministerial career after that. Today he is retired and lives in Minneapolis. But something has always bothered me. That over the decades of his friendship with our family he participated in and shared in the joy of so many marriages but could never have one of his own."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted May. 13,2013 at 7:26 PM EST by in Gay Marriage, Minnesota, News | Permalink | Comments (13)



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