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Towleroad Talking Points: Culture Wars Over Gay Marriage?


A look back at today's top stories


Phil Kent, a Governor's Appointee in the state of Georgia, is calling for anti-gay activists to rise up in a culture war against gay marriage. It seems like there is already a culture war, and the pro-love side is winning. David Gregory sat down with Tim Huelskamp yesterday and totally disabused him of the notion that gay families are bad for kids. Also one of the heads of NOM is ranting that SCOTUS' rulings amount to "judicial tyranny". What a poor loser. 



Gay Pride took over New York City this weekend and Cher took over the Pride on the Pier event. Calvin Klein and his boytoy are reportedly back together, with the latter looking to return to the runway

For what seems like the millionth time, Hugh Jackman and his wife sat down with Australian television to complain about those persistent gay rumors. Check out an a cappella version of the Canadian National Anthem in honor of Canada Day and Kelly Clarkson performs a Mumford & Sons cover




Andrew Sullivan believes that if Catholics have learned to stomach divorce, they should be able to get on board with gay marriage. Also for the first time ever a green card has been issued to a gay man because of his marriage to a U.S. citizen. 



Apparently drag is not for the faint of heart in Peru. And just in time for Pride here is an explanation of the phenomenon that produces rainbows

Posted Jul. 1,2013 at 10:35 PM EST by | Permalink | Comments (5)

Janet Napolitano: Gay Binational Couples Eligible for Green Cards

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has released a statement regarding immigration visa petitions and gay binational couples:

Napolitano“After last week’s decision by the Supreme Court holding that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional, President Obama directed federal departments to ensure the decision and its implication for federal benefits for same-sex legally married couples are implemented swiftly and smoothly. To that end, effective immediately, I have directed U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to review immigration visa petitions filed on behalf of a same-sex spouse in the same manner as those filed on behalf of an opposite-sex spouse.”

The Department of Homeland Security has also released this FAQ:

Q1: I am a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident in a same-sex marriage to a foreign national. Can I now sponsor my spouse for a family-based immigrant visa?

A1: Yes, you can file the petition. You may file a Form I-130 (and any applicable accompanying application). Your eligibility to petition for your spouse, and your spouse’s admissibility as an immigrant at the immigration visa application or adjustment of status stage, will be determined according to applicable immigration law and will not be automatically denied as a result of the same-sex nature of your marriage.

Q2: My spouse and I were married in a U.S. state that recognizes same-sex marriage, but we live in a state that does not. Can I file an immigrant visa petition for my spouse?

A2: Yes, you can file the petition. In evaluating the petition, as a general matter, USCIS looks to the law of the place where the marriage took place when determining whether it is valid for immigration law purposes. That general rule is subject to some limited exceptions under which federal immigration agencies historically have considered the law of the state of residence in addition to the law of the state of celebration of the marriage. Whether those exceptions apply may depend on individual, fact-specific circumstances. If necessary, we may provide further guidance on this question going forward.

Posted Jul. 1,2013 at 7:09 PM EST by in Immigration, Janet Napolitano, News | Permalink | Comments (17)

Dan Savage On The Risks Of Being Monogamish: VIDEO


In the latest installment of his "Ask Anything" videos for Andrew Sullivan's The Dish, Dan Savage divulges what he thinks is the most dangerous part about being in a "monogamish" relationship, that is, a relationship in which, "you're mostly monogamous, with a little squish around the edges."

Watch the video AFTER THE JUMP...


Posted Jul. 1,2013 at 7:05 PM EST by in Dan Savage, News | Permalink | Comments (64)

NOM Chair: Supreme Court Rulings on Marriage Equality are 'Judicial Tyranny' -- VIDEO

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National Organization for Marriage Chairman John Eastman went on CNN's State of the Union yesterday morning to rant against--ahem, discuss--last week's Supreme Court rulings on marriage equality.  Suffice it to say, he is not happy:

Well, it is a state-by-state battle, and I think he had one aspect of the state-by-state battle that is legitimate, which is to try and persuade people to make this change through their legislatures.  But he had a threat behind that: if the legislatures don't do that, we're going to have the courts impose this on them whether the people want it or not.  

Earlier you said that 12 states had voted to change the definition of marriage.  Well that's not true.  Half of them have--less than half of them have; the others have had it imposed on them by the courts.  This question is clearly not answered in the Constitution of the United States, and we are manufacturing a right to redefine marriage and impose it no matter whether the state or the country wants to have that definition.  That's judicial tyranny.

For a law professor (he teaches at Chapman University School of Law), Eastman doesn't seem to have all that much respect for the judicial process.  

You can watch his full remarks to Candy Crowley, in all their glory, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted Jul. 1,2013 at 6:05 PM EST by in Candy Crowley, CNN, Gay Marriage, Gay Rights, John Eastman, NOM, Supreme Court | Permalink | Comments (37)

Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1397

DEXTER: The full Season 8 premiere.

TORONTO PRIDE: Highlights.

WILL PHILLIPS: 13-year-old equality activist leads Northwest Arkansas Pride crowd.

PETA: In support of gay adoption.

For recent Guides to the Tube, click HERE.

Posted Jul. 1,2013 at 5:05 PM EST by in News, Towleroad Guide to the Tube | Permalink | Comments (3)

News: Mark Zuckerberg, Big Brother, J Lo, Colorado, Vancouver

RoadGuardian: World Pride power list.

RoadNYC LGBT Pride Day has more spring in its step: "The rulings lent an especially celebratory air to an event that has never been known for restraint. Crowd estimates for any parade of this magnitude are unreliable. And 200,000 people can easily feel like 300,000, if they are packed together on a day as steamy as Sunday was."

ZuckerbergRoadMark Zuckerberg rides with LGBT Facebook employees in San Francisco Pride parade: "Facebook’s bolstered presence at this year’s Pride reflects a larger push by some in Silicon Valley to champion gay rights in hiring practices, and even in their products Google is sending about 1,400 employees marching in San Francisco on Sunday, about 40% more than last year, according to a company spokeswoman. An Apple spokeswoman said a large group of employees will participate, though declined to provide specific details." (images)

RoadJ Lo apologizes for performing for human rights-abusing leader of Turkmenistan.  “What is the next stop on her tour, Syria? The dictator of Kazakhstan’s birthday is July 6, maybe she will also pay him a visit?”

RoadSame-sex couples line up to marry in California. "Dozens of couples in jeans, shorts, white dresses and the occasional military uniform filled San Francisco City Hall on Saturday as clerks resumed issuing marriage licenses one day after a federal appeals court removed the last obstacle to making same-sex matrimony legal again in California."

RoadKellan Lutz strips down for Op campaign.

RoadFarewell to Pam's House Blend.

FeistRoadMale model fix: Hugh Feist.

RoadAfter SCOTUS rulings, same-sex couples deal with diverging state laws: "It is a predicament the Obama administration is only beginning to grapple with: how to extend fede

RoadVIDEO: Jason Derulo gives shirtless performance of "The Other Side".

RoadTen states to tackle gay marriage next.

RoadBig Brother 15 already a cesspool of racist misogynistic and homophobic commentary: "...these will probably never air on television if history is a guide, so we’ll likely get a sanitized version of the houseguests instead of editing that reflects their actual personalities, attitudes, and comments....I appreciate the desire to not perpetuate and repeat bigotry, but that approach baffles me, considering that other shows—Survivor, for one—have dealt with similar bigotry on their broadcasts. The exact language doesn’t have to air, but why not air the conversations? Why not show these people for who they actually are?"

RoadMariah Carey pushes back record release.

IheartnyRoadNY launches LGBT tourism website.

RoadLGBT Pride march Istanbul.

RoadColorado to launch gay ban repeal effort: "Colorado House Speaker Mark Ferrandino said gay-rights groups, with One Colorado at the forefront, are building a coalition to repeal the ban on gay marriage that Colorado voters added to the state constitution in 2006. Ferrandino, a Denver Democrat, is the first openly gay man to hold that title in the state Legislature. He expects an initiative on the ballot by the end of the decade, barring a lawsuit that could render an initiative unnecessary."

RoadAmerica's best cities for same-sex weddings?

RoadScholar: Vancouver's 100,000 Chinese Christians "fraught" over gay marriage debate.

RoadSoledad O'Brien goes to Al Jazeera.

RoadDOMA lawyer speaks out: "'My focus was all on [client] Edie [Windsor],' said Kaplan, who works for major law firm firm Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP in midtown Manhattan. 'But I’ll take the benefits now … I now have a full-milk marriage instead of a skim milk marriage.'"

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