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07/02/2013

Out Gay PA Rep. Brian Sims Talks About GOP Attempts to Silence Him, on 'Hardball': VIDEO

Hardball

Out gay Pennsylvania Rep. Brian Sims and Prop 8 attorney Ted Boutros appeared on Hardball with Chris Matthews last night in a segment devoted to the ongoing push for marriage equality nationwide.

Sims also talked at length about attempts by his colleague Rep. Daryl Metcalfe to stop him from talking about the SCOTUS DOMA ruling on the House floor.

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Posted Jul. 2,2013 at 2:15 PM EST by in Brian Sims, Chris Matthews, News, Proposition 8 | Permalink | Comments (20)


Federal Judge Rules Gay Michigan Couple Can Proceed with Challenge to State's Marriage Ban

Back in September I posted about April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse, a Detroit couple suing the state of Michigan over its ban on gay adoption, who expanded their lawsuit to take on the state's marriage amendment. In March I reported that Federal Judge Bernard Friedman stayed his decision in the matter until after the Supreme Court ruling on DOMA.

LmcOn Monday, Friedman ruled that the couple can proceed with their challenge, Buzzfeed reports:

In reaching the decision, Judge Bernard Friedman cited last week’s opinion striking down the federal definition of marriage in the Defense of Marriage Act, writing of April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse’s challenge to Michigan’s amendment, “The United States Supreme Court’s recent decision in United States v. Windsor … has provided the requisite precedential fodder for both parties to this litigation.”

On the state side, Friedman noted, “Defendants [including Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder] will no doubt cite to the relevant paragraphs of the majority opinion espousing the state’s ‘historic and essential authority to define the marital relation,’” presumably as a support for the state’s right to define marriage for itself.

Posted Jul. 2,2013 at 1:30 PM EST by in Gay Adoption, Gay Marriage, Michigan, News | Permalink | Comments (15)


How Big is the Ocean? - VIDEO

Ocean

Some amazing thoughts to ponder from TEDucation for those of you heading to the beach this week.

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Posted Jul. 2,2013 at 12:45 PM EST by in News, Science | Permalink | Comments (9)


Johnny Depp Can't Stop Kissing Jimmy Kimmel: VIDEO

Depp

After being praised for his "beautiful face", Johnny Depp kissed Jimmy Kimmel a total of four times during his appearance last night, admitting that he has a "thing" for talk show hosts.

Said Kimmel later in the segment: "I never realized what an immediate impact the Supreme Court decision would have on both of us, really."

Depp also told Kimmel that "the majority of characters that I've sponged came from playing with Barbies....and GI Joes...equal opportunity...I want to say something though — I played more Barbies."

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Posted Jul. 2,2013 at 11:59 AM EST by in Jimmy Kimmel, Johnny Depp, News | Permalink | Comments (11)


Senate Committee Schedules ENDA Vote on July 10

Harkin

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act will receive consideration from a Senate panel on July 10, reports Chris Johnson at the Washington Blade:

The Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee has scheduled the markup for the LGBT job anti-bias legislation two weeks to the day that the Supreme Court ruled against the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8.

Scheduling the vote is first step for Senate HELP Committee Chair Tom Harkin (D-Iowa, pictured) in fulfilling the promise he announced this year to move ENDA out of the committee this year.

The bill is expected to be advanced as all 12 Senate Democrats on the panel are sponsors of the legislation.

Posted Jul. 2,2013 at 11:30 AM EST by in ENDA, News, Tom Harkin | Permalink | Comments (1)


Cher Talks About the 'Amazing' DOMA Ruling: VIDEO

Cher

Cher joined the Today show yesterday in her leopard print pajamas to talk about her performance on The Voice, whether her Farewell Tour was indeed her farewell tour, what she does on her time off, the DOMA ruling, Chaz's transition, and her love life.

Said Cher of the DOMA ruling:

"I thought it was amazing. It should never have been a law. It should never have been anything. It shouldn't have been a thought. It shouldn't have been a passing thought."

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Posted Jul. 2,2013 at 11:15 AM EST by in Chaz Bono, Cher, DOMA, News | Permalink | Comments (18)



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