Approximately 5,000 people took to the streets of Berlin on Saturday to protest Russia's anti-gay laws, the HuffPost reports:
Organized by the Enough Is Enough group, the event was aimed at raising awareness of the human rights abuses taking place in Russia.
Many protesters at the afternoon event called for a boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi (scheduled to open Feb. 7, 2014). The march ended with a demonstration in front of the Russian Embassy on Berlin's Unter der Linden street, with the iconic Brandenburg Gate as a backdrop. Protesters held signs saying "Enough Is Enough," "Stop Homophobia" and "Putin Go Homo."
Demonstrators included people of all ages and seemed to receive positive responses from spectators.
Watch The Guardian's video of the event and interviews with protesters, AFTER THE JUMP...
Writes Russian singer Igor Dewe to Towleroad: "I did a sexy music video to do some love propaganda...Love for a better world."
Enjoy, AFTER THE JUMP...
State Trooper and Wife File First South Carolina Lawsuit Challenging State's Gay Marriage Ban: VIDEO
A South Carolina state trooper and her wife, who married in Washington D.C. in 2012, are challenging South Carolina's ban on same-sex marriage in court, WIS reports:
Trooper Katherine Bradacs and Tracie Goodwin and their attorney, John Nichols, filed a lawsuit in US District Court on Aug. 28. The suit challenges the Palmetto State's Defense of Marriage Law and a 2007 amendment to the state constitution. They both ban same sex marriage and recognition of those marriages performed outside the state.
"By defining marriage in this way, South Carolina discriminates on the basis of sex," said the suit. "The Supreme Court has made clear that perpetuation of traditional gender roles is not a legitimate government interest."
The suit goes even further, saying the state's laws on same-sex marriage fail "any level of constitutional scrutiny."
"Neither traditional nor moral disapproval of same-sex relationships or marriage for gay and lesbian couples is a legitimate basis for unequal treatment of same-sex couples under the law," said the suit.
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...
Senator John McCain was caught by a Washington Post photographer playing poker on his iPhone during hearings over possible military action in Syria.
Buzzfeed's John Passantino tweeted the high-res.
UPDATE: McCain responds: "Scandal! Caught playing iPhone game at 3+ hour Senate hearing - worst of all I lost!"
Well this is quite a statement to put on your bumper: MassResistance, a Massachusetts anti-gay group, is giving out 'not equal' stickers that are essentially copies of the Human Rights Campaign's logo with a big, negative slash right through them.
The concept of "equal" is the building block of the homosexual movement's overall propaganda campaign. Simply put, homosexuality must be considered "equal" to normal heterosexuality throughout society, on all levels of human activity.
By pushing the "equal" sign everywhere, it's also meant to have an intimidating psychological effect on anyone who opposes their movement. Individual activists often display it as much as possible. It says that they're banded together, that they're everywhere, that their "equal" is the new normal, and that we don't have a chance countering their momentum.
The truth is: It's NOT equal. And MassResistance has decided to help you fight back. We've just "come out" with our own sticker that subtly and simply counters their propaganda.
MassResistance has a few suggestions for where you might put your stickers--say, for example, "on your car between your 'Impeach Obama' and 'NRA' stickers." Maybe you'd like to put them "on doors and walls in public schools--or better yet, in the State House!"
It's one thing to campaign against LGBT equality and to make outlandish statements like claiming that legal protections for LGBT people constitute 'special treatment.' But it's a whole new low to proudly proclaim your belief that people should be treated unequally, and to make conveient little stickers to share that message.
Oh, and the best part about them? They're a lovely lavender color.