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11/01/2013

Avicii's 'Hey Brother' Gets an Eye-Popping Lyric Video: WATCH

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What do popcorn, snowballs in the face, gymnastics powder, power-sanding, herding cattle, rain, the Arizona desert, basketball, airports, breaking pencils, rain, chocolate bars with almonds, and rain have in common?

This video, for one. It's the third single off Swedish DJ producer Avicii's album True.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted Nov. 1,2013 at 8:30 PM EST by in Avicii, Music, Music Video, News | Permalink | Comments (13)


Marco Rubio: ENDA Will Burden Small Businesses, Lead to 'Frivolous Lawsuits'

RubioAs the Senate prepares to vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act next Monday, speculation has now turned to who will be the key 60th vote necessary to avoid filibuster. All 55 Democratic and four GOP Senators have already committed to supporting the bill, and Majority Leader Harry Reid recently told Rachel Maddow "without question, we're going to get at least five Republicans."

Just don't count on Sen. Marco Rubio being that key vote.

Via spokeswoman:

"[Senator Rubio] believes people's qualifications, performance and honesty are the most important qualities by which they should be judged in the workplace. If you're a good worker, that's all that should matter," spokeswoman Brooke Sammon said. "This legislation goes far beyond protecting workers from discrimination based on sexual orientation, and he is currently studying what kinds of burdens it could impose on small businesses, frivolous lawsuits that could result, and ensuring that religious freedoms under the First Amendment are protected." 

When asked about ENDA at the annual Faith and Freedom Forum back in June, Rubio asserted that he's "not for any special protections based on orientation."

Who knew being able to safely be yourself at work counts as a special protection.

Posted Nov. 1,2013 at 8:00 PM EST by in ENDA, Marco Rubio, News | Permalink | Comments (32)


Hawaii Lawmaker Files Suit to Shut Down Marriage Equality Special Session Over 1998 Ballot Measure: VIDEO

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A Hawaii lawmaker is trying to shut down the special legislative session currently underway in the Aloha state, saying voters misunderstood a ballot measure in 1998 that read:

"A 'Yes' vote would add a new provision to the constitution that would give the legislature the power to reserve marriage to opposite sex couples only."

HawaiiState Rep. Bob McDermott claims that most voters thought they were voting for marriage between a man and a woman, and the legislature does not have the right to decide.

At least one constitutional expert disagrees:

Andrea Freeman is an assistant professor at the University of Hawaii's William S. Richardson School of Law and teaches a course on constitutional law. She said the amendment is clear.

"The amendment clarified that the legislature could choose to reserve marriage only for opposite sex couples," she said. "But it definitely does not state that it is on the only thing it can do."

McDermott contends that according to settled law, the people's perception of the meaning of a constitutional vote carries precedence.

"What did the people understand they were voting on? Between a man and a woman only, because that's what they were told by the Office of Elections," said McDermott.

McDermott says he'll take his case to the state Supreme Court if the circuit court rules against him.

Watch Hawaii News Now's report, AFTER THE JUMP... Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Posted Nov. 1,2013 at 7:05 PM EST by in Gay Marriage, Hawaii, News | Permalink | Comments (19)


Coast Guard Adds Sexual Orientation to its Non-Discrimination Policy

PappIn a guidance memo made public Thursday, the Coast Guard announced it has now added sexual orientation to its equal opportunity and anti-discrimination/anti-harassment policy statements. The guidance was dated Oct. 13th and signed by Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp (pictured right).

The Washington Blade reports:

"We must continue to uphold our core values of Honor, Respect and Devotion to Duty which underlie our excellence in mission execution, good order and discipline, and morale," Papp writes. "Maintaining workplaces that are free from harassment and discrimination is essential to our readiness and to ensure we remain, Semper Paratus, Always Ready.

Stephen Peters, president of the American Military Partners Association, commended Papp for taking action to protect gay members of the coast guard and said the Pentagon should make similar policy for other branches of the armed forces.

"We urge the Secretary of Defense to do the same in order to ensure all uniformed service members are protected from unjust discrimination, not just those in the Coast Guard," Peters said. "While Department of Defense civilian employees are protected, the DoD has yet to add orientation to its non-discrimination policy for uniformed troops. This lack of inclusion has a direct impact on not only the service member's ability to serve openly and honestly without fear of harassment, but their spouse and family as well."

Gender identity, however, was not included in the new policy changes.

Brynn Tannehill, director of advocacy for the LGBT military group SPART*A, commended the Coast Guard for adding the protections, but said the service is unable to change transgender policy because it's "modeled after that of the DoD's."

"We believe that it is time to revisit these outdated policies," Tannehill said. "The SPART*A Transgender Chapter has members who are part of the Coast Guard. The existing medical policies on transgender Coast Guard service are every bit as harmful to them as DADT was to lesbian, gay, and bisexual service members, and have nothing to do with their actual ability and desire to serve." 

Posted Nov. 1,2013 at 6:30 PM EST by in Discrimination, Military, News | Permalink | Comments (9)


Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1457

YOU ARE DEAD SEXY: Making MTA conductors smile.

MARRY THE NIGHT: Here's Adam Lambert's version.

LEGO: The movie.

THIS WEEK: In unnecessary censorship.

For recent Guides to the Tube, click HERE.

Posted Nov. 1,2013 at 5:30 PM EST by in News, Towleroad Guide to the Tube | Permalink | Comments (1)


News: Ronan Farrow, Omaha, Rob Ford, The Vatican, Mika

RoadMichele Bachmann: "God, I'm a loser."

RoadOmaha police have now started investigating THIS ASSAULT as a hate crime.

FarrowRoadVICE: Does it matter that Ronan Farrow is gay? "Gay readers deserve to be titillated, too. As a gay man, I find Farrow's sexuality highly relevant—he's literally the gay Mia Farrow! It’s only by accepting a homophobic logic that we can perform the mental acrobatics required to decide sexuality should be off the table. It’s just as interesting as any other detail, and no more embarrassing."

RoadHoney Boo Boo and family dressed up as the Kardashians for Halloween.

RoadToronto Mayor Rob Ford may have called in to a radio show under a fake name to defend himself from crack video allegations.

RoadVatican polling parishes on gay marriage ahead of major meeting: "The poll was sent in mid-October to every national conference of bishops with a request from the Vatican coordinator, Archbishop Lorenzo Baldisseri, to 'share it immediately as widely as possible to deaneries and parishes so that input from local sources can be received.'"

RoadA new musical will tell the story of Jesus Christ through the music of Britney Spears.

RoadBrave: Sara Bareilles surprised nurses at a Minnesota children's hospital who made a touching viral video to her song.

MikaRoadMika is now a judge on Italy's X Factor, and an Italian superstar apparently.

RoadAndrew Sullivan leaving NYC: " I loved New York City with a passion until I tried to live here. It’s been over a year and I am horribly home-sick. So we’re going to move back to DC next month."

RoadPAPER: Nigerian teen allegedly killed lawmaker. "Magaji, it will be recalled, was gruesomely murdered in his residence at the Barhim Quarters, Katsina, recently. However, the police moved swiftly, arresting the suspect who was said to be with the deceased at the time of the murder. Addressing the press yesterday, the state commissioner of police Muhammad Hurdi said the suspect had confessed to killing Magaji, whom he said was his “boyfriend”."

RoadJoshua Jackson is making shirtless balcony appearances.

RoadLady Gaga was walking around London with an enormous seashell parasol.

RoadWaPo on the quiet campaign being waged by gay rights supporters to push the GOP to the middle: "The behind-the-scenes effort is being led largely by GOP mega-donor Paul Singer, a hedge fund executive whose son is gay, and former Republican National Committee chairman Ken Mehlman, who revealed his homosexuality in 2010, long after he had left the GOP leadership."

Posted Nov. 1,2013 at 4:00 PM EST by | Permalink | Comments (11)



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