News: Kentucky, Mary Bonauto, Queer Nation, Melissa Bachmann

RoadCampaign against Russia's anti-gay laws entering new phase...

RoadKentucky National Guard to issue gay spousal benefits: "Kentucky Adjutant General Edward Tonini recommended the state follow Defense Department policy and a U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling, and Beshear affirmed it, said Kerri Richardson, the governor’s spokeswoman."

BachmannRoadTV presenter Melissa Bachmann is proud of killing a lion: "An incredible day hunting in South Africa! Stalked inside 60-yards on this beautiful male lion... What a hunt!"

RoadKanye West's ego has not yet deflated.

RoadAce Hotel founder Alex Calderwood dies at 47.

RoadAP marks 10th anniversary of gay marriage in Massachusetts: "Such gains were considered almost impossible before Massachusetts opened the door on Nov. 18, 2003, with a Supreme Judicial Court ruling that declared a ban on gay marriages unconstitutional. Opponents made doomsday predictions about how gay marriage would damage traditional marriage and lead to problems with children raised in same-sex households."

RoadAngelina Jolie breaks down receiving humanitarian Oscar.

RoadU.S. Army robots will outnumber soldiers by 10 to 1 by 2023: "Talking at a US Army demonstration of autonomous weaponized robots at Fort Benning, Georgia, experts said that 'ten years from now, there will probably be one soldier for every 10 robots. Each soldier could have one or five robots flanking him, looking for enemies, scanning for land mines.'

RoadKanye West to debut "Bound 2" video on Ellen, which may star Kim Kardashian.

QueernationRoadQueer Nation protests Russia Forum NY outside The Koxciuszko Foundation: "Conference organizers called the police—911 the cops told us, apparently it was a gay emergency! Cops responded, spoke to us and organizers and explained to the Russian organizers that our protest was breaking no American laws, and the First Amendment of the Constitution guaranteed our right to protest on a public sidewalk."

Road7 ways to be insufferable on Facebook. "A Facebook status is annoying if it primarily serves the author and does nothing positive for anyone reading it."

RoadBuzzfeed's Chris Geidner profiles pioneering marriage equality lawyer Mary Bonauto: "The lawyer brought marriage equality cases in Vermont, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. She argued the case to the justices in Massachusetts who brought marriage equality to the United States. She won the first decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act’s federal definition of marriage, and the first appellate decision too — a ruling that forced the issue before the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this year. If there’s been a big moment in marriage equality’s long march to reality, Bonauto was probably there."

RoadMale model fix: Dan Murphy.

StairwayRoadAnd she's buying a stairway to...?

Road"Proud bigot" attends anti-gay banquet.

Deep water diver from Brooklyn dies trying for a record: "At 12:25 p.m. Sunday, surrounded by 15 other athletes and observers, as well as five safety divers, he turned and submerged, face first and looking like a human arrow shooting into the darkness on what would be the last dive of his life.

RoadInterscope may be out $25 million for Gaga's ARTPOP.

RoadGay Tory MP Crispin Blunt defeats homophobic attempt to block his candidacy: "Supporters of Blunt had dubbed their campaign to save the former minister 'Operation Meteor' – named after the meteorite that killed the dinosaurs – in the wake of evidence of homophobia after he came out in 2010, ending his marriage to his wife Victoria."

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  1. Just to correct you: Melissa Bachmann is very American. She was born in Paynesville, Minnesota. We have enough nutcases in the UK - please don't give us any more.

    Posted by: bobspice | Nov 18, 2013 3:49:54 PM

  2. I read the Melissa Bachman and Batkid stories within minutes of each other this weekend. My faith in humanity changed back and forth so quickly, it gave me whiplash.

    Posted by: crispy | Nov 18, 2013 4:06:03 PM

  3. Andy, regarding the Lady Gaga blurb. I think you should know that the article you linked to is using The lady that writes the articles about Gaga is a blogger who is obsessed with trashing her. I'm not arguing that ARTPOP isn't a flop, it cleary is not doing as good as her other stuff. I just wanted to point out that you are contributing the passing of false information.

    Posted by: Mike | Nov 18, 2013 4:09:46 PM

  4. Oh lady gaga, how the mighty have fallen. Of course the little monsters are panicking and trying to rationalize her lackluster sales by blaming the

    Posted by: John | Nov 18, 2013 4:16:27 PM

  5. I don't think the album is doing so well domestically (The US) but the singles have done well for themselves. Time will tell...

    Posted by: Vera | Nov 18, 2013 4:24:48 PM

  6. Mike: The truth is the album is not a flop, selling more than 250000 and being number one is not a flop.
    A different thing is saying that she is underperforming, of course, Born this way came after an incredibly succesful era, and that's not the case of Artpop.

    It was the same with Applause, people saying it was a big flop because it enter at 6 on billboard hot 100. Guess what, it wasn't. Of course it was not as succesful as other singles, but it spend more than three months in the top 10.

    The article is not even correct about the peak of the lead single. If you fail at something so simple, the rest it's at least, dubious

    Posted by: jjose712 | Nov 18, 2013 4:45:13 PM

  7. I really don't want to be a Negative Nancy, but there is something wrong with this site if the profile of the woman who is credited with setting off the chain reaction of gay marriage wins in this country gets tucked away here, but the profile about Greenwald's kept boy gets his own post.

    Posted by: jeff | Nov 18, 2013 4:47:00 PM

  8. Why wouldn't Lady Gaga fail? She has pissed off her gay male fan base by collaborating with known homophobe TI on her song Jewels and Drugs. What sort of gay-friendly woman does that?

    Lady Gaga is a fake. It's just that it's taken a while for gay men to catch up with this notion.

    Posted by: jimbryant | Nov 18, 2013 4:57:56 PM

  9. Regarding Ellen, wouldn't it be nice if she gave some air-time to a struggling gay male artist instead of these well-known and wealthy corporates like Lady Gaga and Kanye West?

    Ellen is losing the support of gay men for this very reason.

    Posted by: jimbryant | Nov 18, 2013 4:58:58 PM

  10. jimbryant: Sia, for example. She is queer (her own words) and collaborate with Eminem in his last album.

    The number of pop divas with dubious collaborations is really high

    Posted by: jjose712 | Nov 18, 2013 5:03:09 PM

  11. JJOSE712,

    Sia, Rihanna, Lady Gaga...all these women have collaborated with male singers who have uttered homophobic slurs or made homophobic comments directed towards gay men in particular.

    You have to wonder if these women actually think before they do this. Perhaps they don't care.

    Perhaps since it's gay men who are the target of these slurs, it doesn't matter to these women.

    Posted by: jimbryant | Nov 18, 2013 5:06:43 PM

  12. jimbryant: Ellen is a host, she wants in her show high profile people that make the ratings rise, it's not rocket science, and it's not difficult to understand either

    Posted by: jjose712 | Nov 18, 2013 5:09:09 PM

  13. What are Ellen's ratings anyway? They're not exactly huge.

    In any case, she's corporate. I don't think she really cares about gay male entertainers who are up-and-coming. A lot of women don't.

    Posted by: jimbryant | Nov 18, 2013 5:15:57 PM

  14. Many of the word choices in the linked article about the National Guard of Kentucy and gays don't help, but to be clear the benefits don't come FROM the state guards themselves. They come from the federal government. The actual issue has been the refusal by some states to let their married gay members ENROLL in the process at a state guard facility (the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System aka “DEERS”). Functionally it is a simple matter of convenience of being able to enroll at a Guard facility closer to one than a federal facility farther away. For example, Texas is still refusing to let Guard members enroll at Austin's (state-run) Camp Mabry, but can't do anything to preven them from registering at the federal Ft. Hood approximately an hour and a half's drive away. That still, of course, doesn't change the fact that it's overt, petty bigotry.

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Nov 18, 2013 5:16:06 PM

  15. It's so sad to see someone like Melissa Bachmann smiling with pride that she murdered a 'beautiful' lion. It's sick and disgusting and I can only hope karma takes her from this planet in a similar fashion.
    She deserves exactly that which she creates in the world and hopefully it happens soon before she murders more 'beautiful' animals.

    Posted by: SFshawn | Nov 18, 2013 5:33:51 PM

  16. Melissa Bachman is a miserable and sickening person.

    Posted by: John | Nov 18, 2013 5:34:33 PM

  17. Aren't women the most revolting creatures? T

    Posted by: jimbryant | Nov 18, 2013 5:39:18 PM

  18. Melissa Bachmann: we can only wish that she would be set loose on an enclosed retreat and hunted down by the king of beasts. You can't get any sicker then she has demonstrated herself to be.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Nov 18, 2013 6:02:44 PM

  19. that Melissa Bachmann troll makes me sick to my stomach

    Posted by: Reality | Nov 18, 2013 9:39:08 PM

  20. Most disturbing image of the year - that serial killer aka Bachman posing over a dead majestic animal she shot to death in on a 60 acre prison.
    And she has MANY supporters who are no doubt racists and homophobes as well as vile animal killers.
    I want her in prison.

    This world is turning into the idiocracy.

    Posted by: Bean | Nov 18, 2013 9:40:01 PM

  21. "Each soldier could have one or five robots flanking him, looking for enemies, scanning for land mines."

    What could possibly go wrong, eh?

    Posted by: Randy | Nov 18, 2013 11:58:02 PM

  22. "Deep water diver from Brooklyn dies trying for a record"

    What a gruesome story. But expect more of them. Darwin always has more awards to hand out.

    Posted by: Randy | Nov 19, 2013 12:04:43 AM

  23. Is this Bachmann woman related to the other nut? How disgusting that she kills a beautiful animal and then brags about it. If I ever see her in person I'll spit on her. She's the lowest of the low.

    Posted by: Jack M | Nov 19, 2013 7:53:59 AM

  24. Pity that the Kosciuszko Foundation which has not only nothing to do with Russian discriminatory laws, but also quite little to do with Russia altogether, got entangled in this story...

    Posted by: Marek | Nov 19, 2013 8:24:22 AM

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