News: Andy Warhol, Green Card, Chad Griffin, Jars of Clay

RoadChad Griffin writes op-ed in response to controversy over marriage equality book: "Simply put, I have nothing in common with the trailblazing courage of Rosa Parks."

Anthony_sullivanRoadGay widower seeks green card after husband dies: "Anthony Sullivan and Richard Adams fought back in a high-profile lawsuit, demanding that the federal government recognize their marriage for immigration purposes. Following ten years of litigation, they lost in a final ruling at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Sixteen months after the death of his spouse in December 2012, Sullivan now returns to fight for recognition of their marriage and for a green card, this time as the widower of an American citizen."

RoadJesus appears in pancake!

RoadGeorge Will calls Obama an "adolescent president".

RoadVehicle sought in Houston double murder of Britney Cosby and Crystal Jackson has been recovered.

RoadElmo puppeteer Kevin Clash cleared of sexual abuse charges: "The case was dismissed because of the statute of limitations. There is no ruling on the merits," the plaintiffs' attorney Jeff Herman – who now also represents the man accusing Hollywood director Bryan Singer of abuse – tells PEOPLE. "The case against Clash on behalf of Sheldon Stephens is pending."

RoadA Will & Grace reunion?

RoadPrince William and Catherine scratch out a DJ set.

WarholRoadA dozen previously unknown Andy Warhol works have been recovered from old Amiga computer disks: "Commodore paid the artist to produce a series of works to aid the launch of the Amiga 1000. A painstaking three-year project was required to recover the images which were saved in an obscure data format."

RoadJars of Clay musician Dan Haseltine getting backlash from anti-gay crackpots for tweets supporting marriage equality.

RoadBuzzfeed: Inside Bryan Singer's wild Hollywood world.

RoadIslamic transgender boarding school opens doors in Indonesia. "It has now moved to a house belonging to Shinta Ratri, a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activist."

RoadAngel Haze: Some rappers are gay - get over it.

RoadIs Angelina Jolie refusing to marry Brad Pitt over his family's ties to an anti-gay church? "'Sobbing, she told Brad in no uncertain terms, ‘If you won’t talk to your family about this, I will! I’m not going to marry into a hateful situation like this!’ Pitt’s mom Jane, dad Bill, brother Doug, sister Julie and their children are in­volved in Springfield’s controversial James River Church. The pastor, John Lindell, has been blasted for spreading hate by blasting gay lifestyle and vehemently opposing gay anti-dis­crimination legislation related to sexual orientation."

RoadNick Jonas's t-shirt can't contain him.

RoadMore photos from the opening night of Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

NhRoadNormal Heart cast does Vogue.

RoadJudge dismisses discrimination case filed by Angela McCaskill, the chief diversity officer of Gallaudet University, who was demoted after signing a petition to place a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage on the ballot.

RoadThe Handsome Father: New organization for gay dads launches.

RoadCan marijuana help stop HIV? "The study is the second of its kind to indicate that delta-9-THC, the primary psychoactive ingredient found in marijuana, could help increase the number of healthy cells in HIV-positive patients who use the drug on a regular basis."

RoadStudy shows LGBT parents still face discrimination in the courts in custody lawsuits: "Court decisions that favor a heterosexual parent over a gay or lesbian parent in a custody dispute often do not consider important social science research on parenting by gay and lesbian individuals, according to a new review from Drexel University."

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  1. I've been writing about this issue of the recognition of foreign marriages for years.

    The issue is this :
    If the Netherlands recognizes a USA marriage (say from Mass.) and grants the USA spouse rights of residence in the Netherlands, then what an insult it is for a USA state not to similarly recognize a Netherlands marriage for all purposes.
    It doesn't matter whether the US state has its own same sex marriage law.

    It's not only an insult, it is a breach of the rule of "Comity of Nations".

    Every State must recognize a foreign marriage which is valid in the place of performance.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Apr 24, 2014 4:17:48 PM

  2. That's sweet of Chad Griffin to do damage control for Jo Becker.
    Back peddle much?

    Posted by: pubguy | Apr 24, 2014 4:42:33 PM

  3. Amiga. The computer we deserved, before we deserved it. Then a bunch of suits destroyed it.

    Posted by: Randy | Apr 24, 2014 5:02:28 PM

  4. Lot of gay Sullivans. Watch out "Handsome Fathers" may be more apt to cheat. "Vogue" has become the new island of misfits. Don't fall for the Angelina story. She gets what she wants without marriage. Spare us left wing reactions to right wing views. A return to our shallow history--"Will & Grace? Because Deborah Messing is out of work? More Nick jonas. That's the gay in me.

    Posted by: Gare | Apr 24, 2014 5:07:50 PM

  5. Before addressing HRC head Chad Griffin's attempt to distance himself from the inflammatory book by Jo Becker, I want to acknowledge that Mr. Griffin did play a large role in advancing marriage equality. But in his rather obviously hastily thrown together effort to pull Ms. Becker's head out of his ass, he pours scrambled eggs on his own face.

    EGGO UNO: While Mr. Griffin eventually got around to a (however factually wrong in the details) drive-by mention of then-San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom’s 2004 act of defiance against not just President Shrub having endorsed banning marriage equality in the US Constitution in his SOTU but also against his own Democratic Party and specifically his mentor Sen. Dianne Feinstein and gay then-Cong. Barney Frank by ordering SF’s City Clerk to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples and the City Attorney to defend it in court, he gives all the power and glory to the beginning of legal marriages in Massachusetts three months later AKA “The Gospel According to St. Barney.” One can salute the first court success in the country at the same time that one must acknowledge that it was NOT that but the “Winter of Love” in San Francisco with its images hurled round the world of thousands of gay couples lining up around SF’s City Hall block, day and night, in sunshine and rain, week after week that actually rebooted the marriage movement nationally and internationally and…..wait for it….drum roll….LED TO GRIFFIN’S OWN INVOLVEMENT through trying to overturn the reactive Prop H8TE.

    Could Mr. Griffin’s otherwise inexplicable hit and run mention of that be because his petey is chained to the DNC which has YET to forgive Newsom for having the courage to take a stand for marriage equality EIGHT YEARS before they did? THREE Democratic National Conventions have come and gone, and despite being one of the Party's most charismatic players (and still "young" by most politico standards) he was allowed nowhere near the stage each time. [And let us not forget that Mr. Griffin’s Lord & Savior Obama Christ refused in 2004 to even be photographed with Newsom at a fundraiser for his US Senate campaign THAT NEWSOM WAS HOSTING because he didn't want to be tainted by association with him. Two-faceness: the gift that keeps on giving.]

    EGGO DUO: Mr. Griffin thinks Andrew "Raw Muscle Glutes" Sullivan is "an indispensable voice"??? Mary, please!!! Has he ever actually READ Sullivan's "seminal 1995 book 'Virtually Normal'" that he proclaims "should be required reading for every newly-out person looking to get involved in marriage advocacy"? If he HAD, he would know that Andy Pandy argued “on libertarian grounds” AGAINST the Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). That he's since kinda changed his mind is beside the point, particularly since he described his support last year as "lukewarm," adding: "to me, this feels a lot like a) an easy concession to Gay Inc. which has devoted almost its entire existence to this bill, [SURE it has, Your Glutesness....forget the four-decades+ long battle against sodomy laws and for gays in the military, the fights for government security clearances, for child custody and adoption, for hate crime laws, and against bullying, and the revolutionary war against AIDS] b) an easy vote for a Republican trying to hold onto a marginal seat, c) an even easier way for Democrats to grandstand on the issue, even though it stands a snowball’s chance in Hell of getting through the current House. So I hope it passes. But forgive me for not cheering it on."

    No, we won’t, nor will we forgive Mr. Griffin for sticking his head up the self-adoring ass of the British refugee who has also promoted the racist junk science of "The Bell Curve,” revered Reagan and Ronnie’s separated-at-birth fascist twin sister Thatcher, denounced “promiscuous gay men” and President Clinton for his, quote, “reckless…sexual risks” even as he, his HIV+ self, was trolling the Net for bareback sex with assorted constellations of couplings as long as they weren’t fat, fem, etc., repeatedly insisted that “AIDS is over,” revwas originally a kind of Richard Simmons with a baton and a bazooka as the highest profile Sodomitic drum major for the illegal invasion of Iraq, and declared anyone "DUMB" who doesn’t agree that Barack Obama is smarter than everyone else in the universe (guess he got over “The Bell Curve”). The same Sullivan who in the words of Glenn Greenwald: “spent three years aggressively scorning everyone who criticized Obama’s marriage position on the ground that it’s irrelevant and inconsequential what the President thinks about marriage equality, even arguing that “this desperate desire among some gays for some kind of affirmation from one man is a little sad,” but the minute Obama announced that he supports same-sex marriage (again—never mind he had unequivocally in 1996), was parading the earth in tears shouting “that’s why we elected him. That’s the change we believed in.” Greenwald: “He then spent the next week on his blog hailing Obama’s courage, integrity and greatness as reflected by this decision of historic significance. … this has to be one of the creepiest episodes in American punditry in some time, … doesn’t he at least owe an apology to all those gay activists who endured [his] condescending scorn when they were trying to pressure Obama to ‘evolve’?” Was Sullivan being “indispensable” when he recently painted dethroned Mozilla head Brendan Eich as a VICTIM, "scalped by some gay activists," for in Sullivan's words having "the gall to express his First Amendment rights and favor Prop 8 in California by donating $1,000" when, in fact, no gay group was involved?

    EGGO EXCELSIS: While frantically throwing air kisses at numerous others, including the obligatory and typically exaggerated homage to Harvey Milk, and alluding to the long fight for marriage equality Ms. Becker apparently ignored, Mr. Griffin ultimately only proves how shallow the knowledge of our history HRC's current Big Cheese is. Her ignorance isn’t surprising; his is inexcusable. Where is the salute to Rev. Troy Perry for filing a filing a lawsuit to get California to recognize a lesbian "common law marriage" in 1970? Where is the applause for Jack Baker & Michael McConnell who tried to get married in Minneapolis in 1970 and ‘71. Where’s the ovation for Frank Kameny (who was fighting for gay equality for more than 15 years before anyone outside of San Francisco had heard of Harvey Milk) and Elaine Noble (elected to a STATE legislature as out gay three years before Milk's election to a city board of supervisors) who were publicly arguing for marriage equality on Massachusetts TV in 1975. How about the mass “weddings” at the 1979, ‘87, ’93, and 2000 marches on Washington? Class, can you say, "Remedial Reading"?

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Apr 24, 2014 5:25:54 PM

  6. Love that last paragraph, but it's the one that is lost on the "pioneers." My roommate at the time was very involved in Elaine Noble's campaign to become the first elected gay state senator. I knew Elaine, and got to meet Lily Tomlin at her home in 1976. Of course there could be no gay utterances. This was long before she was able to "marry" in 2014. I can fit myself into it because I lived it in so many aspects. And I recall being disheartened when my eldest brother Rick Bebout (1950-2009) told me he was "against?" gay marriage. Let "equality" quest further slap them in the ass. There was so much more. Thank you Michael!

    Posted by: Gary Bebo | Apr 24, 2014 5:42:57 PM

  7. No curiosity here. It's edited news compilation with expected commentary. To quote Jack Nicholson, "You Can't Handle The Truth!" Or Sweet Brown "Ain't GotTime For All That!" Elaine Noble belongs on that stamp!

    Posted by: Stryker | Apr 24, 2014 6:53:31 PM

  8. Good for Jars of Clay musician Dan Haseltine. If ever a cool Christian rock group existed, it's that one.

    Posted by: SeattleMike | Apr 24, 2014 6:54:14 PM

  9. Angelina story is BS Brad is the marriage equality advocate not Angelina.Angelina is not a Democrat and she supports death penalty.So she has more in common with Brad's family.Also Brad doesn't support organize religion.

    Posted by: Kim | Apr 24, 2014 8:04:42 PM

  10. It seems that Brad Pitt's family's far-right views might align nicely with those of Angelina Jolie's dad's!

    Posted by: Ingmar53 | Apr 25, 2014 5:21:56 AM

  11. Dan Haseltine is a man who is as sweet as his voice!

    Posted by: iban4yesu | Apr 25, 2014 11:50:16 AM

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