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RoadAP: Republican governors' words shift on gay marriage. "Deep in the nation's Bible Belt, new signs emerged this weekend of an evolution among Republican governors on gay marriage, an explosive social issue that has divided America's families and politics for years."

Gw_sharkRoadGreat White Shark before it breaks the surface.

RoadJames Franco and a pussy.

RoadChurch of England responds to Elton John's claim that Jesus would have supported gay marriage: “The House has no present plans to draw on the services of Sir Elton John as theological adviser."

RoadSeahorses growl when they're stressed out: "For the first time, researchers have recorded seahorses growling, a tiny, deep sound not easily detectable by the human ear. These distinctive little fishes growl in response to stress, specifically the stress of being captured and handled, according to a new study published online June 26 in the Journal of Zoology."

RoadNYT editorial board speaks out against religious exemption in executive order: "There is no good reason to give religious employers a special privilege to inflict undeserved pain by, for example, refusing to hire someone to work on a government-backed project just because she happens to be a lesbian, or firing a capable employee who marries someone of the same sex."

RoadMale model fix: Richard Lima.

RoadFriends remember Cory Monteith on one year anniversary of his death.

PrideRoadU.S. military bases observe LGBT Pride month.

RoadMomentum grows for sex reassignment surgery coverage: "...there is now a broad medical consensus affirming gender dysphoria — the diagnosis for people whose bodies do not match their self-perceived gender — as a serious condition that might require hormones, psychotherapy or surgery. The American Medical Association’s position, adopted in 2008, is that insurance companies should cover such treatment when recommended by a patient’s physician."

HRoadBO releases trailer for On the Run Tour: Beyoncé and Jay Z.

RoadThe family Beckham is growing up.

RoadUK Home Office worker suspended after grilling man about his sexual orientation in front of his young son: "Randall Cole, 44, says he was grilled for half an hour by a Home Office employee in Chelmsford, Essex, about whether he had ever had sex with a woman, why his son's biological mother had given him up, and what passers-by thought when they walked past him and his husband with their two adopted sons."

FielderRoad'Out of shape' Prince Fielder sparks controversy on ESPN's The Body issue.

RoadAustralian sports host Brian Taylor under fire for anti-gay slur: "Taylor called Geelong's Harry Taylor 'a big poofter' on Saturday night's Seven coverage, only weeks after the veteran commentator made a similar homophobic slur against 3AW colleague Seb Costello. 'I don’t want to offend his upbringing or his parents ... but he looks gay,' Taylor said of Costello in June."

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  1. I like the Prince Fielder photos in ESPN's annual body photos. He looks plump and JUICY.

    I'd love to just squeeze the juice outta' him.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jul 14, 2014 2:59:28 PM

  2. To be fair to the Church of England, clicking through indicates that quote is a merging of a dismissive response from a bishop and a rude response from an Evangelical group, not an official statement.

    Posted by: kennedy | Jul 14, 2014 3:04:17 PM

  3. @ "He looks plump and JUICY."

    I shoulda' said, THICK and JUICY. There's still a lot of muscle there.

    And I'll probably be the only soul visiting this blog today who's horny enough to be commenting on this ESPN story.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jul 14, 2014 3:13:31 PM

  4. With respect, A: The bill passed by Congress for a POTENTIAL end to the ban was signed by the President in December 2010 not 2011. B: Do to the terms of the bill, the ban did not actually end until September 20th, 2011, 60 days after the Secretary of Defense, Chair of the Joint Chiefs, and President "certified" that ending the ban was "consistent with the standards of military readiness, military effectiveness, unit cohesion, and recruiting and retention of the Armed Forces." C: While we applaud the growing number of military Pride celebrations, commanders of some installations continue to discourage them, LGB service members continue to be officially denied equal protections against harassment and duty discrimination, and such celebrations while including transgender civilian DoD employees do NOT include transgender troops whose service is still indefensibly banned. Thank you.

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Jul 14, 2014 3:43:46 PM

  5. I'm no supporter of Elton John but he has just as much a right to interpret the words of Jesus as any of the dressed up drama queens of the Church of England.
    And if it was an evangelical group which issued the crass statement, well, that proves the very hypocrisy of that group...i.e. only their interpretation of Jesus will be tolerated.

    And didn't the Reformation happen for that very reason - that the individual should be able to read and interpret the words of Jesus for them selves.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jul 14, 2014 3:54:46 PM

  6. Speaking about ignorance, it applies to both sides. The fact is Jesus has never been alive. Arguing about the words from someone who was supposed to have lived more than one life is beyond ignorance.

    Posted by: simon | Jul 14, 2014 4:04:47 PM

  7. Correct me if I'm wrong, and I frequently am, but Jesus never said anything about gay marriage, or even homosexuality in general (at least in the Bible).

    Posted by: Kendall | Jul 14, 2014 4:14:27 PM

  8. There's no difference really between the church of england guys and any muslim guy saying "mohammed said about allah this and that, allahu akbar!".
    Sad, sad waste of brain cells.

    Posted by: topher | Jul 14, 2014 4:25:34 PM

  9. "... these are remarkably ignorant and staggeringly arrogant comments, presuming to dictate to Jesus Christ what he should think when the reality is he has spoken quite clearly on this subject."

    He spoke much more clearly on the subject of divorce. Therefore, the Church of England...?

    Posted by: Gregory in Seattle | Jul 14, 2014 4:39:37 PM

  10. @ KENDALL.......[ ? St. Croix ?]

    Yeah he never said anything.....but he did love John.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jul 14, 2014 4:46:02 PM

  11. To be fair, those were words of a single bishop which doesn't represent the view of the Church of England.
    The highest ranking bishop Justin Welby seemed to have spoken the last words after the parliament votes.
    He said it was “right and proper” that same-sex marriage has now come into force, adding: “And that’s great.”

    Posted by: simon | Jul 14, 2014 4:57:42 PM

  12. It's either incredibly sloppy or incredibly irresponsible journalism to mix two quotes by two individuals made a week apart and present them as one and the same, as was done in this article about the "Church of England" issue.

    The first quote (by the Bishop of Willesden) was: "The House [General Synod]has no present plans to draw on the services of Sir Elton John as theological adviser."

    The second quote (by Christian Concern) was: "In terms of Sir Elton’s comments about Jesus, sad to say, these are remarkably ignorant and staggeringly arrogant comments, presuming to dictate to Jesus Christ what he should think when the reality is he has spoken quite clearly on this subject."

    According to Wikipedia, "Christian Concern is the trading name of CCFON Ltd, a Christian organisation in the United Kingdom which seeks to introduce a 'Christian voice' into law, the media and Government." It is an anti-abortion, anti-gay and quite strident organization with political aims, and is not an arm or branch of the Church of England proper.

    Moreover, the comment was made by an individual bishop of the Church of England, and should not be reported as representing the position of the Church of England as a whole.

    A fuller picture can be found here:

    In general, it has to be emphasized that the Church of England, catholic and apostolic though it may be, is not the same as the Roman Catholic Church. Today, for instance, the Church of England approved the ordination of women bishops, in addition to women priests, who have been allowed for many years now.

    Also, regarding GREGORY IN SEATTLE's comment: "He [Jesus] spoke much more clearly on the subject of divorce. Therefore, the Church of England...?" - Progressive though it may be in comparison with some churches, the Church of England will not allow divorced individuals to remarry in church while the divorced spouse is still alive, hence the civil marriage of Prince Charles and Camilla.

    Posted by: edude | Jul 14, 2014 5:07:58 PM

  13. The church has no better an idea what Jesus Christ thought about gay people than Elton John does -- and isn't anymore an authoritative source on the subject, either. The new testament was written by humans over a century after Jesus would have died -- if Jesus, the person, ever existed at all.

    All the evidence we have in the world suggests Jesus didn't write a single world of anything that's written in the bible, and there's scant evidence to suggest a real Jesus of Nazareth, as a person, ever existed at all. (The nearest trace of evidence he existed at all is a single quote from a single piece of text written 50+ years after his purported death that easily could have been forged by monks centuries later or have referred to a different person altogether.)

    So the Church of England can shove it. Jesus means whatever the hell people want him to mean. That's how it's always been and always will be.

    Posted by: R | Jul 14, 2014 5:20:26 PM

  14. The Bishop of Willesden hardly speaks for the Church of England. I'd be willing to bet he doesn't even speak for the majority of parishioners in his deanery.

    Posted by: Daniel Berry, NYC | Jul 14, 2014 5:22:47 PM

  15. well, it's almost--but not quite--shocking that an Anglican bishop is unaware that Jesus said not a word either way about gay people.

    Posted by: Daniel Berry, NYC | Jul 14, 2014 5:23:35 PM

  16. @All

    There's no point in telling towelroad here to pull up their editorial socks. They don't pay any attention to reader comments; they don't even look at them.

    Posted by: Randal Oulton | Jul 14, 2014 5:24:48 PM

  17. R:
    If you mean the two passages in Josephus written at the end of the first century, one has been regarded as a forgery by most scholars. The culprit is believed to be a 4th century bishop Eusebius. The evidence lies in a quote from their 3rd century church father Origen who criticized Josephus for failing to mention Jesus in his book.

    Posted by: simon | Jul 14, 2014 5:34:35 PM

  18. Just a reminder to all voters: we are approaching the Off-Year elections this Fall and the GOP are desperate for votes to gain the majority control in both House and Senate. Therefore, the change in tune with the Red states governors. Don't be fooled with their soft stance on same-sex marriage, they still need to represent their core-based contributors.

    Posted by: Sam | Jul 14, 2014 6:00:23 PM

  19. Wow, really? Nothing about the FIFA World Cup final? Way to perpetuate the stereotype that we gays aren't into sports...

    Posted by: bernard | Jul 14, 2014 6:21:27 PM

  20. Bernard:
    Perhaps that is not a stereotype. You and Rick may be the exception. I think Rick is only interested in the "real football". Soccer is too feminine for him.

    Posted by: simon | Jul 14, 2014 6:32:27 PM

  21. That UK Home Office worker should be FIRED, not suspended. What a disgusting woman.

    Posted by: John | Jul 14, 2014 7:56:07 PM

  22. "The fact is Jesus has never been alive. "

    Prove it Simon. Now here is what you have to - provide concrete evidence accounting for absolutely every single human being who lived in the relevant region at the relevant time. You will have to somehow come up with documentation that vastly exceeds what has survived from the period, because the surviving records and archeological evidence is quite incomplete.

    It is conjecture on your part that Jesus has never been alive. But then, you could not prove in this forum that you are alive.

    Posted by: Cassandra | Jul 14, 2014 9:12:35 PM

  23. Cassandra:
    Don't be stupid. That is not how scientific evidence works. You cannot prove that there are fairies dancing on the head of the pin. That doesn't mean they exist. The burden of proof is on you not me. Because if that is what you claim, you have to prove it. That is also how a legal system works if you are not from outer space.
    I said Jesus didn't exist because there was no evidence that he existed. Don't bring out metaphysical nonsense that anything can exist if it has not been proven not to exist.
    There is good reason he never existed. Two thousand years of efforts by the religious should lead us to believe there should be at least some evidence. Instead all we have is a two thousand year history of forged relics. Also educate yourself a little bit on scientific methods. Didn't exist means there is a high probability that he didn't exist. It is not the Bible. There is no "absolute proof". Argue as hard as you can in a court. All the judge can say is there is no evidence that he existed. That's what I mean by "he didn't exist". You understand?

    Posted by: simon | Jul 14, 2014 10:22:24 PM

  24. Cassandra:
    Your post indicates you know very little about the person you believe in. Jesus was not anybody who lived in the first century. According to the Bible, he should have been noticed by a large number of contemporary historians if the Bible is not lying. In the Bible, when Jesus was born, there was a new star. When he was crucified, there were earthquakes, supernatural darkness for many hours, some dead saints walking around in Jerusalem. All these fantastic things seemed to escape the attention of first century historians like Pliny, Seneca, Ptolemy etc.
    Your explanation?

    Posted by: simon | Jul 14, 2014 10:45:14 PM

  25. RE:'Out of shape' Prince Fielder.

    I think he looks just fine; strong and handsome.
    Thick does the trick as the saying goes.

    The men with his body type should be proud of their body because it's beautiful.

    Posted by: 1♥ | Jul 15, 2014 7:44:34 AM

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