The Fayetteville, Arkansas City Council is meeting now and hearing speakers as they take up the proposed LGBT Non-Discrimination Ordinance (NDO).
Click HERE to watch the meeting unfold LIVE.
One of the items at stake is whether the public will vote on the NDO in November or whether the council will decide the issue tonight.
Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes has asked the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals for an extension in filing his appeal of a federal judge’s decision that the state must grant spousal benefits to the nearly 1,200 same-sex couples that were married after the state’s ban on gay marriage was struck down. If granted the extension, Reyes and his office would have until October 22 (instead of September 22) to file. The Salt Lake Tribune reports:
Attorney are asking for the extension due to the fact that the case is "factually and legally complex" and that the attorneys on the case already have a busy workload, according to the brief.
The state notes in its brief that he plaintiffs oppose their motion for an extension.
The suit was brought by four couples who were married in the immediate aftermath of the historic Dec. 20 decision by U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby that overturned Utah’s voter-approved ban on same-sex unions.
After the U.S. Supreme court halted all same-sex weddings to allow Utah an opportunity to appeal the case, the state refused to extend spousal benefits to those gay and lesbian Utahns who had married, saying the stay ensured the state could continue to operate under its previously established "status quo."
Following SCOTUS' granting a stay, U.S. District Judge Dale A. Kimball ordered that same-sex couples that were wed in Utah must be granted the same benefits as their heterosexual counterparts. However, the U.S. Supreme Court again intervened, staying Kimball's ruling pending the state's appeal.
Ugandan Archbishop John Baptist Odama has reportedly spoken out about the plight of homosexuals in his home country, according to Metro Weekly. Following the overturning of Uganda's controversial anti-gay bill, many Ugandans are eager to move forward on further discriminatory legislation. The archbishop supports such an initiative, but recently told The Daily Reporter:
“People should not take the laws into their hands and harm homosexuals, since they are also human beings though with different sexual feelings.”
It is encouraging that a public official should speak out vehemently against anti-LGBT violence, though his support for a a new anti-gay bill counteracts much of the good will.
God loves gays. It's true. And tight white tees. You probably wouldn't know given the hate spewed by the funeral-protesting Westboro Baptist Church, which is exactly why God, well, God's representatives over at Facebook, have started a campaign to create "God Loves Gays" billboards. The goal? Spread a positive message of support in Westboro's hometown of Topeka, Kansas. Over $40,000 have been donated thus far and you can help spread the love even further.
Gay Star News reports:
‘God’s’ followers pledged the funds in just ten days, and ‘God’ now plans to buy more billboards with the message that ‘God loves gays’ in other parts of the United States if he can raise further funds.
Supporters will be rewarded with bumper stickers, limited edition t-shirts and posters saying ‘God loves gay’ signed by ‘God’ himself.
Around 1,200 people pledged to fund the campaign with donations of between $1 and $75 for the total package of rewards.
Head over to God's crowdfunding page to donate now!
And check out a fun message, straight from the man himself, AFTER THE JUMP...
Chris Kluwe and the Minnesota Vikings made the specific details of their agreed settlement public in a press conference earlier this afternoon.
“[O]ur focus remains on maintaining a culture of tolerance, inclusion and respect, and creating the best workplace environment for our players, coaches and staff,” said Vikings owner Mark Wilf. “We are glad a resolution of this matter has been reached, and we look forward to continuing our efforts to create positive awareness of these issues.”
The Vikings, Wilf ebaorated, will continue to contribute an undisclosed amount of financial support to a number of LGBTQ organizations. Additionally, the Vikings will redouble their committment to its “Zero Tolerance Policy for any discrimination and harassment because of race, religion, national origin or sexual orientation.”
“I intend to continue to speak out on behalf of marriage equality,” said Kluwe. “I am pleased to be a part of the impact the Vikings material charitable contributions will have on LGBT and related causes.”
Watch a clip of the joint press conference, AFTER THE JUMP…
Out singer/songwriter Doug Locke today released a new music video that looks at how “once you give a person a piece of your heart, you never truly get it back.” The video for #ThisCouldBeUs opens with ‘Old Doug’ visiting what appears to be a sick friend, Brandon. But through a series of remembrances, we see that Brandon was also once Doug’s lover—back in the summer of ’69.
Of the inspiration for the song, Locke told The Huffington Post: "We all have those former loves that, while life may have lead us in different directions, we find ourselves reminiscing over, daydreaming about what could have been.”
Watch as Doug and Brandon look back at what might have been, AFTER THE JUMP…