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Anti-Gay Ex-Gov. Mark Sanford Gets Engaged

The anti-marriage equality, anti-gay adoption, anti-civil union, pro-constitutional-amendment-defining-marriage-as-the-union-of-one-man-and-one-woman, Republican former governor of South Carolina, Mark Sanford, is getting married again.

Nm_mark_sanford_110127_mnGov. Sanford proposed to his girlfriend, Maria Belen Chapur, in Argentina on Wednesday. Argentina, please recall, is where Gov. Sanford really was when he disappeared from the governor's office for several days in 2009, after telling a few staffers he was going to "hike the Appalachian trail." He wasn't hiking. He was visiting Ms. Chapur, a commodities broker, with whom he'd been carrying on an affair for at least a year. After the affair became public, Gov. Sanford was nearly impeached, and his wife divorced him.

Gov. Sanford's proposal reportedly came as a surprise to Ms. Chapur, arriving in the middle of lunch at a restaurant called Bella Italia Grill, in Buenos Aires. From The Daily Caller:

... [the] restaurant [is] a favorite of journalists and business executives. Sanford reportedly arrived early and handed the ring in a bag, or pouch, to one of the servers. Sanford then hid himself in the handicapped bathroom for more than an hour before Chapur arrived.

The server approached Chapur and presented her with the pouch, saying that she had won an award for being the hundredth customer of the day. Chapur reportedly opened the pouch and found the ring, and looked confused. Sanford then appeared from his hiding spot and declared his love for her.

... the couple then kissed, cried and promised to love each other forever.


Argentina to Register Gay Couple as Fathers for First Time

Alejandro Nasif Salum, Secretary for International Relations at LGBT rights group Federación Argentina (FALGBT), sent out the following email yesterday:

ArgentinaTomorrow morning, in Buenos Aires, the first inscription of the birth of a baby with two fathers will be done in Argentina. Tobías is a boy who was born a few weeks ago in India after a surrogacy process. He's now arrived to Argentina and both his fathers will be registered with no distinction between the biological one and the other one.

Although Marriage Equality Act states that no difference should be made between children of same or different sex couples, and besides the fact that many birth certificates with two mothers have already been made, it wasn't easy to get to this point as the Civil Registry was at first reluctant to do it, but the work of the Legal Staff of the FALGBT made it possible. I want to recognize my colleagues at that point.

Moreover, a modification to Argentina's Civil Code is being debated in the Congress which would made this kind of registrations standard in all the country. We'll keep you up to date about this process.


Massive Iceberg Flips Near Boat in Argentina: VIDEO

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Here's the latest viral iceberg video, in which ecotourists appear remarkably calm while a massive piece of ice swings from under the ocean with potentially boat-eliminating force in Argentina's Los Glaciares National Park. Writes the videographer:

This Iceberg was "calved" by Argentina's Uppsala glacier. While we were passing by it with a catamaran, the huge berg lost a part of itself (look at the right side sinking) and then flipped over with a huge roar. In the process of melting this happens all the time, but it is seldom that it is captured on video WHEN it happens...

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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News: Mt. Everest, 50 Cent, Tilda Swinton, Sexy Veggies

SeanAvery 6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi One Million Moms claims their boycott against JC Penney for their use of lesbian entertainer Ellen DeGeneres as a spokesperson has cost the department store $163 million. But the AP actually credits the store's new pricing system.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Hockey player and fashion icon Sean Avery flexes his pecs, and then some, for Terry Richardson.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Here's the teaser trailer for Anchorman 2.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi A sickeningly fit New York man named Zachery has been named sexiest male vegetarian by PeTA. He deserves it.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Oh, baby... "Dozens of Roman Catholic dioceses, schools and other institutions sued the Obama administration Monday over a government mandate requiring most employers to provide birth control coverage as part of their employee health plans."

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Zimbabwean Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa insists his country does not abuse human rights, but also says they'll never give up their institutionalized hate of gays. "We made it clear that in our law homosexual activities are criminalized and that any person who commits homosexual activities will be arrested," he said.

Everest6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Did Marc Anthony get custody of Victoria and David Beckham in his divorce from J. Lo?

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi The New Yorker cartoon caption contest this week deserves your submission.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi A curious explanation for why gay Virginia judicial nominee Tracy Thorne-Begland was rejected. It "wasn't" the Republican opposition.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is still uber-popular.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Rapper 50 Cent supports gay marriage: “I think everyone should be happy. I think a fool is going to go against same sex marriage at this point... I’m up for it. If everyone else is for it, then hey, to each his own. I don’t have personal feelings towards it because I’m not involved in that lifestyle. I want people to be happy. It makes for everything to be better.”

NYerTED6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Obama spokesman Ben LaBolt on Cory Booker walking back his critique of the president's campaign's attack on Mitt Romney's past at Bain Capital: "These are his own views in the video. He made absolutely clear that the discussion of Mitt Romney's private sector tenure was legitimate... He released that video of his own volition. We did not ask him to do so."

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Anyone who doubts Tilda Swinton can transform herself into legendary character Auntie Mame should take a look at this picture.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Three climbers are dead and two are missing after a Mount Everest climb went awry.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Stephen Colbert inspired an entire generation of college students to start their own super PACs. Democracy in action!

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi The new movie Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean, takes a look at the iconic actor's alleged gay past. "I sometimes suspect the mainstream press still believes queer people were invented in the 1970s, and that before that, everybody was straight and chaste. Well, officially, they might have been -- and studio publicists were tasked with maintaining the facade -- but we know better," says director Matthew Mishory.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Sarah Palin recorded a call urging Texas residents to vote for Ted Cruz for U.S. Senate. The call ran in Kansas.

ETaylor6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi The Pan American Health Organization last week came out against so-called "gay cures." "Since homosexuality is not a disorder or a disease, it does not require a cure. There is no medical indication for changing sexual orientation," said PAHO Director Dr. Mirta Roses Periago.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Conservative commentator Michelle Malkin on the Manny Pacquiao controversy: "The gay-marriage mob is guilty — of the very ugly bigotry it claims to abhor. And left-wing media outlets are guilty — of stoking false narratives that shamelessly demonize religion in the name of compassion."

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Lindsay Lohan has started fittings for her role as Elizabeth Taylor. Think she can pull it off?

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Singer Nick Jonas took part in New York City's annual AIDS Walk.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Buenos Aires' city government just approved same-sex marriages for foreign nationals. Who's down for some Southern Hemisphere nuptials?

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Dolly and Kenny, because why not?


Argentina: The Trans-Friendliest Place On Earth

Casa-rosadaLast Wednesday, the Argentinian senate voted 55-0 in favor of a law which allows individuals to change their legal gender simply because they want to. Again, that's 55-0 for. No dissent. This makes Argentina the most trans-friendly country in the world.

From the AP:

In the United States and Europe, transgender people must submit to physical and mental health exams and get past a series of other hurdles before getting sex-change treatments.

Argentina's law ... is the first to give citizens the right to change their legal gender without first changing their bodies, said Justus Eisfeld, co-director of Global Action for Trans Equality in New York.

"The fact that there are no medical requirements at all — no surgery, no hormone treatment and no diagnosis — is a real game changer and completely unique in the world. It is light years ahead of the vast majority of countries, including the U.S., and significantly ahead of even the most advanced countries," said Eisfeld, who researched the laws of the 47 countries for the Council of Europe's human rights commission.

Argentina legalized same-sex marriage two years ago, and predictably the still-large Catholic Church in Argentina is unhappy with the country's liberal drift. From the AP:

"The Argentine lawmakers are introducing profound changes in society that don't respond to any social demand and without taking into account the real consequences," Nicolas Lafferriere, who directs the church-sponsored Center for Bioethics, Personhood and Family, complained Thursday in "Religious Values," an online publication sponsored by the archbishop of Buenos Aires.

We have found ourselves faced with the most permissive law in the world in this area. Now, to change all the civil registries you don't need any more justification than a personal desire, based on someone's self-perception. It won't be easy to predict the consequences." Lafferriere warned.

But:

... fewer and fewer Argentines regularly attend Mass, and priests and bishops don't have the same power of the pulpit anymore ... The Catholic hierarchy also has been inexorably linked with the military junta that killed as many as 30,000 people during the dictatorship. Both enforced conservative social values at the time.

... which has had a predictably withering effect on the Church's political power. That number again: 55-0.


Argentina Lawmakers Approve Landmark Gender Identity Bill

ArgentinaIDLGBT advocates here in the States aren't the only ones with something worth celebrating.

The AP reports that Argentina's Senate yesterday approved 55-0 a measure that will allow transgender people to change the gender on their ID and receive health care for potential sex change operations.

Any adult will now be able to officially change his or her gender, image and birth name without having to get approval from doctors or judges — and without having to undergo physical changes beforehand, as many U.S. jurisdictions require.

When Argentines want to change their bodies, health care companies will have to provide them with surgery or hormone therapy on demand. Such treatments will be included in the "Obligatory Medical Plan," which means both private and public providers will not be able to charge extra for the services.

"This law is going to enable many of us to have light, to come out of the darkness, to appear," said Sen. Osvaldo Lopez of Tierra del Fuego, the only openly gay national lawmaker in Argentina.

The bill will now head to President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner for the final signature.


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