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Jon Stewart Celebrates the New NYC-Chicago Skyscraper Rivalry: VIDEO

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This week NYC's One World Trade Center was declared the tallest building in the United States, a title that Chicago isn't giving up so easily.

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Homophobe Angry Over Gay Marriage Attacks People on Chicago CTA Bus: VIDEO

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A homophobe angry about same-sex marriage, which passed this week in Illinois, was filmed causing a scene on a Chicago CTA bus, verbally assaulting passengers with a profanity-laced rant.

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News: Nepal, Matt Bomer, Germany, Michigan

6a00d8341c730253ef019b008c8e6d970b-800wi Oprah Winfrey's yard sale includes a chest of drawers worth $50,000.

Nepal6a00d8341c730253ef019b008c8e6d970b-800wi Nepal held its very first gay beauty pageant today: "The country's only openly gay lawmaker and BDS president, Sunil Babu Pant said: 'This programme has encouraged gay men to reveal their hidden talents and will create more awareness about gender and sexuality.'"

6a00d8341c730253ef019b008c8e6d970b-800wi The father of the man who went on a shooting spree at LAX yesterday called police about his son around the same time the shootings actually took place.

6a00d8341c730253ef019b008c8e6d970b-800wi The former owner of a gay bar that was badly damaged in a fire has been charged with arson.

6a00d8341c730253ef019b008c8e6d970b-800wi Bernhard Goetz has been arrested for trying to sell marijuana to an undercover NYC cop.

6a00d8341c730253ef019b008c8e6d970b-800wi Two kidnapped French journalists have been killed in Mali.

6a00d8341c730253ef019b008c8e6d970b-800wi Crack-smoking Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is adamant: "I'm not resigning."

Matt-bomer-friday-movies-with-simon-halls-016a00d8341c730253ef019b008c8e6d970b-800wi A bunbled up Matt Bomer and less bundled up Simon Halls take in a movie in LA.

6a00d8341c730253ef019b008c8e6d970b-800wi New law in Germany introduces a third sex option for those born with both male and female characteristics. They reason: "The council had argued, among other things, that many people born with both sex characteristics who were operated on as children say they wouldn't have consented to the surgery."

6a00d8341c730253ef019b008c8e6d970b-800wi Teens talk about the teen problem on Facebook.

6a00d8341c730253ef019b008c8e6d970b-800wi Britney Spears promotes her new single "Perfume" on Snapchat.

6a00d8341c730253ef019b008c8e6d970b-800wi There's a good chance that anti-discrimination laws could become a reality in Holland, Michigan if two anti-gay council members are defeated in Tuesday's election.

6a00d8341c730253ef019b008c8e6d970b-800wi The family of jailed Pussy Riot Nadezhda Tolokonnikova claims she is now missing.


Cubs Owner and NE Gubernatorial Candidate Pete Ricketts Unhappy the Team is So Pro-Gay

Chcago Cubs owner Pete Ricketts, a Nebraska Republican gubernatorial candidate who is running against Annette Dubas (an outspoken supporter of marriage equality), is under fire from a conservative opponent who is using the Cubs' sponsorship of LGBT pride as a tool to take him down.

RickettsRicketts agrees with conservatives and is trying to disavow himself of the team's position, blaming it on his sister Laura, an out lesbian who is also a Cubs co-owner.

The World-Herald reports:

For Ricketts, the fact that his sister — Laura Ricketts — is a key supporter of gay marriage hasn't changed his belief that marriage is meant for a man and a woman. He not only opposes same-sex marriage, but he said he also opposes a longstanding decision by the Chicago Cubs to sponsor a gay pride parade in Chicago. The Ricketts family owns the baseball team.

The Cubs' connection to the parade raised objections from a fellow Republican candidate, who said Thursday it called into question Ricketts' gay-marriage opposition. Republican Beau McCoy said that Ricketts should be held responsible for the fact that the Cubs are supportive of the gay community.

Ricketts said he had no involvement in that decision. He also said that despite some “difficult conversations” in his family, he and his sister remain family. “My sister is gay. I love her, but I disagree with her on this issue,” said Ricketts, an Omaha businessman.


Chicago Cabbie Sued for Kicking Gay Couple Out of Taxi For Kissing

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Back in June, we reported on a Chicago cabbie who tried to force Steven White and his boyfriend Matt McCrea from his cab on the side of the rain-drenched Kennedy Expressway after they kissed briefly in the back seat. CBS Chicago reported then:

During the ride, McCrea "leaned over to look at something on the phone and then he leaned in to kiss me," White recalls.

McCrea says it was a closed-mouth kiss that lasted all of a second. It did not go over well with their cab driver, the two men say. "He indicated that it was a public mode of transportation and we shouldn't kiss in his cab," White says. "He pulled the cab over and stopped and wanted us to get out - on the Kennedy."

Now, Lambda Legal has filed a complaint on behalf of the couple:

"A taxi-cab company, like any other business in Illinois that offers services to the public, is bound by the Illinois Human Rights Act to not discriminate based on sexual orientation, among other protected categories," said Christopher Clark, Senior Staff Attorney for Lambda Legal. "What happened to Steven and Matthew was not only hurtful and unlawful, it illustrates exactly why Illinois' citizens need the state's long-standing Human Rights Act to protect them against dangerous situations like this."

At the time, the cab driver claimed the couple was "making sex," but police found no evidence to support that claim. 


Gay Chicago Lawmaker Discusses Trip to Washington State to Marry Partner: VIDEO

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Chicago City Alderman James Cappelman and his partner Richard have been together for more than two decades.  But after waiting anxiously for Illinois to legalize marriage equality, and in light of the disappointing stop-and-start progress of an equal marriage bill over the last year, the couple is heading to Washington state to tie the knot.  The Chicago Tribune has the story:

"We are going to go elsewhere," said Ald. James Cappleman, 46th. "It's kind of sad that a Chicago alderman, an elected official, has to leave his own state. But we'll keep fighting. There's a lot of people who want to get married."

Cappleman and Richard Thale, who met in church, have been together for 22 years. The plan to get married Nov. 22, surrounded by relatives who live out West. The couple already have a civil union in Illinois.

Cappleman is a social worker and longtime community activist in his first term. Thale is the courts advocate for the Town Hall Police District, a Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy beat facilitator and president of the Uptown Chicago Commission.

Cappleman said he first spilled the beans Tuesday night on CLTV's "Politics Tonight" show when asked what it was like to be an alderman and gay. He later posted his plans on Facebook.

The alderman told the Tribune his decision was based in large part on the Supreme Court's June decision invalidating Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act.  "Should something happen to either one of us," he wrote in a Facebook post, "we didn't want to take the risk of losing those federal protections that other married couples already have."

Cappleman isn't the other city politician forced to travel outside Illinois to get married: his colleague Deb Mell wed her partner in Iowa.

LGBT advocates in Illinois are pursuing two parallel tracks in their quest for equal marriage rights in the state.  Legislators will seek to pass a marriage equality bill in the veto session this fall, and former state Republican party chair Pat Brady--who resigned after criticism from his own party for his support of same-sex couples' right to marry--is helping the ACLU of Illinois convince GOP lawmakers to back the legislation.

The other track towards marriage equality in Illinois is taking place in the courts.  Late last month, a state judge rejected motions to dismiss two court cases challenging the state's policy of providing only civil unions and not marriage to same-sex couples.  Lambda Legal and the ACLU, who are sponsoring the two cases, are now pressing forward to win a positive ruling from Cook County Circuit Court Judge Sophia Hall that brings marriage equality to the Land of Lincoln.

You can watch Cappleman discuss his wedding in an appearance on Chicago's WGN9 News (warning: autoplay), AFTER THE JUMP...

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