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04/19/2007


News: Missy, Stonewalling Hagel, Da Vinci, Twenty Thirteen

1NewsIcon Ask the Blue Coat internet security company to eliminate a filtering function that they themselves admit unnecessarily censors LGBT sites.

JoeBiden1NewsIcon A We The People petition argues that a White House-backed reality show about VP Joe Biden would help bipartisanship. "Such a program would educate the American public about the duties and responsibilities of their Vice President, while providing a glimpse of the lighthearted side of politics even in the midst of contentious and divisive national debates," the organizers say. As of this writing, 1,352 people have signed that petition.

1NewsIcon Republican Senators are already warning that Defense Secretary nominee to-be Chuck Hagel will face a tough confirmation hearing. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Hagel's past comments and votes on Iran and Israel will be a "matter of much discussion," even though the Kentucky Republican once said Hagel is a "a clear voice on foreign policy and national security." Sen. Lindsey Graham meanwhile described the nomination as an "in your face" move by a president "high on re-election."

1NewsIcon Sen. Graham also said of Hagel, "If confirmed to be secretary of defense, [he] would be the most antagonistic secretary of defense towards the state of Israel in our nation's history."

1NewsIcon Thomas Lopez-Pierre, a candidate for New York City Council, wrote an exceptionally offensive email to a black real estate developer blasting him for backing Lopez-Pierre's rival, a Jewish man named Mark Levine. This is how that email ends: "Black people in Harlem can smell the Bitch in you. They know that you are a weak, little short man who sucks White/Jewish cock."

1NewsIcon If Leonardo Da Vinci lived today, he would most likely be called "gay," yet he artist's sexuality appears to decidedly straight in the new Starz original series Da Vinci's Demons, the trailer of which was just released.

Datta1NewsIcon "I know I am not the best looking man in the world but surely no woman could fail to be dazzled by this shirt? The gold shirt has been one of my dreams." So says 32-year old money lender Datta Phuge of his internationally renowned $22,000 splurge.

1NewsIcon Hey Britney, Missy would like to work with you.

1NewsIcon "25 Of Jared Padalecki’s Sexiest Photos." Nuff said.

1NewsIcon Texas Chainsaw 3D was number one at the box office this weekend.

1NewsIcon Actor and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says guns in movies are "just entertainment."

1NewsIcon The Vatican's semi-official newspaper continues to support the idea that LGBT equality is like socialism and will destroy civilization as we know it. Yawn.

1NewsIcon Though "hashtag" was the American Dialect Society's word of the year for 2012, "marriage equality" was voted most likely to succeed: "The argument was that while the word hashtag has been around since 2007, this was the year of the hashtag. This was the year that hashtag was everywhere in the Twittersphere and beyond. It was creating social trends, reflecting social trends, making memes go viral," said ADS voting member and University of Michigan Professor Anne Curzan.

Astonishing591NewsIcon Gay hero Northstar covers next month's Astonishing X-Men #59, and he looks fierce.

1NewsIcon Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee hopes that passing marriage equality will help improve the state's image, attracting new business, new visitors and maybe some "creative" new residents. "We want to be very inclusive, welcoming everybody," he said. "And in particular (to the) creative, energetic people that so often are associated with the gay community."

1NewsIcon Hendrik Hertzberg on the awkward pronunciation of 2013: "A question... [when] you got to the mention of '2013,' did your inner reading voice say 'two thousand thirteen'? Or did it say, as I hope and expect, 'twenty thirteen'?..."

1NewsIcon Gay bowler Scott Norton on the impact his and his husband's on-air kiss has had: "I didn't even know anything was going to come of it. It happened on Sunday and then nothing came of it... And then it exploded and all of the credit goes to Jaime Perez and the International Art of Bowling for all they've done. They've really turned this into something special."

1NewsIcon Gay men in Australia are asking the government there to follow in the footsteps of its Commonwealth cousin the UK and expunge old anti-gay convictions from people's records: "For an unknown number of older gay men, historical convictions for consensual sex continue to cast a shadow over their lives. Despite Victoria decriminalizing gay sex in 1981, these men are still prevented from applying for some jobs, such as teaching, or taking on volunteering roles."

1NewsIcon British Prime Minister told The Telegraph that he would like to stay in office until 2020 and concedes that his proposals for marriage equality in England were not delivered as concisely as possible, particularly with regard to religious institutions. He made clear, "[The proposal] is about what the state does, this is the civil part of marriage. We're not changing what happens in church or synagogue or mosque."


News: Richard Hanna, Mandela, Omega, Uruguay

1NewsIcon Glee and American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy and photographer husband David Miller received a very special Christmas gift: a baby boy.

GeorgeBush11NewsIcon 88-year old President George HW Bush remains hospitalized with a high fever after being checked in with a "bronchitis-like cough" before Christmas.

1NewsIcon 94-year old former South African President Nelson Mandela has been released from the hospital following his own health scare.

1NewsIcon  Uruguay's Senate has postponed their marriage equality vote until April.

1NewsIcon Ellen DeGeneres and wife Portia de Rossi like long, kiss-filled strolls on the beach in St. Barts.

1NewsIcon "White Christmas."

1NewsIcon Jay Leno throws a snowball at Chick-fil-A.

1NewsIcon Here is the first song ever recorded in space.

1NewsIcon After previously balking at the suggestion, Democratic NJ Assemblyman Reed Gusciora now says he wants to put marriage equality to a popular vote.

DOMAProtest1NewsIcon US Rep. Richard Hanna, a Tea Party backed Republican from New York, today announced that he opposes DOMA. "The simple fact remains that the federal government has a responsibility to ensure all legally married couples are treated equally under federal law," he said. Hanna is only the second sitting GOP congressperson to say DOMA needs to be repealed. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen was the first.

1NewsIcon Biogen, a drug manufacturer that specializes in multiple sclerosis treatments, will "gross up" pay to make up the difference for gay and lesbian married couples who suffer financial punishment under DOMA, the government's refusal to recognize same-sex marriage.

1NewsIcon British High Court judge Sir Paul Coleridge blasted Prime Minister David Cameron for pursuing marriage equality, something he calls a distraction that only impacts ".1%" of the population. "[Gay marriage] is a minority issue. We need a much more focused position by the Government on the importance of marriage," said Coleridge, who created his own non-profit to fight divorce.

1NewsIcon Meanwhile, Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps defended the Tories' equality push. Though some critics want to see a ban on fox hunting pass first, Shapps says they simply don't have the votes in Parliament; marriage is a much easier win, he said: "It makes sense to bring something forward if you think there's a chance of there being a parliamentary majority and at the moment there doesn't appear to be one... There probably is a parliamentary majority for gay marriage."

Downtondantrench21NewsIcon Say so long to Dan Stevens on Downton Abbey.

1NewsIcon Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka spent hours putting together a lovely train set for their son but he ended up just wanting to play with the broom. At least he's putting himself to good use, right?

1NewsIcon Les Misérables did big business on Christmas: about $18 million opening day and number one at the box office.

1NewsIcon DC gay bar Omega Nightclub had its last call.


'Guardian' Poll Shows Majority Of Brits Support Marriage Equality

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England's new year will bring plenty more debate about marriage equality, and Prime Minister David Cameron can rest easy knowing he has a majority of the country behind him.

According to a poll conducted for The Guardian, 62% of Britain's voting public endorses the conservative PM's controversial plan for marriage equality:

The ICM poll conducted just before Christmas found 62% of voters now support the proposals, with half this number – 31% – opposed. Most previous polls have found opinion leaning the same way, although the two-to-one margin revealed on Wednesday is particularly emphatic. An ICM online survey for the Sunday Telegraph in March asked the identical question – which expressly reminds people that the option of civil partnerships already exists for gay couples – and established a 45%-36% lead for the reformers.

Meanwhile, over at The Independent, a ComRes poll shows that the same percentage, 62, believes that the Church of England should be allowed to perform same-sex marriages. Cameron's plan would forbid them from doing so.


News: Tagg Romney, Frank Ocean, 'Toxic' Row, 'The Hobbit'

1NewsIcon Tagg Romney on father Mitt's failed presidential run: "He wanted to be president less than anyone I’ve met in my life... If he could have found someone else to take his place ... he would have been ecstatic to step aside.

90sDrag1NewsIcon More 90s nostalgia from New York City's Duplex and Fire Island's Drag Invasions.

1NewsIcon Outgoing Rep. Barney Frank won't say yes or no to becoming an interim-Senator should John Kerry become Secretary of State.

1NewsIcon Anti-gay forces in France spent their pre-Christmas weekend protesting plans to pass marriage equality there.

1NewsIcon Texas Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison says she supports banning large ammunition magazines like the one used in the Sandy Hook school shooting. "I think we ought to be looking at where the real danger is, like those large clips, I think that does need to be looked at," she said on CBS' Face The Nation. "It’s the semi-automatics and those large magazines that can be fired off very quickly. You do have to pull the trigger each time, but it’s very quick."

Bladerunner1NewsIcon Movie spoilers circa 1982.

1NewsIcon Frank Ocean wrote a song for Django Unchained but it wasn't used, so he posted it online. It's called "Wise Man" and you should check it out.

1NewsIcon The Hobbit topped the weekend box office with about $150 million.

1NewsIcon A look back at Glee's biggest 2012 moments.

1NewsIcon British Prime Minister David Cameron's plan to legal same-sex marriage there has sparked a civil war in his conservative party. "...Cameron was last night battling to contain his party split over gay marriage after a delegation of senior MPs urged him to reconsider the plans – and two Tories had a ‘toxic’ public argument in the Commons over the issue. The confrontation between fiercely anti-gay marriage MP Sir Gerald Howarth and rising star Gavin Barwell took place in front of shocked colleagues in the Commons Tea Room."

Gareththomas1NewsIcon Out rugby and fitness star Gareth Thomas on coming out to his dad: "My family were amazing - once it was taken in, my dad, who is a very tough man, sat me down at home with the family; he opened a bottle of champagne and said 'this is a toast to the rest of your life son.' It was overwhelming, and my family as a whole have been superb."

1NewsIcon Gay singer Matt Gold discusses releasing his new album, Drown Before You Swim, without a label: "A label can help take you to that next level, in terms of visibility. Happily, there are artists out there on labels who are able to maintain their authenticity and remain true to themselves. That’s one of the reasons I respect Adele so much. She’s out there, doing her own thing in her own style, and it’s all about her voice, and people like it. When I see someone like Adele succeed, it gives me hope that my songs might be received in the same way."

1NewsIcon Shia LaBeouf steps out with a new lady.

1NewsIcon Hmmm. A study from the University of Melbourne suggests that of LGBT people, lesbians are more likely to be depressed and problem drinkers and then dubiously concludes these women can overcome such problems by having children. Childbearing "builds a woman’s resilience" said the lead researcher, Professor Ruth McNair.


Muslims Demand Exemption from Marrying Gays in Britain

Last week I posted a same-sex marriage plan put forth by David Cameron's administration that puts in place four legal "locks" in order that religious organizations not be required to marry same-sex couples. Under the rules, the Church of England would be forbidden to do so in any case.

MuradMuslim groups are now angry that the religions are being treated differently:

The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), with more than 500 affiliated mosques, charities and schools, said it was "appalled" by "utterly discriminatory" legislation on same-sex marriage set out by the government.

The proposals would allow faith groups to conduct gay marriages but would ban the CofE and the Church in Wales from doing so.

The MCB secretary-general, Farooq Murad, said his organisation had strongly opposed gay marriage alongside other religions and was seeking an urgent meeting with culture secretary, Maria Miller, to express the concerns of many Muslims over the proposals. "No one in their right mind should accept such a discriminatory law," he said. "It should be amended to give exactly the same exemption to all the religions."

The criticism from the MCB comes after the CofE last week attacked the government's lack of consultation over its gay marriage plans, saying senior ecclesiastical figures learned of them only when Miller announced them to parliament.


Britain Plans to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage with Rules That Make It Illegal for Anglican Church to Marry Gay Couples

Same-sex marriage will be legal next year in England and Wales, according to a plan put forth by David Cameron's administration, but the Anglican Church will be forbidden to marry same-sex couples:

MillerMinister for Women and Equalities Maria Miller said in the Dec. 11 release that the legislation is designed to create “watertight protections for religious organizations” that do not want to conduct same-sex marriages, but will allow them to “opt in” if they so choose. However, the legislation will make it illegal for the two Anglican churches to opt in.

Here's the government's press release:

Following a Government consultation, legislation allowing same-sex marriage will be brought forward next year. The proposals are designed to create watertight protections for religious organisations that do not want to conduct same-sex marriages, but will allow them to ‘opt in’ if they so choose.

The historic move will mean that for the first time:

same-sex couples will be able to get married in civil ceremonies; 

religious organisations who chose to ‘opt in’ will be able to conduct marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples; and

a ‘quadruple lock’ of measures in domestic legislation would protect religious freedom, putting beyond doubt the possibility of successful challenge through domestic or European courts.

The Government reiterated today its absolute commitment that no religious organisation, or individual minister of religion, would be forced to conduct marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples.   European law already puts protection for religious freedom beyond doubt (under Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights) but the Government intends to go even further and put in place a ‘quadruple lock’ in domestic law.

The legal locks, which will be on the face of any primary legislation, are:

no religious organisation, or individual minister, could be compelled to marry same-sex couples (or to permit this to happen on their premises);

it will be unlawful for religious organisations, or their ministers, to marry same-sex couples unless the organisation’s governing body has expressly opted in to do so (and that would mean the religious organisation itself opting in, the presiding minister having consented and  the premises in which the marriage is to be conducted having been registered);

the Equality Act 2010 would be amended to ensure that no discrimination claim could be brought against religious organisations or individual minister for refusing to marry a same-sex couple (or allowing their premises to be used for this purpose); and

the bill will explicitly state that it would be illegal for the Church of England and the Church in Wales to marry same-sex couples, or to opt-in to do so.  Canon law – which bans the marriage of same-sex couples – will continue to apply.  That means that it would require a change in both primary and Canon law before Church of England and Church in Wales would be able to opt in to conduct same - sex marriages.

The plans are making both sides unhappy, the NYT reports:

The proposed British compromise looked unlikely to quell opposition within Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative Party from those who reject the concept of same-sex marriage on religious, social or moral grounds.

The right-wing United Kingdom Independence Party has threatened to exploit divisions which it said threatened to rip apart the Conservatives’ traditional rural base.

“We feel the prime minister’s proposals will present an affront to millions of people in this country for whom this will be the final straw,” Nigel Farage, the UKIP leader, told The Guardian.


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