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04/19/2007


Dublin City Council Approves Marriage Equality 38-4

DublinPicAfter much campaigning, equality activists in Dublin got their wish yesterday as the Irish city's council voted 38-4 to allow same-sex civil marriage there.

From a celebratory press release via Joe.My.God:

Two motions in support of marriage equality were put forward - by councillors from Labour and Sinn Féin - and passed at last night's council meeting, having been considered jointly. Dublin City Council joins Cork City Council and Belfast City Council, who passed similar motions in June, as well as Omagh, Down, Moyle and Magherafelt District Councils who passed motions during the summer months.

"This is a wonderful step by Dublin City Council to raise awareness of this important issue at a local level. We'd like to thank the councillors from both Labour and Sinn Féin for their initiative, and our supporters in Dublin who spoke to their councillors over the last few months about raising the issue," said Marriage Equality Director Moninne Griffith.

"Marriage equality is not just a national issue, it's a local one. It's about respecting and protecting loving couples and families who are part of our communities and treating them as equal. That is why putting the issue on the agenda at local level is so important."

A lot of Irish lads and lasses are no doubt pretty pleased at the moment.


Seventeen Year Old Irish Dancer's 'Only In America' Story

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And now, a nice St. Paddy's Day story.

If you haven't already, meet Drew Lovejoy. He's 17. He lives in rural Ohio. He's half black, half Jewish. And he's the best traditional Irish dancer of his age in the world. In February, for the third consecutive year, he placed first in hs age group at the All Irish Dancing Championship, in Dublin. A profile of Lovejoy in today's New York Times (whence I borrowed the above pic) calls his an "only in America story" -- a notion which makes me feel rather patriotic.

But Lovejoy's American story is tinged with typically American tragedy. From the Times:

In the dance world, his unusual background was a plus ... But it has served him less well here in his hometown, where a rural stretch of road bisects sweeping pastures dotted with aging barns. He moved here when he was 9, after his mother married Donald Goldberg, a Greenville resident she met at a nearby synagogue. (She had parted with Drew’s biological father, Terrance Lovejoy, when Drew was still a baby, though she remains on good terms with him, and says he sometimes rides to Drew’s competitions with her husband.)

It was not easy. Drew was a dancer, unusual for boys here, and black in a mostly white town. Bullying eventually prompted his mother to pull him out of school and start him in an online education program. He is still there today.

While most townspeople accept him, with some going out of their way to make him feel comfortable, Drew said he still does not feel entirely at ease. He does not walk the dog after dark.

“I feel like I have to watch my back,” he said, his hands resting flat on the green kitchen tablecloth.

I can't find any recordings of Lovejoy's recent performances, but here you can view a vid shot shortly after his first Dublin championship. (I'd post it to the blog, but the "embed" function's been disabled.)


Watch: Obama Limo Gets Stuck on Curb at U.S. Embassy in Dublin

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President Obama's car, aka "The Beast", was hobbled by a driveway as it tried to leave the U.S. Embassy in Dublin in front of a large crowd.

AFP reports:

RTE said Obama and his wife Michelle stayed in the car while security officials and police officers went running over to the stranded vehicle.

After a while, the Obamas switched to another car to drive to the Marine Force One helicopter waiting to whisk them to the village of Moneygall, where one of Obama's great-great-great-grandfathers came from.

The Beast is designed to withstand all manner of attacks.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Dublin Campaign Advocates for Full Marriage Equality

A new campaign on public transit in Dublin Ireland advocates for full civil marriage. Irish media expects the quote "Jesus Had 2 Dads and Turned Out Fine" to cause some controversy:

Civimarriag The gay rights group Noise, a group campaigning for marriage equality for same-sex couples, is launching the new poster campaign on Dublin city public transport this Monday.

The posters highlight the difference between Civil Partnership and Civil Marriage, pointing out that Civil Partnership, which was recently legaized in Ireland  is not equality. The group also unveiled its new-look website to coincide with the launch.

Noise organiser Max Krzyzanowski says the posters are a specific  reminder to the public and the government that gay people still don’t have the same rights as straight people.

Ireland's civil partnerships went into effect on April 5.


Painting of Pope Officiating Gay Marriage to Go on Display

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'You May Now Kiss the Groom', a painting by Irish artist Kevin Sharkey which depicts Pope Benedict officiating the marriage of two gay men, is set to go on display in Dublin next month, Click Liverpool reports:

"Critically acclaimed Irish artist Kevin Sharkey produced the startling image after the Pontiff labelled gay marriage one of the most "insidious and dangerous" threats to the world today. Donegal-born Sharkey, 47, says he hoped the work would put the Pope's claim in context, and show the couple in an innocent and inoffensive light."

Said Sharkey to the paper: "I got the idea for this piece when I read a newspaper headline, where the Pope had labelled gay marriage the biggest threat to our society.  I am familiar with the traditional stance which the Catholic Church is expected to take, but I just felt condemning thousands of innocent people with such strong remarks is both unchristian and insulting.  When I think all the evil in the World, from terrorism, to disease, to famine, I find it horrifying that a man with The Pope's incredible power and influence can only focus on something as minor as gay marriage.  I think some of the recent revelations of disgraceful behaviour by Priests within the Catholic Church is much more evil and disturbing than two people who wish to formally express their love."


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 roadNick Herbert, the UK shadow environment secretary, to try to persuade the Polish government to change its anti-gay views.

 roadHate group MassResistance is freaking out over all the pro-gay politicians in the Massachusetts governor race: "Social conservatives, who typically identify more closely with Republican candidates in Massachusetts, are conflicted this year, with a gubernatorial race that features three major candidates – a Democrat, a Republican and an Independent – who agree on the validity of gay marriage and the right of pregnant women to choose whether to have an abortion."

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Lauper   roadCyndi Lauper's Memphis Blues. The art direction's a bit of a mess but I bet the music's good.

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 roadGay Deputy Campaign Manager for Obama Steve Hildebrand joins Faith in America: “This work is what is going to have an impact. That is where I want to put significant energy to achieve equality. This organization is doing the best work with changing the hearts and minds of Americans.”

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 roadTim Tebow drafted by Denver Broncos. Now he can hang out with Brady Quinn and visit Focus on the Family (in Colorado Springs) any time he wants.

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Fenuxe  roadAtlanta gets new glossy gay mag, Fenuxe.

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 road23-year-old man charged with murder of British diplomat John Terry in Jamaica: "Jamaican Assistant Police Commissioner Les Green identified the suspect as Richard Ewan, a security guard from Montego Bay. Mr Green said Ewan knew Mr Terry but declined to state the nature of their relationship. Mr Terry was found beaten and strangled at his home in northwestern Jamaica in early September. His body was discovered, wrapped in a sheet, by his gardener, with a handwritten note on his body describing him as a 'batty man', local slang for a homosexual."

 roadThe George, Dublin's best known gay bar, turns 25.

 roadSF-area men get six months for anti-gay BB gun attack.


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