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


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.


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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


'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."

News: Atlanta, John Terry, Dublin, Stephen Baldwin, Tim Tebow

 road DC Agenda: HRC's Solmonese "takes it on the chin" at LGBT leadership town hall.

Leto   roadJared Leto strips down for concert.

 roadRestore Stephen Baldwin's bank account in the name of Jesus!

 roadFrontline exposé: The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan. "It’s an ancient practice, secretly revived--young boys sold by families to ‘entertain’ wealthy merchants and warlords. An undercover investigation into this illicit sex trade..."

 roadMarriage tour: Gay couple to wed in every state they can.

 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."

 roadGlee planning Britney Spears episode?

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

 roadOhio GOP thinks female congresswoman belongs back in the kitchen.

 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.”

 roadU.S. military launches mysterious unmanned space shuttle.

 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.

 roadWATCH: New Twilight: Eclipse movie trailer.

Fenuxe  roadAtlanta gets new glossy gay mag, Fenuxe.

 roadSeparate New York Fashion Week for menswear considered: "Menswear is regularly shown in the Big Apple during the fashion weeks held in September and February, and mixed in with the numerous womenswear shows. But menswear designers say that debuting their collections in September--three months after Milan and Paris hold their Men's Fashion Weeks--is bad for business."

 roadLesbians make UK birth certificate history.

 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.

Towleroad Guide to the Tube #589

ICY: The Dublin news would rather get the shot than warn the guy.

MONSTER: That boy is a monster.

GRAY GRAY: Choire Sicha at The Awl notes that the world's best cat video is also a likely metaphor for your day.

MR. GAY CHINA: I linked to this piece in the Guardian on Monday. Here's the video for those who missed it.

For recent Guides to the Tube, click HERE.

Dublin Says Good-bye to Boyzone Star Stephen Gately


Approximately 3,500 people lined the streets outside Dublin's St Laurence O'Toole Memorial Church to say good-bye Saturday to Boyzone star Stephen Gately, who died suddenly last weekend at the age of 33.

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Gatelyphoto The Guardian reports: "After Gately's coffin was carried out of the church, the surviving members of Boyzone stood behind the hearse in a silent group, huddled for a few minutes' reflection while local women and children showered them and the hearse with dozens of white roses. As the funeral cortege made its way up Seville Place, flanked by five garda motorbike outriders, a train on the railway bridge over the street suddenly halted while thousands all around clapped and cheered. Among the celebrities who attended the funeral were the band's founder and X-Factor judge Louis Walsh, David Furnish, Shane Ward, Jason Donovan, Brian McFadden and Vanessa Feltz. Messages of condolence were sent by David and Victoria Beckham and Elton John, among others. When the Gately family, friends and the celebrities he knew and worked with had gone, five photographs of the singer at various stages of his life were left behind inside the church, and one of him together with the rest of Boyzone. Gately was later cremated after a short service at Dublin's Glasnevin cemetery."

Cowlesgately An autopsy reported that Gately had died of natural causes. There was widespread criticism this week over a homophobic Daily Mail column by Jan Moir which used rumors surrounding Gately's death to slam the gay "lifestyle" and the "happy-ever-after myth of civil partnerships".

Gately married Andy Cowles in March 2006 in one of the first high-profile same-sex civil partnerships after they became legal in the UK.

Today, tabloid News of the World released video of the night Gately died showing the singer and Cowles leaving a nightclub in Majorca. The video appears to contradict reports that Gately had been on a drinking binge.

Watch a report on the funeral, featuring clips of Boyzone singing at the church service and Ronan Keating reading an emotional memorial, AFTER THE JUMP...

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