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Ruth Bader Ginsburg On Hobby Lobby, Congress, and Why She Has No Plans to Retire Anytime Soon

In a new and rare interview, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg spoke with Elle Magazine, sharing her thoughts on a variety of topics.

Bader-ginsburg-306Much of the interview dealt with women's rights, specifically abortion. In the aftermath of Hobby Lobby, Ginsburg speculates that things have gotten "about as conservative as [they] will get." She notes that women having to cross state lines is not a new phenomenon, and that this policy is detrimental to the lower class. The Justice says people will eventually realize the folly of the policy — that "it makes no sense as a national policy to promote birth only among poor people."

This wasn't even the sharpest of Ginsburg's quips on the topic. In response to whether the country will become more progressive on women's rights, the aspiring diva pulled out some less-than subtle shade of her own:

I think it will, when we have a more functioning Congress..

But Ginsburg's best answer of the interview all came when she was asked whether she plans to step down to assure that President Obama will be able to appoint a liberal judge. Ginsburg balked:

Who do you think President Obama could appoint at this very day, given the boundaries that we have? If I resign any time this year, he could not successfully appoint anyone I would like to see in the court. [The Senate Democrats] took off the filibuster for lower federal court appointments, but it remains for this court. So anybody who thinks that if I step down, Obama could appoint someone like me, they’re misguided. As long as I can do the job full steam…. I think I’ll recognize when the time comes that I can’t any longer. But now I can.

That clears things up nicely. Read the full interview excerpt HERE, where the Justice waxes eloquent on family, Antonin Scalia, and what she hates about the term "activist judge."


Julia Volkova From T.A.T.U 'Would Condemn' Gay Son, Is OK With Lesbians - VIDEO

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Julia Volkova, one half of fake lesbian music duo t.A.T.u, said in a recent interview on Russian television that she “would condemn” her son if he came out, reports Pink News.

Volkova, who has previously spoken out against Russia’s anti-gay laws, added that although she could not accept a gay son, women should have the “freedom” to be gay:

“I would condemn him, because I believe that a real man must be a real man. God created man for procreation, it is the nature. The man for me is the support, the strength of… I won’t accept a gay son.”

Confirming that she only thinks the “freedom” of being gay should apply to women, Volkova explains that real freedom for a man is to have sex with as many women as he can:

“In our time, there is a very large number of frivolous girls...a man can be with a large number of these girls. This is freedom for men. And a man has no right to be a fag.”

Volkova goes to on tell the audience that she in fact has “many gay friends" - and that their sexuality is clearly a choice, just like being a thief, a drug addict or a murderer:

“If you choose out of [being a murderer, a thief, a drug addict or a homosexual], being gay [is] a better than the rest.”

Volkova would know all about choice as her bandmate Lena Katina previously confirmed she is straight, and that the band’s lesbian image is an “act”.

Watch the confused interview, AFTER THE JUMP... (Note: Russian-language)

Katina, meanwhile, took to Facebook yesterday to weigh in on the controversy:

Hey, all! I am seeing some comments lately regarding my position about LGBT and my religion. I can say one thing: God is teaching us to live in love, to be tolerant and not to judge other people! And I do so! Love is love and it is a wonderful feeling! I think everybody should be free to love who they love and be with who they want to spend their life with! Xoxo

Katina

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John Travolta On Alleged Former Gay Lover: 'It's Just About People Wanting Money' - VIDEO

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In an interview with The Daily Beast, John Travolta has addressed allegations by a male former employee that they had a six year affair.

In July, a California appeals court judge ruled Travolta can no longer stop Douglas Gotterba from telling his side of the story. Gotterba claims that his working relationship with the actor became more personal when he was employed by Travolta’s aircraft company Alto in the 1980s.

While discussing Travolta’s latest movie The Forger, interviewer Marlo Stern asks the actor about the allegations.  Travolta replies:

“This is every celebrity’s Achilles heel. It’s just about people wanting money. That’s all. It happens on many levels.

Also, I don’t care that much about it. Other people may attack it back more than I do, but I let all the media stuff go a long time ago because I can’t control it. I think that’s why it persists, to some degree.

I found [the allegations] most offensive with the loss of my son. I felt like that was the lowest I’d ever felt. Sex stuff is always going to be interesting to somebody, but you stay away from family. You really should. With that, I always felt like the media—not all of the media, but parts of it—went too low there.”

Watch an interview with Travolta at a premiere for The Forger, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Toronto School Board Member Shuts Down When Asked To Defend Homophobic, Transphobic Views - VIDEO

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Sam Sotiropolous, a member of the Toronto District School Board, has refused in an interview to answer questions about homophobic opinions expressed on Twitter, reports Pink News.

An August 30th tweet read “Until I see scientific proof that transgenderism exists and is not simply a mental illness, I reserve the right not to believe in it.” An earlier tweet on July 4th called Toronto Pride a “freak show.”

However, in a Global News interview, Sotiropolous - who is clearly uncomfortable -  refuses to answer questions about his views, claiming that although he has not formed an opinion on transgender people, he “has the right to reserve the right to have an opinion.”

Despite the fact that the tweet hasn’t been deleted, Sotiropolous denies calling Toronto Pride a “freak show”.  When confronted with another tweet claiming that the “disseminators” of “homosexism” are “maliciously rabid,” he walks away from the camera and appears speechless. At that point, his only comeback is he was under the impression that the interview would concern his comments on transgender people only. However, he does appear to back up his homophobic opinions, stating that “the words stand for themselves.”

At this point, he refuses to answer any more questions. The interview ends with a bizarre staring competition - which the Global News reporter wins.

Trans-rights activist Susan Gapka said that outrage at Sotiropoulos’s comments points to how far society has come in recent years.

“The terrific thing is that there are non-trans people, allies and supporters, leaping to the defense, there was a flurry on twitter, and social media, the news has covered it, that shows you how far we’ve come in the last five or ten years.”

Sotiropolous has since taken to Twitter again to defend his opinions, claiming that the school district is targeting "the rarest" types of bullying - transphobic and homophobic - while ignoring bullying based on appearance, school performance and ethnicity.

Watch the bizarre interview, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Sam Smith's Hit Album Inspired By Love For A Straight Man

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Sam Smith has has made it known that his album In the Lonely Hour was inspired by an unrequited love for another man. What he neglected to mention until his recent interview with The Sun was that the other man was straight. Said Smith:

Nothing ever happened between us. I know he loved me too, but not in that way. When I wrote the record I was just really heartbroken - all I wanted to do was go to the studio and write about this guy who I fell in love with.

The result was a chart-topping debut album and being told by Beyoncé herself that his voice is "like butter." Not bad for a bit of heartache. 

(photo via Facebook)


Brazil Presidential Candidate Reverses Support For Same-Sex Marriage - VIDEO

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Marina Silva, who is expected to oust Dilma Rousseff as President of Brazil in an October election, has backtracked on an earlier promise to support same-sex marriage, reports Yahoo! News.

In May, Brazil authorized notaries to begin approving same-sex marriages nationwide.

Silva is an ecologist and evangelical Christian who holds conservative views on abortion and same-sex marriage.  Last Friday, her campaign team published a manifesto that included a direct pledge to “back proposals defending civil marriage.” However, the following day her team sent out a “clarification” removing the word “marriage” and asserting that she will “defend rights relating to civil unions between same-sex couples.”

Blaming an “editorial error,” Silva said the text published was not the text which had been discussed.

According to Telesur, the new version of the text also substitutes the objective of “eliminating obstacles to child adoption for homo-affective couples" with demanding “equal treatment to couples who adopt.”

However, Silva reiterated that she remains “committed to the defense of the lay state, defence of personal freedom and the respect of religious freedom. The lay state is there to defend the interests of all, the interests of those who believe or do not, independent of their social standing or sexual orientation."

Although Rousseff called Silva's government manifesto “adventurous, obscurantist, and backward,” the incumbent previously backtracked on a plan to distribute anti-homophobia kits to schools.

Watch an interview with Silva, AFTER THE JUMP...

 

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