After mayor Annise Parker signed Houston's HERO bill into law, it was just a matter of moments before anti-gay bigots started raising a stink and even got a petition started to reverse the measure. Some Houston activists decided to post the signatures that were applied to the petition online in an easy-to-browse database. Given that petition signatures are part of the public record, the activists are engaging in completely legal activity despite the fact that haters are not going to be pleased with the disclosure.
In an interview with Buzzfeed, Houston GLBT Political Caucus treasurer Noel Freeman - who was the one who made the request for the public records - had this to say about the actions being public shaming:
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If somebody feels that they’re being publicly shamed by these petitions being online, I think that says more about them than it does about the people who are putting the petitions online. If you’re embarrassed that your political views are on public display, then maybe you should rethink your political views.
James Franco joined Stephen Colbert last night for a grilling on a variety of topics, including what comes after his PhD, when he's going to settle down and have a family, his view on the Orlando Bloom - Justin Bieber feud, his movie Child of God about a necrophiliac who becomes a murderer, things that he hasn't done and those that he'd like to do, and his ubiquity this year which included a surprise appearance on Colbert's Christmas card.
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Earlier today, the House of Representatives voted to authorize Speaker John Boehner to move ahead with his asinine attempt to sue the President on the grounds that Obama overstepped his legal authority on the Affordable Care Act.
The vote was 225-201 with five Republicans joining all Democrats in voting no.
The Wall Street Journal reports:
Mr. Boehner, speaking just before the vote, said Congress needed to assert its authority under the Constitution to combat executive overreach. "This isn't about Republicans and Democrats. It's about defending the Constitution we swore an oath to uphold," he said.
Mr. Obama, speaking to a friendly crowd in Kansas City ahead of the vote, said that suing him wasn't a productive thing to do.
"Everybody recognizes this is a political stunt," he said of the lawsuit. "But it's worse than that, because every vote they're taking like that means a vote they're not taking to actually help you."Sphere: Related Content
Fresh off his Australian adventure and appearance at the San Diego Comic-Con, Arrow heartthrob Colton Haynes recently Instagrammed a pic of his openly gay brother Joshua, Joshua’s husband Scott and their daughter Wren.
Haynes wrote, “Much needed fam time with my bro @joshuahaynes, his hubby @scottculley , and my lil niece Wren who needs a nap.”Sphere: Related Content
Yesterday we mentioned that out California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins was set to step in as governor of California for a few hours after a chain of leadership absences put her next in line for the office.
Jimmy Kimmel took a moment to interview Atkins while she was in the governor's office, and though she did not mention that the strange situation had made her the state's official first gay governor, she did discuss a few items she considered for yesterday's agenda.
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Christopher Nolan's deep-space epic Interstellar has released a new trailer online, and it looks to be a jaw-dropping experience as a group of astronauts travel through a newly-discovered wormhole in an attempt to find a way to save the human race as the earth is dying.
Fun fact: the spaceship used in the movie is based on the Alcubierre Drive, a speculative idea that would warp space-time and allow a ship to achieve faster-than-light travel without actually traveling faster than the speed of light, which just so happens to be something that NASA is actually tinkering with.
Until the real thing comes along, you can be satisfied with the trailer AFTER THE JUMP...