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Newark, NJ Mayor Cory Booker is an American for Marriage Equality: VIDEO

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HRC has gone national with its video campaign featuring prominent celebrities, politicians, and athletes speaking out in support of marriage equality. The video series was initiated during New York's successful effort to gain marriage equality and has recently begun in Maryland.

This is the first in the "Americans for Marriage Equality" campaign and features Newark, New Jersey mayor Cory Booker.

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Watch: Pups Join Party in OK Go's Latest One-Shot Masterpiece

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OK Go released its video for "White Knuckles" yesterday, which features the band and a bunch of athletic pups.

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CEO Shot to Death by Cop at 'Gay' Cruising Spot in Newark

DeFarra Gaymon, the successful CEO of Credit Union of Atlanta, was shot and killed by a police officer in Newark, New Jersey last week after allegedly propositioning the officer at a cruising area to which he had made a detour on the way to his 30th high school reunion.

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On Tuesday, the acting Essex County prosecutor gave the first detailed, public description of what happened in the wooded park that night, saying that the officer, who had tried to arrest Mr. Gaymon, 48, over lewd behavior, fired in self-defense. The prosecutor, Robert D. Laurino, said that Mr. Gaymon assaulted the officer, a 29-year-old member of the Essex County Sheriff’s Department, tried to flee and then, when cornered, attempted to disarm the officer.

The incident, despite whatever your personal opinions are about consensual sex in public places (between men, most of whom do not identify as gay), begs the question of why police budget and resources are being spent to send armed officers to deal with this type of behavior.

Around 6 p.m., after chasing down a man and arresting him, the officer realized he had lost his handcuffs in the pursuit and went back into the woods, alone, to retrieve them, the prosecutor said.

“The plainclothes officer was bending down to retrieve his handcuffs,” Mr. Laurino said, “when he was approached by Mr. Gaymon, who was engaged in a sexual act at the time.” Words were exchanged that the prosecutor said “would lead one to believe that” Mr. Gaymon was propositioning the officer.

“The officer pulled out his badge, identified himself as a police officer and informed Mr. Gaymon that he was under arrest,” Mr. Laurino said. Then, he said, Mr. Gaymon shoved the officer to the ground and ran, ignored the officer’s demands to stop, and repeatedly threatened to kill the officer if he approached. The officer cornered Mr. Gaymon beside a pond and tried to handcuff him, Mr. Laurino said, but again Mr. Gaymon resisted.

“Mr. Gaymon reached into his pocket and lunged at the officer in an attempt to disarm the officer,” Mr. Laurino said. The officer, “fearing for his life,” the prosecutor said, shot Mr. Gaymon once, and he died at the hospital three hours later.

Mr. Laurino’s statement was based on an account given by the officer to investigators. Prosecutors said they knew of no one else who saw what happened, and they asked that any witnesses step forward.

A married father of four is now dead because someone on the Newark police force felt that eradicating this behavior was more of a priority than all of the other problems in that city.


Photo: Newark Airport Security Breach Hell

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This was the scene yesterday at Newark airport (via twitter) after a nitwit crossed the exit lane between the public and secure area:

"Officials took the action after a man was observed walking the wrong way down the exit lane between the secured, or 'sterile,' area and the public area at around 5:20 p.m. The Transportation Security Administration initially responded by stopping screening. But about two and a half hours later, the T.S.A. ordered all passengers on the sterile side to move back to the public side for rescreening. While it was unclear who first alerted authorities to the potential breach, the individual was not an employee of the T.S.A., which is in charge of airport security, said an administration official. People were allowed to begin boarding planes again just under seven hours after screening was first shut down, and the T.S.A. expected all passengers to be rescreened by 12:30 a.m. on Monday. Officials did not locate the man who caused the alert."

Who's winning the war on terror?

"The situation caused significant disruption at the airport. With flights having been grounded after several hours, and planes bound for Newark severely delayed because there were no gates available at the terminal, Continental announced that passengers scheduled to fly into or out of the airport on Sunday and Monday could reschedule trips without penalty. Officials estimated that thousands of people were affected."


Continental Airlines Pilot Dies Mid-Flight

The captain of a Boeing 777 from Brussels to Newark, NJ has died mid-flight, Newsday reports:

Continental "The FAA stated they heard reports about the captain's death. However, neither the FAA nor Continental Airlines have confirmed the report. Two first officers on the plane have taken over the pilot's duties. The aircraft is expected to get special treatment upon landing, from the Newark Airport tower. Flight 61 is expected to land at Newark Liberty Airport at noon. Medical workers are standing by at the airport and will take custody of the captain's body upon the flight's arrival."


Pelosi: House Won't Intervene on D.C. Council Same-Sex Marriage

Pelosi House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said today that Congress, which has 30 days to review District legislation and has the ability to block it, won't be touching this week's decision by the D.C. Council to recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere, HRC reports: “I don’t think the Congress should intervene there in terms of their recognition of marriages in the states that allow them."

Pelosi also said there was movement in the House on a variety of LGBT issues, but that pressing for the repeal of DOMA wasn't one of them.


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