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Arkansas Supreme Court Sets November 20 Hearing Date For Challenge to State's Gay Marriage Ban

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The Arkansas Supreme Court has set November 20th as the date it will hear arguments concerning a challenge to the state's gay marriage ban, Buzzfeed's Chris Geidner reports:

The scheduling coincides with a separate case challenging Arkansas' gay marriage ban that be heard by a federal judge that day. 

A hearing for summary judgement in Montana's gay marriage battle is also scheduled for November 20th. 


Lisa Kudrow Thinks Gay Men Are 'Superior Beings,' Praises Their Appreciation Of 'The Comeback'

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Lisa Kudrow aka Phoebe Buffay aka Valerie Cherish recently spoke with PrideSource about the renewed second season of her cult classic comedy The Comeback. It seems that Ms. Kudrow holds the belief that homosexuals may be the most mentally and physically exceptional humans on earth. Maybe that's why they are so drawn to Valerie's exceptionally uncomfortable and humorous shenanigans...

Frontiers LA reports:

“The people I work with are gay. I don't know who I'm going to offend by leaving them out, but I need to say that I think gay men are superior beings in my mind. I do believe that.

It's all so tricky. I studied biology and the brains are anatomically different. They just are. There's a stronger connection with the corpus callosum (in gay men). The two sides of the brain communicate better than a straight man's, and I think that has to be really important. They're not women - they're still men - and women also have thicker corpus callosums, so I think it's the combination of those qualities that makes them like a superhuman to me.”

Kudrow offered an explanation for The Comeback's gay fanbase, too, citing the constant difficulties they face as a hot button minority in today's society.

“I was watching Will & Grace once and there was this hilarious episode where Karen's at a theater and she throws her flask and it hits someone in the head, and there's this joke that gay men wouldn't care ‘cause, ‘Eh, all in a day.’ (Laughs) Getting, like, smacked with something is ‘all in a day.’ So I wonder if that's what it is - because Valerie gets, you know, humiliated - or humiliates herself - all the time. And it's like, ‘Yeah, well, that's the world.’” 

Leave it to Kudrow (or is it Cherish?) to make light of the embarassing and upsetting moments in life. But hey, maybe getting through all of that is what makes the LGBTQ community "superhuman," huh? Kudrow (in character as Cherish) may get a chance to bring that insight to RuPaul's Drag Race, too; she's been offered a guest judge position for next season:

“You know, I've been asked to, but I don't know how Valerie works on a talk show or as a judge. I don't know. I'm thinking about it. I'm trying to figure out how it works. I don't wanna say no!

(Laughs) But she could say all kinds of - I don't know what we're allowed to [say on Drag Race]. I mean, she's indelicate and gets things wrong and, you know, I don't know how offensive she's gonna be.”

Check out the full interview here

Get ready for The Comeback season two, beginning November 9th.


Alliance Defending Freedom Claims Anti-gay Idaho Wedding Chapel Never Sought Non-Profit Status - VIDEO

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Anti-gay Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) has posted a response to a letter from the city of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho relating to the litigation group's discrimination lawsuit on behalf of a local wedding chapel, reports Joe My God.

Donald and Evelyn Knapp, the owners of Hitching Post, a wedding chapel in Coeur d’Alene, claim in the lawsuit that the city's ordinance prohibiting discrimination against gays and lesbians is unconstitutionally forcing them to violate their religious beliefs by performing same-sex marriages.

Back in May, the Knapps said that they would rather close their doors than perform same-sex wedding ceremonies.

The letter sent by the city to ADF on October 20th makes it clear that, although the Knapps registered their business as a religious corporation early this month, “based on the facts and their corporate status at the time [the couple refused to perform a same-sex wedding],” Hitching Post comes under the city’s non-discrimination order.

However, ADF has posted a response on its website backtracking on claims that Hitching Post has in fact been registered as a non-profit religious organization.  ADF has attacked the city’s “disingenuous waffling” and is now arguing that the Coeur d’Alene intends to “prosecute a for-profit business.”

Knapps“The city has said explicitly, repeatedly, and publicly that it would prosecute a for-profit business. That’s what the Hitching Post is, and it has never claimed to be anything other than that.

"While the Knapps do operate a ministry, they charge a fee for the ceremonies in order to be able to make a modest living. Therefore, the city, in its letter and elsewhere, is admitting that it would prosecute these pastors, who are clearly under a present threat of being sent to jail, fined, or both.

"The city has had months to figure out its own ordinance, and our clients have years of incarceration and devastating fines hanging over their heads. The city’s disingenuous waffling is indefensible.”

Earlier this month, the ADF began lobbying Slovakia's constitutional court to allow activists to place a referendum on the country's ballot that would reinforce the current bans on gay marriage, adoption, and domestic partner protections. The ADF's efforts in promoting bigotry abroad were profiled in Human Rights Campaign's "Export of Hate" report last month.

Watch an ABC report on the case, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Case Challenging Mississippi's Gay Marriage Ban Fast-Tracked

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Earlier this week we reported that attorney Roberta Kaplan, who represented Edie Windsor in the case that struck down DOMA, had filed a challenge to Mississippi's gay marriage ban on behalf of two gay couples.

That challenge has been put on a fast track by U.S. District Court Judge Carlton W. Reeves, who has set a hearing in the case, Campaign for Southern Equality v. Bryant, for November 12 at 9 am.

Said Kaplan, via press release:

“By setting the schedule that it did, the Court clearly appreciated the need for expedition on issues of such great constitutional and practical import. We look forward to presenting our arguments to Judge Reeves on November 12. We are confident that, having read the briefs and heard our arguments, the Court will grant the relief that our clients seek – namely, the right to be treated like all other Mississippi families who love and care for each other, pay their taxes, and do their best to raise their kids."

Plaintiffs are also represented by Mississippi attorney Robert McDuff of McDuff & Byrd, based in Jackson, Mississippi.


Bryan Singer and 'Queer as Folk' Actress Michelle Clunie Expecting a Child

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X-Men director Bryan Singer and actress Michelle Clunie (Queer as Folk) are expecting a child, Singer's rep Simon Halls announced to E!'s Marc Malkin:

"I can confirm that Michelle Clunie and Bryan Singer are happily expecting a baby together in early 2015. Best friends for 25 years, mother and father are both very excited about the upcoming birth and look forward to co-parenting the child together. The pair have been planning this baby for years and have been trying for the last two."

Singer came out as bisexual in May while fighting sexual abuse charges in a lawsuit that was later withdrawn, and releasing his 10th feature film, X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Since her role as Melanie Marcus in Queer as Folk, Clunie has played a recurring character on Make It or Break It and has had numerous guest appearances on shows such as Bones, NCIS, The Mentalist, The Closer, and CSI.


Bishop Sounds Off on Inconclusive Synod, Takes Aim at 'Media Agenda'

Tobin-04-head-shot-croppedYesterday, noted opponent of gay marriage, Bishop Thomas Joseph Tobin (pictured) has sounded off about the recent Synod that considered gay marriage. Documents from the Synod, in some drafting stages, included highly progressive language (for the church) on gay people — for instance, mentioning the "gifts and qualities" gay people have to offer.

In yesterday's post, Tobin submits a bullet list of scattered observations from the Synod — in his words "random thoughts." Tobin says it is an "enormous challenge to maintain pristine doctrine" in response to the "experiential, personal, and difficult needs of married ocuples and families."

On gay marriage, Tobin is mostly cryptic, but it comes as little surprise when he hints at distain for "media agenda" — presumably liberal and pro-gay. Of the Synod, he wonders:

Have we learned that it’s probably not a good idea to publish half-baked minutes of candid discussions about sensitive topics, especially when we know that the secular media will hijack the preliminary discussions for their own agendas?

[h/t J Lester Feder]


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