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Seventh Circuit Puts Wisconsin Gay Marriages on Hold Until Supreme Court Action

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has put a stay on its ruling earlier this month overturning Wisconsin's gay marriage ban until the Supreme Court weighs in on the matter, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports:

WisconsinThe 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals blocked its own order in the Wisconsin case two days after it blocked its order in a similar case out of Indiana. Those moves by the 7th Circuit were widely expected because of an earlier ruling by the Supreme Court that showed a majority of justices want the marriage bans around the country to remain in place while they consider whether to hear one of the lawsuits against those bans.

Last week, state Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen asked the U.S. Supreme Court to restore Wisconsin's gay marriage ban, arguing that the case that began in Madison offers the justices the best vehicle for resolving the historic question of whether bans on same-sex unions violate the U.S. Constitution.

The 7th Circuit said Wednesday that it would let that Supreme Court appeal play out.

"The stay will terminate automatically if the certiorari petition (to the Supreme Court) is denied or will terminate upon the judgment of the Supreme Court if the certiorari petition is granted," the 7th Circuit's one-page order reads.

Last week, plaintiffs in the Indiana and Wisconsin gay marriage cases urged the Supreme Court to review challenges to their states' gay marriage bans.

The court has announced it will consider those petitions in a private meeting September 29. 


PA Rep. Brian Sims Says He'll Bring Philly Gay Bash Victims to Capitol to Pass Hate Crime Law

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As we reported earlier, the group charged with assaulting a gay couple in Center City, Philadelphia last Thursday won't be charged with a hate crime because sexual orientation is not included in the state's hate crime statutes.

SimsBut Pennsylvania Rep. Brian Sims tellsVictor Fiorillo at Philly Mag that he'll bring the victims to the state legislature to try and get a hate crime bill passed that was introduced during the 2013 session.

Sims says that he hasn't yet spoken with the victims of last week's Center City attack of two gay men, simply because he's been told that they need time to heal. "I want them speaking with victims' advocates right now, not with me over policy," he explains. "But we'll find the time. I have to make sure that something comes of this, not just that I'm pissed off."

The bill would add gender identity, sexual orientation, and physical and mental disability to the state's hate crime law.

Hopefully this incident has awakened the public and lawmakers of the need for such additions.


Join Towleroad in New Orleans for Halloween!

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Do you have your costume picked out for Halloween yet?

How about joining Towleroad at Halloween New Orleans for a weekend of festive, sexy, and spooky events from October 23-26?

Halloween New Orleans is one of the largest and most amazing party events of the season and the weekend, now in its 31st year, is one of the only 100% donation/volunteer event weekends left in the U.S.. Project Lazarus, a home in New Orleans which provides healthcare and support services for men and women with AIDS, is the sole beneficiary of all the funds that are raised.

HnopicMeet up with us! We'll be there and don't want you to miss a thing! "RSVPnola" with us AFTER THE JUMP and we'll keep you in-the-know with insider tips, a guide to special events, and information you can use for your weekend in the Big Easy.

Sign up AFTER THE JUMP and be sure to look for our camp cart at the events and all weekend on Bourbon Street in front of OZ to get some great free stuff and have your official pictures taken. We're holding a costume contest with the photos shot by our team so find us and make sure we get your photo.

Here are this year's events and you can get tickets at this link:

Thursday: The Lazarus Ball
Presented by Boomtown Casino New Orleans
US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center at WWII
7:30-11pm
Silent Auction
Music and Food
Black Tie Preferred

Friday: Casual/Dance/Club Night
Presented by VIP Magazine
Republic Nightclub
9pm-2am
DJ Blacklow
VIP Lounge for Hosts and Patrons

Saturday: Main Event!
Costume Contest & Parade (costumes required)
Massive Dance Party with DJ Tristan Jaxx
Theme: “Descent” (a journey through the underground) 10pm-4am
VIP Lounge for Hosts and Patrons

Sunday: Brunch and Second Line
House of Blues
1-4 pm
Jazz and Gospel Entertainment
Second Line from HOB to corner of Bourbon and St. Ann

All events are open bar.

"RSVPnola" with us AFTER THE JUMP and we'll keep you in-the-know with insider tips, a guide to special events, and information you can use for your weekend in the Big Easy.

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Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-NC) Says Firing Gay People Is a 'Freedom We Enjoy' - VIDEO

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Representative Robert Pittenger (R-NC) is courting controversy for remarks made at a recent town hall meeting in response to a question asking whether or not he supported the Employment Non-Discrimination Act - which would protect LGBT people from discrimination in the workplace.

Responded Pittenger:

"It's like smoking bans. Do you ban smoking or do people have the right to private property? I think people have the right to private property… If you have a business, do you want the government to come in and tell you you need to hire somebody? Why should government be there to impose on the freedoms we enjoy?"

Backlash was swift, with gay rights groups and even the Charlotte Observer calling out Pittenger's stance. The paper wrote an op-ed Tuesday saying Pittenger's flawed argument could've been made for racial discrimination in the past. 

Watch a NBC Charlotte news report on the story, AFTER THE JUMP...

Pittenger2In an attempt to clarify his comments, Pittenger issued a statement to the station Wednesday saying:

"The statutes are clear, that Americans are well protected already. We should fully enforce current laws against discrimination. I hear America's cry for more jobs and a stronger economy, not more federal regulations added to the vast maze of federal regulations we have already. That can only stifle the ability of entrepreneurs to create new businesses and new jobs. It's incredibly hard to operate or start a business already, and I don't think America is begging for more obstacles to an economic recovery. Where does it stop? Is the next regulation going to prohibit a layoff even during an economic downturn? Will the next law mandate full employment? Where does the government's role in dictating our daily lives end? That's the debate we should be having."

Contrary to Pittenger's idiotic follow-up statement's implications, North Carolina and 28 other states continue to have no protections for LGBT people facing discrimination in the workplace. 

An ENDA discharge petition being pushed by Rep. Jared Polis currently has the support of 75 lawmakers - all of whom are Democrats.

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Scott Lively Says New HRC Report Is 'Deliberately Trying to Incite Murder Against Me'

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Anti-gay troll Scott Lively is speaking out against the HRC's newly released report titled The Export of Hate - which exposes some of America's most vitriolic anti-gay activists and their work promoting bigotry abroad.

Naturally, the report provides extensive coverage of Lively's international efforts in Uganda, Europe, and Russia - but Lively just sees it as the HRC putting a "hit" on him and the other big name bigots in the U.S.

Writes Lively:

I believe they are now deliberately trying to incite murder against me and every other person on their enemies list.  That might have sounded a bit paranoid in years past, but post-Corkins it is just cold hard fact that some “gay” activists are incited to murder by inflammatory leftist rhetoric.  The HRC knows that, and yet their rhetoric in this Exporting Hate publication is MORE inflammatory than the SPLC’s rhetoric the drove Corkins over the edge!

Because I am a Bible-believing Christian I am not afraid of death.  But neither am I volunteering for martyrdom.  As of today I am for the first time going to start taking precautions against the possibility of being assassinated by agents of the LGBT movement.  For one thing, I will no longer publicize my travel schedule in advance.

And I am demanding a retraction and public apology from both HRC and SPLC.  To both of them I insist: STOP INCITING HATE BEFORE YOU GET PEOPLE KILLED!!!!!

There's a sad irony to Lively's last sentence, considering the abundance of hate he has incited abroad that has undoubtedly contributed to actual deaths - those of innocent LGBT people.

You can read his vile column in full, HERE.

[via Right Wing Watch


Here is Annie Lennox Delivering a Wicked Cover of 'I Put a Spell on You': VIDEO

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Earlier this week we reported that diva Annie Lennox would soon be out with her first non-holiday studio album in 7 years, a set of covers that includes Screaming Jay Hawkins' 1956 classic "I Put a Spell on You".

Hawkins classic has been covered before by Nina Simone, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bryan Ferry, Sonique, and Jeff Beck feat. Joss Stone but Lennox's version will certainly rank among the best.

Listen and watch her perform it, AFTER THE JUMP...

Hear Lennox talk about the upcoming album, Nostalgia, HERE.

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