11/25/2014

Federal Judge Strikes Down Mississippi's Ban On Same-Sex Marriage

MissA federal judge has struck down Mississippi's ban on same-sex marriage, BuzzFeed reports. The decision comes just hours after Federal Judge Kristine Baker struck down a similar ban in Arkansas. Like Baker's decision, the ruling in Mississippi is temporarily stayed. The judge in Mississippi has provided fourteen days for the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court to weigh in before same-sex couples will be allowed to wed. From the ruling:

“Today’s decision may cause uneasiness and concern about the change it will bring,” U.S. District Court Judge Carlton Reeves wrote. “Mississippi continues to change in ways its people could not anticipate even 10 years ago. Allowing same-sex couples to marry, however, presents no harm to anyone. At the very least, it has the potential to support families and provide stability for children.”

Judge Carlton also noted the large swath of courts that have ruled in favor of same-sex marriage and equality, stating, “This court joins the vast majority of federal courts to conclude that same-sex couples and the children they raise are equal before the law.”

Uber-counsel Roberta Kaplan, who argued against DOMA in United States v. Marriage, argued for the plaintiffs against the marriage ban. Said Kaplan of the decision,

“Soon, families throughout this country will be gathering together to celebrate Thanksgiving. Our clients and thousands of other gay people throughout the State of Mississippi can now enjoy their turkey and pecan pie with their families thankful that a court has recognized that their government must treat them the same as everyone else. This is a big day since it means that gay Mississippians will have the right to be married in their own home state that they love so much. It is also a big day for our country and for our Constitution, since it means that Americans in yet another state can now appreciate that gay people, who are their neighbors, friends and family members, have the right to equal protection of the laws."

READ the full decision below:

3:14-cv-00818 #30 Mississippi Preliminary Injunction by Equality Case Files

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Posted Nov. 25,2014 at 9:48 PM EST by in News | Permalink | Comments (15)


Scientists Say Homosexuality Is 'An Essential Part Of Human Evolution'

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A group of researchers from the University of Portsmouth conceived a new theory that homosexuality helped humans form beneficial relationships with each other in the earliest hunter-gatherer communities to ensure survival reports City A.M. Charles Darwin's laws of natural selection state that unless a trait is passed on reproductively from generation to generation, it eventually disappears – yet the percentage of the population that is gay, whether female or male, has remained roughly the same. Diana Fleischman, head author of the report, said sexual behavior and relationships encompass much more than just the act of it.

Said Fleischman:

"From an evolutionary perspective we tend to think of sexual behaviour as a means to an end for reproduction.
 
"However, because sexual behaviour is intimate and pleasurable, it is also used in many species, including non-human primates, to help form and maintain social bonds. We can all see this in romantic couples who bond by engaging in sexual behaviour even when reproduction is not possible."
 
Screen Shot 2014-11-25 at 2.46.35 PMTo test this theory, researchers examined the "Social" hormone progesterone, produced in the ovaries of women and adrenal glands in men, that encourages people to engage with others in positive, constructive ways. They asked participants in the study questions such as "The idea of kissing a person of the same sex is sexually arousing to me," and, "If someone of the same sex made a pass at me I would be disgusted." Researches compared the answers to the level of progesterone in the blood. 
 
Final results published in the journal Archives of Sexual Behaviour, show that the people with higher levels of the hormone are more inclined to have homoerotic thoughts. Heterosexual men and women, for example, were more open to the idea of engaging in homosexual behaviour when progesterone levels were high. Also, men who produced more of the hormone felt more homosexual if they were reminded of a societal need to be friendly with other males. 
 
However, researchers found that in order for this advantageous trait to pass on to next generations, the individual must be bisexual. Essentially, an individual passes on their genes through heterosexual sex and reinforces group connections with fellow hunter-gatherers through homosexual sex to ensure both reproductive and social survival. Other studies of fellow members of the great ape family already show a link between a need to form intimate relationships and homosexuality, but this was the first time the trait was revealed in humans. However, expect the angry Christian woman to tackle and debunk this theory after she finishes her "thesis" on her trip to the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.

Posted Nov. 25,2014 at 8:56 PM EST by in Gay Animals, Gay Sex Appeal, News, Religion, Science | Permalink | Comments (40)


ISIS Accuses Two Men Of Homosexuality As Excuse To Execute Them

Screen Shot 2014-11-25 at 1.26.26 PMThe Islamic State continues its swath of executions this week as the group accused two men of homosexuality in Syria and subsequently executed them reports Pink NewsOne of the men, a 20-year-old man, died in Mayadeen, which is located in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor, near the border with Iraq. ISIS claims it found videos on the man's cellphone of him committing "Indecent acts," with another male. ISIS also executed an 18-year-old man for similar reasons in Deir Ezzor this week as well. ISIS stoned both men to death for their supposed transgressions.

Social media activists say that the men were opponents of ISIS, and that the militant group accused the two men of homosexuality as a pretext to permanently silence them. The Washington Blade reports that LGBT people living under ISIS control in Iraq and the Middle East are essentially No. 1 targets for execution; with threats of being turned in by friends and family, many LGBT Iraqis are prisoners in their own homes and selves, as any indication of homosexual relations means certain death. As ISIS continues to gain supporters from around the world, the conditions of LGBT people in the region continue to worsen.

Posted Nov. 25,2014 at 8:08 PM EST by in Iraq, ISIL/ISIS, News, Syria | Permalink | Comments (14)


Federal Judge Strikes Down Arkansas' Ban on Same-Sex Marriage

6a00d8341c730253ef01b8d08173af970c-800wiA federal judge has struck down Arkansas' ban on same-sex marriage, the AP reports:

U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker ruled in favor of two same-sex couples who had challenged a 2004 constitutional amendment and earlier state law defining marriage as between a man and a woman, arguing that the ban violated the U.S. Constitution and discriminated based on sexual orientation.

But Baker put her ruling on hold, and the state is expected to appeal it to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, based in St. Louis.

Baker wrote in her ruling that the state's marriage laws violate the U.S. Constitution by "precluding same-sex couples from exercising their fundamental right to marry in Arkansas, by not recognizing valid same-sex marriages from other states, and by discriminating on the basis of gender."

Arkansas' State Supreme Court is also currently considering a challenge to the state's same-sex marriage ban. The justices will decide whether to uphold Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza's ruling which struck down the Natural State's marriage ban or to find in favor of the state and reverse that decision. Piazza's ruling made it possible for 541 same-sex couples to say "I do" earlier this year until the state Supreme Court intervened and ordered the marriages to cease until it could review the matter.

There is no comment on this latest ruling from Arkansas' Attorney General Dustin McDaniels (D) who has previously stated that he will defend the state's ban despite his personal support for marriage equality.

READ the ruling below:

4:13-cv-00410 #40 Arkansas Federal Decision by Equality Case Files

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Posted Nov. 25,2014 at 6:44 PM EST by in Arkansas, Gay Marriage, News | Permalink | Comments (0)


NEWS: Ferguson, Nevada, Colton Haynes, Bette Midler

RoadResponses from across America to a grand jury's decision not to indict Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown.

RoadIncredible video shows #Ferguson protesters on the steps of the Supreme Court.

RoadNevada lawmaker is forced from leadership position over incendiary remarks on minorities, gays: "[Speaker-elect of the Nevada State Assembly] called homosexuals a 'threat' to children. 'Male homosexuals are grossly disproportionate in child molestation cases,' he said"...Michael Dimengo, the head of the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada, said he was glad Mr. Hansen was leaving the leadership role, but added: 'He is still absolutely influential. Some of his attitudes frighten me. They are blatantly misinformed and ignorant.'"

RoadGQ names Eddie Redmayne, JackO'Connell, Chadwick Boseman and Ellar Coltrane as its breakout stars of 2014.

Pyg Road29 counties in Kansas are now issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

RoadColton Haynes has been spending a lot of time in the gym lately. No one complains.

RoadPaul Rudd rocked some head-banging hair in the 80s.

RoadIn case you're in need of some cuteness today, watch as a baby pygmy marmoset gets a massage from a toothbrush. And loves it.

Charlie RoadThe Census Bureau still doesn't know how many same-sex couples there are in the US.

RoadAdam Levine and Blake Shelton are still hopelessly bromantic for one another.

RoadCDC releases new "at a glance" look at HIV in the United States: "More than 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV infection, and almost 1 in 7 (14%) are unaware of their infection. Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSMa), particularly young black/African American MSM, are most seriously affected by HIV. By race, blacks/African Americans face the most severe burden of HIV."

RoadJennifer Aniston proves that friends do let friends cuss.

RoadBette Midler tells Ariana Grande to stop whoring it up: "Trust your talent. You don’t have to make a whore out of yourself to get ahead. You really don’t."

RoadCharlie Hunnam goes shirtless for Vogue.

Posted Nov. 25,2014 at 5:57 PM EST by | Permalink | Comments (9)


Louisiana Business Faces Backlash After Announcing It's Not A Gay Bar On Facebook

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Bar Code, a new bar and grill in Lafayette, Louisiana, bears the same name as a popular gay establishment in Richmond, Virginia — Barcode

BarcodelogoLafayette's Bar Code, which has yet to open, is also using a similar logo (above) to the Richmond Bar Code's (right). 

So, it's easy to see why some may have suspected that Lafayette's Bar Code is going to be a gay establishment.

Which apparently prompted the owners to make the following announcement on Facebook this weekend, according to Lafayette's The IND Monthly: 

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The post was later removed, but not before IND Monthly took a screengrab and also captured a bunch of the comments, most of which are along these lines:  

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Bar Code is also getting some hilarious reviews:

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And even Richmond's Barcode is getting in on the action: 

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Posted Nov. 25,2014 at 4:13 PM EST by in Discrimination, Louisiana, News, Nightlife | Permalink | Comments (29)


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