Lambda Legal Asks Court for Swift Ruling to End Discriminatory Marriage Ban in Puerto Rico: READ

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Lambda Legal is officially seeking a summary judgment from the District Court of Puerto Rico that would effectively put an end to the district’s same sex marriage ban. In June, Lambda Legal joined Puerto Rico Para Tod@s, an LGBT non-profit organization, in supporting the Conde v. Rius Armendariz class action lawsuit

Following a ceremony performed in Massachusetts Ivonne Álvarez Velez and Ada Conde Vidal became Puerto Rico’s first married lesbian couple. Since 1999, a Puerto Rican amendment to the commonwealth’s civil code has made it so that Puerto Rico does not recognize same sex marriages--even those performed in other jurisdictions. Conde, a lawyer by training, filed the suit after realizing that she would be barred from making medical decisions on behalf of her ailing daughter.

“If she dies, I want my marriage legally recognized,” Conde explained to the Washington Blade this past March. “If I am not recognized, I will not have any rights to request her estate.”

Conde and her partner are joined by four other gay and lesbian couples, two of whom are looking to actually be married within Puerto Rico, while the others seek to have their pre-existing marriages recognized.

“All families deserve to have their love and commitment recognized in Puerto Rico,” said Omar Gonzalez-Pagan Lambda Legal’s staff attorney working with Puerto Rico Para Tod@s. “They need the protections only marriage can provide as soon as possible, without discrimination.”

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Posted Sep. 16,2014 at 6:00 PM EST by in Gay Marriage, Lambda Legal, Law - Gay, LGBT, News, Puerto Rico | Permalink | Comments (1)

One Direction's Niall Horan 'Cracks Up' Over Gay Rumors After 'Kissing' Vine Surfaces: VIDEO


One Direction's Niall Horan spurred rumors on the internet today after a Vine allegedly showing the singer kissing a male companion gained popularity on social media. Niall himself responded to the speculation on Twitter, saying: "all these rumours huh? you guys Crack me up".



From what we can tell, the blurry video seems open to interpretation and most likely just shows Niall trying to talk to a friend in a loud club. Still, the Vine will no doubt keep the hopes of many a fanboy and girl alive and well.

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Posted Sep. 16,2014 at 5:35 PM EST by in Las Vegas, News, Niall Horan, One Direction, Vine | Permalink | Comments (17)

Anti-Gay Billboard In Tennessee Quotes 'God', Draws Mixed Response From Locals: VIDEO


A billboard in Portland, Tennessee has been drawing mixed reactions from locals for a few months now. The advertisement depicts an open Bible with a passage from Leviticus 18:22 on one page that reads, "You shall not lie with man as with a woman it is an abomination," and the oft-heard phrase, "Love the sinner, hate the sin" on the other page. The quote is attributed simply to "God." 

Some Portlanders see the billboard as a bullying tactic while others agree with the message and deem it a product of free speech. The backers of the board are unknown, but the bottom corner reads: "paid for by concerned Christians."

Fox 17 Nashville reports:

"I was infuriated. It's pretty cruel to single out one group of sinners," said [Ashley]Alderson...

Glenn Pennington says he sees the billboard as a freedom of speech issue.

"That's how they feel if the opposite side wants to put something up it's their business," said Pennington.

One local, Elna Harman, said she believed that the billboard was a positive promotion of God's word.

"It's a love for people," said Harman.

A mixed bag of responses to be sure, but not one person explicitly supportive of the LGBT community. Interesting that Alderson, though not in favor of the billboard, still deems the idea in question a sin. 

A spokesperson from the Tennessee Equality Project responded to the billboard with particular concern for LGBT teenagers who could be negatively impacted by its message.

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Nick Jonas On His Gay Fans: 'I Love Them' - VIDEO


Nick Jonas has been making gay hearts flutter with his recent strip-tease at a NYC gay club and the revelation that the beefcake boxer he plays in the new series Kingdom will definitely be nude and quite possibly be gay. Today, the former Jo Bro told Huff Post Live that he welcomes the attention he's received from the gay community:

"I love it; I'm thrilled by that. I always had a pretty strong gay fan base, having been a theater kid...That's a community that I love and have embraced, and [they've] embraced me. I love them. They're so supportive."

Jonas also told MTV News of his revealing moves at an NYC gay club, "It’s been a fun couple days partying with some of my gay fans...I love them to death and their support of me, so why not go out and hang?”

Why not, indeed. 

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And Happy Birthday to Jonas who today turns 22! Huff Post Live brought him a birthday steak to celebrate.


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NEWS: Frank Ocean, LGBT Scots, Iraq, NASA

PhilliesPhiladelphia Phillies' Jonathan Papelbon ejected  Roadafter grabbing his crotch in response to being booed by fans. 

RoadFrank Ocean has fired his manager, spurring hopes that a sophomore album is not far off.

RoadOut actor Andrew Scott, who plays Sherlock Holmes' arch nemesis Moriarty on the BBC's Sherlock, talks homophobia:"I don't believe people are intrinsically homophobic. I think they're ignorant, and they need to be exposed to things."

RoadFilming set to begin on the 24th James Bond picture on December 6.

RoadAnd Jason Bourne is coming back too.

RoadQueen Elizabeth II weighs in on Scottish referendum: "I hope people will think very carefully about the future."

RoadMeanwhile, more than half of LGBT Scots are backing independence: "The online poll of 2,163 Scottish readers of Europe’s largest LGBT news service PinkNews found that 54 per cent plan to vote Yes in Thursday’s referendum – with 56 per cent of Labour voters for independence."

RoadTina Fey and Jason Bateman play 'would you rather?'

RoadHRC applies to march in New York's St. Patrick's Day Parade.

RoadLana del Rey cancels tour due to mystery illness.

RoadPetition: "Allow performers to use their stage names on their Facebook accounts!"

RoadWhere will Obama's Presidential Library be?

Media RoadAdvocate issues Top 50 LGBT media list.

RoadDenying same-sex couples in Missouri the right to marry is costing the state $36 million.

RoadTop military official suggests President Obama still open to ground troops in Iraq: "[Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin] Dempsey added that American ground troops may be necessary if the growing global coalition of Arab countries doesn’t adequately commit to the mission of defeating ISIS or if the threat from ISIS increases. The comments echo remarks made by Secretary of State John Kerry. Last week, Kerry reiterated Obama’s public pledge before adding, “Unless, obviously, something very, very dramatic changes.”

RoadThe President did announce he will deploy 3,000 troops to Liberia as the Ebola outbreak worsens: "The U.S. response to the crisis, to be formally unveiled later by President Barack Obama, includes plans to build 17 treatment centers, train thousands of healthcare workers and establish a military control center for coordination, U.S. officials told reporters. 'The goal here is to search American expertise, including our military, logistics and command and control expertise, to try and control this outbreak at its source in west Africa,' Lisa Monaco, Obama's White House counter-terrorism adviser, told MSNBC television on Tuesday ahead of the announcement."

RoadRyan Gosling is a daddy.

RoadNY state senator wants to legalize marijuana for general use.

RoadNASA suspected to announce that Americans will once again head to space from U.S. soil: "On Tuesday, the space agency planned to announce which one or two private companies wins the right to transport astronauts to the International Space Station. The deal will end NASA's expensive reliance on Russian crew transport...The major contenders include SpaceX of California, already delivering space station cargo; Sierra Nevada Corp., which is developing a mini-shuttle in Colorado; and Boeing, the veteran of the group that would assemble its crew capsules at Kennedy."

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Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett Release New Cover of 'Nature Boy' - LISTEN


Off of their upcoming jazz duets album comes Gaga and Bennett's cover of the song, "Nature Boy." Gaga paid tribute to the late musician Paul Horn, whose flute solo is featured on the song. Gaga took to Twitter to share the story behind the song and Horn's contributions:

Nature Boy was composed in 1941 by eden ahbez, a wandering man from Brooklyn with long hair. It was recorded first by Nat King Cole in 1947...

You will recognize it also famously as used in 'Moulin Rouge,' but our rendition with the now late multi-reedist Paul Horn is spectacular...

Horn was meant to join Tony & me for the PBS special but sadly passed just weeks before, a New Age Jazz pioneer, lets celebrate him 2day...

You will hear his genius in the flute solo of our "NATURE BOY" a solo that will echo through the world today. And forever. #TheGreatPaulHorn

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