03/27/2015

Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1714

INDIANA: A great place to be a bigot

THE CASUAL VACANCY: The trailer for J.K Rowling's latest

ALAN CUMMING: Reveals his weirdest role

RABBIT: Check out his tasty carrot Iron Throne

  

  

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White House Voices Concerns Over Indiana’s Discriminatory 'Religious Freedom' Law

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The White House voiced concerns today over the passage of Indiana’s religious freedom law that could potentially allow discrimination against LGBT people reports Metro Weekly. White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act signed into law yesterday by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence raises legitimate concerns for companies considering doing business in the state and is a step backward for all Americans.

Said Earnest:

"I have seen that there are a number of private businesses and nonprofit organizations that have said that the signing of this law prompts them to reconsider doing business in the state of Indiana. All those business and some of those who are considering having conventions in Indiana have raised concerns about whether all of their employees can count on being treated fairly in Indiana. 

"I think that is a testament to the kind of reaction I think a lot of people all across the country had, which is that the signing of the bill doesn’t seem like it’s a step in the direction of equality and justice and liberty for all Americans. Again, that’s not just the view of the administration, I know that’s the view of the Republican mayor of Indianapolis and a whole host of nonprofit and private sector companies who have legitimate concerns about the impact of this legislation."

Earnest added that he hasn’t spoken to President Obama directly regarding Indiana’s new law, or the "Kill the gays," ballot initiative that California Attorney General Kamala Harris is currently fighting.

 

Posted Mar. 27,2015 at 5:00 PM EST by in Barack Obama, Gay Rights, Indiana, Indianapolis, Kamala Harris, Law - Gay, LGBT, Mike Pence, Religion | Permalink | Comments (10)


Eleven Senate Republicans Join Democrats in Voting to Guarantee Equal Benefits for Married Gay Couples

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In an unexpected move Thursday night, eleven Senate Republicans joined all Democrats on a nonbinding vote to guarantee equal Social Security and veterans benefits to married same-sex couples, regardless of state laws on gay marriage.

Buzzfeed reports:

The amendment, proposed by Sen. Brian Schatz, addressed the fact that both Social Security and some provisions of veterans’ benefits are, by statute, provided to spouses on the basis of whether a couple’s marriage is recognized by the state in which they live. The amendment would provide for benefits for spouses for all married same-sex couples, regardless of where they live.

The four Republicans who have previously announced support for marriage equality — Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Mark Kirk of Illinois, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Rob Portman of Ohio — were joined by seven GOP colleagues in supporting the amendment. Of the four, only Portman lives in a state that does not recognize same-sex couples’ marriages.

The other seven GOP senators were Kelly Ayotte (NH), Richard Burr (NC), Thom Tillis (NC), Shelley Moore Capito (WV), Dean Heller (NV), Ron Johnson (WI), and Bob Corker (TN). 

Yesterday, we reported on a U.S. district judge in Texas issuing an order blocking the new Family & Medical Leave Act rule allowing married, same-sex couples to take unpaid leave to care for sick spouses. The order affected Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Nebraska.

Posted Mar. 27,2015 at 4:30 PM EST by in Kelly Ayotte, Lisa Murkowski, Mark Kirk, News, Republican Party, Richard Burr, Rob Portman, Susan Collins, Thom Tillis | Permalink | Comments (7)


News: Schumer vs Warren, Deadpool, Louie Gohmert, Adult Coloring Books

Road After three years behind the scenes at the Oscars, gay producing duo Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are calling it quits.

FridayRoad Friends and family remember Greig Friday, a 29-year-old engineer who died in the Germanwings plane crash in the French Alps. "Victorian Aids Council chief executive Simon Ruth said Mr Friday made a positive impact in his role as a volunteer, which started in 2007. Colleagues said he played a key part in a program which provided assistance and guidance to young people to overcome homophobia and celebrate their sexual identity. 'It's fundamental in terms of being able to come to grips with their sexuality, being able to come out to their parents, being able to deal with homophobia, and Greig was absolutely fundamental in being part of that course and helping a whole lot of other young gay men who were facing those issues,' he said."

Road Via POLITICO: "Ted Cruz is the first Republican presidential candidate out of the starting gate, but GOP insiders in Iowa and New Hampshire are overwhelmingly skeptical of the first-term Texas senator’s chances of being the eventual nominee or succeeding in the general election."

Road Will Star Wars' first LGBT character make an appearance in 2016's Star Wars: Rogue One

Road Harry Reid endorses Chuck Schumer to take his place as Senate Democratic leader, but liberal groups are already pushing for Elizabeth Warren. 

Road Mariah Carey does carpool karaoke on The Late Late Show

Road Singer Josh Groban knows people speculate about his sexuality, and doesn't really care. "Honestly, if I were gay, I would have had no problem saying it from day one. It's such a thing when people speculate. I would have nothing to hide if that were the case. People have speculated, have wanted to speculate - whatever, fine. I'm not gay, but if I were, I don't view it as a bad thing. If I were, I'd say, "OK, fine, speculate all you want and let's talk about it."

ReynoldsRoad Ryan Reynolds unveils Burt Reynolds-inspired first look at his Deadpool costume. 

Road Dark matter just got darker

Road Mr. Affleck heads to Washington.

Road 11 bad habits that are killing LGBT people

Road Katy Perry teases that she's a mom

Road Via Bloomberg: "Members of the University of Oklahoma's now disbanded Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter learned the racist chants they were filmed singing from a national leadership conference sponsored by the national SAE fraternity, according to OU President David Boren."

Road Researchers discover mysterious 18th "square" form of ice.

Road Right-wing pastor Rick Scarborough engages in some good old fashioned hate-mongering on gay marriage. "Now the high court is threatening to unleash the spirit of hell on the nation, if they deny what nature clearly teaches on this subject of gender and marriage. The time has come for pastors and leaders to stand up and declare what innately we all know to be true – that this idea is morally unacceptable and we will not allow it proceed without our objection. There can be no compromise on this issue." 

BookRoad Apparently adult coloring books are a big thing now

Road Flight attendants unions blast U.S. Travel Association CEO Roger Dow for supporting anti-women and anti-LGBT Persian Gulf airlines. "Employees of these airlines aren't granted fundamental human rights that are enjoyed by most workers in today's world. Mr. Dow is standing up for companies that demand female employees obtain permission before getting married or pregnant. And he is defending companies that bar lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from employment."

Road Loony Louie Gohmert (R-TX) mulls a presidential bid. 

Road Are Taylor Swift and workout enthusiast Calvin Harris an item?

Posted Mar. 27,2015 at 3:30 PM EST by in News | Permalink | Comments (12)


Texas School Bars Lesbian Student From Making Adorable 'Promposal' To Another Girl: VIDEO

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A lesbian teenager in Texas says her high school refused to allow her to make a "promposal" to another girl.

Promposals, apparently a tradition at Timber Creek High School in Keller, near Fort Worth, are dramatic, public invitations to prom between students. 

BoxCasey Akers (above), 16, planned to jump out of a box with flowers on it (right) holding cookies and a sign that said, "Out of all these cookies, you're my favorite one. Prom?" The name of the girl Akers planned to invite to the prom is Cookie. 

Akers said she got approval for the promposal from school administrators — until they found out she was inviting another girl. NBCDFW.com reports: 

"I gave them all the details before. They say it’s fine. They find out who I am asking, then say it’s not fine," Akers said.

Akers sent a direct message about what happened to a friend on Twitter. Akers' friend who tweeted a screenshot of the message — with Casey’s permission — and it didn’t take long for the hash-tag campaign #LetCaseyPromposal to take off. 

“People are tweeting me from all over the U.S.," Akers said. "I had someone tweet from Toronto, Canada. This is spreading like crazy, and all I want to do is get the word out.”

TextsIn the message to her friend, Akers said she was walking into lunch when administrators pulled her aside and said her promposal was not appropriate. When she asked why, they said, "You know why. It's just not appropriate." 

Akers still plans to attend the prom with Cookie. 

"This is spreading like crazy and all I want to do is get the word out," she told NBCDFW.com. "I just want equality for everyone." 

The Keller Independent School District later issued a statement alleging that all promposals are prohibited, not just same-sex ones: 

"In response to recent social media posts regarding “promposals” at our high school campuses, Keller ISD does not grant permission for any student, regardless of gender, to conduct public prom invitations, or promposals, on campus during the school day. Any previous promposals that have occurred have done so without District approval. Promposals, and other similar public displays, may create a disruption to the academic setting, therefore they are not allowed for any student."

The district's statement may reflect a realization that under Title IX, administrators cannot discriminate based on sex. Therefore, the school could be in violation of federal law if they allowed straight promposals but not gay ones.

Watch NBCDFW.com's report, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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Posted Mar. 27,2015 at 3:00 PM EST by in Gay Rights, Gay Youth, LGBT Rights, Texas | Permalink | Comments (7)


Pat Robertson: 'Ungodly' Gay People Have 'Destroyed Marriage' And Christians Who Don't Discriminate Are 'Mixed Up' - VIDEO

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Old windbag Pat Robertson was perturbed earlier this week by the notion that Christians would be better served by reeling in the anti-gay hate.

Robertson - who believes all gay people are "recruited" or molested - was replying to a 700 Club viewer who questioned why some Christians believe they have the right to “refuse service to others because they don’t agree with their lifestyle," reports Right Wing Watch. The viewer added that such actions won’t “bring them closer to Jesus.”

However, Pat said the viewer was "mixed up" and insisted that Jesus himself would refuse service to gay people rather than participating in an “ungodly lifestyle.”

He then went on to reference the good book:

“If somebody gives you meat and doesn’t say anything about it, then you eat the meat; but if he says ‘this is meat offered to idols,’ then you don’t eat it because you don’t want to participate in idol worship.”

Thanks for clearing that up, Pat.

In a separate clip, a caller asks Roberson advice on what to do with a gay son who is planning on having a child with his husband. 

“This so-called lifestyle — I just can’t believe it," Robertson exclaimed. "They have tried to destroy marriage.” 

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Last month, Robertson said that catering for same-sex weddings is like servicing man-dog weddings.

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Posted Mar. 27,2015 at 2:30 PM EST by in Evangelical Christians, Evangelicals, Gay Marriage, Gay Marriage Quotes, Pat Robertson, Religion, Video, YouTube | Permalink | Comments (21)


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