New Mexico's capital city has elected its first openly gay mayor. On Tuesday, Javier Gonzales was elected mayor of Santa Fe by a wide margin, taking in more than 43 percent of the vote.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports:
Gonzales made history as the city’s first openly gay mayor and will preside over a City Council on which two of the eight members are openly gay women — mayoral opponent Patti Bushee and newly elected Signe Lindell.
According to The Albuquerque Journal, this was also a first for the state:
In what almost certainly a first in New Mexico, two of the mayoral candidates were openly gay — [Patti] Bushee has been “out” since before she entered public life two decades ago and Gonzales declared he was gay last year.
Their sexual orientation wasn’t an issue, at least publicly. While Bushee and Gonzales fought over issues like commitment to Santa Fe’s local “living wage” of $10.66 and hour, and there were ethics complaints filed against each of them (both ruled unfounded by the city’s ethics board), Dimas stayed quietly out of the fray, bypassing public candidate forums and staking out more conservative positions.
Gonzales, a Democrat, will be inaugurated into his new post on Monday.
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Posted Mar. 6,2014 at 10:10 AM EST by Steve Pep in New Mexico, News, Santa Fe |
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A picture taken on January 22, 2014 shows two suspected homosexuals in green prison uniforms (L) sitting before Judge El-Yakubu Aliyu during court proceedings at Unguwar Jaki Upper Sharia Court in the northern Nigerian city of Bauchi.
Four men accused of being gay have been publicly whipped in a Nigerian court in the northern state of Bauchi, the AP reports:
The four were among dozens caught in a wave of arrests after Nigeria strengthened its criminal penalties for homosexuality with the new Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act in January.
The men could face further violence in prison if human rights organizations do not come up with an additional fine of 20,000 naira ($120) each meted out Thursday by a judge in Bauchi city, Dorothy Aken'Ova, convenor of the Coalition for the Defense of Sexual Rights Network, told The Associated Press. The four were sentenced to 15 strokes plus a year's imprisonment if they cannot pay the fine.
Aken'Ova said the men, aged between 20 and 22, should not have been convicted because their confessions were forced by law agents who beat them.
The men's families, embarrassed by the men, refused the offer of a lawyer in order to get the case over with, according to the AP:
On Thursday, the judge said he was lenient because the men had promised that the homosexual acts occurred in the past and that they had since changed their ways, according to Aken'Ova.
Posted Mar. 6,2014 at 9:49 AM EST by Andy Towle in News, Nigeria |
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Rachel Maddow has a new MSNBC documentary arriving soon called Why We Did It which dives back into the reasons for the war in Iraq.
Stewart asks Maddow: "Why did you do this to yourself? Why did you delve back into the morass, the abyss that is the war with Iraq?"
Maddow says that 10 years on, there are now new people who are willing to talk:
"I think that there is a desire to hear the truth told. Honestly, there are two million Iraq war veterans in this country and there are four thousand families who lost somebody. And when you think about that, when you look at Wounded Warriors and the people that are carrying this for the rest of their lives...I think even the people who were part of it in some ways want to see those people hear the truth, and it has never been explained."
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...
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Posted Mar. 6,2014 at 9:13 AM EST by Andy Towle in Iraq, Jon Stewart, Rachel Maddow |
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In his post-Oscars special on Sunday night, Jimmy Kimmel posted several hilarious parody videos with celebrities recreating famous viral videos. On last night's show, he featured a bit of illuminating backstory on those clips.
Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...
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Posted Mar. 6,2014 at 9:00 AM EST by Andy Towle in Jimmy Kimmel, News |
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Figure skater Johnny Weir-Voronov and his husband Victor Weir-Voronov appeared in a New Jersey court on Tuesday to resolve a domestic violence complaint, Radar Online reports:
About a month before the games in Russia, Weir’s husband, Victor Voronov, filed a police report in which he alleged the three-time U.S. national champion of biting him, a source revealed.
Despite the allegations, the couple appeared to have worked out their differences: Radar was in a Lyndhurst, New Jersey, courtroom on Tuesday morning, where the pair put on a united front and requested the Lyndhurst Municipal Court judge to dismiss the case.
Sitting next to each other, Voronov put his hand on Weir’s knee and whispered into his ear before the case begun.
When Weir approached the bench in an unusually subdued black ensemble, the judge took note of Weir’s impeccable style and apparent celebrity status, remarking: “Nice hairdo!”
The judge then reportedly asked the "victim" to approach the bench where a request to dismiss the case was granted.
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Posted Mar. 6,2014 at 8:32 AM EST by Andy Towle in Johnny Weir, New Jersey, News |
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The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals is considering cases challenging gay marriage bans in Oklahoma and Utah and midnight on Tuesday was a deadline for groups to submit amicus briefs in the case.
The court has been overwhelmed, the AP reports:
More than 50 groups, organizations and coalitions have weighed in on gay marriage cases in Utah and Oklahoma (plaintiffs Mary Bishop and Sharon Baldwin, pictured right) with supporting court briefs – giving a Denver-based federal appeals court thousands of pages of arguments to consider.
A total of 27 friend of the court briefs urging the court to make gay marriage legal in the two states were submitted before the Tuesday midnight deadline. In addition to a group of Western Republicans and national associations of sociologists and psychologists, a brief was sent in by a conglomerate of 46 companies including Starbucks, Pfizer, eBay, Facebook, Google and Levi Strauss.
Also among those filing amicus briefs - 14 state attorneys general. Among them was NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who sent this press release:
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has joined 14 other state attorneys general in filing an amicus brief in an appeal of the successful challenges to laws prohibiting same-sex marriage in Utah and Oklahoma. The multi-state brief, led by Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, counters arguments made by those states in defense of their restrictive marriage laws, and presents the experiences of states where same-sex marriage is legal or will soon be legal.
The brief presents arguments in support of the right of same-sex couples to marry and observes that the institution of marriage remains strong and thriving in states where marriage equality is the law. The brief was filed in connection with two cases: Kitchen v. Herbert and Bishop v. Smith. The filing is consistent with Attorney General Schneiderman’s long commitment to ensuring marriage equality. The filing also follows an amicus brief filed with the Supreme Court last year in United States v. Windsor, in which Attorney General Schneiderman successfully argued that the Defense of Marriage Act violated the U.S. Constitution.
You can read the brief from the attorneys general here.
In related news, Equality on Trial reports that a request to intervene in the Utah case has been rejected:
Three same-sex couples who had previously filed a request to intervene in Kitchen v. Herbert, the Tenth Circuit appeal of the challenge to Utah’s same-sex marriage ban, recently asked the Tenth Circuit for the opportunity to participate in the oral arguments on April 10.
Their earlier request was filed by Roberta Kaplan, who argued at the Supreme Court on behalf of Edith Windsor that Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. This follow-up request was also filed by Kaplan, who’s representing these couples pro bono.
But the Tenth Circuit has rejected this new request, just as it did the previous one, with no comment.
Oral arguments in the Utah case are scheduled to go before the court on April 10.
Posted Mar. 6,2014 at 8:20 AM EST by Andy Towle in Gay Marriage, News, Oklahoma, Utah |
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