Indiana Agrees to Recognize Marriage of Terminally Ill Lesbian

A federal judge yesterday approved an agreement for Indiana to recognize the marriage of two women - one of whom is terminally ill, the Indiana Times reports:

IndianaVeronica Romero and Mayra Yvette Rivera filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court this week asking a judge to order Indiana to recognize their Illinois marriage because Rivera has advanced ovarian cancer.

The couple's lawsuit named Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller; Indiana Health Commissioner William VanNess; and Lake County Clerk Michael A. Brown, who issues marriage licenses.

A joint stipulation was filed Wednesday in which Indiana agreed to recognize the couple's marriage and, in the event of Rivera's death, issue a death certificate listing her as married and recording Romero as the surviving spouse. The Indiana State Department of Health also agreed to assist local health departments, funeral homes, physicians, coroners and others involved in completion of a death certificate to understand their duties in the couple's case.

The case has been stayed while Indiana appeals last week's 7th Circuit ruling overturning its gay marriage ban to the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Posted Sep. 12,2014 at 10:49 AM EST by in Gay Marriage, Indiana, News | Permalink | Comments (4)

Michael Cera and Kieran Culkin Open On Broadway in ‘This Is Our Youth:’ REVIEW



It’s hard to believe Kenneth Lonergan’s seminal comedy about a trio of wayward twentysomethings stalling to come of age in ‘80s New York, which premiered in 1996, hasn’t been on Broadway until now. But director Anna Shapiro’s fantastic, finely tuned and terrifically acted production of This Is Our Youth starring Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin and Tavi Gevinson, which opened last night at the Cort Theatre, was worth the wait.

TIOY1In its nearly 20-year history, Lonergan’s play has been a magnet for young stars, including Mark Ruffalo (in the original cast), Jake Gyllenhaal, Matt Damon and Anna Paquin—and its definitive portrayal of Gen X inertia is up there with cult films by Richard Linklater and Kevin Smith. The current cast comes to Broadway from a production at Chicago’s Steppenwolf theatre, with performances that do Lonergan’s quirky, emblematic characters every bit of justice.

It’s Saturday night in 1982. Warren Straub (Cera), who’s just been thrown out of his father’s house for smoking too much pot, arrives on the Upper West Side doorstep of his dealer and personal hero Dennis Ziegler (Culkin). A textbook spaz, Warren is like a small boy in the body of a young adult; he flew the coop with a suitcase holding his rare toy collection and $15,000 he stole from his dad. Dennis, a charming narcissist and high-functioning addict, uses his evolved business sense to sell drugs, works as a bike messenger by day and lives in a Manhattan studio paid for by his parents.

TIOY2The two cut an endearing figure of affluent slacker-dom, and Culkin and Cera (who did another production of the play together in Sydney in 2012) inhabit their characters’ fractious bromance with an engaging ease. Together they hatch a plan to turn a profit moving some coke, and Dennis arranges for Warren to be alone with Jessica (Ms. Gevinson), an FIT student brimming with convictions, in the hopes of getting Warren laid.

Hyper-articulate, aimless and awash in insecurities, Lonergan’s characters share a steady appetite for their next thrill—be it a strong high, sex with a near stranger or intoxicating fear. All three actors expertly craft their own brand of specific, neurotic hunger.

TIOY3The awkward vulnerability that Cera is known for on-screen works perfectly here, and Gevinson (the wunderkind fashion blogger behind Rookie, making her major theatre debut) brings a raw, frenetic energy that matches Cera spaz-for-spaz. Culkin, who’s worked previously with Lonergan on stage and screen, is perhaps most in his element, exuding the sort of alpha-stoner charisma epitomized in cult teen comedies like Fast Times at Ridgemont High (released the year the play is set).

Lonergan’s story moves in mercurial fits and starts, with quiet drama, rapid escalations and big laughs cropping up around sharp corners. Shapiro does excellent work navigating the turns and developing candid, palpable connections between characters that grab our full attention.

Some two decades on, Lonergan’s title maintains (at minimum) a double meaning—the “our” of adults looking back on their own youth, or referring (with a shrug of distance) to “kids today.” That both still ring equally—and eerily—true is a testament to the play’s longevity.

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Posted Sep. 12,2014 at 10:26 AM EST by in Naveen Kumar, New York, News, Review, Theatre | Permalink | Comments (3)

Chick-fil-A Banned From High School Fundraiser Over CEO's Opposition to Gay Marriage: VIDEO


A Venture County, California high school has barred a booster club from selling Chick-fil-a sandwiches on campus because of the company's position on gay marriage. 

In the past, the fast food chain's CEO Dan Cathy has made his displeasure with LGBT equality well-known, including saying that America is "inviting God's judgement" by letting gays marry.  

CBS Los Angeles reports:

Ventura High School Principal Val Wyatt told the Ventura County Star that the football booster club could not sell Chick-fil-A sandwiches at Wednesday’s back-to-school night because the restaurant’s beliefs could offend some students and their parents.

“With their political stance on gay rights and because the students of Ventura High School and their parents would be at the event, I didn’t want them on campus,” Wyatt told the newspaper.

ArriagaEvery principal has the discretion to invite community groups or businesses onto their campuses.

“We value inclusivity and diversity on our campus and all of our events and activities are going to adhere to our mission,” Ventura Unified School District Superintendent Trudy Tuttle Arriaga said.

Check out CBSLA's report on the story, including reactions from parents and students on both sides of the issue, AFTER THE JUMP...

Last week, we reported S. Truett Cathy, the Chick-fil-A founder who shaped the fast food chain's corporate culture around his Southern Baptist belifs, had died. 

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Posted Sep. 12,2014 at 9:58 AM EST by in California, Chick-fil-A | Permalink | Comments (23)

Nick Jonas Will Be Nude And Possibly Gay For His Upcoming Role in 'Kingdom' - VIDEO


During an appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, Nick Jonas dropped a few juicy tidbits about his upcoming MMA drama series Kingdom - revealing that not only will there be "three or four sex scenes" involving "a lot of nudity," but that his character has a big storyline revolving around his sexuality.

"Is he like, bi-curious?" Andy asked. "We will see" Jonas teased. 

Watch (and check out another steamy promo photo from the upcoming series), AFTER THE JUMP...

Kingdom premiers October 9th and stars Nick Jonas, Frank Grillo, Kiele Sanchez, Matt Lauria, Jonathan Tucker, and Joanna Going. Check out the trailer, which features plenty of abs and tight shorts, HERE


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Posted Sep. 12,2014 at 9:30 AM EST by in Andy Cohen, Nick Jonas | Permalink | Comments (25)

Fox News Guest Host Wonders If Ray Rice Would Have Been Punished More Had He Punched a Gay Guy: VIDEO


In a segment Tuesday on Fox News' Outnumbered discussing Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice's indefinite suspension by the NFL, guest host Bernie McGuirk began a short rant about how the NFL goes about punishing its players for bad behavior.

Said McGuirk:

"The NFL will suspend you for pot for half a year. The Dolphins guy was suspended for expressing his opinion on the gay kiss. He was sent to re-indoctrination camp, he was fine. I mean if he would have punched a gay guy in the elevator, this Ray Rice, he probably would have been charged with a hate crime. He wouldn't have been in the NFL anymore..."


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Posted Sep. 12,2014 at 9:03 AM EST by in NFL, Sports | Permalink | Comments (15)

Fugitive Suspect in Murder of LGBT Advocate Kelly Phillips Arrested Following Monthlong Manhunt: VIDEO


Early Thursday, Minnesota police ended a monthlong manhunt with the arrest of Lyle "Ty" Hoffman - the man charged in the August 11 killing of former lover and business partner Kelly Phillips.

Hoffman was found disheveled and unarmed outside an Arby's restaurant in Shakopee, Minnesota.

The Star Tribune reports:

Phillips“It’s a good day for us,” said Ramsey County Chief Deputy John Kirkwood, whose agency has been leading the investigation. “It’s a great relief.”

Hoffman, 44, allegedly shot Phillips [pictured right] three times — once in the head as Phillips begged for his life — in the parking lot of a gas station in Arden Hills after the two pulled up in the same vehicle and were seen and heard arguing. The shooter then drove over Phillips’ body as he fled.

In the weeks since the slaying, Hoffman has been charged with second-degree murder and is also suspected of robbing a bank in Blaine while on the run. Authorities said Thursday that additional charges could be filed against him in coming days. He is scheduled to make his first court appearance in St. Paul Friday.

Kirkwood added that police are still looking for the murder weapon - a Glock semiautomatic .45-caliber handgun. 

Check out a Fox 9 News report on Hoffman's capture, AFTER THE JUMP...

Friends and family of Kelly Phillips, a well-known Minneapolis executive and LGBT activist, addressed the media following Hoffman's arrest, Fox 9 adds:

“Today won't bring Kelly back," Phillips' fiancé, Nathon Bailey, said Thursday afternoon. "No amount of justice will bring Kelly back or fill the hole in my heart.”

“On the one month anniversary of the brutal death of our beloved Kelly Phillips, his friends and family are grateful that law enforcement was able to bring the suspect into custody without further tragedy,” friends of Phillips said in a statement.

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Posted Sep. 12,2014 at 8:30 AM EST by in Crime, Minnesota, News | Permalink | Comments (3)

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