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Road  Same-sex marriage off to slow start in Portugal: 20 couples have married.

Bullfight RoadSpanish region of Catalonia bans bullfighting: "The ban — the first in mainland Spain — was hailed as a major victory by animal welfare groups that have long crusaded against what they consider to be a barbaric and outdated practice."

RoadRussell Brand wears his undies to church — for remake of Arthur.

RoadNathaniel Rogers hits the Mad Men premiere in Times Square.

RoadOld Spice's recent YouTube viral campaign was a huge success. Sales of its Body Wash are up 106%.

RoadGreat White Shark tagged off Cape Cod.

RoadCincinnati Episcopal priest resigns over gay issues within the church: "The Anglican Communion has been in a state of crisis for several years over the choice of the American Episcopal Church to ordain bishops living in openly homosexual relationships and to pronounce liturgical blessings on people living in same sex relationships."

RoadJoan Rivers spotted shooting her reality TV show.

RoadSorry, not yet. Probably never.

Askars RoadAlexander Skarsgard is the new face of Hickey Freeman.

RoadThe NYT looks at how marriage equality has affected Cape Town, South Africa: "More than 3,000 same-sex couples have been married in South Africa, with about half of those couples including at least one foreigner, the government says. The law permitting same-sex marriage has begun to pave the way for greater tolerance of homosexuality, advocates contend, and the weddings have provided a shot in the arm to companies catering to those tying the knot. 'Apartheid suppressed tolerance, but once that was out of the way our society has moved so fast and most people just go with the flow,' said Mr. Brits, a nondenominational minister."

RoadTexas Alcoholic Beverage Commission TABC has only made 81 arrests in 2010 for public intoxication as opposed to 761 in 2009. Did the Rainbow Lounge Raid in Fort Worth have something to do with the decrease?

RoadJames Franco's request to teach "special class" at Yale denied.

Hercules RoadA Q&A with Hercules and Love Affair's Andy Butler.

RoadFederal judge upholds dismissal of Michigan counseling student who refused to treat gay clients because of her religious beliefs: "In an order granting summary judgment to the university on Monday, Judge George Caram Steeh of the U.S. District Court in Detroit held that the university's requirement that the student be willing to serve people who are homosexual was reasonable, and did not amount to an infringement of the Christian student's constitutional rights to free speech and free expression of religion."

RoadCBS President Nina Tassler and CBS "not happy with ourselves" over failing grade from GLAAD on LGBT representation.

RoadNJ library removes Queer Anthology, cites child pornography?

RoadPhoenix International Raceway reaches out to gay NASCAR fans: "PIR recognizes that they have a very diverse fan base and they want to reach out to all of them. While covering the Subway Fresh Fit 500 in April, Queer4Gears.com founder, Michael Myers began conversations with Phoenix International Raceway officials. To his knowledge, Myers said that this will be the first time that any NASCAR sanctioned facility has reached out to fans in the L.G.B.T. community. 'Just a small push like including the L.G.B.T. community on the official web site of Phoenix International Raceway is a step in the right direction for uniting the different stereotypes that surround the racetracks on a weekly basis' said Queer4Gears.com founder Michael Myers."


Watch: Cristiano Ronaldo in the Locker Room

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Nike presents a behind-the-scenes look at the Portuguese football superstar.

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Two Divorced Mothers Wed in Portugal's First Gay Marriage

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As the result of Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva's decision in April and subsequent ratification of a marriage equality bill passed by parliament, a lesbian couple today became the first to marry in that country, the AP reports:

"Teresa Pires and Helena Paixao, divorced Portuguese mothers in their 30s who have been together since 2003, married in a 15-minute ceremony at a Lisbon registry office. 'This is a great victory, a dream come true," Pires said as the couple kissed and hugged. "Now we're a family, that's the important thing,' Pires said, adding they would continue to fight for equal rights for homosexuals, including adoption....Pires and Paixao had campaigned for a change in the law since a registry office turned them away when they first tried to marry in 2006. Officials argued the law stipulated that marriage was between people of different sexes. The women appealed to Portugal's Constitutional Court because the constitution forbids discrimination based on sexual orientation. The court rejected their appeal, but left-of-center parties in Parliament supported the government bill which removed the reference to marriage being between different sexes."

Portugal joins The Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Canada, South Africa, Norway, and Sweden in its country-wide legal recognition of same-sex marriage.

Portugal's President to Sign Same-Sex Marriage into Law

Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva says he will sign a marriage equality bill, the AP reports:

Portugal "The head of state's decision to permit the enactment of a bill passed by Parliament in January makes Portugal the sixth European country allowing same-sex couples to wed. President Anibal Cavaco Silva said in a nationally televised address he regretted that the country's political parties had failed to reach a compromise during days of heated debate in Parliament four months ago. Vetoing the bill would only send it back to Parliament where lawmakers would overturn his decision, he said, adding that the country needed to focus on overcoming an economic crisis that has increased unemployment and deepened poverty...'Given that fact, I feel I should not contribute to a pointless extension of this debate, which would only serve to deepen the divisions between the Portuguese and divert the attention of politicians away from the grave problems affecting us,' Cavaco Silva said."


Portuguese Glassmaker Sells Phallic Crystal...Virgin Mary?

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This crystal figurine of the Virgin Mary manufactured by Atlantis, one of the premier glass manufacturers in Portugal, would feel right at home in the St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Oklahoma, wouldn't it?

(oregon expat via neatorama)

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Portugal One Signature Away from Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage

The signature of Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva is all that stands in the way of Portugal becoming the sixth European country to legalize same-sex marriage after the Constitutional Court approved the measure on Thursday.

Silva  Euro News reports: "[Silva] sent it to the country’s top court last month, after expressing doubts over whether it was constitutional. But the tribunal’s president Rui Moura Ramos explained why no problems were found with the proposal. While it does not fit the traditional concept of marriage, as outlined in the constitution, he said this concept is open and can evolve. Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva has 20 days to either veto the legislation or sign it into law. If it is ratified, it would come into effect just ahead of a visit to the staunchly Roman Catholic country by Pope Benedict XVI."

The legislature is thought to have enough votes to override a veto from Silva.


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