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04/19/2007


Amy Koch Resigns From MN Senate Position Amid Scandal

AmyKochHere's a story about political scandal in Minnesota. It's a familiar kind of story. Try to fill in the blanks!

State senate majority leader Amy Koch, a staunch _____, a vocal opponent of _____ rights, and a strong defender of _____ values, resigned from her position on Friday after allegations came to light that she'd _____ a member of her staff.

Easy, isn't it?

Mrs. Koch is married and has a teenage daughter, and has held her office for a little less than a year. During that time, she helped orchestrate a massive Republican takeover of the state senate, which in turn helped get an anti-gay, marriage-defining amendment on the 2012 ballot. The amendment's purpose is to "protect the sanctity of marriage."

Koch's resignation from the senate majority leadership followed a sudden escalation of events beginning Wednesday night, when several of Koch's colleagues confronted her about rumors of sexual impropriety. She didn't admit to anything, but immediately suggested that she might start thinking about resignation. She didn't have to think long. Within a day, the press learned of her alleged staff-shtupping, and a day after that she was gone. No word on who her paramour was, but her hunky chief aide and spokesman, Michael Brodkord, tendered his resignation the same day as his boss.


Who Needs Mistletoe?

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Proof that ties come in handy for more than dressing up a shirt.

A reddit user writes: "I'm the one on the right and my partner is a fellow redditor. This is during the holidays last year."


NEWS: Bishop Eddie Long's Marital Woes, Ethopia's Inhospitality, Obamacare Is Happening, And A 3D Tour Of An Extraterrestrial Body

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Road The space probe Dawn has now gathered enough data on the asteroid Vesta to allow NASA to create a guided tour in 3D. You'll need red and green 3D glasses to view properly. Watch AFTER THE JUMP! And marvel: once Dawn's done with Vesta, she'll spin out of the asteroid's gravity well using super-futuristic ion propulsion and rendezvous with the dwarf planet Ceres, which is orbiting the sun at 17 kilometers per second. Science is awesome!  [HT: Phil Plait]

Road Ethiopians are unhappy about hosting International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases in Africa.

Road Alan Sues, Laugh-In star and pioneering/stereotyping TV gay guy, has died. From the Times:

Mr. Sues tended to perform with over-the-top flamboyance on the show, displaying stereotypically gay mannerisms. What he did not disclose was that he was gay, Mr. Michaud said, fearing that to tell the truth about his sexual orientation would have ended his career.

“It wasn’t because he was ashamed of being gay; it was because he was surviving as a performer,” Mr. Michaud said in a telephone interview, adding that Mr. Sues was actually an inspiration to many gay viewers. “Many gay men came up to him and said how important he was when they were young because he was the only gay man they could see on television,” Mr. Michaud said.

EddieLong Road Bishop Eddie Long's wife seeks a divorce:

In September of 2010, four young men came forward with lawsuits against Eddie Long—a well-known social conservative and Atlanta megachurch pastor—claiming that the bishop had plied them with vacations, cars and money in exchange for sex, starting when they were 16. (The cases were dismissed this spring after Long reached settlements with each of the men.) Yesterday, Vanessa Long filed for divorce, releasing a statement this morning that read "[a]fter a great deal of deliberation and prayer, I have decided to terminate my marriage to Bishop Eddie L. Long."

Road Gay couple accused of molesting adopted sons:

The allegations have caused turmoil within the family and has divided them, with family members forced to choose sides. Harasz’s biological daughter, Jackie, 19, told the media that she strongly believes that the couple is innocent. Chris Harasz, one of the adopted boys, says that all of the allegations are true.

Wirth and Harasz adopted nine boys from three different sibling groups over the past ten years.

Road Sandusky talks. And talks. And talks.

Road Standing On Ceremony to close.

Road Christian's don't like Johnny Depp's Christmas song.

Road Lovely Patty Austin's got a new album out. She talks about it, and AIDS, and all kinds of other things with The Advocate.

Road Yesterday, according to Forbes, "the bomb buried in Obamacare" exploded.  

Road The police stole the Occu-pies:

First there was pepper spray. Then came the batons. But on Thursday night, bad relations between the police and protesters entered a new dimension. While arrested demonstrators sat in their cells at a Lower East side station house, the police, protesters say, stole their pizza and drank all their soda pop.

“NYPD Sadistically Eats Pizzas Meant for World AIDS Day Occupy Wall St. Protesters,” read the headline on the protesters’ news release about the episode.

The police concede that they ate the pizza, but said they thought the pies were intended for them.

“Any way you slice it, it was an honest mistake,” said Paul J. Browne, the head police spokesman.

Road George Packer tells the story of Ray Kachel, and some other folk who found a home at Zucotti. It's a really good read.

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Gay Couple Talks About Their 6 Decades of Commitment and Love: VIDEO

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Here's your MUST-WATCH video for Friday.

This is the first short film created for THE DEVOTION PROJECT, featuring William I. Campbell and John V. Hilton who met in the 1950's and have been together for 7 decades. The Devotion Project is an ongoing series of films documenting LGBT couples and the love they share.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Facebook Adds 'Civil Union' and 'Domestic Partnership' to User 'Relationship Status' Options

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Facebook has added "civil union" and "domestic partnership" to its "relationship status" options in user profiles, following an anti-bullying initiative called 'Network of Support' in consultation with LGBT groups that began last October.

Facebook Said GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios in response to the changes: "Today, Facebook sent a clear message in support of gay and lesbian couples to users across the globe. By acknowledging the relationships of countless loving and committed same-sex couples in the U.S. and abroad, Facebook has set a new standard of inclusion for social media. As public support for marriage equality continues to grow, we will continue to work for the day when all couples have the opportunity to marry and have their relationship recognized by their community, both online and off."


Study: 50 Percent of Gay Couples Openly Not Monogamous

With regard to the Joy Behar conversation earlier this week, the NYT reports:

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A study to be released next month is offering a rare glimpse inside gay relationships and reveals that monogamy is not a central feature for many. Some gay men and lesbians argue that, as a result, they have stronger, longer-lasting and more honest relationships. And while that may sound counterintuitive, some experts say boundary-challenging gay relationships represent an evolution in marriage — one that might point the way for the survival of the institution.

New research at San Francisco State University reveals just how common open relationships are among gay men and lesbians in the Bay Area. The Gay Couples Study has followed 556 male couples for three years — about 50 percent of those surveyed have sex outside their relationships, with the knowledge and approval of their partners.

That consent is key. “With straight people, it’s called affairs or cheating,” said Colleen Hoff, the study’s principal investigator, “but with gay people it does not have such negative connotations.”

The study also found open gay couples just as happy in their relationships as pairs in sexually exclusive unions, Dr. Hoff said. A different study, published in 1985, concluded that open gay relationships actually lasted longer.

Many Successful Gay Marriages Share an Open Secret [nyt]

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