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Romanian Parliament Blocks Civil Union Bill

RomaniaA bill that would have extended civil unions to same-sex and opposite-sex couples in Romania was blocked last week by the Juridicial Commission of the country’s lower house Chamber of Deputies, Stiri pentru viata reports.

One of the more vocal opponents of the legislation, MP Diana Tusha, delivered an intervention last month in front of her fellow lawmakers in which she expressed her views that the bill was antithetical to Romanian values and tradition.  

Said Tusha:

TushaDespite appearances, civil partnership is not about simple fiscal or housing benefits for unmarried heterosexual and homosexual couples, but about the very definition of family and therefore about its future.

For the first time in Romania’s history, somebody tries to shift the focus of this institution from monogamous heterosexual marriage to a simple – I quote: ‘non-discriminatory’; end of quotation – civil contract between two persons regardless of their sex. […]

We have the terrible example of countries like France, Spain and England, where this attack went so far that the government, after legislating for marriage, adoptive filiation and assisted reproduction for same-sex couples, also replaced the words ‘mother’ and ‘father’ in the civil status registries with the allegedly more neutral terms of ‘parent A’ or ‘parent B’.

It’s hard to imagine a graver aggression towards nature and ultimately also against citizens.

And since we’ve mentioned the citizens, we are here to represent the majority of Romanians, who believe that family based on marriage between [persons of opposite] sexes is the first and foremost centre of social life.

Tusha went on to use the right-wing Arizona brand of logic by saying that while she as a Christian is opposed to discrimination, it doesn't really count as discrimination when you're limiting the rights of gays.


Romanian Gay Couple's Wedding Ceremony Becomes Country's First Televised Same-Sex Marriage

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On a recent episode of a Romanian reality game show, a gay couple's wedding not only won the ceremony competition, but also became the very first televised broadcast of a gay wedding in Romania's history.

Screen Shot 2013-09-14 at 5.46.43 PMDaniel and Mihai, who have been together for 14 years, decided to share their Bucharest wedding with viewers as a statement because of Romania's laws prohibiting gay weddings or civil partnerships for same-sex couples.

Billed as a lifestyle reality game show, Four Weddings and a Challenge involves four brides/grooms attending each other's weddings and rating them on dress, venue, food and overall experience. Not only did Daniel and Mihai win the luxury honeymoon grand prize, the episode became the most watched TV production on that Thursday's evening prime time slot.

You can check out footage of the ceremony here. (note: a majority of the text and audio is in Romanian).


Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1065

KISS IT FORWARD: A PSA from Marriage Equality USA and Revenge Is that celebrates all love being equal.

NEW HAMPSHIRE: A recent rally by anti-gay Christianist opponents of marriage equality got an earful from a rightfully furious angry lesbian. You go girl.

HOMOSEXUALIZED: NOM rabbi Yehuda Levin lashes out at Bill O'Reilly for defending Ellen DeGeneres against One Million Moms.

ROMANIA: Threading the needle.

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News: Nicholas Hoult, Romania, Ewan McGregor, 'Devil Worm'

 road Inaugural Mr. & Miss Gay Montana takes place tonight in Helena.

Hoult  road Nicholas Hoult dresses up the pages of Blackbook magazine.

 road Romanians hold gay Pride parade hours after anti-gay parade march.

 road Portuguese model accused of killing gay lover in NYC to plead insanity.

 road Aussie gay group bestows politician with homophobia award: "Australian Christian Lobby managing director Jim Wallace was awarded the Golden GLORIA for his Anzac Day tweet that said Australia's servicemen and women had not fought for gay marriage or Islam."

 road Janice Dickinson's latest boy toy.

 road Paris Hilton's new reality show bombs, proving that America does indeed no longer care about the socialite.

 road Florida man charged with hate crime after exposing himself to a pair of gay men and then assaulting and calling them anti-gay slurs.

Pop  road The Pop-Up Museum of Queer History to drop in on New York City in August.

 road So-called "devil worm" thought to be the deepest-living animal in the world. It can live over two miles beneath the surface of the Earth.

 road Greenwhich, London police to hold monthly meeting where LGBT community members can confidentially report hate crimes.

 road Ewan McGregor on homosexuality: "It doesn’t really interfere with anybody else’s life, so why society has such a big problem with it, I don’t know."

 road Microsoft to launch premium television service.


News: Alexander Skarsgard, Malawi, Plane Crash, Rand Paul

Ale  road Check out a new promo of True Blood (as well as a shirtless Alexander Skarsgard) during the Lost finale on ABC this weekend. 

 road Madonna is encouraging everyone to add their names to her new statement about the sentencing of two men in Malawi for homosexuality.  

 road David Beckham entertains the troops.

 road 158 dead in Indian plane crash in which the jet overshot the runway.

 road Howard Bragman on the motivation of some celebrities to come out of the closet for profit: “That doesn’t make someone’s coming out less sincere. Celebrities profit all the time from getting married and selling their pictures to magazines and telling their love stories in song and in book. Yeah, we’d like a little piece of the pie, too.”

 road Potato, potahto: Kelly Bensimon of the Real Housewives of New York didn't have a breakdown, she had a breakthrough.

 road Transgender Republican candidate Donna E. Milo, who Andy wrote about earlier this week, believes that marriage should only be between "a man and a woman."

 road Rand Paul doesn't need Rachel Maddow to vilify him. He's doing a good enough job of it himself.

 road Ricky Martin hits the streets of the Big Apple. YSOFTBALL2-popup

 road NY Times profiles openly gay Oregon State softball coach Kirk Walker: “It’s probably not as sexy as if he were coaching a men’s team — that’s a different dynamic because people always freak out about the locker room,” Buzinski said. “But Kirk’s value is in putting a name to the concept that ‘Oh, we know there’s gay coaches and gay players.’ Here’s one you can identify with. By being himself, he is trail-blazing.”

 road 350 participate in Romania's gay pride parade under very tight security.

 road I guess this means that Michael Barrymore is an "ex-gay?"


Towleroad Guide to the Tube #608

GREEN SCREEN: Almost nothing you see on TV is as it seems.

TWISTER: Rare tornado hits Australia farm. Australia gets about 20 tornados a year.

WOMAN SLAPS COP, COP SLAPS WOMAN: Incident captured on camera in Romania. The woman is reportedly a teacher under investigation for abusing her students.

FLAME: Here's what happens when you try to light a cigarette off the Olympic torch.

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