Tuesday, January 31, 2012

NOM Loses In Maine AGAIN

NOM has lost yet another court battle to hide its donor list from the state of Maine.
An appeals court on Tuesday upheld the state's campaign disclosure law that requires a national anti-gay-marriage group to release its donor list, but the group plans to take the fight to shield the list to the U.S. Supreme Court. The decision pertains to ballot question committees in Maine and represents a second defeat for the National Organization for Marriage, which previously lost a challenge to the state's political action committee laws and laws governing independent expenditures and advertising attribution and disclaimers. The latest appeal focused on part of the law that says groups that raise or spend more than $5,000 to influence elections must register and disclose their donors.
And while we await that Supreme Court decision, NOM will barrel ahead and pour millions into Maine's November marriage equality ballot measure. If you've got the dough and you've got the lawyers, court rulings don't mean shit.

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Florida Mittslide

An easy double-digit win for Romney. The only surprise is the size of the margin. Tomorrow's screaming from the Not-Romneys will be delish.

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ARIZONA: Openly Gay State Rep Declares Candidacy For Giffords' U.S. House Seat

"Moving forward I believe the best thing that we can do is to honor her strength, and conviction, and her leadership, by getting somebody, quickly, because we don’t have much time, into that seat who is going to carry forward in the tradition of moderate, bipartisan, common sense governance that she did so well for Southern Arizona." - Openly gay Arizona state Rep. Matt Heinz, declaring his intent to run in the special election to replace Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

If elected, Heinz would become the fifth openly gay member of the U.S. House. That number will change this fall with the retirement of Barney Frank and with Tammy Baldwin's run for the Senate. Heinz says if Giffords' district director wants to assume the remaining months of the current term, he'll suspend his own campaign until November.

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Shameful Surrender

No more Komen-funded breast cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood. If Jesus wants you to get cancer, don't get in his way. Praise! Glory! Hate groups are doing backflips all across Twitter.

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14 Year-Old Fascist Youth Asks Maryland To Deny Marriage As Her Birthday Present

And SURPRISE! She's home-schooled.

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Somebody Gave Berf To A Gerbil Out
Of Their Spinxter! And It's Ringing!

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All Former NJ Govs Support Marriage

All six of the living former governors of New Jersey support marriage equality.
Democrats Brendan Byrne and James Florio told NBC New York Monday they endorsed efforts in the Legislature to pass it. "I think the climate is right on a basis of civil rights," said Byrne, the oldest of the former Garden State governors. "I would ask that the Legislature pass it." Florio told NBC New York, "I have no difficulties with it." "There are already people living together, as good neighbors and good people and contributing to the economy of this state, and I don't see any reason why they shouldn't be able to continue with the blessing of marriage," Kean said. Former Govs. Jon Corzine and Jim McGreevey are both on record as supporting gay marriage.
Current Gov. Chris Christie has vowed to veto same-sex marriage should it reach his desk.

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Bette Midler Tweets A Poem On Newt

UPDATE: Following a third verse, Bette tweeted out credit to the author.

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FRC Asks Siri Iris About Abortion

Is that the usual answer? Or did they rig it?

UPDATE: I didn't even notice that the robot's name is "Iris," which is Siri backwards. Which I guess was the plan. D'oh!

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Anti-Gay Hate Group Pushes Bill To Force Religious Services In NYC Public Schools

In a move some are calling an "end-run around the separation of church and state," the anti-gay Alliance Defense Fund has authored a bill that would force New York City public schools to allow religious services on their premises. Sock-puppeting for the ADF is GOP Sen. Martin Golden.
Legislation pending in the Senate and Assembly would overturn the city’s policy banning churches and other religious groups from using school buildings for worship services and would allow them whenever they’re “deemed not disruptive of normal school operations.” “It is an end around,” City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott told the Daily News yesterday. Walcott also raised alarms about the Alliance Defense Fund, an Arizona-based religious organization that fought unsuccessfully in court to overturn the city’s ban and has worked with lawmakers on the legislation.

The ADF, according to its website, opposes legalized abortion and has fought against the spread of gay marriage and what it deemed the “homosexual agenda.” Walcott said the group’s history is “not what we're about as far as equal rights and equal opportunity.” Sen. Martin Golden (R-Brooklyn), a sponsor of the bill, defended the legislation and downplayed the ADF’s role, saying they were one of many groups that had pushed for its passage. Golden conceded, though, that a lawyer for the group did help his staff craft portions of the bill. The legislation could be approved as early as next week, he added.
As I reported here two week ago, also in this fight is the Family Research Council, who says that New York City is oppressing religious liberty by adhering to a recent federal appeals court ruling that bans churches from renting or having free access to public school property. That decision was refused review by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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On The Death Of Camp

With the new Broadway-themed show Smash as a jumping off point, Daniel D'Addario writes in the New York Observer:
Sontag’s contention that “Camp is esoteric—something of a private code, a badge of identity even, among small urban cliques” suggests one culprit for the death of camp: The mainstream acceptance of gays—a welcome development, to say the least—seems to have come with an ancillary cost. If camp is by definition a sort of in-joke, a winking language of signs and semaphores understood by a discerning few, it melts away when a show about battling Broadway ingenues is targeted at the many. The aesthetic sensibility that converted TV’s Batman into a gay icon and “No wire hangers!” into a rallying cry has crossed irrevocably into mainstream culture. It’s available to all and therefore drained of its power. It’s an tasty irony, but not a campy one.
I'm afraid I must agree. What little "camp" I hear these days are lines lifted from Paris Is Burning and restated on RuPaul's Drag Race. Which is broadcast on a national network and therefore not much of an in-joke anymore.

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LIVE AUDIO: Maryland Marriage Debate

It's underway right now.

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Jingoistic Pandering For $100, Alex

If I have to hear Mitt Romney sing one more time, I just might hurl up bloody chunks of red, white and bleueeeegh.

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Artwork For Madonna's New Album

I wonder how many queens have programmed their DVR just for Sunday's halftime show? (Guilty!)

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LGBT Cancer Survey

Take the survey.

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NH Gov. Lynch: I Will Veto Marriage Repeal

The vote may be tomorrow. The Concord Monitor has posted a lengthy dissection of the bill's chance of passage.

(Via - Think Progress)

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Quote Of The Day - Stacey Campfield

"As you may have read I was asked to leave a restaurant in Knoxville because my beliefs did not support the owners beliefs on homosexuality. I had not said anything. I was just standing there waiting for a table when the owner came up and started yelling at me calling me names and telling me they were not going to serve me because of my alleged beliefs saying I hate gays. I said in as calm a way as I could that I don't hate gays and the things I have said were backed up by the CDC. I offered to send her the links.

"I have been quite open and clear on my beliefs and have backed them up with facts from the CDC and others. Unfortunately some people do not let facts get in the way of their prejudice. [snip] The cries of 'Ha ha. we showed him!' fall flat to me. It is not I who lost out. My friends and I still had a good meal. We just gave our money to a more gracious host. What was showed was a lack of professionalism." - Tennessee state Rep. Stacey Campfield, the author of his state's "Don't Say Gay" bill. Last week Campfield appeared on the Michelangelo Signorile Show to declare that straight people don't get AIDS.

RELATED: The best comment from Campfield's blog.
Except, as the owner said, members of your state have multiple places to eat. They do not, however, have multiple legislatures to protect their rights. By refusing rights to gays, you are just demonstrating that you are a homophobic bible-thumper stuck in the past. "They claim tolerances for divergent points of view.....Until someone actually has one."
ALSO RELATED: Signorile interviewed the owner of the restaurant.

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Christians Should Boycott Starbucks Because Homosexuals Only Live To 42

Pastor Andrew invites your $10,000 donation which can be made by Paypal or by a posthumous direction of stocks in your will. Or you can CALL HIM at 877-537-8734.

UPDATE: Readers point out this clip from the VERY masculine Pastor Steven Andrew. GURL! Where's that hissing radiator? Kind of explains everything, doesn't it?

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In Memory Of Slain Activist David Kato

No More Down Low reports on the anniversary of slain Ugandan activist David Kato, whose memorial vigil I attended and reported upon last year.

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"Prayerful And Devout" Employee Rips Off NY Archdiocese For More Than $1 Million

But she prayed and went to Mass every day!
Anita Collins, 67, was wearing a crucifix and handcuffs at her arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court for grand larceny and falsifying business records — charges that could send her to jail for up to 25 years if she is convicted. The white-haired bookkeeper alternately prayed and glared at the news photographers as investigators laid out her alleged scam. She did not enter a plea and was ordered held on $750,000 bail. “She held herself out to be a religious woman going to church every day,” said Assistant District Attorney Amy Justiniano said. “Yet, behind their backs she would lie and steal.”
Compared to their kiddie-fucking payouts, the Archdiocese will probably just file this loss under "miscellaneous." Meanwhile Collins will go to confession, be ordered to say ten "my bads," and she'll be square with the house.

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Anti-Gay Groups Rally Against Same-Sex Marriage Outside Maryland State Capitol

Igor Volsky has the story at Think Progress.

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Concerned Women Are Concernstipated That Gay Marriage Will Curse Maryland

"There can be no doubt that America and the state of Maryland have been richly blessed throughout our history. And I hope we can all recognize that those blessings did not come in the abstract. They are the direct result of policies that found their underpinning in the teachings of Christ. Our Founders recognized that. It is a simple calculation. We cannot expect to receive the same blessings we have in the past if we enact polices that go directly against the ones that brought us the blessings in the first place." Mario Diaz, legal counsel for Concerned Women For America.

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Gay Marriage Caused 9/11

"Satan has warred mightily against this region, and has effectively neutralized it through the influence of principalities of rationalism, humanism, intellectual pride and spiritual arrogance. Massachusetts, as well as all of New England, has become a cemetery of churches, a breeding ground for heretical doctrine, and intellectual furnace energizing attitudes of godlessness, rational arrogance and secularism. It is no coincidence, of course, that something as dramatically distant from the Christian worldview as gay marriage would be originated in this region.

"Is it exaggerated to see prophetic significance in the fact that on September 11, 2001 Boston served as the point of departure for the deadly forces that spread so much destruction and havoc in this nation and all over the world? What took place at the material level is now being carried out at the moral and spiritual level, as the virus of homosexuality and gay marriage begins to spread dramatically all over this nation and perhaps the world." - Pastor Roberto Miranda, whose endorsement of Mitt Romney was touted yesterday on Romney's official campaign site. (Via Right Wing Watch & Good As You)

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Simpler Circumcision

As part of a campaign to reduce HIV infections in Africa, groups such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are advocating the use of the above "simpler" circumcision method. The new procedure is intended to speed the rate of circumcisions in regions that have few doctors.
Circumcision is believe to protect heterosexual men because the foreskin has many Langerhans cells, which pick up viruses and “present” them to the immune system — which H.I.V. attacks. From the initial safety studies done so far, PrePex is clearly faster, less painful and more bloodless than any of its current rivals. And it relies on the simplest and least-threatening technology — a rubber band. The band compresses the foreskin against a plastic ring slipped inside it; the foreskin dies within hours for lack of blood and, after a week, falls off or can be clipped off “like a fingernail,” said Tzameret Fuerst, the company’s chief executive officer, who compared the process to the stump of an umbilical cord’s shriveling up and dropping off a few days after it is clamped. It is done with topical anesthetic cream, and there is usually no bleeding. And PrePex can be put in place and removed by nurses with about three days’ training.
Three separate studies have shown that circumcision can reduce HIV infection from vaginal sex by up to 60%. Another study was cut short when it became clear that circumcising men that are already infected provided no protection to women. In 2009 the CDC announced that it was considering recommending that American boys be circumcised at birth, but that policy was never formalized. No study has yet confirmed that circumcision provides any protection for gay men.

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Wingnut Vs Homocon: Infighting Is Funny

"Matt Drudge has decided to completely sell out and has signed on with the moderate Republican establishment and is pushing the Mitt Romney campaign and is acting as the attack dog against Newt Gingrich. And people aren't buying it. Doing exactly what the Democratic National Committee wants them to do has been an abject failure over and over again. Moving toward the middle to try to appeal to that much-coveted independent vote, all that does is alienate the base of the Republican Party, which is vastly conservative." - Liberty Counsel spokedouche Matt Barber, who adds that closet case Matt Drudge has now destroyed his credibility. Hurray!

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Newt Sued Over Campaign Song

He's been using Eye Of The Tiger as his entrance music for years, but Survivor has finally gotten around to suing Newt Gingrich.
Rude Music Inc. -- owned by a member of the band Survivor -- filed the suit today in federal court in Illinois ... claiming Newt has jacked the song made famous in "Rocky III" to push his political agenda. According to the lawsuit, Newt has been using the song at various political events since 2009. In the suit, Rude Music claims Gingrich used the song at the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2009, 2010 and 2011 ... as well as the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in 2010.

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Maryland Marriage Poll: Tipping Point?

Another question on the poll reveals that of those who oppose same-sex marriage, 74% cite "religious belief" as the foundation for their position. Only 74%?

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Radio Host David Pakman Interviews Anti-Gay TN State Rep. Stacey Campfield

Clip description: "Stacey Campfield, Tennessee State Senator and sponsor of the "Don't Say Gay" bill joins us to discuss being kicked out of a restaurant on Gay Street for being anti-gay by the owner, about homosexuality being harmful, and he denies homosexuality exists in the animal kingdom."


RELATED: Check out Michelangelo Signorile's initial interview with Campfield. An excerpt:
"Most people realize that AIDS came from the homosexual community -- it was one guy screwing a monkey, if I recall correctly, and then having sex with men. It was an airline pilot, if I recall. My understanding is that it is virtually -- not completely, but virtually -- impossible to contract AIDS through heterosexual sex...very rarely [transmitted]. "What's the average lifespan of a homosexual? it's very short. Google it yourself."

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American Family Association: Sick Poor People Should Just Fucking Die

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NEW YORK CITY: Developers Overturn Winning Design For AIDS Memorial

Only hours after the winning design for a planned West Village AIDS memorial was announced, the developers of the site rejected that design for one of their own.
Rudin Management, which won City Planning Commission approval on Jan. 23 for its plans for the former St. Vincent's Hospital site, said it will work with the AIDS Memorial Park coalition, Community Board 2 and locals on plans for the park, but that its current design by landscape architect Rick Parisi will provide its basis. “Our neighborhood park design … allows for a commemoration of both those affected by the AIDS epidemic and of St. Vincent’s Hospital for its 160 years of service to the community and its steadfast commitment to care for those suffering from HIV/AIDS," Rudin CEO and vice chairman Bill Rudin said in a statement. [snip] Parisi's design for the park —which some locals called generic — calls for more than 600 seats, 31 trees and 4,861 square feet of plantings.
I thought Infinite Forest was gorgeous.

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Jerry's Deli / Warsaw Ballroom

My ex texted me at 6am to alert me that MSNBC's Morning Joe was doing today's Florida primary coverage from the former location of the Warsaw Ballroom, the greatest gay nightclub from the very early years of South Beach's birth as a homo hotspot. Was it really almost 25 years ago? Sigh. Oh, the things that transpired in that room. I'd love to tell those journalists about the Warsaw show by "pussy contortionist" Lady Hennessy Brown. Just for starters...

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Anderson Cooper: What Is Grindr?

They don't mention Grindr per se, but Cooper would have us think he's unaware of "location-based apps." Right.

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VIRGINIA: Senate Panel Rejects Bill To Protect Gays From Hiring Discrimination

By a narrow vote of 8-7, yesterday the Virginia state Senate General Laws Committee rejected a bill to add sexual orientation to list of classes protected from discrimination in state hiring. Anti-gay groups testified that the bill was unneeded because there is no proof that gays are discriminated against.
A similar measure was passed by the Senate last year when it had a Democratic majority, only to be defeated in the Republican-led House of Delegates. Republicans won effective control of the Senate in the November election. Abbin, D-Alexandria, had the support of labor unions, teacher and public-employee associations, and AARP, the over-50 lobby group. The socially conservative Family Foundation and the Virginia Association of Independent Baptists opposed the measure.

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Young Professionals - Video Games

As the critics eviscerate Lana Del Rey's apparently disastrous debut album, here's a great Young Professionals cover of her hit single. More on their Facebook page.

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GOP Voter Dissatisfaction Grows

Pew Research reports:
Amid a bruising primary campaign, Republicans remain unimpressed with their party’s presidential field. In fact, more Republican and Republican-leaning registered voters say the GOP field is only fair or poor (52%) than did so in early January (44%). By comparison, just 46% of Republican voters have positive opinions of the GOP field, according to the latest survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, conducted Jan. 26-29 among 1,006 adults, including 341 Republican and Republican-leaning registered voters.
At this time in 2008, GOP voter satisfaction was 14 points higher.

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FRC Cheers Military Marriage Bill

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Monday, January 30, 2012

Washington Marriage Bill Advances

Washington state's marriage equality bill advanced again today after surviving a close 8-7 vote in the House Judiciary Committee. The Senate version of the bill advanced last week. Washington United reacts via press release:
“We thank Chair Pedersen and the members of the Judiciary Committee who supported marriage equality today,” said Lacey All, Chair of Washington United for Marriage. “As the bill continues to progress in both chambers in Olympia, it is clear that momentum is on our side. The stories of love, honor, commitment and family that our legislators are hearing from their constituents continue to be the single most important factor that sets us apart from those who oppose this bill.”
The full Senate will debate and vote on the bill this Wednesday. House action should follow shortly after. Gov. Christine Gregoire has promised to sign the bill, but its implementation may be suspended pending the expected November challenge at the ballot.

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NOM Threatens Starbucks

"Americans should be able to drink a peaceful cup of coffee without worrying that a portion of the company's profits is going to be used to push gay marriage without a vote from the people. This is a gratuitous leap into a hot button culture war issue; respect for diversity touted by Starbucks ought to include respecting the diverse views of all its customers and employees." - NOM president Brian Brown, pledging an "intensive campaign" to send complaints to Starbucks headquarters.

As always, NOM's hypocrisy is staggering, if unsurprising. Here's just one example: In 2008 NOM urged its supporters to patronize El Pollo Loco because the owner of several franchises had done the "morally correct" thing by donating to support Proposition 8.

Supporting civil equality = Gratuitous leap into the culture war. Thwarting civil equality = Exercising God-given freedom of speech. Everybody got that?

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Slaggie Slams Christie Over Gay Judge

"There’s a brouhaha brewing in New Jersey over Gov. Chris Christie’s nomination to the New Jersey Supreme Court of Bruce Harris. Turns out Harris wrote a letter in 2009 supporting gay marriage — and equating support for our marriage tradition with slavery. This is a potentially huge red flag for those who see Christie as the future of the conservative movement. Can he be trusted to care enough to appoint judicial conservatives? Will Governor Christie stand by this kind of judicial appointment, or will he admit that mistakes were made in the vetting process and withdraw the nomination?" - Maggie Gallagher, writing for National Review.

RELATED: Earlier today Christie announced that Harris has promised to recuse himself for any case involving same-sex marriage.

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Matt Baume: Marriage News Watch

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David Alexrod Snarks At Mitt Romney

Axelrod is Obama's former Senior Adviser.

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Women For Santorum


(Via JMG reader Sara)

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Tweet Of The Day - Justin Bond

UNRELATED: You might enjoy this showstopping fan favorite from the Tony-nominated Kiki & Herb, aka Justin Bond and Kenny Mellman.

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The 2 Bears - Work

One of these guys is Joe Goddard from Hot Chip, one of the few bands I've really liked in the last couple of years. The 2 Bears album was released today on iTunes UK. The physical CD comes out next week, apparently also in the UK only.

(Tipped by JMG reader Aaron)

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Cynthia Nixon Clarifies

"My recent comments in The New York Times were about me and my personal story of being gay. I believe we all have different ways we came to the gay community and we can't and shouldn't be pigeon-holed into one cultural narrative which can be uninclusive and disempowering. However, to the extent that anyone wishes to interpret my words in a strictly legal context I would like to clarify: While I don't often use the word, the technically precise term for my orientation is bisexual. I believe bisexuality is not a choice, it is a fact. What I have 'chosen' is to be in a gay relationship." - Cynthia Nixon, speaking to the Advocate.

Read Nixon's full statement.

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Separated At Birth

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Christie: Gay Supreme Court Nominee Will Recuse Himself On Marriage Cases

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says that openly gay state Supreme Court nominee Bruce Harris has promised to recuse himself from any cases regarding same-sex marriage.
Bruce Harris wrote to state several state senators asking for their support of a same-sex marriage bill being heard by the Senate in late 2009. Christie, a Republican who supports civil unions but opposes calling it marriage, says Harris volunteered the information to him.
RELATED: As you may know, anti-gay groups are contending that Judge Vaughn Walker should have recused himself from the Prop 8 case over his sexuality.

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Mrs. Betty Bowers - So Close To Jesus

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Linda Harvey On Bisexuality

"The practice of bisexuality provides more evidence that choice and flexibility are quite well known and accepted even among advocates of homosexuality. And within the homosexual community are many testimonies of change: sometimes called 'fluidity' and sometimes bisexuality or 'queer' orientations. It doesn't take long to find self-contradictions within the 'gay' community that confirm the known reality of change and choice. [snip] We need to re-educate Christians to stand up for the truth. We must ask non-Christians who also see the problems with homosexuality (and there are many such citizens) to stand with us to oppose the public embrace of this behavior." - Linda Harvey, writing for her hate group, Mission America.

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Obama Is Oppressing Religion!

And Mitt Romney hates old Jews!

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NEW YORK CITY: "Infinite Forest" Design Chosen For West Village AIDS Memorial

The backers of the proposed AIDS memorial in Manhattan's West Village have selected Infinite Forest as the winning design.
The act of memorializing the AIDS epidemic with a physical gesture goes beyond remembering and honoring the dead. AIDS is not a war, nor a disease conquered. There are no definite dates or victims. In our design process, we emphasize the changing and varied ways through which AIDS affects us personally and as a society. It is important to create a space that conveys our sense of solemn respect, remembrance and loss, without resorting to symbolism around a date, image, or names.
View the other entries and read more about the memorial at the above link.

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Palin: Annoy Liberals, Vote For Newt

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AIDS Group Launches Mailer Campaign Against Bid To Authorize PrEP Pill

The controversial AIDS Healthcare Foundation has launched a publicity campaign in opposition to classifying Truvada as a daily preventive (PrEP) for HIV infection. Last week a large coalition of AIDS groups issued a call for the FDA to make the change. Via AHF press release:
“It appears that Gilead is trying to ram expanded use of Truvada as an HIV prevention pill through the FDA approval process—despite serious concerns about the drug’s safety and effectiveness,” said Michael Weinstein, AHF President. “Employees and the public should know that the multi-billion dollar profit Gilead is currently making on Truvada as an HIV treatment medication is not enough for them—Gilead now has its eyes on the billions of dollars that can be made by selling HIV drugs to people who don’t even have the disease. We see this is an act of desperation to protect Gilead’s unsustainably high profits from Truvada, which will go off patent in the next few years. Gilead knows it doesn’t have the pipeline to replace this blockbuster AIDS treatment, so it’s doing everything it can to squeeze out more profit—even if that means putting healthy people at risk.”
The AHF's campaign includes sending the above postcard to about 50,000 homes in the Bay Area region that is home to Gilead's headquarters. The same image will appear as a "sticky-note" on copies of the San Jose Mercury-Tribune.

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The First American Pope?

As soon-to-be Cardinal Timothy Dolan leads fifty priests on a visit to the "Holy Land," Catholic blogs, news sites, and even some mainstream media are speculating that he could become the first American pope. I can't see how a Pope Dolan could possibly be more anti-gay that the former Hitler Youth now sitting on the Vatican's throne. But we may know relatively soon as Emperor Palpatine is increasingly frail. NOM, of course, would be thrilled.

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Tennessee Cafe Boots Anti-Gay Pol

Tennessee state Rep. Stacey Campfield is the author of the infamous "Don't Say Gay" bill that would forbid any mention of homosexuality in public schools. Last week he appeared on the Michelangelo Signorile Show to claim that straight people don't get AIDS. And now, apparently, he's gotten a tiny slice of payback from one local business.

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Obama's Pirate Ship In Sinking

Former Rep. Alan Grayson is running for his old job. Hurray! Is this nutjob the best that the other side has? Hurray!

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Transgender Service: The New DADT

Recently launched OutServe Magazine tackles transgender military service in its latest issue. Chris Geidner reports at Metro Weekly:

Jonathan Mills, a staff sergeant in the Air Force, serves as the executive editor of OutServe Magazine. He tells Metro Weekly that ''after the smoke cleared'' from the repeal of ''Don't Ask, Don't Tell,'' which took place on Sept. 20, 2011, the ''common sentiment echoed by our staff and members was, 'When are we gonna start pushing the T of LGBT?'" 'At the last editorial board meeting, it was decided this is the time to start focusing on this," Mills says of the planning for the issue about to be published. "Even though this might not be the politically advantageous time to introduce it, it's important for us to do this.''

OutServe is sold online and at some military bases.

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The Muppets Slam Fox News

Miss Piggy, FTW.

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Obama Is Coming For You

"Mr. Obama is a militant secularist. His aim is to purge religion from the public square, forcing it to retreat into the private sphere - making it nothing more than a personal lifestyle choice. He wants us to leave our faith at the door when engaging in civic life. Yet religion is natural to human beings. The only way radical progressives can forge a secular social order is through a repressive state.

"The Obama administration is eroding the First Amendment, assaulting the conscience rights and religious liberties of Catholics and waging a relentless campaign to destroy America’s Judeo-Christian values. Catholics must engage in civil disobedience. Otherwise, Mr. Obama will succeed in dismantling our republic. Today, he is coming for us. Tomorrow, it will be you." - Radio host Jeffrey Kuhner, writing for the Washington Times.

PREVIOUSLY: Kuhner also says that homosexuality will destroy human civilization.

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Final Florida Polling Averages

Romney is up by more than 10 points in most polls.

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SOUTH DAKOTA: House Votes To Include Bible Study In Public Schools

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NH Repeal Vote Is Wednesday

NOM is very excited about Wednesday's vote:
For more than two years, we've been working towards this moment. Thanks to your hard work and dedication, a majority in both houses now supports marriage and we are optimistic about next Wednesday's vote. But Governor Lynch has already made it crystal clear that he plans to veto the bill—meaning it will take a 2/3 majority to override his veto. That's why it's imperative that everyone makes calls right now on behalf of marriage and HB437!
If you live in New Hampshire, feel free to use NOM's directory to call your legislator and demand a "no" vote on the bill.

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Bill Clinton Causes Oral Cancer

Because nobody gave a blowjob before Monica Lewinsky.

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Headline Of The Day

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Rep. Allen West: Obama & Pelosi Need To Get The Hell Out Of United States

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BRITAIN: Archbishop Compares Prime Minister To Dictators Over Gay Marriage

"Marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman. I don’t think it is the role of the state to define what marriage is. It is set in tradition and history and you can’t just [change it] overnight, no matter how powerful you are. We’ve seen dictators do it in different contexts and I don’t want to redefine very clear social structures that have been in existence for a long time and then overnight the state believes it could go in a particular way. It’s almost like somebody telling you that the Church, whose job is to worship God [will be] an arm of the Armed Forces. They must take arms and fight. You’re completely changing tradition." - Church of England Archbishop John Sentamu on Prime Minister David Cameron's vocal support for same-sex marriage.

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Mittens Slams Swingrich On Ethics

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Full-Page In Today's Miami Herald

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Amanda Lear - La Bete Et La Belle

When Amanda Lear put out a new single last year, I wrote:
Back in the 70's, it was a rare night at a gay bar if you didn't hear at least one Amanda Lear song, especially if you were watching a drag show. Orlando's late legendary Miss P was particularly fond of Lear's smash, Enigma, which lives on my iPod to this day. Here's a new one from Lear, who is either 65 or 71, depending on which source you believe. Similarly, Lear, the longtime muse of Salvador Dali, is either transgender or she's not.
As a glance at that post's comments will reveal, Lear's birth gender may never be conclusively known. I just continue to dig her music.

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Quote Of The Day - Frank Bruni

"[T]he born-this-way approach carries an unintended implication that the behavior of gays and lesbians needs biological grounding to evade condemnation. Why should it? Our laws safeguard religious freedom, and that’s not because there’s a Presbyterian, Buddhist or Mormon gene. There’s only a tradition and theology that you elect or decline to follow. But this country has deemed worshiping in a way that feels consonant with who you are to be essential to a person’s humanity. So it’s protected. Our laws also safeguard the right to bear arms: not exactly a biological imperative. Among adults, the right to love whom you’re moved to love — and to express it through sex and maybe, yes, marriage — is surely as vital to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness as a Glock. And it’s a lot less likely to cause injury, if that’s a deciding factor: how a person’s actions affect the community around him or her." - New York Times columnist Frank Bruni, on Cynthia Nixon's controversial comments.

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Herman Cain Endorses Swingrich

Herman Cain has endorsed Newt Gingrich. That seems about right.
The former pizza executive, who left the race before the first nominating contests after facing accusations of unwanted sexual advances, suggested the two have both undergone intense scrutiny. "I know that Speaker Gingrich is running for president and going through this sausage grinder," Cain said. "I know what this sausage grinder is all about." Cain is set to campaign with Gingrich on Monday in an 11th hour push for support. Gingrich is in a fierce fight for Tuesday's Florida's GOP primary with Mitt Romney.

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

The Dem Plan To Win Back The House

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Weekend Mix - DJ Sin Morera


Jump-start your weekend with this kicking Latin-tinged vocal house mix from New York's Sin Morera! Setlist. Facebook. Twitter.

UPCOMING GIGS: Winter Music Conference, Miami (March 16th) Club Taboo, Singapore (April) Life Ball, Vienna (May 20th),

PREVIOUSLY ON JMG: DJ Herbie James. DJ Paul Ferrer. DJ Dave Huge.

NOTE: This is the fourth in the revived JMG Weekend Mix series in which we highlight major national and up-and-coming DJ talent. This series ran for 28 installments in 2010 with entries from such well-known names as Susan Morabito, Corey Craig, David Knapp, Paul Goodyear, Ted Eiel, and many others. Lots of great names coming in 2012!

UPDATE: Sin Morera's latest single Heartbeat is now available for download on Beatport and at iTunes.

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Cuomo Might Veto New York Redistricting

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he may veto the ridiculously gerrymandered legislative redistricting just submitted to him by the leaders of the Senate and the Assembly. Looking at the GOP-created Senate map, it appears that I'd be in the new District 28 rather than the old District 26. I have no idea if that means I'd still have Sen. Liz Krueger as her old District 26 office (two blocks from me) sits in the new District 28, which has been the province of Bronx-based Sen. Jose Serrano (D). I don't relish seeing them have to battle each other for the new district, but forcing incumbent Democrats to fight each other seems to be one of the GOP's goals.

RELATED: The redistricting plan magically links together most of Brooklyn's Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods in order to create for them a (presumably Hasidic) state Senator.

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Actual Newsweek Cover

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Muttley Laugh

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Swingrich: Mittens Is A Damn Liar

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NOM Cheers Marriage Absence At SOTU

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Frothy Mix: I'm Not Dropping Out

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PA Declares "The Year Of The Bible"

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is pissed off:
Our constitution grants sovereignty not to a deity or a ‘holy book,’ but to ‘We, the People.’ There is no reference to God, the bible, the Ten Commandments or Jesus in the U.S. Constitution, just as there are no references to ‘consent of the governed,’ ‘civil liberties’ or ‘democracy’ in the bible. Those who have truly studied the bible realize that it is a moral quagmire, a behavioral grab bag, which has been used to justify automatic rule, tyranny, slavery, the degradation of women and gays, child abuse, war, atrocity and mayhem.
As you'd expect, the resolution was sponsored by a Republican.

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White House To Host LGBT Confabs

Via Chris Johnson at Washington Blade:
The White House announced on Friday it plans to host a series of LGBT conferences throughout the country in early 2012 so the public can “hear directly” from the administration on efforts “to ensure health, well-being, security, justice, and equality for LGBT Americans.” In a statement, the White House identified the White House LGBT Conference on Health — which will be held in Philadelphia on Feb. 16 — as the inaugural event for the initiative. The conference is set to feature remarks from Secretary of Health & Human Services Kathleen Sebelius. The statement says the events — which will take place from February to June 2012 — will be a collaboration between the White House Office of Public Engagement and other departments and agencies. Expected attendees include grassroots leaders, community organizers, advocates, students and others.
I'll post the full schedule when we know it.

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Tired Old Queen At The Movies #93

1955's The Tall Men with Clark Gable and Jane Russell.

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Afternoon View - Valentine's Cock Enlarger

Smack in the middle of their Valentine's Day candy display, Walgreens is selling Extenze, the hilariously scamtastic cock embiggener currently being pitched by porcine porn star Ron Jeremy. "Happy Valentine's Day, darling. Here, you should try this."

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