Thursday, January 31, 2013

Another Loss In Wyoming

Today the Wyoming Senate rejected a bill extending anti-discrimination protections to LGBT residents. Today's loss follows the rejections of domestic partnerships and same-sex marriage, both of which failed earlier this week.
The Wyoming Senate rejected a bill today that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The standing vote was 13 for the bill and 15 opposed. Opponents claimed Senate File 131 would create a protected class of employees and would result in lawsuits against employers. The sponsor, Sen. Chris Rothfuss, D-Laramie, said the purpose of the bill was to recognize and prevent discrimination. Twenty-one states have adopted similar legislation. Gay activists have been pushing the bill, saying it's essential to give Wyoming gays and lesbians protections in the workplace and elsewhere. Opponents expressed concern that the bill could impinge on religious freedoms.
Bolding is motherfucking mine.

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Aaron Schock On Marriage: I...Um...Wut?

Allegedly heterosexual Rep. Aaron Schock, who is reportedly planning a run for governor of Illinois, today delivered a mumbling word salad when asked about same-sex marriage.

(Tipped by JMG reader Andy)

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Brian Brown Denies Salary Report

The lyingest liar from Lie City wants you to believe him.

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Headline Of The Day

The pastor raised a stink about being outed. Applebee's issued a statement.
Our Guests’ personal information – including their meal check – is private, and neither Applebee’s nor its franchisees have a right to share this information publicly. We value our Guests’ trust above all else. Our franchisee has apologized to the Guest and has taken disciplinary action with the Team Member for violating their Guest’s right to privacy. This individual is no longer employed by the franchisee.
(Tipped by JMG readers Damon and Osman)

UPDATE: The pastor has issued an apology.

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A Christian Lesson On Gay History

"Just remember about 100 years ago, you had three homosexuals in the world as far as anybody really knew. There was a Canadian named Robert Ross, an Englishman named Oscar Wilde, an American named Walt Whitman. They led the charge in the early 1900’s and wound up in and out of the prison system and in court and so forth for a period of time. And again, there was only about three that anybody knew of and it was hardly anything that was mentioned among the established world at that time, that is in Europe, Canada and America. But you did have those three men, as far as history bears out, Robert Ross, Oscar Wilde and Walt Whitman were well-known for some level of homosexual activity, although they could not call themselves homosexuals at that time.

"Well now, of course, it’s the most out of the closet and the encouragement to the homosexual lifestyle is everywhere and we have a problem that’s probably about 10,000 times if not 100,000 times worse than it was 100 years ago. I don’t know how far this one’s gonna go my friends. I’m not sure the world has ever gone to homosexual marriage. I think Nero tried it, it was very, very odd, very weird, very, very decadent for the Roman Empire. It’s about the worst the Roman Empire ever, ever got, under Nero. And of course the persecutions that came with Nero were intense for the Church of Christ in Rome at that time. Today, it might be a little different because you have a lot of quote-unquote apostate Christian churches that have adopted homosexuality and they will do their best to burn Christians at the stake or do what Nero did, I’m sure, in the years to come, because that’s sort of the history of homosexuals and what they have done ever since they were banging on the doors outside of Lot’s house." - Pastor Kevin Swanson, teaching Christian radio listeners about gay history.  (Via Right Wing Watch)

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Chuck Hagel Grilled On Gay Rights



Clips are via AmericaBLOG where John Aravosis writes:
Former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel was asked twice today about gays in the military, and gave answers that sounded somewhat rambling and confused. Which is odd, since he was obviously prepared for these kind of questions after the controversy over the past month regarding his past anti-gay statements while serving in the Senate. Though many are telling me that this is Hagel – rambling, no matter what the question.

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Eugene Delgaudio Files Prop 8 Brief

Today Eugene Delgaudio joined a large coalition of anti-gay, Christianist, and gun groups in filing a Supreme Court brief against the overturn of Proposition 8. Sadly, the brief does not open with "It was a dark and stormy night." It does, however, cite that bit in the Bible that calls for homosexuals to be put to death. And there's this:
Gay men and lesbian women have not been treated to a history of discrimination based on a “trait.” There is no evidence that such people have been discriminated against on the basis of a characteristic or a propensity. For example, in the enforcement of the criminal law prohibiting sodomy,there must be proof of an actus reus. Likewise, in the enforcement of the law of marriage, a homosexual pair is being denied a marriage license on the ground of sexual behavior, not sexual orientation. In short, Respondents have cited not law prohibiting homosexuality, that is, being sexually attracted to a person of the same sex. Homosexuals are discriminated against not because of who they are, but only for what some may choose to do.
Get it? You're not discriminated against for being gay, just for living as a gay person. There's a difference, people! The brief also delves into Loving at some length. Hit the link and give us your thoughts.

UPDATE: Via a commenter, I'm reminded to point out that the above-listed Western Center for Journalism is the parent company of World Net Daily.

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SCOTUS Demonstration Site Launched

Details.

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Chris Culliver Faces Media Over Gay Flap


(Via Towleroad)

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COLORADO: Civil Unions Bill Advances

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Sean Chapin Reacts To 49ers Flap

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Poll Of The Day

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Openly Gay PA State Rep. Brian Sims Pushes Anti-Bullying Bill "With Teeth"

Openly gay Pennsylvania state Rep. Brian Sims was only sworn in a couple of weeks ago and he's hit the ground running by helping to build a large bipartisan coalition behind an anti-bullying bill that he promises will be stronger than "toothless bills" in other states. There are now 67 co-sponsors of the bill, including several Republicans. Philly Now reports on the details.
The PASS Act, already endorsed by Equality PA and the SEIU, would amend the Public School Code of 1949, by “further providing for program of continuing professional education; and, in safe schools, further providing for definitions, for reporting and for policy relating to bullying and providing for powers and duties of Department of Education.” Among those amendments would be the definition of bullying to be “any written, verbal or physical conduct,” related to a characteristic like race, color, religion, “sexual orientation,” and “gender identity,” among other things. The bill also includes a definition of “cyberbullying,” school-sponsored events, and electronic communication.


The bill itself would attempt to train educators on preventing bullying in a school setting, as well as creating new guidelines for reporting such bullying in schools. “Especially following Matthew Shepard, we saw a whole bunch of states pass anti-bullying legislation, which I call ‘toothless bills,’” says Sims. “They didn’t specifically enumerate the classes of people that need to be protected. They didn’t have reporting requirements, they didn’t have time frames on reports, they didn’t say what needed to be included in reports and I think this is very different. This bill protects those people from bullying and it will actually curb bullying—not just lend it lip service.”
The PASS Act is awaiting action before the state House Education Committee. We'll watch this closely.

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Syron - Here

I heard this in a shop last night and had to Shazam it. Kind of a Massive Attack feel, yes? She's only 19! The single goes on sale in March and I expect there will be some great remixes.

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Quote Of The Day - Jim Robinson

"Obama and his socialist-fascist regime now wants to take our guns. Like hell you say. America answers by buying guns in record numbers. Americans will never allow themselves to be disarmed. The founding fathers intended American citizens to be armed to defend themselves from just such runaway tyrannical government. America's response to Obama's attempted gun grab: FUBO!! You want my gun? Come and take it!! Never surrender!! Never retreat!! Never give up your guns!! Free Republic stands for God and country!! We defend Life, Family, Constitution, Liberty!! And we defend our God-given, constitutionally guaranteed right to keep and bear arms!! TO THE HILT!! FR is funded solely by contributions made by liberty loving people who enjoy and use it. We are beholden to no political party. No outsiders, no sugar daddies, no advertisers, no corporate string pullers. And we're going to need FR now more than ever to combat the current crop of Marxists, fascists and progressives who have infested our government and public institutions and who are dead set on destroying the final remnants of our cherished constitution and our precious God-given liberty!!" - Jim Robinson, founder of Free Republic, writing from his Medicare-provided wheelchair.

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Tweet Of The Day - Matt Drudge

More than anything else, this is about ridiculing the Tea Party's current arch-enemy. (Tipped by JMG reader Wayne)

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Anne Hathaway, For Your Consideration

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PhoboQuotable - Pastor Mark Creech

"Why aren't the President and the LGBT community also vigorously fighting for marriage rights for the polygamist who claims his love for more than one woman is equal to all other loves? Why aren't they fighting for the incestuous woman who claims her love is misunderstood and that her romance with her brother is a love worthy of marriage? What about the man who loves someone underage – a child? If we should believe that all love is equal, then why can't we accept his contentions or even that of the child's that their love is consensual - just as real and deserving of equal respect to that of any other? No one who is thoughtful can possibly believe that something as unnatural as the act of a man placing that part of his body which was designed to project life into that part of another man's body meant to expel death could possibly be a healthy lifestyle under any circumstances." - Pastor Mark Creech, writing for the Christian Post.

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Nielsen: Gays Shop & Spend More

Nielsen has come to the shocking conclusion that gay men go shopping a lot.
American same-sex partnered households have significant spending power. In fact, same-sex partnered households make 16 percent more shopping trips than the average U.S. household each year (173 average shopping trips vs. 149 average shopping trips for total U.S. households), according to a recent Nielsen report measuring the shopping habits of U.S. lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) households. The additional shopping trips translate into a marked difference in total spending on consumer packaged goods (CPG). Same-sex partnered households spend an average of $8,651 each year on CPG, compared with $6,898 for the average U.S. household. Within the LGBT community, male same-sex partnered households shop more frequently than female same-sex households (182 trips vs. 163 trips), raising male same-sex household annual CPG spending to $8,943—nearly 30 percent higher than the average U.S. household.
But the below chart that compares where gay men and lesbians exceed the national purchasing average is more interesting, yes?  The linked article doesn't make it clear, but one presumes the overall average for each of the below categories is 100.
(Tipped by JMG reader Thomas)

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PENNSYLVANIA: Catholic Priest Convicted Of Molesting Altar Boy

Yesterday Father Charles Englehart was found guilty of molesting an altar boy in the 1990s.  The case is tied to the same cover-up scandal for which a Catholic official was sent to prison last year. Via National Catholic Reporter:
The jury of eight men and four women found Fr. Charles Engelhardt guilty of indecent assault of a minor, corruption of a minor and conspiracy, but could not come to agreement on a count of indecent sexual assault, according to the Associated Press. In addition, Bernard Shero, a former Catholic school teacher at St. Jerome parish school, was found guilty of rape and indecent sexual assault, among other charges.

Engelhardt's conspiracy charge was tied to former priest Edward Avery — accused as well by the same boy, who was 10 years old at the time of the abuse — who pleaded guilty in March 2012 to charges of conspiracy and sexual assault. Avery appeared during the trial, taking the stand and testifying that he issued a false guilty plea, denying he abused the boy, and only said he did in order to avoid a longer sentence. He is currently serving two-and-a-half to five years in sentence.
Another priest whose crimes were allegedly cloaked by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is scheduled to go to trial in the next few months.

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Barney Frank: I'm Disappointed

"There was one thing that sort of troubled me in the discussion about it — nobody was particularly quoted; they attributed something to governor’s office and others — was that the governor would want to appoint someone who’s either a minority or a woman. And what troubled me is the question of LGBT people was just kind of swept out. I’ve never asked for any appointment based on me being gay, but when they begin talk about the importance of diversity and leave us out, that troubles me. It’s almost as if some people didn’t listen to the president when he said, ‘Seneca, Stonewall and Selma,’ and didn’t hear the Stonewall part. Just as it was in the House, I think being a same-sex married couple in the Senate could have took an important lesson home to some of them." - Former Rep. Barney Frank, speaking to the Washington Blade about being passed over for the interim Senate post.

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ILLINOIS: "Ex-Gay" Crackpot Tells Hate Group That Most Gays Are Drug Addicts

The Illinois Family Institute, an SPLC-certified hate group and the former home of Peter LaBarbera, hosted 100 local pastors last week for a stop-the-gays brainstorming session. Among the speakers was "ex-gay" nutter Linda Jernigan, who told the audience that most gays are alcoholics and drug addicts. Because otherwise how could we stomach all that repulsive gay sex?

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Open Thread Thursday

What are your plans for Sportsball Sunday?

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Tony Perkins: Military Suicides Are Rising Because Of DADT Repeal

"The volume of these decisions coming out of this administration is unbelievable, unbelievable. The stress in our military, when you look how they have used the military for their social experimentation: driving Christianity out, putting homosexuality in, suicide rate going through the ceiling. I think it was last year if I recall the numbers there were 349 suicides in 2012 and I believe that’s more than were killed in combat, that’s the highest number since the Pentagon began tracking suicides back in 2001. And what are they doing? Adding additional stress by this social engineering. Unbelievable." - Hate group leader and white supremacist Tony Perkins, speaking on Christian radio.

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Sen. Rand Paul Waffles On DOMA

To Bryan Fischer of all people.

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REPORT: "Gay Dog" Sent To The Pound

According to a claim that went viral on Facebook yesterday, the above forlorn puppy was abandoned at a Jackson, Tennessee animal shelter because his owner believed him to be gay.  The only mention of this story that I can find (outside of thousands of Facebook shares) is from a blog post on Examiner.com.
According to the prior owner, the dog was seen "hunched over," another male dog, therefore, in this owner's mind, the dog must be gay. The former owner apparently does not know that "hunched over, aka humping behavior" is typically a sign of dominance in dogs, rather than something to signify a dog's sexual orientation. But, on the other hand, even if it did indicate sexual orientation, does it warrant turning one's dog over to an extremely crowded, sadly "high kill," animal control facility? Should it matter? No.
According to the original post on Facebook, the dog was scheduled to be euthanized today, but it appears that there are multiple offers of adoption.   Even if this story proves to be a hoax, the reaction to it is interesting.

UPDATE: The UK tabloid Daily Mail has picked up the story

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Mixner & Jones: LGBT Community Should Also Demonstrate At Supreme Court

As we learned on Saturday, the National Organization for Marriage is planning a "march on the Supreme Court" on the day the Justices begin hearing arguments on their two same-sex marriage cases. Legendary gay activists David Mixner and Cleve Jones are suggesting a demonstration for the LGBT community too. The pair has co-authored a column for The Advocate.
We have discussed this with some of the smartest and most dedicated activists we know, and, based on those conversations, we offer the following recommendations for action as the court considers our aspirations for equality.  We do not believe it makes sense to attempt a mass march on Washington at this moment, given the short amount of time remaining, the cost, as well as the uncertainty of weather in Washington, D.C., in March. We do believe it makes sense to push hard on many fronts in the weeks and months ahead.

As we are on the verge of victory, our tone and actions are critical.

President Obama himself set the tone for this effort in his inaugural address when he spoke so movingly of Seneca Falls, Selma, and Stonewall, linking forever the struggles for women’s rights, civil rights, and LGBT rights. We encourage all LGBT advocates and all fair-minded Americans who believe in equality and justice to take part in public actions during the last week of March.

- If you can be in Washington, D.C., there will be peaceful and civil demonstrations of support for the cases at the Supreme Court on March 26 and 27. While there, you can also visit your members of Congress to lobby for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and Uniting American Families Act as well as marriage equality. Our opponents will be marching — ignore them.

- For those who cannot travel, there will be local organizing opportunities and plans under way in all 50 states that will mirror the events before the Supreme Court. Stay tuned. Visit your representatives' local district offices. Hold teach-ins, campus rallies and town halls. Involve our allies in women’s organizations, the labor movement, racial and ethnic minorities and immigrant communities.
Read the full article.

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WY House Rejects Domestic Partners

The Wyoming House has rejected the domestic partners bill that passed out of its committee on Monday.  
The House voted 35-to-24 against the bill. It marked the first time that pro-gay legislation reached a full floor debate in the state Legislature.  Proponents of the bill said that it would grant same-sex couples as well as other citizens a way to share their property and make health care decisions for each other. Opponents warned that the bill threatened to open the state to legal action seeking to force it to approve same-sex marriage. A separate bill cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that would outlaw discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. That bill now heads to the full Senate.
Some activists had been hopeful regarding today's vote since the Republican-heavy committee vote had been 7-2.  That same committee had rejected a marriage equality bill by a 5-4 vote minutes earlier.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

49ers Star: Not Down With Gays

"I don't do the gay guys man. I don't do that. No, we don't got no gay people on the team, they gotta get up out of here if they do. Can't be with that sweet stuff. Nah…can't be…in the locker room man. Nah." - San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver, who adds that players should only come out ten years after they leave the sport.  Culliver followed up yesterday's Super Bowl Media Day interview with a charming tweet about menstruating women.

UPDATE: 49ers management has issued an apology. "The San Francisco 49ers reject the comments that were made yesterday, and have addressed the matter with Chris. There is no place for discrimination within our organization at any level. We have and always will proudly support the LGBT community."

UPDATE II: Culliver has apologized too. "The derogatory comments I made yesterday were a reflection of thoughts in my head, but they are not how I feel. It has taken me seeing them in print to realize that they are hurtful and ugly. Those discriminating feelings are truly not in my heart. Further, I apologize to those who I have hurt and offended, and I pledge to learn and grow from this experience."

UPDATE III: Hudson Taylor's Athlete Ally has issued a statement.
"Chris Culliver’s comments are disrespectful, discriminatory and dangerous, particularly for the young people who look up to him. His words underscore the importance of the Athlete Ally movement and the key role that professional athletes play in shaping an athletic climate that affirms and includes gay and lesbian players. Culliver’s views are as marginal as they are misguided. We’re seeing more and more NFL players take a stand against homophobia in sports through our organization and we know that support at this level is only going to grow. Athlete Ally’s NFL Ambassadors Brendon Ayanbadejo of the AFC Champion Baltimore Ravens, Chris Kluwe of the Minnesota Vikings and Scott Fujita of the Cleveland Browns connect our organization and the NFL, help promote the mission to end homophobia in sports by speaking out to their teams, leagues and fan bases, and encourage their colleagues to join in the effort. It’s clear by their involvement and the incredible support they are receiving from NFL fans across the country that discrimination is on the fringe and has absolutely no place in sports.”

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There'll Be No Sen. Barney Frank

Massachusetts Gov. Duval Patrick today picked his former chief of staff to temporarily replace Sen. John Kerry in the Senate.
“He has been a valued ally to me and our work on behalf of the people of the Commonwealth,” Patrick said at a news conference. “In every step, he has brought preparation, perspective, wisdom, sound judgment, and clarity of purpose.” Cowan said he was “honored and humbled” to get the temporary post, which will make him the first African-American to represent Massachusetts in the Senate since Edward Brooke held the seat as a Republican from 1966 to 1978. He said he would “go to work every day with the needs and aspirations” of Massachusetts residents on his mind and would push for jobs, education, and affordable, high-quality health care.

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New Hate Clip From NOM

Just in from Brian Brown:
Dear Joe, Last week, I sent you a note about NOM's newly redesigned website. Today I want to share with you a video reminding us how important it is that we remain active and engaged to demonstrate America's support for marriage leading up to the Supreme Court's consideration of this pivotal case. This new Marriage Anti-Defamation Alliance video interview shows what the consequences of losing this battle could be. When marriage is redefined, people like you and me who believe that it takes a man and a woman to make a marriage are treated under the law as the functional equivalent of racists and bigots. Joe, these are the stakes of the battle that has now made its way to the Supreme Court.
Apparently Canada is using math lessons to teach homosexuality. Or something!

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Gone Viral On Reddit

Here's the story according to a Christian blog, whose author disapproves:
The pastor was part of a party of 20 who ate at this server’s restaurant. Like many American restaurants, this particular one has a policy of adding an automatic 18% tip for large parties. It’s something the computer does automatically, not something the server has any control over. According to the server, the pastor and his party tried to get around the automatic 18% tip by asking for separate checks, even though the same man was paying for the whole table. The server says that everyone was happy with the service; they just didn’t like the idea of a compulsory tip. The result? The pastor scribbled out the tip, leaving none at all, and adding the note, “I give God 10%. Why do you get 18?”
Original Reddit post.  Interesting comments at the blog link.

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Quote Of The Day - Rick Wiles

"The Democratic Party convention booed the mention of God three times. The people have elected a Marxist Muslim who I believe is a revolutionary. Voters in states like Maryland and Washington state [and] Maine endorsed homosexual marriage.  I believe Wisconsin elected an avowed lesbian as a senator.  In Massachusetts they elected a Marxist professor. Matt, this is a communist takeover of the United States of America. I see pastors going to prison. I see IRS SWAT teams coming down on churches and shooting people and seizing buildings. That's what I see. He's not going to allow anyone to disobey him. This man is a tyrant and I've said all year he will take his mask off after the November election and quickly we're seeing, just as we've seen with General Petraeus, anybody that would dare to oppose him will be removed." - Pastor Rick Wiles, interviewing Liberty Counsel spokesdouche Matt Barber on his radio show. For extra crazy, read the "about" page on Wiles' site.

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Super Gay Bet: Blade Vs B.A.R.

From Washington Blade reporter Phil Reese:
Editors and publishers of the Washington Blade and the Bay Area Reporter, an LGBT newspaper in San Francisco, announced this week the terms of a bet for their respective teams playing in Sunday’s Super Bowl championship in New Orleans. If the Ravens win, BAR will send the Blade staff a lunch of dungeness crabs and a $1,000 donation to the local LGBT charity of the Blade’s choosing. If the 49ers win, the Blade will send BAR’s staff a lunch of Chesapeake Bay blue crabs and a $1,000 donation to a San Francisco LGBT charity of BAR’s choosing. “When Massachusetts legalized same-sex marriage in 2004, the Patriots won the Super Bowl. When New York legalized marriage in 2011, the Giants won the Super Bowl. In 2012, Maryland passed marriage equality, so it’s our turn,” said Blade editor Kevin Naff, who lives in Baltimore. “Go Ravens!”
I suppose it should be pointed out that DC legalized same-sex marriage in 2009 and that the Redskins finished last in their division that year, having won only four games all season. Yes, I had to look that up. Go sportsball! Go local/regional team! I like the ones in the aubergine blouses!

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Bible Slavery: Totally Different

Another winner from NonStampCollector.

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God Lets You Keep The Change

Check out the math in the first line under the $50 bill. (Via Friendly Atheist)

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Homocons File Prop 8 Brief

Self-loathing homosexuals David Benkof, Doug Mainwaring, and Robert Oscar Lopez have jointly filed a Supreme Court brief against the overturn of Proposition 8.  Here's an excerpt:
Note that this repulsive trio cites several articles from fellow homocon writer Jonathan Rauch as well as the French homocon group HomoVox, whose videos have been posted by NOM.  If you are unfamiliar with any of these guys, hit their name in the labels of this post.

UPDATE: Jim Burroway has more at Box Turtle Bulletin.

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Conference Of Catholic Bishops Files SCOTUS Briefs On DOMA & Prop 8

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops today filed Supreme Court briefs against the overturn of DOMA and Proposition 8.

From their DOMA brief:
The USCCB brief in United States v. Windsor says that “there is no fundamental right to marry a person of the same sex.” The brief also states that “as defined by courts ‘sexual orientation’ is not a classification that should trigger heightened scrutiny,” such as race or ethnicity would. It added that “civil recognition of same-sex relationships is not deeply rooted in the Nation’s history and tradition—quite the opposite is true. Nor can the treatment of such relationships as marriages be said to be implicit in the concept of ordered liberty, such that neither liberty nor justice would exist if they were sacrificed.” USCCB argued that previous Supreme Court decisions “describing marriage as a fundamental right plainly contemplate the union of one man and one woman.” The USCCB also cautioned that a decision invalidating DOMA “would have adverse consequences in other areas of law.”
From their Proposition 8 brief:
“While this Court has held that laws forbidding private, consensual, homosexual conduct between adults lack a rational basis, it does not follow that the government has a constitutional duty to encourage or endorse such conduct. Thus, governments may legitimately decide to further the interests of opposite-sex unions only. Similarly, minimum standards of rationality under the Constitution do not require adopting the lower court’s incoherent definition of ‘marriage’ as merely a ‘committed lifelong relationship,’ which is wildly over-inclusive, empties the term of its meaning, and leads to absurd results.” “Marriage, understood as the union of one man and one woman, is not an historical relic, but a vital and foundational institution of civil society today,” the USCCB brief states.
(Via Zack Ford @ Think Progress)

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Cabaret Cast Reunites For Today Show

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TENNESSEE: New Version Of "Don't Say Gay" Bill Includes Outing Students

You may recall GOP Tennessee state Rep. Stacey Campfield's continuing attempt to ban any mention of homosexuality or LGBT people in public schools.  Campfield has reintroduced his bill in the new legislative session, this time with the command that schools notify parents if their child is deemed to be "at risk" of having the gay.  Think Progress has some excerpts from Campfield's bill:
The general assembly recognizes that certain subjects are particularly sensitive and are, therefore, best explained and discussed within the home. Because of its complex societal, scientific, psychological, and historical implications, human sexuality is one such subject. Human sexuality is best understood by children with sufficient maturity to grasp its complexity and implications [...]  A school counselor, nurse, principal or assistant principal from counseling a student who is engaging in, or who may be at risk of engaging in, behavior injurious to the physical or mental health and well-being of the student or another person; provided, that wherever possible such counseling shall be done in consultation with the student’s parents or legal guardians. Parents or legal guardians of students who receive such counseling shall be notified as soon as practicable that such counseling has occurred.
PREVIOUSLY ON JMG: Campfield's bill first passed before the Tennessee Senate Judiciary Committee in April 2011, and then passed out of the House Education Committee in February 2012. It did not pass before either full chamber.   In January 2012 Campfield was booted out of a Knoxville cafe by its owners, who were angry about the  bill. Also in January 2012 Campfield appeared on the Michelangelo Signorile Show to declare that "straight people don't get AIDS."

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NRA Head: No Background Checks

NRA head Wayne LaPierre says that the government is already failing to prosecute people who illegally apply to purchase a gun, therefore it's pointless to impose background checks on people that buy guns at gun shows.

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NEW YORK CITY: Police Suspect Online Hook-Up In Murder Of Queens Gay Man

Queens middle school teacher David Rangel, 53, was found strangled in his apartment this weekend. Police suspect that Rangel may have met his killer online and are inspecting his computer's history.
Rangel taught Spanish to seventh and eighth graders at the Paul Klapper School (P.S./M.S. 219) in Flushing, where the flag flew at half-mast Monday. “Everyone was walking around, mourning,” student Michael Shahedi, 13, said at the end of the school day. “I’d always see him pull up in his small yellow car and he’d say hi to me as he got out.” “He was fun,” said Denali Rivera, 7, a second grader who had Rangel as a substitute teacher. “He was a very smart teacher. He never got mad.” Investigators removed a computer from Rangel’s apartment Monday. On Friday, the last day he was seen alive, Rangel posted a light-hearted stream of funny photos, cartoons and nature shots on his Facebook page.
Rangel has not yet been identified as gay by local media, but the NYC Anti-Violence Project has done so today via a press release that includes warnings to take caution when meeting new people via websites or smartphone apps.  Read the AVP's tips regarding online safety.

RELATED:  In 2010 openly gay ABC News reporter George Weber was stabbed to death by a 16 year-old prostitute Weber met on Craigslist.  In December 2011 the killer, who was tried as an adult, was sentenced to life in prison.

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Fred Karger Reports: NOM's Brian Brown Was Paid $500K+ In 2011

NOM's arch-nemesis Fred Karger, who ran for the GOP presidential nomination last year, appeared at NOM's DC headquarters this week to demand their 2011 tax filings, which by law must be produced to any member of the public. Via press release:
“They tried their best to avoid me, were rude and evasive, but what else is new?” said Karger on his latest attempt to gather NOM’s tax returns. One thing is crystal clear; NOM president Brian Brown and former president Maggie Gallagher are definitely getting rich off the NOM donors – very rich. Maybe they don’t want us to know that NOM President Brian Brown made over $500,000 dollars in 2011. He was paid $230,000 by NOM’s political operation where he claimed to work a minimum of 40 hours per week, and another whopping $230,000 from NOM’s Educational Fund where he claimed to work another 40 hours per week. Add $47,000 in benefits and you have the “Half Million Dollar Man.”
Karger notes that NOM staffers literally fled when he appeared, running into elevators and behind locked doors.  View their full 2011 tax filing here.

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Former Rep. Gabby Giffords Speaks At Senate Gun Control Hearing

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The Knife - Full Of Fire

If you enjoy the bizarre Swedish performer Fever Ray, you might like her latest collaboration with her brother.  There's a story somewhere in this weird clip, right?  (Maybe not.)  Several years ago The Knife swept the Swedish version of the Grammys, including the Best Pop Group category.  I quite like this.

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Court Upholds SF Nudity Ban

Yesterday a federal court dismissed an attempt to block San Francisco's recently-approved ban on public nudity.  The ban will go into effect as scheduled on Friday. Matthew Bajko has more at Bay Area Reporter:
In his ruling Chen wrote that "the court concludes that the ordinance does not conflict with state law, that plaintiffs' facial challenge to the ordinance based on the First Amendment lacks merit because nudity is not inherently expressive and because the ordinance is not substantially overbroad, and that plaintiffs' equal protection claim as pled fails to state a 14th Amendment claim under the rational basis test." The ruling had been expected, as Chen indicated during a January 17 hearing on the nudists' lawsuit that he saw no reason to block the public nudity ban from being implemented. "The plaintiffs took an unlikely position in their case that if they couldn't be naked everywhere, no one could be naked anywhere. We believed their legal challenge to be baseless, and we're grateful that the court agreed," stated City Attorney Dennis Herrera in a news release.
Nudism activists say they will appeal the ruling to the Ninth Circuit Court.

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New Theme: We'll Be The Republican Party That People Want To Join

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Catholic Group Files Prop 8 Brief

Catholics for the Common Good has filed a Supreme Court brief against the overturn of Proposition 8, claiming that doing so constitutes "an attack on religion." Here's an excerpt from their summation:
When the courts below held the People of California violated the Constitution when they voted to reaffirm the unique biological and cultural status of the only civil institution that unites male-female couples with each other and any children that might be born from their union, they rejected the central premise of this Court’s jurisprudence of the Equal Protection Clause. Unlike the “socially-constructed” classifications that the Court now rightly views with suspicion, such as race, illegitimacy and alienage, “physical differences between men and women . . . are enduring” and a “cause for celebration”.

Not in the Ninth Circuit. A majority of that court has held that the views of voters who relied on this view of human sexuality are “so far removed” from reality that the court found “it impossible to credit them.” The trial featured a sustained attack on “religion [as] the chief obstacle for gay and lesbian political progress” that also raises a profound First Amendment question: Does the Equal Protection Clause authorize federal courts to order the People themselves – and, by implication, individuals and associations – to provide homosexual persons with precisely the same “official recognition and societal approval of their committed relationships that the State makes available to opposite-sex couples”?

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Linda Harvey Has The Boy Scouts Sadz

"Will two 13-year-old boys in a troop who 'like' each other be allowed to hold hands at meetings? To sleep in adjacent sleeping bags at a camp out? And then, what happens when inevitably some newly empowered homosexually declared youth puts the moves on a boy who finds it disgusting? Fights? Division, as friends take sides? Of course! These are boys. Unlike school, that boy and his parents have the option to leave. But he may still have to encounter these same abusive kids at school. It’s not a fun thing to be labeled a 'hate-filled bigot' or whatever new iteration of tradition-bashing is rolled out. Institutionalized intimidation and bullying, all in the name of sodomy, will be even more damaging than it currently is in the military. Once again, children are sacrificed on the altar of progressive values." - Hate group leader Linda Harvey, writing for World Net Daily.

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Boy Scouts: 972-580-2330

You can also send a personal email to the Boy Scouts: NationalSupportCenter@Scouting.org. Sample message (keep it short): "Dear Boy Scouts of America, I think everyone should have the chance to take part in Scouting. I support an end to the ban on gay scouts and scout leaders. Sincerely..."

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George Takei Surprises Gay Teen

Remember the kid who came out at a high school assembly?

(Via Queerty)

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Two Minutes Of British Hate #3

Here's the third clip from Britain's Kalley Yanta.

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Manhattan Declaration Files DOMA Brief

The backers of the Manhattan Declaration, whose signees vow to disobey laws that grant discrimination protections to LGBT Americans, have filed a Supreme Court brief against the overturn of DOMA. Because...JESUS.
The Manhattan Declaration reminds the Court of the critical role of believers in Jesus have had in America’s positive social achievement. It recounts advances because of Christianity through history saying that, “History confirms that Christians have, precisely because of their faith: defended innocent life; tended to the sick and dying during plagues…; extirpated slavery; tended to the poor and imprisoned…; toiled in the women’s suffrage movement; led the civil rights movement; fought to end human trafficking and sexual slavery; and brought compassionate care to the AIDS sufferers in Africa.”

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HomoQuotable - Greg Quinlan

"As a former homosexual who was sexually molested as a child, I urge the Boy Scouts of America to reinforce their policy prohibiting homosexuals as Scout leaders entrusted with the care of impressionable young boys and teens. My own sexual molestation as a youth was a contributing factor to my homosexual behavior as I got older. I left homosexuality only when I saw over 100 of my friends die of AIDS. I regret all those years of living homosexually -- time wasted when I could have been dating and experiencing a relationship with a woman, gotten married, and raised children together. But sexual molestation and homosexuality raped me of those precious years, which should have been the best years of my life." - Greg Quinlan, president of the "ex-gay" hate group PFOX and lifelong homosexual.

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RUMOR: Apple Store For The Castro

Apple Insider speculates:
An historic landmark building at the epicenter of San Francisco's gay district is rumored to become the city's fourth Apple Store. Citing "plugged in tipsters," real estate blog SocketSite noted today that Apple is rumored to have set its sights on the property, which originally served as a Bank of America. The building has most recently served as a Diesel apparel store, which unexpectely closed this month after the building's landlord reportedly demanded a 50 percent rent increase. The side of the building was remodeled to partition off a separate space originally housing a Noah's Bagels and subsequently used by a Sprint store. Since its closing, the space has remained vacant for years. The two empty spaces could be rejoined into a larger, single space, with dramatic high ceilings.
(Tipped by JMG reader Merv)

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Actor Jim Nabors Comes Out, Get Married

That actor and singer Jim Nabors is gay has been quietly known for decades, but now he's officially come out and gotten married.
Jim Nabors, the Hawaii resident well known for his starring role in the 1960s television sitcom "Gomer Pyle, USMC," married his longtime male partner early this month, he told Hawaii News Now Tuesday. Nabors, 82, said he married his companion of 38 years, Stan Cadwallader, who's 64, in Seattle on Jan. 15. Nabors declined an on-camera interview but spoke to Hawaii News Now by phone.

"I'm 82 and he's in his 60s and so we've been together for 38 years and I'm not ashamed of people knowing, it's just that it was such a personal thing, I didn't tell anybody," Nabors said. "I'm very happy that I've had a partner of 38 years and I feel very blessed. And, what can I tell you, I'm just very happy." Nabors said he and Cadwallader traveled to Washington state, where gay marriages became legal in early December 2012. They were married at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle.
My dad had at least a dozen Jim Nabors albums. Here's something from his favorite one.

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Secretary Clinton Wants Sleep

"I hope I get to sleep in. It will be the first time in many years. I have no office to go to, no schedule to keep, no work to do. That will probably last a few days then I will be up and going with my new projects. I have been working or attending school full-time since I was 13. This is going to be new for me. I don't know how I'm going to react to it, to be honest." - Hillary Clinton, speaking to ABC News about leaving the Obama administration.

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Tony Perkins Has The Boy Scouts Sadz

"Can they honestly tell parents that entrusting little boys to men with same-sex attractions is somehow going to reduce the incidence of child sexual abuse? Or is the motivation closure? Because anyone who's been a target of homosexual activists understands: there is no appeasing them. This struggle won't end until there is a national policy eliminating any and all standards of morality. If the Scouts go down this path, before the ink is even dry on this decision, there will be demands to represent and celebrate homosexuality in the Scouts' curriculum, hiring policy, camping arrangements, merit badges, jamboree programming, and a host of other traditions. All these bullies need to topple a 2.9 million-member organization is a foothold. And a naive BSA headquarters is dangerously close to giving them one." - Hate group leader and white supremacist Tony Perkins, via press release.

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Westboro Files Prop 8 Brief

Westboro Baptist Church has filed a Supreme Court amicus brief against the repeal of Proposition 8. Note that their brief supports "neither party" in the case.   For your amusement, check out Westboro's legal citations to support their case. This can only help us.
(Via Good As You)

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Protect Marriage: WE'RE BROKE

Protect Marriage, the primary backers of Proposition 8, is reportedly so in debt to their lawyers that it may affect their ability to defend their Supreme Court case.
ProtectMarriage.com, the advocacy group defending a California gay marriage ban now under review by the high court, showed a $2 million deficit in its legal fund at the end of 2011 - the third year in a row that expenses exceeded donations, federal tax records show.  The 2012 accounts are not yet available. ProtectMarriage.com says it has since covered the 2011 shortfall. However, it is still $700,000 short in fundraising for its Supreme Court costs, according to a ProtectMarriage.com attorney, Andrew Pugno.

That message has gone out to donors, with some urgency, as the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments in March in its first thorough review of same-sex marriage. "Unless the pace of donations starts to pick up right away, we could soon be forced over a financial cliff," ProtectMarriage.com said in an email to donors earlier this month. ProtectMarriage.com's lead outside counsel, Charles Cooper, has not stopped work on the Supreme Court case, although he declined to comment on financial arrangements with clients.
Speaking of Charles Cooper, his firm has been raking in the millions.
At the close of 2009, ProtectMarriage.com had a deficit of roughly $220,000, but the trial was expensive: Cooper's firm billed $4.5 million in 2010 and total expenses came to $6.1 million, for a year-end deficit of $1.8 million. ProtectMarriage.com raised $2.5 million in 2011, but it still fell more than $200,000 short of that year's expenses, leaving a cumulative deficit of $2 million.
Now that this story has hit the national press, watch the money roll in.

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Swag Tuesday

Courtesy of the Karpel Group, today's Swag Tuesday prize is the 40th anniversary deluxe Blu-ray reissue of Cabaret, which goes on sale nationwide on February 5th.
Bob Fosse’s ground-breaking Oscar®-winning musical drama starring Liza Minnelli (Arthur, The Sterile Cuckoo), Michael York (the Austin Powers films), Joel Grey (TV’s “Oz”), Helmut Griem, and Marisa Berenson (I am Love). Flamboyant and eccentric American entertainer Sally Bowles (Minnelli) sings in Berlin’s decadent Kit Kat Club, even as Nazism rises in Germany in 1931. She falls in love with a British language teacher (York) – whom she shares with a homosexual German baron (Griem). But Sally's insular, carefree, tolerant and fragile cabaret world is about to be crushed under the boot of the Nazis as Berlin becomes a trap from which Sally's German friends will not escape. Remastered for the first time in over 20 years with new and vintage special features! Cabaret will be available in a premium Blu-ray™ Book format containing 40 pages of insightful photos and text on February 5 from Warner Home Video. Also available on DVD.
We have three copies of Cabaret to give away. Enter to win by commenting on this post and please remember to include an email address. Entries close at midnight on Thursday, west coast time. Publicists: If' you'd like to take part in Swag Tuesday on JMG, please email me.

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Obama On Immigration Reform: Don't Forget That You Used To Be Them


RELATED: Today White House spokesman Jay Carney talked about the president's support for an LGBT-inclusive plan.
"The President believes that it should be included and that should come as no surprise," Carney said. "As we've said all along, this is consistent with the principles he has laid out over the last four years. And the President has long believed that Americans with same-sex partners from other countries should not be faced with the painful choice between staying with the person they love or staying in the country they love. And the President's position on this is consistent with how we've approached prosecutorial discretion at DHS and others. So I think it should not be a surprise and it would be entirely inconsistent not to have that position."

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Gay Ugandans Marry In Sweden

Sweden's The Local reports:
A couple who claim to be the first Ugandan men to be legally married face an uncertain future after recently tying the knot in a Swedish church, with one facing possible deportation that the other fears could result in his husband's death. Last weekend, Lawrence Kaala and Jimmy Sserwadda were all smiles as they exchanged vows in a crowded church in the north Stockholm suburb of Järfälla. "It feels great," Sserwadda tells The Local after the wedding, which was attended by more than one hundred guests – including Sweden's EU Minister Birgitta Ohlsson. "We had been separated in such a hostile environment; we didn't know if we'd ever see each other again."

The ceremony was supposed to be a fairy-tale ending to an improbable story for the two men who found themselves reunited in Sweden years after their relationship had been cut short due to persecution in their native Uganda. "Uganda is about the worst place in the world to live as someone who is openly gay," Sserwadda explains. But while Sserwadda's asylum application has been approved, Kaala learned just days before the ceremony that his application had been denied, meaning he will have to leave Sweden in two weeks if he doesn't file an appeal.
The couple fled Uganda in 2008 after one of them was arrested and beaten by police. (Tipped by JMG reader Jay)

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Haters Have The Boy Scouts Sadz

Southern Baptists Convention
This is a catastrophic decision for the Boy Scouts of America. In order to placate their East and West Coast appendages, they are tearing out the heart of their Midwest and Southern support. This decision will lead to a mass exodus of traditional, orthodox Christianity from the Boy Scouts, including thousands of Catholic, Baptist and other traditional faith congregations.
American Family Association 
The BSA, for years, has had character and integrity and has stood firm on moral values. If they reverse this policy, then what they're saying now is that to remain 'morally straight' isn't as important as they've been saying for the past 100 years. You're signing a death warrant when you say you're going to allow open homosexuals to participate in a program with young boys.
Porno Pete
It's very sad to see the Scouts cave on this. If you capitulate to the homosexual lobby, you're capitulating to immorality; and you're not being 'morally straight,' as the Boy Scout creed says. And you don't want homosexual Boy Scouts either because you don't want to have one homosexual Scout going around telling everybody about his homosexuality and how he's out and proud and everything. You don't want that influence of deviant sexuality among the boys itself.
Family Research Council
The mission of the Boy Scouts is 'to instill values in young people' and 'prepare them to make ethical choices,' and the Scout's oath includes a pledge 'to do my duty to God' and keep himself 'morally straight.' It is entirely reasonable and not at all unusual for those passages to be interpreted as requiring abstinence from homosexual conduct. If the board capitulates to the bullying of homosexual activists, the Boy Scouts' legacy of producing great leaders will become yet another casualty of moral compromise. The Boy Scouts should stand firm in their timeless values and respect the right of parents to discuss these sexual topics with their children.

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Email Of The Day - Eugene Delgaudio

"Dear Joe, Tears ran down my face when I heard the news. My family would be safe. My friend, as I write you, I cannot fully restrain my emotion from bleeding through. The court has ruled that the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) must immediately cease broadcasting my family’s home address to their vast network of radical agents. I have not stopped thanking God for this victory for my family and Public Advocate. You see, SPLC lawyers went out of their way to include my private home address in the recent lawsuit they filed against your Public Advocate. I was shocked when I first heard the news. Every single violent homosexual agent in the country would know where to find my family. They have painted a giant target on my wife and children. To prove to the court how dangerous the Homosexual Lobby could be, I was forced to reveal confidential FBI information: A violent gunman came looking for me and my staff at Public Advocate’s office last year. By the grace of the Lord he failed to find me that day." - Virginia crackpot Eugene Delgaudio, repeating his unsubstantiated claim yet again.

RELATED: World Net Daily has picked up Delgaudio's story.

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Bob Mould - Star Machine

The video for Bob Mould's latest single debuted today on the website for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
Directed by Jon Glaser, the video stars Bob, drummer Jon Wurster (Superchunk, The Mountain Goats) and bassist Jason Narducy (Spl:t S:ngle, Verbow) in the perfect union of rock music and dark comedy. Bob and his band will make their Late Night with Jimmy Fallon debut on Thursday, February 28.
Watch Bob stretch his acting chops.

RELATED: Mould's sold-out tour to support Silver Age has added more shows.

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SAN FRANCISCO: Sports Illustrated Visits New Castro Sports Bar

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Going Viral On Facebook

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FRANCE: Anti-Gay Activists Hang Marriage Banners From 170 Paris Bridges

Before the beginning of today's marriage equality debate in the French National Assembly, this happened:
"A mom and a dad, it's elementary", "No to fictional filiation", "Having a child is not a right", said the banners. "This is freedom of expression," explained Frigide Barjot from anti-gay wedding collective Manif Pour Tous. "We demand freedom for MPs to vote their conscience. We want jobs, not (Justice Minister Christiane) Taubira's law." About 400 activists hung the banners overnight from 170 bridges on the Seine and overpasses on the Peripherique circular highway around the capital, Barjot told reporters at a press conference aboard a barge on the river. Once it reached the Eiffel Tower, activists unfurled two more banners, one reading "For civil marriage" and the other "A mom and a dad, there's nothing better for a child".
The debate is expected to go on for two weeks. Right wing parties reportedly have 5000 amendments to the bill waiting.

Gay Star News has more about the amendments introduced today.
During the first day of the debate, Jacques Bompard, assembly member for the extreme-right National Front party proposed at least seven amendments, including establishing polygamy and incest. In his amendments Bompard said ‘if we follow the reasoning of the government, then … it … should remove all other restrictions … and discrimination based on’, the number of people entering marriage (ie polygamy), incest, and age (ie child marriage). Bompard also suggested that civil marriage should be supressed.  In another amendment Bompard suggested that a child adopted to, or born in, a same-sex marriage would automatically take the first name of the registry officer in order ‘to recognize the merit of registrars’. Thierry Mariani of the main centre right opposition UMP party proposed an amendment to protect the father’s family name from ‘being destroyed’. Mariani, and other MPs from center and far right parties proposed several amendments to ‘counter’ a possible wave of ‘gay migration’ to France which will allegedly open up due to marriage equality.

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The Bay Lights

This week testing began on a two-year light installation project set to launch on the Bay Bridge on March 5th.
The Bay Lights is the world’s largest light sculpture, 1.8 miles wide and 500 feet high and inspired by the Bay Bridge 75th anniversary. Using 25,000 white individually programmed LED lights, artist Leo Villareal will create complex algorithms and patterns in a dazzling display across the bridge’s west span.

(Tipped by JMG reader Steve)

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Janet Porter Has The Sadz

"Forcing acceptance of homosexuality. If there’s one thing that President Obama made clear in his second inaugural address, it’s this. To a nation dealing with high unemployment and debts that threaten to crush everyone, he is committed to pushing the homosexual agenda forward and is declaring war against those who refuse to accept and affirm it. After putting homosexuals who battled a police raid on a homosexual bar in the same category as those who fought for civil and women’s rights, Obama said 'our battle is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law.' Sounds nice, but like the pastor who was pushed out of praying at the inauguration for a sermon on homosexuality he gave twenty years ago, this agenda is really about silencing and criminalizing dissent." - Anti-gay activist Janet Porter, speaking on Christian radio.

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