Friday, July 25, 2014

Florida's same-sex marriage ban ruled unconstitutional by Circuit Court judge

A Circuit court in Miami-Dade County on Friday struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, making for the second ruling against the law within the span of two weeks.

From the ruling:

The flood of cases that have come out since Windsor amply demonstrates this truth as not one court has found a same-sex marriage ban to be constitutional. As case after case has come out, unified in their well-reasoned constitutional condemnation of the deprivation of one class of person’s right to marry, the answer to the question of whether it is constitutionally permissible to deprive same-sex couples of the right to marry has become increasingly obvious: Of course it is not. Preventing couples from marrying solely on the basis of their sexual orientation serves no governmental interest. It serves only to hurt, to discriminate, to deprive same-sex couples and their families of equal dignity, to label and treat them as second-class citizens, and to deem them unworthy of participation in one of the fundamental institutions of our society. The journey of our Nation towards becoming “a more perfect Union” does not stop at any particular generation; it is instead a fluid process through every generation.

The Court, therefore, foresees a day when the term “same-sex marriage” is viewed in the same absurd vein as “separate but equal” and is thus forsaken and supplanted by ordinary “marriage.”


Florida’s same-sex marriage bans violate the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the United States Constitution, and they also offend basic human dignity.
The Plaintiff’s Motion for Summary Judgment is therefore GRANTED.

The ruling is stayed "pending the outcome of expected appeals."

Read the decision here.

Anne Runolfsson chats with Seth Rudetsky on OBSESSED!

I love the folks that Seth Rudetsky interviews, and the fab stories that you get in these interviews.

In the latest of his OBSESSED! series, he chats with the fantastic and disarmingly humble Broadway veteran Anne Runolfsson (Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera).

I was on Broadway in Hello, Dolly! at the Lunt Fontanne Theatre at the same time Victor/Victoria was playing across the street at the Marquis Theatre, and I heard so many terrific things about her performances standing in for Julie Andrews.

From this clip's description:

After giving a sample of some Phantom, Runolfsson relived the whirlwind ride that she experienced filling in for Julie Andrews right in the middle of a performance of Victor/Victoria. Then, she gave a taste of her extra high notes in the the show's "Le Jazz Hot."

You are REQUIRED to watch to the very end for her insanely high "optional" note of "Le Jazz Hot." I literally screamed.

Michele Bachmann: Gays plan to get rid of age of consent laws & prey upon children

On a recent appearance on the "Faith & Liberty" radio show, wingnut Michele Bachmann says the gay community wants to “abolish age of consent laws, which means we will do away with statutory rape laws so that adults will be able to freely prey on little children sexually. That’s the deviance that we’re seeing embraced in our culture today.”

She also says that the gays are out to "punish" those who don't agree with our viewpoint, thus bringing about a "rise of tyranny."

What a victim! Oh, the indignity of it all!

Sadly, there is an all too hungry audience out there for this kind of idiocy. You can hear the misguided diatribe below.

You know, I only post these things to remind us all that this happens every day in the

(via Right Wing Watch)

Chris Meloni's dog has a view

Via Chris Meloni's Facebook page with the caption:

"I will stare at your genitalia until u feed me.... #dogpsychology"

Of course, the dog does it and it's cute.

I do it and I'd get a restraint order.

Gotta say - nice pouch.

Pooch! Pooch! I meant "pooch!"

(not really...)

Mary Poppins quits her minimum wage job

John Oliver on America's prison problem

With a lot of humor, John Oliver of HBO's Last Week Tonight talks on the issues and problems facing America's broken prison system.

Taking a very somber topic, Oliver keeps the viewer engaged while bringing up very important points regarding how prisons are currently being operated here in the US.

(via Upworthy)

Colorado Court of Appeals denies state AG's request to stop issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall can still issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in light of the latest ruling by the Colorado Court of Appeals which denied Attorney General John Suther's emergency motion to stop such licenses while the case is currently being appealed.

Boulder District Judge Andrew Hartman on July 10 denied a request by Suthers to grant an injunction to prevent Hall from issuing the licenses, saying the state could not prove Hall's action harmed the state. He re-affirmed that ruling this week.

Suthers filed an appeal with the Colorado Court of Appeals, and asked that a stay be issued stopping Hall pending the hearing of the appeal.

Hall started issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples June 25 after the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Utah's ban unconstitutional. Her office had issued 183 as of this afternoon.

Hall is currently the only county clerk in the state issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

(via Boulder County News)

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NewFest, NYC's largest LGBT film festival, July 24 - July 29th

A joint collaboration of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and OutFest, New York City's largest LGBT film festival - NewFest - began last night and will continue through July 29th.

NewFest’s programming includes the annual NewFest: The New York Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Film Festival, one of the most comprehensive showcases of international LGBT film in the world as well as year-round filmmaker and screening events.

Screenings take place at Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater - 165 W. 65th Street.

Click here for schedule and to purchase tickets, and check out the trailer for the festival below:

Naked burglars give new meaning to "where's the beef?"

Two naked guys and a friend who's clearly shy (he wore underwear) broke into a hamburger restaurant in Bonita Beach, Florida, and stole hamburgers and bacon.

Why would three naked "knuckleheads" break into a Bonita Beach eatery and only steal food as two security cameras captured their every move? "Dumb, dumber and dumbest," Sansevieri said with a laugh Wednesday.

Three days after the naked caper heard around Southwest Florida, the bare-naked beef bandits remained on the lam. Authorities don't know if the men are tourists or residents, but are trying to uncover and bare all tips.

On Wednesday, authorities released photos — at least those that can be printed — to ask the public for help in identifying the men. The bandits robbed the restaurant at 3:06 a.m. Sunday, stealing 60 hamburgers, three pounds of bacon, three red peppers and a paddleboard.

  (via JMG)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Pomplamoose covers Cher's "Believe"

Pomplamoose does not disappoint with this reimagining of Cher's "Believe (In Life After Love)."

The band drops it's new CD - Season 2 - on July 29th! And they hit the road to tour on September 11th.

Check the official website for tour dates and more.

Teaser: Warwick Rowers Calendar video

The men of Warwick University's Rowing Club pose for their annual naked calendar

With the Warwick Rowers 2015 naked calendar is almost here, and the men of Warwick University’s Rowing Club share this video tease of what's to come.


The Rower's naked calendar is an annual event that helps raise funds to tackle homophobia in sport with proceeds going to Sport Allies program, which reaches out to young people suffering from bullying, homophobia and self-esteem issues.

Watch the teaser below then head over to to learn how you can be a "part of the story."

Note - NSFW

(via Gaily Grind)

LGBT Recruiting - Forth Worth Police Department

Fort Worth police detective Chris Gorrie

In my hometown of Fort Worth, Texas, the Fort Worth Police Department has begun a series a humorous four-minute videos to encourage recruitment.

The one posted below stars openly gay police detective Chris Gorrie.

“You may be asking yourself, ‘What does this 30-year-old white guy have to do with diversity?’” asks the eight-year veteran. “Well, the short answer is, I’m gay.”

Serious progress for my hometown that the PD can make this kind of video.

Bravo, Chris and the FWPD.

Classic Elaine Stritch on David Letterman

Stop everything you're doing and watch this early skit from the David Letterman show with the fab (and now sadly gone-too-soon) Elaine Stritch.

I have no idea when this was - looks to be in late 80s or early 90s?

This is classic Stritch.  I literally laughed out loud.

(via my "anonymous" Randy Report reader)

True Blood's "Jason Stackhouse" is a good person (and hot)

Ah, I'm really gonna miss this guy.

I met Ryan Kwanten last year at the opening of Cirque du Soleil's "Michael Jackson ONE."

Hubby Michael and I hung with a while and he couldn't have been nicer or more polite. Sad to see the end of "Jason Stackhouse" but certain Ryan has big things on his horizon.

Naked Ryan Kwanten as "Jason Stackhouse" in HBO's TRUE BLOOD
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