Wednesday, April 23, 2014

High By Republican Design


Unemployment is high by Republican design.  Don't be fooled.  Since the day Pres. Obama was sworn in Republicans have conspired to keep unemployment high and wages low by blocking every single jobs bill and deliberately sabotaging the economy by way of manufactured crises.

(via Occupy Democrats)

Matt Bomer reveals he married his partner 3 years ago

Matt Bomer reveals in an interview with Details Magazine (May 2014 issue) that he married his partner Simon Halls way back in 2011.

Talk of their marriage arose while he was discussing his role in the upcoming HBO movie directed by Ryan Murphy, "The Normal Heart," about a gay man dying of AIDS.

"I wouldn't have a lot of the rights I have today if it wasn't for people like Larry," he said, referring to the play's original writer, Larry Kramer. "I just wanted to be involved with the project in some capacity. I didn't care what my part was."

"It's rare that you get to play a great role that has an arc," he added. "It's rare that you get to be a part of something that, hopefully, has some significance socially or historically. And then to have a role that changes you? I think that's the best you could hope for in this profession, and that was certainly the case here. I don't think I'll ever be the same as I was when I started the job."

Bomer and Halls have three children together, 6-year-old twins and an 8-year-old.

The interview goes in depth about Bomer's preparation and work on the upcoming HBO film adaptation of Larry Kramer's "The Normal Heart."  Read the full interview at

The film premieres on HBO May 25 at 9 p.m. EST.

Watch a behind the scenes video from the photo shoot for the magazine below:

Bryan Fischer wishes the US had Russian-style anti-gay laws

Bryan Fischer continues to complain that the United States does not have Russian-style anti-gay "propaganda" laws. In fact, Fischer lauds Russian President Putin as "the lion of Christianity" for leading his nation's crackdown on gays.

On yesterday's radio broadcast, Fischer again voiced his support for implementing such laws in America, declaring that it is "inexcusable" that these sorts of laws are not being put into place here.

"That's a policy we ought to have in the United States," he said of the Russian laws. "It's inexcusable that we allow vulnerable, innocent young children to be indoctrinated, brainwashed, propagandized into thinking that homosexual conduct is perfectly normal and absolutely benign behavior when it absolutely is not":

I want to point out that the kind of activities Fischer is talking about - "indoctrinating," "brainwashing," "propagandizing" - in Russia, includes merely carrying a rainbow flag, or holding your partner's hand.

The anti-gay laws in Russia have emboldened anti-gay vigilantes to literally hunt down gays and lesbians, all for the crime of holding someone's hand.

Those are the kinds of activities and laws Bryan Fischer supports.

(via Right Wing Watch)

Macklemore's Ryan Lewis shares his mother's HIV+ status of 30 years

Macklemore's Ryan Lewis shares his mother's HIV+ status, and in doing so launches The 30/30 Project:

A huge part of what's made me who I am, is something I haven't talked about in interviews. If I could just take a few moments of your time, I'd love to tell you about the strongest woman that I know, my mom, Julie Lewis.

In 1984, my mom gave birth to my older sister, Teresa. Due to a complicated delivery, she needed a blood transfusion and at that moment, my mom had HIV+ blood put into her body. When she was finally diagnosed, she was given only a few years to live.

By that time, she had already given birth to my sister Laura and me. We each had a 25% chance of being born HIV+, but we were extremely fortunate (today, the risk of a mother passing HIV to her baby is 2% or less if she is taking medication).

Thanks to advanced medicine and healthcare available here in the U.S., my mom has lived despite her odds. To honor the thirty years my mom has been a survivor, our family is raising funds to build health centers worldwide that will stand strong for at least thirty years. We're calling it the 30/30 Project.

We are partnering with Construction for Change, a Seattle-based nonprofit, to carry out construction. And we have local partners on the ground, such as Partners in Health, to run and operate the health facilities long-term. We want to give hope to women and families in other parts of the world who lack access to quality, affordable healthcare.

Lewis talks with CBS News about his mother here.

Check out the IndieGoGo campaign by clicking here.

(via JoeMyGod)

Oscar winner Jodie Foster marries girlfriend photographer Alexandra Hedison

E! Online is reporting that Oscar winner Jodie Foster and her photographer girlfriend, Alexandra Hedison, got married this past weekend.

A spokesperson for Foster confirms the happy news.

The two started dating sometime last summer.

From E! Online:

Internet chatter about the two began in the summer when the two were photographed together at a technology seminar at Fox Studios in Los Angeles and out to dinner with friends a few days later.

Hedison, who dated Ellen DeGeneres for about three years before things ended in 2004, has had her photography shown in New York and Los Angeles. She also has several acting credits, including playing Dylan Moreland on Showtime's hit lesbian drama series, The L Word, for three seasons.

In accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award at the Golden Globes last year, Foster thanked her ex Cydney Bernard, spoke of her need for privacy and also declared that she did her "coming out a thousands years ago, in the Stone Age."

Stephen Colbert chats with David Letterman on The Late Show

Stephen Colbert dropped by The Late Show for the first time since accepting the hosting gig when David Letterman retires next year as the longest serving late night host in TV history.

Taking the seemingly required "celeb selfie" Letterman asked, “Is this still what people do?”

“No, this is actually very retro now,” Colbert replied.

(via EW)

Jon Stewart takes down Sean Hannity on Cliven Bundy support

The Daily Show's Jon Stewart addressed Fox News host Sean Hannity's hypocrisy for taking up the banner of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his supporters.

Bundy was locked in a standoff with the Bureau of Land Management earlier this month over unpaid grazing fees. Hannity gave Bundy a platform to explain his side of the dispute, and strongly implied last week that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and the federal government were planning to raid Bundy's ranch. No raid has since taken place.

"The law isn't on Bundy's side, the court isn't on Bundy's side, even the Nevada state constitution, which Bundy claims to abide, isn't on Bundy's side. Who the hell is on this guy's side?" Stewart wondered. "Hannity. I still don't get it."

Stewart goes on to point out that Hannity went berserk over a California surfer who admitted to "scamming the American people" by taking food stamps and buying lobster.

So, Hannity picks and chooses which laws he wants to see defended and which he does not....?

(via Talking Points Memo)

What happens when you put bunnies on an Easter newscast?

In the spirit of Easter, a television station decided to add two new guests to their news broadcast: bunnies!

THIS is what happens when you get bunnies together...

Oregon marriage equality lawsuit begins today

The lawsuit challenging Oregon's marriage equality ban begins today as Federal Judge Michael McShane hears oral arguments at 1:30pm PST.

Of note in this lawsuit, both sides agree the ban should be struck down. The Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum has already stated that in her opinion the ban is unconstitutional on grounds of federal equal protection laws, and therefore won't defend the law. In light of that, the petitioners have asked the judge to issue a summary judgment immediately on the issue.

BUT - late Monday night, the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage (based in Washington, DC) filed a motion requesting to intervene in the case, simultaneously urging the judge to delay Wednesday’s oral arguments as he considers the last-minute motion. Judge McShane ruled that he will hear the petition on May 14th regarding whether or not NOM can defend the law, but oral arguments will proceed as planned today.

McShane says he won't make a ruling on the lawsuit until after NOM's hearing on May 14. But it's possible we could get a sense of how or what McShane is thinking by what he may or may not say today.

Backers of a gay marriage initiative would like to see the judge rule by May 23. If he strikes the law down before then, the proponents of the initiative say they won't have to take their measure to the November ballot.

But if NOM gets to intervene, there will need to be another hearing for them to present their "case" in the lawsuit.

The judge has no official time table that requires a deadline on his ruling. AND, he could decide to stay his ruling while seeing what happens in possible appeals

Stay tuned.


Only four states ban marriage equality without a legal challenge to those bans

Of the 33 states that ban marriage equality, only four (at this writing) do not have lawsuits challenging those bans?

Sometimes, it's the simple visual graphic that makes it all so easy to understand.


(via Good As You)

Tony Perkins and FRC gins up poll to "prove" huge majority of GOP opposes marriage equality

Hate group leader Tony Perkins and the Family Research Council are at it again.

Via press release, Perkins attempts to allay fears that Republicans could actually be softening on same-sex marriage. Oh, the horror!

Today, Family Research Council (FRC) and American Values released the results of a commissioned national survey conducted by Wilson Research Strategies showing that 82 percent of Republican and Republican-leaning independents believe marriage "should be defined only as a union between one man and one woman." 74 percent strongly agreed with this statement.

The same survey found that the voters want their elected leaders to promote this view in public policy: 75 percent of Republican and Republican-leaning independent voters disagree that "politicians should support the redefinition of marriage to include same-sex couples." 67 percent strongly disagreed with this statement.

FRC President Tony Perkins made the following comments in response to the survey:

"Republican voters continue to resist the demands of cultural elites who want to see the party abandon the very core values that gave rise to American exceptionalism. The vast majority of the GOP base continues to believe that marriage is a non-negotiable plank of the national platform and want to see their elected officials uphold natural marriage as the national standard, a goal to stand for, encourage and promote in law.

"The results of this survey are no surprise especially considering what has taken place in recent months. Republican voters, like everyone else, have seen that redefining marriage is really about fundamentally altering all of society. Redefining marriage undermines our fundamental freedoms of speech and religion and in the case of the Mozilla CEO, even the ability to engage in the democratic process without the fear of losing one's livelihood."

The problem with the FRC's poll is it doesn't jive with what's happening in reality OR other recent polls.

Remember, the FRC paid for their poll using  a right-leaning polling company.

According to a Washington Post/ABC News poll last month, 54% (not 82%) of Republicans oppose same-sex marriage.  Forty percent of Republicans support the freedom to marry.

I guess Tony can at least feel he "got what he paid for" - a poll that shows what he wants it to show.

Donald Trump now has a problem with how President Obama walks

Oh, the turmoil President Obama puts Donald Trump through. It's really terrible.

There's always something the grump Trump dislikes about the President. President Obama, in Trump's eyes, continues to act "unpresidential."

What could it be now?

He walked off a plane.

Oh, the pain...

New Music: "Vida" by Ricky Martin for 2014 World Cup Album

Ricky Martin releases official video for "Vida"

Yesterday, Ricky Martin released the official video for "Vida," which will be included in the Official FIFA World Cup album, "One Love, One Rhythm."

The song was written by the winner of SuperSong global competition, Elijah King, who worked closely with Martin to record the final version of the track.

From Huffington Post:

The song's lyrics pay tribute to the international soccer tournament's ability to bring people from "every nation" together to celebrate and enjoy "la vida buena" (the good life). The video was filmed in Rio de Janeiro and was directed by Kátia Lund and Lívia Gama of Bossa Nova Films.

"I had a lot of fun flying to and shooting in Brazil," Martin said. "It an incredible feeling to be able to have the opportunity to participated in a global initiative like SuperSong. I very excited to finally be able to sing "Vida" and share this special song with the world."

Looking quite relaxed in shorts and a tank, Ricky sings along the beaches of the Brazilian city with approximately 100 extras -- kids, dancers, models, samba dancers and more that were carefully chosen to represent the diversity of the Brazilian people.

Check out Ricky and all the shiny happy people in the video below:

(via Huffington Post)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Betty White on her support for the gay community

During an interview with Larry King last night, Betty White took questions from fans via the internet on a wide range of subjects including her support of the LGBT community.

Bravo Betty White!

Where do all the marriage equality lawsuits stand?

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With 65 marriage equality lawsuits in progress in 31 states and US territories, it's hard to know who is doing what when. Freedom To Marry shares the handy dandy graphic above to help remember what all is going on.

Freedom To Marry's Evan Wolfson recently spoke about the marriage equality cases currently before the various circuit courts of appeal:
Presumably, we will soon - meaning, in a matter of months - have rulings from one or more of the federal appellate courts.

Then there's the possibility of further procedures as to whether the three-judge panels in those courts that will rule will then go to the broader, full panel of the entire circuit courts [a process called en banc review]. That could consume a few more months.

When that gets resolved (either by bypassing that step or by having another set of arguments and further round of decisions), then whoever loses that ultimate appeals court ruling may ask the Supreme Court to hear the case. That's called "seeking cert." That stage then requires another few months of briefing and argument, with one side saying the Supreme Court should hear the case and the other side saying the Court should not hear the case.

Then, it's up to the Supreme Court to decide whether it's going to take one of the cases or not.

It takes only four of the nine justices to vote to hear a case.

For a full list of marriage litigation, head over to Freedom To Marry's comprehensive list.
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