Thursday, April 17, 2014

Prop 8 defense lawyer "evolves" regarding same-sex marriage


Eventually, when it touches your life, you evolve.

Protect Marriage attorney Charles Cooper, who vigorously argued against the overturn of Proposition 8 before the Supreme Court last year, says his opinion on gay marriage is "evolving" now that his own daughter is planning to marry a woman.

The revelation is an unexpected footnote in the years-long debate over Proposition 8, the California measure struck down by the Supreme Court last year. It is also offers a glimpse, through the eyes of one family, of the country's rapidly shifting opinions of gay marriage, with most public polls now showing majorities in favour of allowing the unions. Cooper learned that his stepdaughter Ashley was gay as the Proposition 8 case wound its way through appellate court, according to a forthcoming book about the lengthy legal battle.

And with the Supreme Court ruling now behind him, Cooper cast his personal opinion on gay marriage as an evolving process. "My views evolve on issues of this kind the same way as other people's do, and how I view this down the road may not be the way I view it now, or how I viewed it ten years ago," Cooper said in journalist Jo Becker's book "Forcing the Spring: Inside the Fight for Marriage Equality." Cooper's words are reminiscent of the language President Barack Obama used throughout his first term to describe his "evolving" views on gay marriage. In 2012, Obama announced publicly that he did, in fact, support the rights of same-sex couples to marry.

Cooper's daughter will marry in Massachusetts in June. He says, "My daughter Ashley's path in life has led her to happiness with a lovely young woman named Casey, and our family and Casey's family are looking forward to celebrating their marriage in just a few weeks."

HRC president Chad Griffin reacts: “I spent the better part of five years sitting across courtroom aisles from Mr. Cooper, disagreeing with just about every word that came out of his mouth, but I have profound respect for his decision to love and celebrate his daughter and her fiancée because his story reflects the experience of so many of the 90 percent of Americans who personally know someone who is LGBT."

Proposition 8 plaintiffs Kris Perry and Sandy Stier react: "We were so moved to hear of the Cooper family's constant love and support of their own daughter, even as the Perry case was in full swing and Mr. Cooper was spending his days planning Prop 8's defense. Some may find this contrast between public and private jarring, but in our opinion, loving an LGBT child unequivocally is the single most important thing any parent can do. We are overjoyed for Ashley and her fiancée, and we wish them the very best."

(via JoeMyGod)

Republican pro-marriage equality super PAC raises $2.75 million

A Republican super PAC aimed at supporting pro-gay marriage GOP candidates raised a strong $2.75 million in the first quarter of 2014.

The three-month haul for American Unity PAC is by far the biggest so far for the super PAC, which was around for the 2012 election but had relatively little funding. The committee raised about the same amount in all of 2012 and pulled in just $260,000 in 2013.

Gay Republican candidates are running in three of the national party's top-targeted races this year. Should any of them win, they would be the first openly gay Republicans to win election to Congress.


(from Washington Post)

Trailer: "Orange is the New Black" Season Two



Season two of "Orange Is The New Black" begins on June 6th on Netflix.

If you haven't tried Netflix yet, you can do a one month trial for free.

American Family Association spokesman: The poor should be "kissing the ground" that the rich walk on


Right Wing Watch points out this little moment from Bryan Fischer's radio show this week:

"So rather than the poor, the low-income, and the middle class being resentful of [the rich], they should be kissing the ground on which they walk. Who’s paying for the EBT cards? Who’s paying for food stamps? Who’s paying for the women and infant children program? Who’s paying for subsidized housing? Who’s paying for Medicaid? It is the top 1% So they ought to be given ticker tape parades once a week in all of our major cities to thank them for funding welfare for everybody."


X-Men director Bryan Singer accused of drugging and molesting 17 year old


According to The Hollywood Reporter, X-Men director Bryan Singer has been accused of drugging and molesting a 17 year old boy in the late 90s:

The plaintiff is Michael F. Egan III, a Nevada resident who grew up in the Midwest and moved to Los Angeles with his family as a teen to further his acting career. Egan, who is 31 today and describes himself as heterosexual, filed the suit without a pseudonym and his name appears in a press release issued by his counsel. He alleges that Singer and others threatened to make or break his Hollywood aspirations depending on whether he kept them happy.

Egan has contacted police authorities, his lawyer’s media director told THR. An LAPD spokesperson said he had not seen a complaint but would look further, and messages left with the Honolulu Police Dept. were not returned.

The lawsuit reads:

Defendant, BRYAN JAY SINGER, manipulated his power, wealth, and position in the entertainment industry to sexually abuse and exploit the underage Plaintiff through the use of drugs, alcohol, threats, and inducements which resulted in Plaintiff suffering catastrophic psychological and emotional injuries. Defendant Singer did so as part of a group of adult males similarly positioned in the entertainment industry that maintained and exploited boys in a sordid sex ring. A Hollywood mogul must not use his position to sexually exploit underage actors.

Singer's lawyer Marty Singer denied the charges:

"The claims made against Bryan Singer are completely without merit. We are very confident that Bryan will be vindicated in this absurd and defamatory lawsuit...It is obvious that this case was filed in an attempt to get publicity at a time when Bryan's new movie is about to open in a few weeks."

(via Towleroad)

This Year's Out Magazine "Power 50"

Out Magazine has released its annual "Power 50," - a list of who Out Magazine feels are the 50 most powerful members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals in America.

I don't know about power, but everyone loves lists... Are your favorites on this year's roll call?


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Broadway's Billy Porter sings "The World Goes 'Round" on The Today Show


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Billy Porter, the star of Broadway’s “Kinky Boots,” performs “And the World Goes Round" from his new album “Back On Broadway.”

Puerto Vallarta 2014 - Breakfast/Lunch

Craig hits his first Tequila Sunrise of the day

My way to "beach it"

I'm loving the pool at the beach

View from the pool (at the beach)

Michael getting a "tattoo" (psst,... It's not real)

Gordon and Michael on the beach

Anti-gay bigot Peter Labarbera humiliated as audience walks out

Before walkout

After walkout
Sinclair Community College students and professors found their own way to protest anti-LGBT Peter LaBarbera coming to speak at their Dayton, Ohio, campus.

They showed up, and then they just got up and walked out as he began to speak:

Mr. LaBarbera approached the podium and apologized affably for keeping us waiting. He talked about the importance of dialogue and respect. And then he said there was no scientific evidence that homosexuality is not a choice. He reminded us that the hypocritical left, in silencing voices like his, is really the party guilty of intolerance.

And that was our cue to leave.

We stood, without a word, and walked out. I heard a woman shouting, “Shame! Shame on you!” There were gasps and a few loud grumbles of disapproval, LaBarbera’s aforementioned “Are you effing kidding me” among them. We walked out of the venue and into the Student Activities Center, where we hugged and laughed and ate Honey Maid graham crackers. Photographs of the venue after we walked out show that about 12 people remained behind, at least two of whom I recognize as allies who likely stayed to see what he would say. It was a beautiful, beautiful thing.

How perfectly appropriate.

Bravo to the Sinclair community.

"Magic Mike 2" gets 2015 release date


Warner Bros has set a release date of July 3, 2015 for "Magic Mike 2."

This will be a sequel to the original film, directed by Steven Soderbergh and loosely based on Channing Tatum‘s early days as a male stripper, which landed as a surprise hit of 2012.

Financed and produced by Soderbergh and Tatum, the movie was a major score (starring Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Alex Pettyfer, Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello) banking $113.7M at the domestic box office — one of Soderbergh’s most lucrative movies ever.

A Broadway version of the film is now in development as well.


(via Deadline)

"X-Men: Days of Future Past" final trailer


The final trailer for the upcoming "X-Men: Days of Future Past" doesn't disappoint.

From the clip description: The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. The beloved characters from the original "X-Men" film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from "X-Men: First Class," in an epic battle that must change the past -- to save our future.

Opens May 23.

Squee!!!

Louisiana votes to keep unconstitutional sodomy ban


From Yahoo News:

The Louisiana House of Representatives voted not to remove the state's sodomy ban today, even though it was declared unconstitutional by the U.S Supreme Court in 2003 and cannot be used to arrest people. The 66-27 vote was overwhelmingly against getting rid of the ban.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune explains that a conservative religious lobbying group led the charge to keep the "crime against nature" law -- which, again, isn't even a real law anymore -- on the books, sending letters to all members of the House saying the unenforceable law is somehow protecting young people from sexual predators and public health risks.

"Louisiana's anti-sodomy statute is consistent with the values of Louisiana residents who consider this behavior to be dangerous, unhealthy and immoral," the letter said, apparently not mentioning that the statute is not consistent with the Constitution and that the East Baton Rogue sheriff's department was forced to apologize for trying to use it to arrest gay men last year.

It is currently legal in Louisiana to have intercourse with a corpse.

However, receive a blowjob from a consenting adult? Technically a felony and punishable by five years in prison.

LGBT author/activist Dan Savage thinks there are some questions to be posed...


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

New York Times urges President Obama to issue executive order on employment discrimination


In an op-ed today, the New York Times urged President Obama to issue an executive order regarding LGBT employment discrimination as an opportunity to "lead by example:"

Mr. Obama said in November that workplace discrimination “needs to stop, because, in the United States of America, who you are and who you love should never be a fireable offense.” An executive order barring discrimination by federal contractors would extend badly needed job protections to more than 11 million employees who work in states that lack such protections and whose companies fail to provide them voluntarily, according to the Williams Institute at the U.C.L.A. School of Law.

What Mr. Obama needs to do is act on his principles and issue such an order, without the religious exemption that was put into the Senate bill to lure Republican votes. Challenged last week to explain the mystifying delay on this issue, Mr. Obama’s spokesman said that the president supported broader legislation and that its enactment by Congress would make an executive order “redundant.”

[snip]

The best way for Mr. Obama to advance the issue and prod the House to do the right thing is to lead by example, not by waiting.

The "Shoe Truthers" - I told you this was coming...


Just yesterday I warned of the coming of the "Shoe Truthers" - right wingnuts who are trying to feed a story that the "shoe thrower" from last week's Hillary appearance in Las Vegas was a fake incident planned by the Clinton camp.

Today failed GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain fed into the fake frenzy.

Lord...

And I have a bridge to sell you right over here...

Puerto Vallarta 2014



Posting from Mexico this week as my BFF Gordon celebrates his birthday this week.  

But don't worry, intrepid readers, I'm still on the job :)

Tequila!


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