Sunday, June 30, 2013

Today At New York City Pride 2013

New York City Pride Grand Marshal Edith Windsor rode in triumph today as about a million people screamed her name. When Windsor's car turned onto Christopher Street, the thunderous chants of "EDIE! EDIE! EDIE" echoed down the very blocks where our movement started 44 years ago this week.  I was completely verklempt as were many, many joyous people behind the barricades.

Sen. Chuck Schumer, Governor Andrew Cuomo, and all of the major Democratic mayoral candidates marched today. Also marching was openly gay Assemblyman Daniel O'Donnell, openly gay City Council candidate Corey Johnson, and Rep. Carolyn Maloney. Many more photos are here. You'll love a LOT of today's celebratory signs!

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Supreme Court REJECTS Bid To Stop Same-Sex Marriage In California

The Los Angeles Times reports:
The Supreme Court rejected an emergency request to stop same-sex marriages in California, a lawyer for the gay couples who sued said Sunday. Theodore J. Boutrous Jr., one of the lawyers who challenged Proposition 8, said that he had just received word from the court Sunday morning that Justice Anthony M. Kennedy denied a request by ProtectMarriage, the sponsors of Proposition 8, to halt the marriages.

Boutrous said that Kennedy, who handles petitions from the Western states, did not comment on the decision. The 9th Circuit normally waits 25 days before acting on a case just decided by the Supreme Court. But in a surprise move, a three-judge panel that included liberal jurist Stephen Reinhardt lifted a hold it had placed on a 2010 injunction ordering state officials to stop enforcing the gay marriage ban.
And ALL of Teabagistan has a giant and simultaneous group case of the sadz.

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The Foot Wore A Spiked Heel

It was 44 years ago this week that the queer community of New York City finally said "Enough!" For some historical perspective, I'm reposting the story that the New York Daily News ran one week after the Stonewall Riots. Note how the story drips with condescension and ridicule. We've come a long, long way in 44 years and we've still got some distance to cover, but today we should all offer up a shout and a snap to the people who started us down this road.


-by Jerry Lisker, New York Daily News, July 6th 1969

She sat there with her legs crossed, the lashes of her mascara-coated eyes beating like the wings of a hummingbird. She was angry. She was so upset she hadn't bothered to shave. A day old stubble was beginning to push through the pancake makeup. She was a he. A queen of Christopher Street.

Last weekend the queens had turned commandos and stood bra strap to bra strap against an invasion of the helmeted Tactical Patrol Force. The elite police squad had shut down one of their private gay clubs, the Stonewall Inn at 57 Christopher St., in the heart of a three-block homosexual community in Greenwich Village. Queen Power reared its bleached blonde head in revolt. New York City experienced its first homosexual riot. "We may have lost the battle, sweets, but the war is far from over," lisped an unofficial lady-in-waiting from the court of the Queens.

"We've had all we can take from the Gestapo," the spokesman, or spokeswoman, continued. "We're putting our foot down once and for all." The foot wore a spiked heel. According to reports, the Stonewall Inn, a two-story structure with a sand painted brick and opaque glass facade, was a mecca for the homosexual element in the village who wanted nothing but a private little place where they could congregate, drink, dance and do whatever little girls do when they get together.

The thick glass shut out the outside world of the street. Inside, the Stonewall bathed in wild, bright psychedelic lights, while the patrons writhed to the sounds of a juke box on a square dance floor surrounded by booths and tables. The bar did a good business and the waiters, or waitresses, were always kept busy, as they snaked their way around the dancing customers to the booths and tables. For nearly two years, peace and tranquility reigned supreme for the Alice in Wonderland clientele.
The Raid Last Friday
Last Friday the privacy of the Stonewall was invaded by police from the First Division. It was a raid. They had a warrant. After two years, police said they had been informed that liquor was being served on the premises. Since the Stonewall was without a license, the place was being closed. It was the law.

All hell broke loose when the police entered the Stonewall. The girls instinctively reached for each other. Others stood frozen, locked in an embrace of fear.

Only a handful of police were on hand for the initial landing in the homosexual beachhead. They ushered the patrons out onto Christopher Street, just off Sheridan Square. A crowd had formed in front of the Stonewall and the customers were greeted with cheers of encouragement from the gallery.

The whole proceeding took on the aura of a homosexual Academy Awards Night. The Queens pranced out to the street blowing kisses and waving to the crowd. A beauty of a specimen named Stella wailed uncontrollably while being led to the sidewalk in front of the Stonewall by a cop. She later confessed that she didn't protest the manhandling by the officer, it was just that her hair was in curlers and she was afraid her new beau might be in the crowd and spot her. She didn't want him to see her this way, she wept.

Queen Power

The crowd began to get out of hand, eye witnesses said. Then, without warning, Queen Power exploded with all the fury of a gay atomic bomb. Queens, princesses and ladies-in-waiting began hurling anything they could get their polished, manicured fingernails on. Bobby pins, compacts, curlers, lipstick tubes and other femme fatale missiles were flying in the direction of the cops. The war was on. The lilies of the valley had become carnivorous jungle plants.

Urged on by cries of "C'mon girls, lets go get 'em," the defenders of Stonewall launched an attack. The cops called for assistance. To the rescue came the Tactical Patrol Force.

Flushed with the excitement of battle, a fellow called Gloria pranced around like Wonder Woman, while several Florence Nightingales administered first aid to the fallen warriors. There were some assorted scratches and bruises, but nothing serious was suffered by the honeys turned Madwoman of Chaillot.

Official reports listed four injured policemen with 13 arrests. The War of the Roses lasted about 2 hours from about midnight to 2 a.m. There was a return bout Wednesday night.

Two veterans recently recalled the battle and issued a warning to the cops. "If they close up all the gay joints in this area, there is going to be all out war."

Bruce and Nan

Both said they were refugees from Indiana and had come to New York where they could live together happily ever after. They were in their early 20's. They preferred to be called by their married names, Bruce and Nan.

"I don't like your paper," Nan lisped matter-of-factly. "It's anti-fag and pro-cop."

"I'll bet you didn't see what they did to the Stonewall. Did the pigs tell you that they smashed everything in sight? Did you ask them why they stole money out of the cash register and then smashed it with a sledge hammer? Did you ask them why it took them two years to discover that the Stonewall didn't have a liquor license."

Bruce nodded in agreement and reached over for Nan's trembling hands.

"Calm down, doll," he said. "Your face is getting all flushed."

Nan wiped her face with a tissue.

"This would have to happen right before the wedding. The reception was going to be held at the Stonewall, too," Nan said, tossing her ashen-tinted hair over her shoulder.

"What wedding?," the bystander asked.

Nan frowned with a how-could-anybody-be-so-stupid look. "Eric and Jack's wedding, of course. They're finally tying the knot. I thought they'd never get together."

Meet Shirley

"We'll have to find another place, that's all there is to it," Bruce sighed. "But every time we start a place, the cops break it up sooner or later."

"They let us operate just as long as the payoff is regular," Nan said bitterly. "I believe they closed up the Stonewall because there was some trouble with the payoff to the cops. I think that's the real reason. It's a shame. It was such a lovely place. We never bothered anybody. Why couldn't they leave us alone?"

Shirley Evans, a neighbor with two children, agrees that the Stonewall was not a rowdy place and the persons who frequented the club were never troublesome. She lives at 45 Christopher St.

"Up until the night of the police raid there was never any trouble there," she said. "The homosexuals minded their own business and never bothered a soul. There were never any fights or hollering, or anything like that. They just wanted to be left alone. I don't know what they did inside, but that's their business. I was never in there myself. It was just awful when the police came. It was like a swarm of hornets attacking a bunch of butterflies."

A reporter visited the now closed Stonewall and it indeed looked like a cyclone had struck the premises.

Police said there were over 200 people in the Stonewall when they entered with a warrant. The crowd outside was estimated at 500 to 1,000. According to police, the Stonewall had been under observation for some time. Being a private club, plain clothesmen were refused entrance to the inside when they periodically tried to check the place. "They had the tightest security in the Village," a First Division officer said, "We could never get near the place without a warrant."
Police Talk
The men of the First Division were unable to find any humor in the situation, despite the comical overtones of the raid.

"They were throwing more than lace hankies," one inspector said. "I was almost decapitated by a slab of thick glass. It was thrown like a discus and just missed my throat by inches. The beer can didn't miss, though, "it hit me right above the temple."

Police also believe the club was operated by Mafia connected owners. The police did confiscate the Stonewall's cash register as proceeds from an illegal operation. The receipts were counted and are on file at the division headquarters. The warrant was served and the establishment closed on the grounds it was an illegal membership club with no license, and no license to serve liquor.

The police are sure of one thing. They haven't heard the last from the Girls of Christopher Street.

They sure fucking haven't. Now get your ass up and go to the parade.

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Global Homosexuality Acceptance Map

Via Policy Mic. (Tipped by JMG reader Eric)

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Christian TV Exposes Gay Agenda

And again we get citations from After The Ball, a 1989 book that hasn't been in print for decades (as far as I know) and that very few gay people have even heard of, much less read.

(Tipped by JMG reader Chris)

HomoQuotable - Peter Staley

"Given the strength of the marriage movement, though, surely the major gay rights organizations could reappropriate just 10 percent of their budgets to fighting HIV and AIDS.

"Contrary to the prevailing skepticism, that battle is not a lost cause. Treating people with antivirals both keeps them alive and prevents them from infecting others. Massachusetts saw its HIV infection rates drop 45 percent between 2000 and 2009, largely because it expanded Medicaid to include people with HIV, not just AIDS; because its universal health-care system got more people onto treatment regimens; and because it launched targeted testing, prevention and treatment programs. With Obamacare, we have the potential to replicate those gains nationally, but only if there’s a concerted push.

"On Wednesday morning, when the Supreme Court released its gay-marriage opinions, I was attending an HIV working group session at a hotel off Dupont Circle. We took a break to follow the coverage on SCOTUSblog: cheering for the majority opinions, cringing at Justice Antonin Scalia’s dissent. And then it was back to work.

"As we continue to see gay love enshrined in law, we shouldn’t forget the broader form of love — of our entire community — that has sustained us and brought us this far." - Famed HIV/AIDS activist Peter Staley, writing for the Washington Post.

Read the full essay.

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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Protect Marriage Files "Emergency" Petition To SCOTUS Demanding Reversal Of Lifted Stay On Prop 8 Overturn

Via press release from Protect Marriage:
Today our Prop 8 Legal Defense Team filed an emergency petition to U.S. Supreme Court to stop the Ninth Circuit's premature move requiring same-sex "marriage" licenses in California. The petition, prepared overnight by our good friends at Alliance Defending Freedom, was submitted Saturday to Justice Anthony Kennedy, the associate justice who decides such motions pertaining to the Ninth Circuit. On Wednesday, Justice Kennedy had agreed with our view that the voice of the voters must heard in a case like this challenging an initiative proposition.

When the Ninth Circuit originally put in place its stay to prevent same-sex marriage pending Supreme Court action, it stated clearly that “the stay shall continue until final disposition by the Supreme Court.” Under Supreme Court procedural rules, "final disposition" comes when the Supreme Court issues a "mandate" to the Ninth Circuit, at least 25 days after announcing its opinion in the case. The 25-day waiting period is provided to allow parties like us to petition the Supreme Court for a re-hearing of the case.

Today's petition asks the Supreme Court to find that the Ninth Circuit had no jurisdiction to order same-sex marriages on Friday, since the case had not yet come back down from the nation's highest court.

Suspiciously, the Ninth Circuit's announcement late Friday ordering same-sex marriages came as a surprise, without any warning or notice to Proposition 8's official proponents. However, the same-sex couple plaintiffs in the case, their media teams, San Francisco City Hall, L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the California Attorney General all happened to be in position to perform same-sex marriages just minutes after the Ninth Circuit's "unexpected" announcement.
Read the full petition.

SCOTUSblog says they are wasting their time.
As a formal matter, the Ninth Circuit did not put the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Proposition 8 case into effect prematurely. The Supreme Court held that the proponents of Proposition 8 could not file appeals in federal court. That ruling says nothing about imposing or lifting a stay on same-sex marriage. The court of appeals likely has the authority to act with respect to its own previously entered stay, which is a form of controlling its own docket. Although the court of appeals had previously stated that they stay would remain in effect until the Supreme Court’s ruling was final, it presumably can change its mind.

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LGBT HISTORY: INS Issues First Green Card To Binational Gay Couple

Posted this afternoon to the DOMA Project's Facebook page.

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Bryan Fischer Has A Dream

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NYPD Doubles NYC Pride Protection

In response the ongoing spree of anti-gay hate crimes, the NYPD has doubled the usual number of officers for tomorrow's gay pride parade.
The surge of officers will include twice the usual amount of plainclothes cops assigned to the area, where several gay people have been attacked since the beginning of the year, police said. “There’s been concern, rightfully so, about some of the violence that’s happened in the gay community,” Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said. In May, Eliot Morales, 33, allegedly fatally shot Mark Carson, 32, after shouting homophobic slurs at him on W. Eighth St. near Sixth Ave.

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Creation Museum In Financial Trouble

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RUSSIA: Violence And Dozens Of Arrests At St. Petersburg Pride Demonstration

Dozens were arrested today at a gay pride demonstration in St. Petersburg, Russia where anti-gay protesters assaulted and pelted the attendees with eggs.
Media reports estimated that several dozens of LGBT activists came to the Field of Mars (Marsovo Pole) in the city’s downtown to rally for gay people's rights in Russia. The event was attended by some 200 of anti-gay activists urging to ban the rally and throwing eggs at their opponents.

“After the complaints of local residents, representatives of the local administration and the police warned the protestors that their protest was illegal and asked them to leave,” a police spokesperson said. Police officers then broke up the protest and arrested dozens of gay rights activists, the spokesman added.

The Russian LGBT network said on its Facebook page Saturday that several activists were beaten up by their opponents during the event, and more than 50 held by the police. Eight of the anti-gay activists were detained as well, the police said. One of the police officers was injured while trying to detain an anti-gay activist, local Fonatanka.Ru news website reported.
Gay Star News has more.
Five Russian gay couples, who yesterday in a historical legal move applied for marriage licenses, were also taking part in today's march and are now under police custody. The chair of St. Petersburg Pride and Equality organization Yury Gavrikov and his partner Maksim were one of the couples arrested. Dimitry Chunosov, who along with his partner partcipated in yesterday's application for marriage license, was reported to have been beaten up by the anti-gate protestors. Gavrikov, who knew he was likely to face arrest for organizing today's gay pride march, could face double penalties as an LGBT individual and leader of an LGBT organization who breached the local and federal Russia's gay gag laws.
Below is video of the arrested couples attempting to register for a marriage license. Many more photos of today's rally and arrests are here.

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Thomas Peters Has The Prop 8 Sadz

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NEW YORK CITY: Lady Gaga Sings National Anthem At NYC Pride Rally

Lady Gaga made an unannounced appearance at last night's NYC Pride rally at Pier 26 in Tribeca. Her full speech is here.

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Brian Brown Is VERY Angry About Prop 8

"In a case that has been marked by judicial arrogance and, frankly, lawlessness since the beginning, three judges of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals late Friday lifted their stay which had been in effect since a trial judge had ruled against Proposition 8. Same-sex couples began being 'married' in California when state officials illegitimately declared Proposition 8 was no longer in force and ordered county clerks to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples immediately! This, despite the fact that the US Supreme Court decision does not take effect for three more weeks.   It would appear that the desire to impose same-sex marriage by some public officials trumps integrity, fairness, propriety, and even the rule of law. All Americans should be outraged!" - Hate group leader Brian Brown, who would like some money to make him feel better.

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Tired Old Queen At The Movies #117

Clip description:
Special effects wizard Ray Harryhausen creates one of his legendary fantasy films using the classic Greek tale of Jason and his quest for the Golden Fleece in "Jason and the Argonauts" (1963). With a cast headed by Todd Armstrong as Jason battling mythic monsters of all descriptions, Nancy Kovak as Medea, the woman he loves and featuring a cast of top flight British actors , the film is fast paced, action filled and gloriously scored by legendary composer Bernard Herrmann. It's a summer treat that can't be beat!

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Friday, June 28, 2013

Tonight In New York City

Via the Twitter account of Inga Sarda-Sorensen.

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LOS ANGELES: Mayor Marries Prop 8 Plaintiffs Paul Katami And Jeffrey Zarrillo

And now all four plaintiffs in Hollingsworth v Perry are married!

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Pre-Order Your Pride Magazine T-Shirt

Due to popular demand following yesterday's JMG post, the publishers of the national Pride Magazine have decided to make this year's historic Edith Windsor cover available as a limited edition t-shirt, which will be shipped with a physical copy of this year's magazine.  Reserve your shirt and magazine now by writing to  Just state your name and the desired size. You will be contacted for shipping and payment details shortly. The price is $19.95 for all sizes in 100% cotton.

UPDATE: I've been asked to move this post from yesterday back to top because the folks handling your t-shirt orders have been overwhelmed by your responses. I'm told that everybody's emails will be responded to within 24 hours, if they have not yet been answered already. They do have enough shirts for everybody, don't worry.  Simplify the process by just putting the quantity and sizes of your request in the subject line. Examples: "Two mediums" or "One large, one extra-large."

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Protect Marriage Is OUTRAGED That Ninth Circuit "Jumped The Gun" On Prop 8

"We just received word that the Ninth Circuit, without waiting for the Supreme Court’s decision to become final and depriving us of our right to ask for reconsideration, has rushed forward to order same-sex marriage licenses.  This outrageous act of judicial tyranny tops off a chronic pattern of lawlessness, throughout this case, by judges and politicians hell-bent on thwarting the vote of the people to redefine marriage by any means, even outright corruption.

"Homosexual marriage is not happening because the people changed their mind. It isn’t happening because the appellate courts declared a new constitutional right. It’s happening because enemies of the people have abused their power to manipulate the system and render the people voiceless. The resumption of same-sex marriage this day has been obtained by illegitimate means. If our opponents rejoice in achieving their goal in a dishonorable fashion, they should be ashamed. It remains to be seen whether the fight can go on, but either way, it is a disgraceful day for California." - Yes On 8 head Andy Pugno, in very very very upset press release.

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BREAKING: Ninth Circuit Lifts Prop 8 Stay, Gay Marriage Returns To California!!!

The Los Angeles Times reports:
The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday cleared the way for gay marriages to resume in California. The court lifted its stay on an injunction which ordered state officials to stop enforcing Proposition 8. With the court's action, counties can now begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses.

A spokesman for the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals had originally said it would takes the court at least 25 days to act after a Supreme Court ruling. Immediately afterward, Gov. Jerry Brown ordered his public health agency to advise the state's counties to "begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in California as soon as the 9th Circuit confirms the stay is lifted."
Happiest gay pride EVAH!
UPDATE: Cleve Jones and Dustin Lance Black are at City Hall with Prop 8 plaintiffs Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, who are getting their license right now.
UPDATE II: California AG Kamela Harris is officiating.
UPDATE IV: Nancy Pelosi cheers.
UPDATE V: Next stop, Los Angeles.
UPDATE VI: Contrary to a couple of SF media feeds, the above photo of Kris and Sandy is of them attesting to their marriage license. Here's the wedding! "I now pronounce you spouses for life."

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GAYSPLOSION: Cher + Cooper + Cohen

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Quote Of The Day - Alec Baldwin

"The idea of me calling this guy a 'queen' and that being something that people thought is homophobic, a queen to me has a different meaning. It’s somebody who’s just above. It doesn’t have any necessarily sexual connotations. To me a queen - I know women that act queeny, I know men that are straight that act queeny, and I know gay men that act queeny. It doesn’t have to be a definite sexual connotation, or a homophobic connotation. To me those are people who think the rules don’t apply to them. This guy could blatantly lie, I mean blatantly lie about my wife on the internet and there are just no rules that apply to him, but that’s outrageous to me." - Alec Baldwin, speaking this afternoon to Gothamist.

RELATED: Earlier today Andrew Sullivan reacted: "This is not just hate speech; it’s a specific call for other people to physically attack a gay man. It’s a call to violence against a specific person, which, last time I checked, was a crime. He’s a pro-gay liberal, so he may get a pass for this. He shouldn’t." Baldwin responded in the above-linked Gothamist interview: "I don’t think it’s a call for violence against a specific person because they’re gay, it’s a call for violence against a person who lied about my wife."

UPDATE: Baldwin has issued a statement to GLAAD.
"My ill-advised attack on George Stark of the Daily Mail had absolutely nothing to do with issues of anyone's sexual orientation. My anger was directed at Mr. Stark for blatantly lying and disseminating libelous information about my wife and her conduct at our friend's funeral service. As someone who fights against homophobia, I apologize. I have worked, periodically, with numerous marriage equality organizations, especially over the past couple of years, to achieve the very rights that gay couples are earning by recent court decisions. I would not advocate violence against someone for being gay and I hope that my friends at GLAAD and the gay community understand that my attack on Mr. Stark in no way was the result of homophobia. Many Thanks, Alec Baldwin."

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Feds Announce Immediate Extension Of All Benefits To Spouses Of Gay Employees

From the Office Of Personnel Management:
Health Insurance (FEHB): All legally married same-sex spouses will now be eligible family members under a Self and Family enrollment. In addition, the children of same-sex marriages will be treated just as those of opposite-sex marriages and will be eligible family members according to the same eligibility guidelines. This includes coverage for children of same-sex spouses as stepchildren. Employees and annuitants will have 60 days from June 26, 2013 until August 26, 2013, to make immediate changes to their FEHB enrollment. Enrollees will continue to be eligible to make changes to their coverage options during Open Season later this year. For those employees and annuitants who already have a Self and Family insurance plan, coverage for their same-sex spouse will begin immediately upon their notifying their FEHB carrier that there is a newly eligible family member. For those employees and annuitants electing Self and Family for the first time, benefits will be effective on the first day of the first pay period after the enrollment request is received. While online enrollment systems are updated, it may be necessary for employees and annuitants to update their elections using the paper (rather than electronic) version of the SF2809 form.

Life Insurance (FEGLI): All legally married same-sex spouses and children of legal same-sex marriages are now eligible family members under the FEGLI Program, which means that employees may add coverage for a same-sex spouse and any newly eligible children under Option C. Employees will have 60 days from June 26, 2013 until August 26, 2013, to make changes to their FEGLI enrollment.

Dental and Vision Insurance (FEDVIP): As with FEHB, all legally married same-sex spouses will now be eligible family members under a Self and Family enrollment or a Self Plus One enrollment. Current FEDVIP enrollees may now call BENEFEDS (877-888-FEDS (3337)) directly to make the necessary enrollment changes. Employees will have 60 days from June 26, 2013 until August 26, 2013, to make changes to their FEDVIP enrollment. Current enrollees will also be able to make changes to their coverage options during Open Season later this year, and individuals wishing to enroll in FEDVIP for the first time may also do so at that time.
The press release also announces the full extension of benefits regarding long-term care insurance, retirement accounts, and flexible spending accounts. I've uploaded the full document to my Scribd account. Federal employees, take a look.  What an AMAZING week!

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Via Chris Geidner at Buzzfeed.
The memorandum states at several points that the changes apply to “all legally married same-sex spouses,” which an OPM spokesman confirmed includes couples who are legally married in one state but live in a state that does not recognize the marriage. “Yes, these benefits will be available to any Federal employee or annuitant who has a valid marriage license, regardless of their State of residency,” Thomas Richards, OPM director of communications, told BuzzFeed Friday afternoon.

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Tweet Of The Day - Ann Coulter

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ACLU Hires Jimmy LaSalvia

Homocon Jimmy LaSalvia has landed a new gig after leaving GOProud earlier this year.
As part of the broad-based effort to involve conservatives in the movement to encourage the freedom to marry, the ACLU has hired conservative strategist Jimmy LaSalvia. LaSalvia is the founder and former executive director of GOProud and will work with the ACLU to do outreach to gay conservatives, particularly within the Tea Party. "The Republican party stands for freedom, for limited government intrusion in our personal lives and for freedom," said Schmidt. "The issue of marriage equality is the Republican Party’s best chance to stand on the right side of history, create a meaningful legacy of fairness, and maintain relevance with young voters. I am proud to help the ACLU make all couples equal in the eyes of the law in all 50 states."
We can only presume that the ACLU was unaware of LaSalvia's history of promoting faked anti-gay hate crimes that he blamed on the gay left.

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GOP Rep. Tim Huelskamp: The Supreme Court Has Attacked Jesus Christ

As I reported earlier this week, Huelskamp is planning to reintroduce the Federal Marriage Amendment, which has ZERO chance of passage. Image source.

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Happy Pride From YouTube

From YouTube's official YouTube channel.

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AFGHANISTAN: Defense Department Posts Pride Clip Featuring Gay & Lesbian Troops

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Facebook Meme Of The Day

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AFA Loses Shit Over Bert & Ernie

The American Family Association has posted a frothing column from Bryan Fischer about today's New Yorker cover featuring Bert and Ernie.  Unsurprisingly, Fischer cites the debunked Regnerus study extensively.
The tony, elitist New Yorker magazine, read by those who fancy themselves our moral and intellectual superiors, is in effect promoting child endangerment on the cover of its latest issue, and shamelessly using Bert and Ernie to do it. A staggering 23% of adult children of lesbians reported having been sexually molested - unwanted sexual touching or worse - than children raised by a mom and a dad. Six percent of children raised by a homosexual father reported being the victims of sexual abuse, which is a rate 300% higher than among the children of married biological parents. It is thus clear from the best in social research that being raised in a same-sex environment poses completely unacceptable risks to vulnerable young children. By promoting same-sex marriage, and using Sesame Street to do it, the New Yorker staff in effect is promoting child abuse. They should be ashamed of themselves.
The cover image has gone viral elsewhere across Teabagistan.

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AFER Posts Prop 8 Highlights Reel

Watch and enjoy!

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American Decency Association: DOMA Ruling Was As Bad As Pearl Harbor

"As we look back on history there are dates which we now see were crossroads, turning points for nations and cultures. July 4, 1776; June 6, 1944. December 7, 1941; January 22, 1973. Battles fought, decisions made – some establishing goodness and justice, others are dates that 'will live in infamy.' God will not bless a nation that puts a stamp of approval upon that which he calls an abomination.

"The evidences of God’s displeasure are evident and becoming more so with each passing day. We are rapidly coming upon a time when a handful of unelected, increasingly politicized appointees are demonstrating that their allegiance to the U.S. Constitution and to natural law is under question. However, God’s law supercedes [sic] man’s. As Christians, we must defy man’s law if it requires us to break the law of God." - Lisa Van Houten, writing for the American Decency Association. (Via Right Wing Watch)

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Christian TV On SCOTUS Rulings

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MICHIGAN: Federal Court Strikes Down Ban On Domestic Partners Benefits

Via press release from the ACLU:
A federal judge today ruled that a state law that would have barred many public entities from providing health insurance to the domestic partners of their employees is unconstitutional. The American Civil Liberties Union and Kirkland & Ellis LLP challenged the law on behalf of five gay and lesbian public employees, as well as their long-term domestic partners, who either lost their health insurance or would have lost their insurance as a result of the law.

"We're breathing a sigh of relief right now," said Peter Ways, an Ann Arbor teacher whose partner would have lost his benefits. "This law was clearly meant to target families like ours and to make us feel as though we didn't count." In striking down the law, U.S. District Court Judge David M. Lawson found it discriminated by forcing cities, counties, school districts, and community colleges to cancel family benefits for gay and lesbian employees in committed relationships while heterosexual employees had the ability to marry their partners to maintain health insurance. Same-sex couples cannot marry in Michigan.
And the hits keep coming! Read the full press release.

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Frothy Mix Has The Supreme Sadz

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FRC Wants You On Your Knees

The logo for this weekend's Family Research Council event is causing a bit of snickering.

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Lionel Richie For Tap King

Slightly gay-tinged, yes?

(Tipped by JMG reader Birdie)

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Alec Baldwin Calls Reporter "Toxic Little Queen," Deletes Twitter Account Again

Alec Baldwin went on a tweeting rampage yesterday after a reporter from Britain's Daily Mail tabloid claimed that Baldwin's wife had been sending tweets about shopping during the funeral for James Gandolfini. After posting the above messages from his now-deleted account, Baldwin added that he wanted his followers to find the reporter and "straighten out this little fucking bitch."

Fox News is characterizing Baldwin's tirade as full of "homophobic slurs," but the New York Daily News does not mention that aspect of the story.  The Daily Mail is standing by its claim about Baldwin's wife, although other outlets have noted that their reporter was reading her tweets from California and that timestamps from her tweets reflected the local time and not when the Baldwins were at the funeral in New York City.

RELATED: Baldwin raised gay eyebrows in 2011 when he tweeted that a barista at an Upper West Side outlet of Starbucks was an "uptight queen with an attitude problem."  Baldwin has long been an outspoken ally to the LGBT movement and most (at that time) gave him a pass for the incident.

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Last Night At SFO

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Napolitano: Come Get Your Green Cards

"I applaud the Supreme Court decision in United States v. Windsor holding that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. This discriminatory law denied thousands of legally married same-sex couples many important federal benefits, including immigration benefits. I am pleased the Court agreed with the Administration's position that DOMA's restrictions violate the Constitution. Working with our federal partners, including the Department of Justice, we will implement the decision so that all married couples will be treated equally and fairly in the administration of our immigration laws." - Homeland Security head Janet Napolitano, via press release.

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Next Week's New Yorker

UPDATE: Ho-hum. Right on cue.

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AUSTRAILIA: Prime Minister Endorses Marriage, Suggests National Referendum

During all the hoopla this week, I didn't get to mention that Australia had a change in power. Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is back in charge after toppling Julia Gillard as leader of the Labor Party. One day after being re-sworn in and a month after writing a blog post announcing his reversal on marriage, yesterday Rudd used his first press conference to suggest placing the issue to a national vote if the opposition party does not allow a conscience vote in Parliament.  Unsurprisingly, gay activists do not want marriage on the ballot.
Marriage equality advocates are thrilled the Mr Rudd has spoken about the issue in his first major media event, but do not support his call for a public vote. Rodney Croome, the national convenor of Australian Marriage equality, said a process of a referendum would be "unnecessarily expensive". He also said while he believed the majority of Australians would vote for marriage equality, he was concerned was about the process. "We have consistently opposed a national plebiscite or referendum on marriage equality for a number of reasons," Mr Croome said. "It could potentially be deeply polarising, becoming a platform for fear-mongering against the gay and lesbian community, and we think that our politicians are elected to make these kinds of decisions, rather than hand-balling them back to the voters. "It could be quite destructive... particularly for young, same-sex attracted people coming to terms with their sexuality. "They don't need to see the kind of fear and hate campaigns that I feel would inevitably come out during a referendum."

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What Is Manif Pour Tous Planning For This Weekend's Tour De France Race?

Earlier this month Manif Pour Tous announced a plan to disrupt the Tour De France, which begins tomorrow. Yesterday they posted the below "teaser" clip, which features them cheering on a solo biker wearing their logo. You figure it out.

RELATED: Earlier this month anti-gay marriage protesters disrupted the French Open finals by running onto the court with ignited smoke torches.

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Edith Windsor For Christine Quinn

That was quick.

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Weiner Denounces Gay Blood Ban

One day after he lost Edith Windsor's endorsement to Christine Quinn. Anthony Weiner worked to win back some gay votes by denouncing the FDA's ban on blood donations.
"Why does it still exist? Simple. Fear," Weiner said outside a blood donation center on the upper East Side. The issue was one Weiner said he also tackled while in Congress when he and 32 other members petitioned the FDA to "revisit the limitation." At the time, he said, the agency responded that the ban was "not optimal," but kept it in place. At Weiner's side, Brad Baso, 34, said he learned in college that he couldn't give blood when he had to fill out a questionnaire that asked about his sexual orientation. He said he was disappointed because he wanted to help.Weiner said he wants to have a science-based conversation about the ban -- which ignores that blood donations are tested for the HIV virus that causes AIDS, he added -- adding that those tests have gotten better over the years.

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Allen West Launches 2016 Straw Poll

In a typically transparent bid to harvest emails for future money begs, crackpot Allen West has launched a 2016 GOP presidential straw poll. Among the choices: Donald Trump, Sarah Palin, Jeb Bush, Rand Paul, Scott Walker, and Rick Santorum. Ever the modest fellow, West does not include his own name on the list. I have a morbid interest in seeing who his followers select.

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NEW YORK CITY: PFLAG Founder Jeanne Manford Honored With Memorial Plaque

PFLAG founder Jeanne Manford passed away in January at the age of 92. On Sunday this happened in the West Village:
The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), and The Church of the Village unveiled a bronze historic marker now permanently affixed to the facade of this landmark church memorializing the first meeting of what came to be PFLAG, led by Jeanne Manford, at the church in 1973. PFLAG is now a national organization with 350 chapters in the United States and 200,000 members and supporters, which does work internationally as well.
Below is a photo of Manford and her late son Morty at the 1972 Christopher Street Liberation March.  On this Sunday when you pass the site of the above plaque during what we now call the gay pride parade, tip your hat to Ms. Manford and her tremendous legacy.

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Tea Party Head: We Can Use The DOMA Strategy To Overturn Obamacare

"The left has used a tactic called 'Sue and settle' where special interest groups sue the Federal Government and sometimes state government and the government quickly settles the case. Then the consent order from the settlement governs, regardless of what the Congress or the legislature wants to happen afterwards.Two can play this game.

"In 2016, there will be another Presidential election and if we get a conservative administration in office, conservative groups should sue agencies to block every law we do not like from Obamacare on down and the new administration should settle every one of those lawsuits. Conservatives should adopt the 'sue and settle' strategy with the new administration we bring in, in 2017. Liberals should learn a lesson from this. Be very careful what you wish for. Because that which you want can be very easily used against you. And we will." - Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips, writing for the Christian Post.

PREVIOUSLY ON JMG: Judson Phillips says President Obama should prove he's not a gay crackhead.  Judson Phillips says liberals killed one billion people in the 20th century. Judson Phillips says only home owners should be allowed to vote.

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