Wednesday, July 31, 2013

MN Dems Congratulate Newlyweds

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Scott Lively Has The Documentary Sadz

"Any American who has ever watched their favored candidate for office being unfairly smeared in a television commercial knows the destructive power of lies and misrepresentation in film. Both the Democrat and Republican parties are masters at twisting and spinning facts to destroy their opponents. But nobody is better at malicious propaganda than the political left on the issue of homosexuality, and they have never worked quite so hard at it as in their attempt to slander the people of Uganda. If the vast sums of money spent by western liberals to smear this emerging nation for opposing homosexual sin had instead been spent on feeding starving Africans, or fighting the many terrible diseases of that continent, they would have saved tens of thousands of human lives instead of producing tens of thousands of feet of worthless film. Real life in Uganda is far, far different from what is portrayed in these disgusting anti-Christian ‘documentaries.’" - Anti-gay crackpot Scott Lively, who is ever so upset at his portrayal in documentaries about the Christian pogrom against homosexuals in Uganda.

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"Ex-Gays" Protest At Supreme Court

Christopher Doyle wants his "ex-gay" equal rights!

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Headline Of The Day

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Wingnut Tries To Stop RI Marriage

Same-sex marriage becomes legal tomorrow in Rhode Island and the wingnuts are flailing about in their usual desperation to stop it.
Ronald L’Heureux, a cofounder of the Faith Alliance to Preserve the Sanctity of Marriage as Defined by God, brought a petition and complaint to the court on Tuesday morning and sought a temporary restraining order to stop the law from taking effect. Judge Daniel A. Procaccini denied the request, saying L’Heureux had fallen “far short” of the criteria needed to obtain a temporary restraining order, said court spokesman Craig Berke.  Instead, Procaccini scheduled a preliminary hearing for Aug. 9.

L’Heureux’s complaint, which names Governor Chafee, state Department of Health Director Michael Fine and 75 state lawmakers who voted for same-sex marriage as defendants, argues that legalizing same-sex marriage will violate religious freedoms guaranteed by the state Constitution, forcing people to accept, in public spheres such as schools, a practice that they oppose based on their faith. “It violates the Constitution and causes irreparable harm, and once it passes they’re going to teach my children and grandchildren conduct that’s reprehensible to my faith,” said L’Heureux, who represented himself in court.
The above-linked story is presently at the top of NOM's blog.

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Rush Limbaugh: The Democrats Will Nominate Chris Christie For President

The latest from master prognosticator Rush Limbaugh:
The next presidential election is still three years away, but top-rated radio host Rush Limbaugh is already making a bold prediction about who will be the likely nominee for the Democratic Party. “I think it’s going to be Chris Christie,” Limbaugh said on his national program Tuesday. “I think the contest in 2016, the Democrat side, is gonna be between Rahm Emanuel and Andrew Cuomo and Chris Christie.”

What makes the prediction especially noteworthy is that Christie, the governor of New Jersey, is at present a Republican, and he would have to switch parties to be nominated by the Democrats. On June 5, Limbaugh first brought up the possibility of Christie looking to lead the Democratic ticket, saying at the time: “I’m not predicting it officially here, but I will not be surprised, if when 2016 rolls around and Governor Christie is seeking the presidency, I won’t be surprised if he seeks the Democrat Party nomination.”
Limbaugh's latest prediction doubtlessly arises from the ongoing and increasingly personal feud between Christie and Sen. Rand Paul.

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MSNBC Host Thomas Roberts On Weiner's Accuser: This Chick Is So Batshit

MSNBC host Thomas Roberts got a little potty-mouthed this afternoon, drawing snickers across the Twitterverse. Roberts later apologized on-air for his language.

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The Daily Show On Pope Francis

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TONIGHT: 42 Gay Couples To Marry At Midnight At Minneapolis City Hall

NPR Minnesota reports:
The city of Minneapolis is hosting an extravaganza at City Hall tonight where Mayor R.T. Rybak will officiate at the marriage of 42 same-sex couples. The celebration, which will stretch well into Thursday morning, includes performances by local musicians, a brass quintet and a reception at the nearby Hotel Minneapolis. Rybak staffer Andy Holmaas, who helped organize the Minneapolis event, said everyone from photographers to General Mills, which provided the cakes, have pitched in for free to help make the event successful. "People have been bending over backwards at the slightest ask -- an unbelievable outpouring," Holmaas said. "It's not surprising, but it's still really inspiring to see Minneapolis and the whole region just jump on board to do everything they can."
RELATED: Same-sex marriage also becomes legal tomorrow in Rhode Island.  Westboro Baptist Church claims it will protest both at the state capitol building and later at Providence City Hall.

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Signorile Interviews Stoli CEO

Yesterday Michelangelo Signorile interviewed Stoli CEO Val Mendeleev on his new Sirius XM show. Audio of the full interview is at the bottom of this post.
In response to the boycott, Mendeleev said the company is in the beginning phase of seeking a group to which it could donate money to help fight the anti-gay government repression in Russia, and would be making an announcement in coming days.

“We are right now contemplating the best way to [use our influence],” he said. “I’ve been giving interviews, some of them in Russia, emphasizing our position, that we are upset by the lack of tolerance in Russia and the law limiting rights. But at the same time, we’re now analyzing the best way to influence this in Russia. Probably we will identify a global or local charity that knows better than us how to tackle the issue and influence the issue in Russia. And we’ll support it financially.”

Mendeleev at first appeared to be unaware of his own company’s policies on LGBT employees. After being informed by a p.r. executive who was present, he said that the new U.S. office that SPI Group opened has an anti-discrimination policy and offers domestic partnership benefits. He at first said such policies weren’t necessary in Luxembourg. After continued discussed he said he would look into the situation in Luxembourg and in Russia and elsewhere.

“Stoli has been a friend of the LGBT community and has been an opponent of the Russian government,” Mendeleev said. “Stoli was singled out by the community with which we associated in a way that we don’t believe was appropriate. If you look at our relationship with the Russian government, we’ve been boycotted by the Russian government for the past 10 years. We’ve been threatened, raided. And now we are being boycotted by the LGBT community.”

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LGBT Groups Launch $2M ENDA Push

A coalition of the LGBT rights groups today announced a $2M campaign to support the passage of ENDA.  Via press release:
Today the bipartisan campaign Americans for Workplace Opportunity announced it had formed in order to take advantage of a historic opportunity to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act 19 years after its first introduction -- a bill to ban workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

The group plans to spend more than $2 million on the effort and has hired Matt McTighe, a veteran strategist who most recently served as Marriage Project Director for Gill Action after winning the campaign to bring marriage equality to Maine, to serve as the campaign manager. A majority of states lack laws protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from workplace bias and there is no federal law explicitly barring employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

"No one should be fired for who they are or who they love, and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act is a bipartisan, common-sense way to put those values into federal law," said McTighe. "Our campaign will mobilize the supermajority of diverse Americans who believe in workplace fairness and push Congress to act on ENDA this year."

The steering committee of Americans for Workplace Opportunity is a diverse and bipartisan group of organizations composed of: American Civil Liberties Union, American Federation of Teachers, American Unity Fund, Human Rights Campaign, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, National Center for Transgender Equality, National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, and the Service Employees International Union. Dozens of other organizations that support ENDA will also be involved in the coalition.
The list of sponsoring organizations is here.

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At NYC's Russian Consulate Protest

At this writing about 100 activists are demonstrating outside the Russian consulate on Manhattan's Upper East Side. Scott Wooledge is posting photos to the Facebook page for Memeograph.  The bottles of vodka were donated by the Hell's Kitchen location of the gay sports bar, Boxers.

UPDATE: ACT UP is also tweeting photos. The caption on the photo below reads: "@NYPD telling @RUSALGBT to take their banner down from Russian consulate."

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Alleged Lewinsky Sex Tape Surfaces

Oh-so-conveniently timed for the 2016 presidential aspirations of Hillary Clinton, the National Enquirer claims to have unearthed an audio "sex tape" recorded by Monica Lewinsky sixteen years ago.
A never-before-heard tape of Monica Lewinsky telling then-President Bill Clinton that she could 'take all my clothes off' if he agreed to an illicit meeting with her has reportedly surfaced. The tape, which records the White House intern desperately trying to lure him into meeting her, was reportedly released to the National Enquirer after it was obtained by a cleaner hired by friends of Lewinsky. It was long thought that the raunchy four-minute tape, which was recorded in November 1997, had been destroyed after the sexual affair was revealed in 1998, according to the Enquirer. The recording, made months after their final alleged tryst in March 1997, reportedly shows a determined Lewinsky, then 24, pleading with the married president to meet her - and telling him she plans to be persistent because 'I really want to see you'.
Hit the link for more details on what Lewinsky supposedly says on the recording.

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Petition Of The Day

The petition has been launched by Truth Wins Out:
NBC's Olympic coverage has long featured myriad human interest pieces, about the athletes competing, and about all aspects of life in the home nation. There is more than enough time in prime time Olympic coverage for hard-hitting pieces exposing the reality of what LGBT people, political dissidents and other minorities face every day under the Putin regime.

Rachel Maddow is one of the most respected television journalists in the United States, with a reputation for being thorough, fair, informative and entertaining. Rachel has the expertise and the instincts to tell this full story to a viewing audience who are appalled by the treatment of their Russian brothers and sisters. Adding her to NBC's coverage won't fly in the face of the Olympic spirit, but rather enhance it, as there is nothing in the ethics or the history of the Olympic Games that can coexist peacefully with the war Russia is waging against her own citizens, and the rest of the world needs to know.

NBC is fortunate to have such an esteemed, beloved journalist in their family of networks. Bringing her into the Olympics coverage is, frankly, a no-brainer. Do the right thing, NBC, for the Olympics, and for the Russian people. The world is watching.
Read and sign here.

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NEW YORK CITY: Lawyer For Killer Of Mark Carson To Present Insanity Defense

The lawyer for Elliot Morales, the man who murdered Mark Carson on a West Village street corner in May, said yesterday that he intends to present an insanity defense.
Court-appointed defense lawyer Kevin Canfield served notice that he intends to present psychiatric evidence at trial. "It could be temporary insanity," Canfield told reporters, declining to describe Morales' reported mental state at the time of the alleged crime. It was not immediately known whether Morales had any known mental health problems prior to the killing. Morales, 33, did not speak during the brief court appearance but appeared somber, sporting a shaved head, gray shirt and tie and wire-rimmed glasses. He was indicted in May on charges of murder as a hate crime, criminal possession of a weapon and menacing. Morales is due back in court Sept. 13 and is being held on Rikers Island without bail.
At the time of his arrest, police and prosecutors say that Morales repeatedly boasted about the murder.

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HomoQuotable - Christopher Doyle

"We want federal protection just as gays are given. Ex-gays also need to be given protection. We're not discriminated against because we're living heterosexual lives; we're discriminated against because we're former homosexuals and we dare to have a different viewpoint, an opposing viewpoint. Justice Kennedy, in his DOMA decision, basically said that gays and lesbians deserve the right to marry because they've faced animus in this country, meaning that they've faced hatred and discrimination; they deserve equal rights. I don't believe that we should deny gays equal rights. I think that if we, however, include and allow gays to have the same rights, which heterosexuals do, we also need to allow ex-gays to have the same rights as well. Meaning that we need to be able to go out and be heard in the media and the public sector." - Christopher Doyle, who will be on Capitol Hill tomorrow to "lobby Congress for ex-gay equal rights."  Whatever THAT is.

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New York's Forbidden Vanity Plates

Thanks to a Freedom Of Information Act demand, the state of New York has handed over its previously secret list of banned vanity plates. Via Village Voice:
The agency says it's meant to be "a guideline to the DMV employee who screens personalized license plate applications for offensive or objectionable words or phrases or messages." And what a list it is: All conceivable spellings of the word "Cock" are banned, along with references to breasts (BOOBS and also B00BS), sexual acts (CO1TUS), menstruation (KOTEX), and, of course, Nazi stuff (WAFFENSS, NOJUDEN). There's even a little Yiddish: PISHER, P1SHER and ESSDREK ("It's shit") are all verboten. In essence, New York has created a hostile environment for the Nazis, sexual deviants, and incredibly stupid, begging-to-be-pulled-over drug enthusiasts on its roads (JUNKIE, DRUGSALE). In the event of the Second Coming, even Jesus can't get the appropriate plates for his sweet post-Resurrection ride: JESUS and UJESUS (?) are both off-limits.
Perusing the quite lengthy list, I see that there are more than a dozen banned variations on 10INCHDK.  Also banned are numerous versions of BIGDIK, HOTDIK, and SEXHOG.

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Weiner: Quitting Isn't How NYC Rolls

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US Olympic Committee: We're Working To Ensure Safety At Sochi Olympics

In a letter sent to sporting organizations, the US Olympic Committee has vowed that it is working to ensure the safety of all attendees and participants at the Sochi Olympics. Chris Geidner reports at Buzzfeed:
“The Olympic Charter prohibits any form of discrimination and clearly calls out the practice of sport as a human right that should be available to all. Like us, the IOC recognizes the seriousness of this issue,” U.S Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun wrote on July 25. The letter, obtained by BuzzFeed, was sent in the midst of ongoing questions about the enforcement of Russia’s anti-LGBT propaganda law in advance of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Embiggen the image to read the full letter.

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Liberal Group Zings GOP Rep. Steve King

Mediaite reports:
Over the past few weeks, Iowa Congressman Steve King showed that he’s not one to mince words on illegal immigration. He might, however, want to look into how to rip videos. King sent out a fundraising email to his supporters Monday morning with a video of a speech from last year, in which he argued that America’s immigration system should choose the “pick of the litter” from “donor countries.” These remarks led recently to a feisty exchange with Univision anchor Jorge Ramos, who accused King of comparing immigrants to dogs, a claim King vociferously denied. King asked his supporters to decide for themselves whether he was “complimenting immigrants.” But the video he embedded was taken from American Bridge, a liberal activist group. When they noticed King was playing their media, they snuck in a couple messages to his donors.

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NOM Denounces "Lawless" Politicians

Remember how NOM, the Alliance Defense Fund, and other anti-gay groups vowed to defend county clerks who break the law by refusing to issue legal same-sex marriage licenses? Here's the latest bit of hypocrisy from Brian Brown's newest money beg:
It's not just ambitious Attorneys General who have decided to take the law into their own hands. Now some local officials are getting into the act. The Register of Wills in Montgomery County Pennsylvania has decided the he will ignore state law limiting marriage to one man and one woman, and he's openly invited gay couples to seek marriage licenses in his county. He bases his decision on his own personal interpretation of the law after reading Justice Kennedy's majority opinion in the Windsor case concerning the federal definition of marriage.

If some local official were to take the law into his own hands and decide to rewrite a state environmental law, the left would scream in protest. But because this is about same-sex marriage, this utter lawlessness is in fact being celebrated in some quarters and the local official is being called a "hero!" No doubt many ambitious local politicians are waiting to see how this all turns out, so that they might be able to write their own marriage law for their own jurisdiction. Who will hold these people accountable, if not you and I? Please help us do so.
As always, the rules are different when you work for Jesus. Praise! Glory!

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Russia State News Notes Stoli Boycott

From the Russian state news agency RIA Novosti:
As boycotts of Russian vodka spread across the globe in protest over new Russian laws on homosexuality, US gay rights activists warn the campaign could be the first stage in a broader drive targeting Russia’s economy and image with the Sochi Winter Olympics six months away. “I don’t think the Russian vodka industry is going to be hurt, but it brings the attention,” journalist and author Michelangelo Signorile, a prominent US gay rights activist, told RIA Novosti on Tuesday. “… Then we’ll see the focus go to American companies and investment in Russia. That is where there can be a very effective strategy.” Amid a stream of images and reports highlighting an official crackdown and vigilante violence against gays in Russia, US activists last week called for a boycott of Russian vodka, a campaign that has centered on Stolichnaya, an iconic Russian brand of the traditional sprit. The movement has morphed into a global groundswell, with gay bars in several US cities being joined by establishments in Canada, Britain and Australia in yanking Russian vodka from their shelves.
The story goes on to note that there is considerable disagreement among LGBT activists about the usefulness of any boycott.  As I noted that last time I quoted RIA Novosti, their story is remarkably even-handed.

NOTE: At the top of the above-linked item is this warning: "This article contains information not suitable for readers younger than 18 years of age, according to Russian legislation."

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Former APA Head Denounces SPLC's Lawsuit Against "Ex-Gay" Group JONAH

Nicholas Cummings, who headed the APA for one year back in 1979, has penned a USA Today column slamming the SPLC for their fraud lawsuit against the New Jersey-based "ex-gay" group JONAH. Cummings, who has keynoted the convention of NARTH, the most vile, lying "ex-gay" group in the nation, claims that hundreds of his patients successfully became heterosexual.
Of the roughly 18,000 gay and lesbian patients whom we treated over 25 years through Kaiser, I believe that most had satisfactory outcomes. The majority were able to attain a happier and more stable homosexual lifestyle. Of the patients I oversaw who sought to change their orientation, hundreds were successful. I believe that our rate of success with reorientation was relatively high because we were selective in recommending therapeutic change efforts only to those who identified themselves as highly motivated and were clinically assessed as having a high probability of success. [snip]

But contending that all same-sex attraction is immutable is a distortion of reality. Attempting to characterize all sexual reorientation therapy as "unethical" violates patient choice and gives an outside party a veto over patients' goals for their own treatment. A political agenda shouldn't prevent gays and lesbians who desire to change from making their own decisions. Whatever the situation at an individual clinic, accusing professionals from across the country who provide treatment for fully informed persons seeking to change their sexual orientation of perpetrating a fraud serves only to stigmatize the professional and shame the patient.
I find it beyond disgusting that USA Today would give op-ed space to a man that works with NARTH, a group whose lies about gay people make the Family Research Council look good by comparison.

RELATED:  One of the plaintiffs in the SPLC's suit is a young man named Chaim Levin.  In 2010 Levin and I attended the Truth Wins Out picket of NARTH's annual convention in Philadelphia.  In the driveway of the host hotel, Levin described to us how his "ex-gay" counselor at JONAH had instructed him to strip naked and fondle his own genitals as the totally not gay anymore counselor watched. This "therapy" was ordered so that Levin could "get in touch" with his "true masculinity."

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Weiner Spokesperson Calls Former Campaign Intern A "Fucking Slutbag"

The bad news out of the Weiner campaign never ends. Talking Points Memo has the latest:
Tuesday was an angry day in Weinerland. The campaign staff awoke to see their former intern, Olivia Nuzzi, on the front cover of the Daily News. Inside the paper was an article bylined by Nuzzi in which she told a rather unflattering tale of her experience working on Anthony Weiner’s mayoral bid. Now, Team Weiner is firing back. TPM called Weiner’s communications director Barbara Morgan to discuss an unrelated story Tuesday and she went off on a curse-filled rant about Nuzzi, describing her as a fame hungry “bitch” who “sucked” at her job.

Morgan also called Nuzzi a “slutbag,” “twat,” and “cunt” while threatening to sue her. “I’m dealing with like stupid fucking interns who make it on to the cover of the Daily News even though they signed NDAs and/or they proceeded to trash me,” Morgan told TPM, referring to a non-disclosure agreement. “And by the way, I tried to fire her, but she begged to come back and I gave her a second chance.” Morgan went on to suggest Nuzzi would be unable to get a job in New York City’s political scene as a result of her actions. “Fucking slutbag. Nice fucking glamour shot on the cover of the Daily News. Man, see if you ever get a job in this town again,” said Morgan.
Late last night Morgan apologized for her language: "In a moment of frustration, I used inappropriate language in what I thought was an off the record conversation. It was wrong and I am very sorry, which is what I said tonight when I called and emailed Olivia to apologize."

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REPORT: Gay US Soldiers In Afghanistan Are Using Craigslist For Hook-Ups

The wingnut-o-sphere is outraged about an Army Times report that gay US soldiers deployed to Afghanistan are using Craigslist to hook up with each other.  Military investigators are busting those caught.
Agents with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service in Afghanistan are tracking service members who are hooking up in the war zone via Internet sites such as Craigslist and busting those who violate the Uniform Code of Military Justice. And in Afghanistan, where commanders haveforbid any sexual encounters between unwed people, virtually anyone who tries to set up a meeting online can become a target of investigators. One Marine lance corporal found that out in 2012, after he posted an advertisement on Craigslist for a sexual rendezvous. The guy he met at Camp Leatherneck, whom he thought was also looking to hook up, turned out to be an undercover agent with the NCIS. Sexual activities in a war zone are as old as wars themselves, but with the advent of Internet personal ads and social media sites, arranging a sexual encounter can become brazen, public and risky. Warnings from commanders, standard guidance for any unit headed to the war zone, appear to have fallen on deaf ears in many cases.
Britain's Daily Mail tabloid has posted lurid screencaps from several of the Craigslist postings.  Here's what could happen to those caught:
Online sex solicitation is technically not a crime under the UCMJ. However, commanders have the right to enact regulations that make it a punishable offense. “Soliciting for sex on community-oriented websites such as Craigslist is not per se a chargeable offense under the Uniform Code of Military Justice,” wrote Erin Stattel, a press officer for International Security Assistance Force headquarters, in response to emailed questions from Marine Corps Times. “However, posting pornographic images on a public web or social media site is a chargeable offense. Excerpt: General Order 1.15.f states ‘creation or display of any pornographic or sexually explicit photograph ... is prohibited.'" Other chargeable offenses under the UCMJ include adultery, prostitution and pandering, which violate General Article 134. But commanders downrange are also prosecuting service members, on a case-by-case basis, under a different section of General Article 134 that bans conduct “to the prejudice of good order and discipline in the armed forces.”
A spokesman for the NCIS refused to say if investigators are entrapping soldiers by posting ads themselves.

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ACT UP Disrupts Stoli Promo At NYC Bar

Last night members of ACT UP disrupted a Stoli promotion at the popular Splash Bar in Chelsea.  Paul Schindler reports at Gay City News:
It certainly didn’t have the makings of a fair fight, as a group of less than a dozen members of ACT UP/ NY faced off against a crowd of roughly 150 who had been primed with free rounds of Stolichnaya Vodka. But when the activists disrupted the opening of the Most Original Stoli Guy New York competition at Splash bar in Chelsea on July 30 with signs that read, “Russia Kills Gays” and “Dump Stoli,” the crowd watched in bewildered silence. Only the event’s drag queen hostess took up the cause of the evening’s liquor sponsor. “This is what happens when you drink Absolut,” she said, warning the crowd to stick with the Russian import. As Splash security personnel rushed the demonstrators, ripping up their signs and shoving them away from the stage, she added, “Look at those assholes being taken out of the bar.” Then with noticeably more anger in her voice, she continued, “This is America, not Russia.”
[Photo credit: Yoon Seo Nam]

RELATED: Splash Bar announced last week that it will close on August 10th after 22 years in business.

UPDATE: Here's a murky video of the protest.

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NEW YORK CITY: Appeals Court Squashes Mayor Bloomberg's Big Soda Ban

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OMM Vs Discovery Channel

"Dear Joe, As the newest show airing on the Discovery Channel, 'N*ked And Afraid' has cast members who are completely uncovered and dropped in the jungle with no food, no shelter and no clothes. Discovery should be ashamed to air n*dity and then call it entertainment. In fact, having the cast be n*ked is the basis for fifty percent of the show. Even though the frontal body parts are blurred out, showing so much skin is considered soft p*rn. This is why we must get these appalling shows off the air and cannot just change the channel. Please send an email letter to the sponsors of this week's 'N*ked And Afraid.' This week's national sponsors were: Carrabba's, IHOP, Kingston (The Clorox Company), Geico, TGI Friday's and Kayak. Urge advertisers to place it on their "do not advertise" list in protest of pushing suggestive material directly into America's living rooms." - One Million Moms, in their second attack on Discovery's new show.

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Rand Paul Vs Chris Christie, Round Four

And the snipe fest continues:
In an interview on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer," Paul defended himself against Christie's most recent allegations that the senator was bringing home too much money for his state.  "This is the king of bacon talking about bacon," Paul said about Christie. Both are considered potential 2016 contenders for the Republican presidential nomination. "In order to have enough money for national defense, which I think is a priority for the government, you have to be willing to cut spending in other places," Paul continued. "And Governor Christie and others have been part of this 'gimme gimme gimme','give me all this money.'" He was referring to Christie's requests for federal relief aid after Superstorm Sandy slammed into the Northeast last fall. Congress ultimately passed more than $50 billion in aid to the states affected by the storm.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

PENNSYLVANIA: Health Department Sues To Stop Montgomery County Marriages

Pennsylvania's Department of Health today filed suit to stop Montgomery County from issuing same-sex marriage licenses. Montgomery County's register of wills, Bruce Hanes, has issued licenses to 31 couples so far.
The lawsuit, filed this morning by the state Department of Health's chief counsel, asks that the court immediately force Hanes to "comply with the [Pennsylvania] Marriage Law and to direct the Clerk to immediately cease and desist issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples." The Health Department filed the suit because it processes and tracks marriage records for the state. "Compliance with Pennsylvania law by its public officials is a mandatory obligation," the suit states. "Ours is a government of laws, not one of public officials exercising their will as they believe the law should be or will be."
Pennsylvania's Office of General Counsel also today sent a letter to state Attorney General Kathleen Kane, chastising her "improper" declaration that she would not defend the state against marriage lawsuits. The above-linked article notes that today's actions are the first salvo from GOP Gov. Tom Corbett since the overturn of DOMA brought renewed action on marriage in his state.

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Chris Christie Vs Rand Paul, Round Three

Just posted to Christie's YouTube channel. Also: Suh-NAP.

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Swag Tuesday

Courtesy of the Karpel Group, today's Swag Tuesday prize is two tickets to see The Orion Experience, Off-Broadway's new interactive show that opens this Thursday at XL Nightclub in Midtown Manhattan.
THE ORION EXPERIENCE: Off-Broadway's New Interactive Dance Party! THE ORION EXPERIENCE is an interactive musical event in the style of ROCKY HORROR, BARBARELLA and CAPTAIN EO. In-flight amenities include live electro-pop music, wall-to-wall dancing, aerialists, and cocktails! Join the crew and dance the night away. Visit TheOrionExperience.com and use code TOETKG35 for a special $35 discounted ticket. BLASTING OFF AUGUST 1 - SEPTEMBER 1 AT XL NIGHTCLUB (512 W. 42nd St): Thursday 8pm, Saturday 9pm & Sunday 8pm.
We have five pairs of The Orion Experience tickets to give away. Enter to win by commenting on this post and please remember to leave an email address in the text of your comments. Your winning tickets are good for any show from August 1st through September 1st. Publicists: If you'd like to take part in Swag Tuesday on JMG, please email me.

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Dolan Wins In Milwaukee

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
In a major victory for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, a federal judge ruled that funds set aside for cemetery operations cannot be tapped to pay sex abuse settlements in the archdiocese's bankruptcy case. U.S. District Judge Rudolph T. Randa ruled that taking even a portion of the funds would violate the archdiocese's free exercise of religion under the First Amendment. The archdiocese has about $53 million in funds in a cemetery trust created in 2007, from monies it said it held in trust on its books for decades. Victims have accused the archdiocese of moving the money into a trust to keep it from sex abuse victims.
Early this month it was revealed that Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who was then Archbishop of Milwaukee, had asked the Vatican for permission to move the money, saying that the transfer would result in "improved protection of these funds from any legal claim and liability." (Tipped by JMG reader Drew)

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National Gallup Poll: 52% Back Marriage

Gallup reports that if a national referendum on same-sex marriage were held in November, a slim majority of Americans would back it.
Across the nation's major demographic, political, and religious groups, support for the proposed law ranges from as high as 77% among self-described liberal Americans, and 76% among those with no religious affiliation, to as low as 23% among weekly churchgoers, and 30% among Republicans and conservatives. Other groups showing at least 60% support for legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide include Democrats, adults aged 18 to 34, those who rarely or never attend a church or other place of worship, moderates, Easterners, and Catholics. Others showing less than 50% support include Protestants, adults 55 and older, Southerners, and men.
Hit the link for a more detailed breakdown of the demos.

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British Bishop Has The Gay Marriage Sadz

"As Catholics, like Israel in Egypt, we now find ourselves in an alien land that speaks a foreign language with unfamiliar customs. For what we mean by matrimony, sexual intercourse and family life is no longer what today’s world, the Government, the NHS and policy-makers understand by marriage, sex and the family. Parliament’s Orwellian attempt to redefine marriage radically changes the social context and this presents a massive challenge to the Church in England and Wales: to those who wish to marry in our churches, to Catholic parents bringing up children, to teachers in our Catholic schools, and to the clergy engaged in pastoral ministry. The Church loves homosexual persons, even if we hold firm to our Christian conviction that sexual relations find their true place within marriage." - Philip Egan, Bishop of the Diocese of Portsmouth.

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TODAY: Stoli CEO On Signorile's Show

If you can't listen live, I'll try to get an audio clip later.

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Mixed Verdicts For Bradley Manning

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Interviewed By NPR New Hampshire

This morning I was interviewed by New Hampshire Public Radio's Word Of Mouth show about yesterday's comments by Pope Francis.  Listen here.  Towards the end, we also touched on the Russian vodka boycott. The show airs at 2:00PM Eastern today.

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Fischer: Weiner's Wife Huma Abedin Wants To Destroy Western Civilization

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Gay Patriot: Leftists Are Bullying Stoli

"Stoli has donated to a number of gay and lesbian organizations, including some like GLAAD and HRC, on the left of the political spectrum. Let us stand up to those who would bully a corporation merely because of the Russian origin of its product. On my way home from the Meatless Mondays Steak Dinner last night, I stopped by my local Trader Joe’s and bought a bottle of Stoli. Join me in supporting a gay-friendly company wrongly targeted by gay activists on the far, far left." - Bruce Carroll, writing for Gay Patriot.

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Pentagon OK's Soft Porn On Military Bases

The Pentagon has rejected a demand from the wingnut group Morality In Media, who claims that on-base sales of Penthouse and Playboy violate federal decency standards.
The group contends that the display and sale of adult magazines in military exchanges amounts to a violation of the Military Honor and Decency Act of 1996, which prohibits the sale or rental at military exchanges of material in which “the dominant theme ... depicts or describes nudity, including sexual or excretory activities or organs in a lascivious way.” Vollrath responded to the group with a July 22 letter saying that a review board had looked at those magazine and concluded that “based on the totality of each magazine’s content, they were not sexually explicit under [the federal law].”
Remember, it's your godly duty to kill and be killed for your nation, but Jesus hates fapping.

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Robertson: Gays Want Christians In Jail

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Relationship Relief?

I've had friends who just couldn't make it work with prospective partners due to pet allergies. "Either his cats go or I do."  But there's hope.

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Full Service

Marketing blog The Drum reports: "The Pembrokeshire Herald has apologised after someone tampered with an Enterprise Rent-A-Car ad to suggest that ‘cock sucking’ was an added bonus of the service. It is not."

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan On Pope Francis

Dolan appeared on CBS This Morning today to downplay Pope Francis' seemingly more kind tone towards gay people. Igor Volsky recaps at Think Progress:
Dolan insisted that the Church has long embraced gay people and that Francis’ answer did not represent a new tone or establish a more liberal precedent. “Homosexual acts,” he said, are still a sin. “Homosexuality is not a sin, right? Homosexual acts are,” Dolan said, “just like heterosexuality is not a sin outside of marriage, that would be sinful.” “While certain acts may be wrong, [the Pope] would always love and respect the person and treat the person with dignity and not judge them,” Dolan continued.

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USCIS Updates FAQs On Gay Marriage

The USCIS has updated their FAQs page on same-sex marriage. Here are the first two questions:
Q1: I am a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident in a same-sex marriage to a foreign national. Can I now sponsor my spouse for a family-based immigrant visa?
A1: Yes, you can file the petition. You may file a Form I-130 (and any applicable accompanying application). Your eligibility to petition for your spouse, and your spouse’s admissibility as an immigrant at the immigration visa application or adjustment of status stage, will be determined according to applicable immigration law and will not be automatically denied as a result of the same-sex nature of your marriage.

Q2. I am a U.S. citizen who is engaged to be married to a foreign national of the same sex.  Can I file a fiancé or fiancée petition for him or her?
A2. Yes.  You may file a Form I-129F.  As long as all other immigration requirements are met, a same-sex engagement may allow your fiancé to enter the United States for marriage.
(Tipped by JMG reader Lynda)

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Madonna Teases "Secret Project"

No idea what this is about, but the superfans seem very excited.

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Quote Of The Day - Matt Barber

"Anti-Christian extremist groups like the ACLU, the Freedom From Religion Foundation and People for the American Way hate God. They also hate America. True America. These 'progressive' outfits – along with like-minded politicos, judges, Hollywood elitists and left-wing media-types – hate that this great nation was expressly founded upon the bedrock precepts of the Judeo-Christian tradition. And so, in response, they lash out. They endeavor first to raze our God-blessed America, and then raise, from the rubble, a godless America fashioned in their own secular-socialist self-image." - Hate group leader Matt Barber, opening a Townhall column which claims that the separation of church and state is a liberal lie.

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Study On Trans Military Service Gets Grant

The Palm Institute has received a $1.3M private grant to study transgender military service. Chris Geidner reports at Buzzfeed:
Indra Lusero, the project director of the Palm Center’s Transgender Military Initiative, has commissioned 16 scholars to conduct 11 studies investigating “whether and how the U.S. armed forces could include transgender troops without undermining readiness”—in areas ranging from privacy and medical accommodations to the experiences of foreign militaries and sports programs.  “This academic research will inform an important public conversation by providing facts and evidence about transgender military service and gender expression in armed forces. Militaries around the world are updating their policies, and we are already conducting research in Canada, Britain and Australia to learn whether their trans-inclusive regulations have impacted readiness,” Lusero said in a statement provided to BuzzFeed.
Geidner notes that the Palm Institute conducted more than a decade of research into the repeal of DADT.

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Trader Joe's Won't Ditch Russian Vodka

"Thank you for your email. We can assure you that at Trader Joe's, we do not take stands on local, national, or global political or human rights issues. We leave that stuff up to the governments involved, and we rely heavily on the trade regulations established by the United States government. We bring in many products from around the world as allowed by the U.S. government. We are an economic democracy, meaning that if people don't buy a product, we won't sell it. Our customers make statements about our products with their dollars every day, and we are dedicated to this approach. The Russian products we carry continue to sell well and will not be discontinued for any other reason! We hope you will continue to enjoy these and the many products we bring in from around the world!" - Trader Joe's, responding to a customer request. (Via email)

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Icona Pop - Girlfriend

Their follow-up to the inescapable I Love It, which went multiple platinum all over the world and was heard five times a day during Bear Week.

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Sweden Runs Out Of Garbage

An interesting report notes that Sweden's national recycling program is so successful, they've actually run out of garbage.
Sweden’s waste management and recycling programs are second to none as only four percent of the nation’s waste ends up in landfills. By contrast, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, over half of the waste produced by U.S. households ends up in landfills. Because the Swedish manage waste so effectively and then use what remains to partly power their country, they are now living an environmentalist’s dream; a shortage of garbage. In order to continue fueling the waste-to-energy factories that provide electricity to a quarter of a million homes and 20 percent of the entire country’s district heating, Sweden is now importing trash from the landfills of other European countries. In fact, those countries are paying Sweden to do so.

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Brazil's New Journalists: The Midia Ninja

JMG reader Robert notes there's lots of gay activism among Brazil's rise in citizen journalists.  This clip is a great example.

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HomoQuotable - Nancy Goldstein

"So who on earth does the IOC, or Putin for that matter, think they're kidding with their 'assurances'? Can they really be so entirely naïve or so thoroughly cynical that they don't think non-Russian LGBT people or our allies care about what's been happening to our Russian counterparts in the wake of Putin's edicts so long as our own skins are safe? That we'll just happily ignore last week's news of skinheads luring gay teenagers with an online dating scam, then taping the sessions where they torture them so long as no one blocks our view of the figure skating events? That we can't recognize Third Reich-style politics or bureaucratic complacency? That, per the IOC, 'it remains to be seen whether and how' the recently-passed legislation 'will be implemented'? Gentlemen, guess again." - Nancy Goldstein, writing for the Guardian.

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New Poll: Weiner Tumbles To Fourth Place

According to Quinnipiac Poll issued yesterday, Bill de Blasio is benefiting from Anthony Weiner's tumble to fourth place in the New York City mayoral race.
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio has surprisingly shot up to second place in the Democratic primary for mayor, as scandal-scarred candidate Anthony Weiner's numbers continued to tumble in the wake of his latest sexting scandal, according to a new poll from Quinnipiac University. The poll, taken after Mr. Weiner's latest scandal hit the front pages, has Council Speaker Christine Quinn in first place with 27%, followed by Mr. de Blasio with 21%, former Comptroller Bill Thompson with 20%, Mr. Weiner with 16%, and Comptroller John Liu with just 6%. Quinnipiac also asked whom voters would support if Mr. Weiner drops out, and in that case Ms. Quinn gets 30%, Messrs. Thompson and de Blasio 25% each.
RELATED: Back in May a large group of gay celebrities held a fundraiser for de Blasio.

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Sen. Rand Paul Vs. Gov. Chris Christie

Over the weekend Christie took on the libertarians:
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is ripping libertarians — including Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) — for challenging government surveillance programs and failing to understand the dangers of terrorism. “This strain of libertarianism that’s going through parties right now and making big headlines I think is a very dangerous thought,” the New Jersey GOP governor said on Thursday at a Republican governors forum in Aspen, Colo. “You can name any number of people and (Paul is) one of them.” “These esoteric, intellectual debates — I want them to come to New Jersey and sit across from the widows and the orphans and have that conversation. And they won’t, because that’s a much tougher conversation to have,” Christie said.
Yesterday Paul fired back on Fox News.

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Fox News Priest On Pope Francis

"Summarizing the pope’s comments on homosexuals in the priesthood, the AP reported: 'Francis was much more conciliatory [than Pope Benedict], saying gay clergymen should be forgiven and their sins forgotten.' Pope Francis didn’t say that, and the report is wrong on so many levels. First of all, it suggests that being gay itself, is a sin. What Pope Francis really said, in response to a reporter’s question about homosexual priests who are living a celibate life was this: 'If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?' Pope Francis simply and compassionately reiterated Biblical teaching. The Bible and the Catholic Church have never taught that it is a 'sin' to be homosexual. They teach it is a sin to have homosexual sex because it goes against the laws of God’s nature, specifically his plan for human sexuality. I would hope next time Pope Francis offers to meet with the press, they would take to heart his message about fearless service and report to their readers what he actually said, rather than what they wish they had heard." - Fox News contributor Father Jonathan Morris.

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TRAILER: Bad Milo

What the?

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Monday, July 29, 2013

Radio Network Giant Cumulus To Drop Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity Shows

Radio network giant Cumulus is reportedly going to drop the shows of Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity after a battle over distribution costs came to an impasse.
Cumulus has decided that it will not renew its contracts with either host, the source said, a move that would remove the two most highly rated conservative talk personalities from more than 40 Cumulus channels in major markets. The decision comes after negotiations between Cumulus and Premiere Networks, the division of Clear Channel that distributes Limbaugh and Hannity's shows, broke down due to disagreements over the cost of the distribution rights, the source said. Cumulus is known to drive a hard bargain on costs, and Clear Channel is known to seek top dollar for big names. As industry insiders caution, Cumulus and Clear Channel have come to the brink before during contract negotiations only to resume talks. But the source told POLITICO that Clear Channel was unlikely to reduce the cost for distribution rights to a level that would satisfy Cumulus.
Some on the left have called the move a response to the ongoing boycott of Limbaugh's advertisers, but that does not appear to be the case. Limbaugh reacted to the news on his show today: "You are gonna be able to get this radio program on as many, if not more, radio stations down the road than it's on now, and what you're being treated to is just a public business negotiation."

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Avicii - Wake Me Up

Dance music meets apparel branding. Via the press materials:
Today, two-time Grammy-nominated superstar, Avicii and Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren will release the first co-produced official music video for "Wake Me Up," the first single from Avicii's September 17th album, TRUE (PRMD/Island Records). The video was directed by celebrated American photographer Mark Seliger, and merges the hallmarks of Avicii's driving beats and uplifting melodies with the free-spirited aesthetic of the Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren brand. Produced by At Night Studios, the "Wake Me Up" video tells a universal story about belonging and finding your place in the world. "Wake Me Up" is a provocative new sound for Avicii and has been met with huge critical and commercial success with over one million downloads worldwide: "Wake Me Up" debuted at #1 in 47 countries, including the UK where it set a new record for the fastest-selling single of 2013!
I just checked the European charts and the track is indeed #1 pretty much everywhere today.

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RUSSIA: Co-Sponsor Of Anti-Gay Bill Says Government Cannot Selectively Suspend Enforcement During The Sochi Olympics

According to a story posted today by the BBC's Russian-language service, the co-sponsor of Russia's "homosexual propaganda" bill says that the government does not have the power to selectively suspend enforcement during the Sochi Olympics, as they promised they would to the International Olympic Committee last week.

Here's a brief translation by JMG reader Peter:
St. Petersburg legislator Vitaly Milonov of the [ruling - ed.] United Russia Party has asked the government to refrain from selectively enforcing the law on "gay propaganda," which he co-sponsored. On Friday, the International Olympic Committee informed journalists that the Russian government had assured the safety of all athletes and spectators without respect to their sexual orientation.

"I haven't heard any comments from the government of the Russian Federation, but I know that it is acting in accordance with Russian law. And if a law has been approved by the federal legislature and signed by the president, then the government has no right to suspend it. It doesn't have the authority," said Milonov in an interview with Interfax. Further, during an interview with "Ekho Moskvy" the legislator claimed that the law on "defending children from propaganda of non-traditional values," for which he lobbied, has nothing to do with "the ordinary life of adults" [whatever that means - ed.], adding that he personally doesn't know any LGBT athletes.

"I can say that the best figure-skating in the world is the Soviet school of figure skating. All of our people have been completely traditional -- I am personally acquainted with many Olympic champions. In fact I practically grew up in those families," admitted the United Russia delegate.
Other Russian-speaking JMG readers - please feel free to add clarity or context to the above-linked BBC article.

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Wednesday In New York City

There will also be demonstrations on Saturday at Russia's consulate in San Francisco and at their consulate in Toronto.

UPDATE: A protest has been organized for August 10th at the Russian embassy in London.

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Heroes - First Be A Woman

JMG reader Eric tips us to this lovely cover of Leonore O'Malley's 1979 disco semi-classic, which was also covered to little notice by Gloria Gaynor in 1993. The latest rush of nu-disco releases have been quite good.

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HomoQuotable - Chad Griffin

"While Pope Francis’s words do not reflect a shift in Church policy, they represent a significant change in tone. Like his namesake, Francis’s humility and respect for human dignity are showing through, and the widespread positive response his words have received around the world reveals that Catholics everywhere are thirsty for change.”

"But as long as millions of LGBT Catholic individuals, couples and youth alike are told in churches big and small that their lives and their families are disordered and sinful because of how they are born—how God made them—then the Church is sending a deeply harmful message. One’s sexuality is an immutable characteristic, and every leading medical and mental health organization has declared that attempts to change or suppress that fact are profoundly damaging.

"It’s time to send positive and affirming messages to all people, because the Bible is clear. All people have dignity in themselves and in their love for one another. It’s time for Church teaching to reflect that simple fact." - Human Rights Campaign head Chad Griffin, responding via press release to today's statement by Pope Francis.

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TODAY: SiriusXM At 4:30PM

Today at 4:30pm I'll be on Michelangelo Signorile's new SiriusXM show to talk about some of the latest news about Russia, the Olympics, and the vodka boycott. Mike's new channel is SiriusXM Progress 127 and you can listen live online if you sign up for a freebie account.

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Matt Baume: Marriage News Watch

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Petition Of The Day

From the text of the petition:
I’m asking the major sponsors and partners of the Sochi 2014 Olympic games -- Coca-Cola, Panasonic, Samsung, Procter & Gamble, and Visa -- to condemn Russia’s anti-gay laws, which are some of the most repressive laws in recent history, and pull their sponsorship from Russia’s Olympic games. Do these companies want to be tied to an Olympics where LGBT athletes and spectators are likely to face harsh violence, prison, and brutality? It’s time for these companies to put their support for LGBT people first, and send a message to Russia that their anti-gay laws are not only contrary to basic human rights, but fly in the face of the spirit of the Olympic Games, which celebrate human dignity and community above all else.
55,000 signatures so far.

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Hello Flo

This is Ad Week's ad of the day.
Feminine-hygiene products have come along way from being squeamish even just about the V-word. This hilariously written long-form spot for Hello Flo, a tampon subscription service, is full of great lines and comic visuals, as it tells the amusing story of a pre-teen girl who's the first to get her period at summer camp, and who uses that milestone to become popular—despotic, even—as she dispenses products and advice almost like she's dealing drugs. "It was beginning of summer, and no one knew me at camp," she begins. "I was a just a big random loser. Then, things changed. I got my period. The red badge of courage!"
In other news, tampon subscription services are a thing.
The comic style also distinguishes Hello Flo from similar services, "which all feel like they're advertising gourmet food," said Marquis. "We're hoping it gives the brand an open personality that embraces the topic and doesn't tip-toe around the delicate subject matter. As you can see, we didn't exactly tip-toe." The new video is a kind of back-to-school effort. While the subscription service is for women and girls of all ages, the company today is launching a "Period Starter Kit," which helps parents and girls get ready for puberty "in a fun and informative way," Bloom said.

(Tipped by JMG reader Bill)

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Pat Robertson On Transgender People

Bring It Online is the daily portion of Pat Robertson's CBN show where he answers questions from viewers.  Today he was asked the above question and his answer, while far from perfect, was rather surprising. "I don't understand all that, but I think they are men who are in a woman's body. It's very rare, but it's true. [snip] I don't think there's any sin associated with that. I don't condemn anybody for doing that." You can bet that Robertson will hear from Liberty Counsel and their ilk. Start at the 2:30 mark.

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LGBT Groups Demand NYC Council Overide Mayor Bloomberg's "Stop & Frisk" Veto

Saying that the NYPD's infamous stop-and-frisk policy unfairly targets LGBT people of color, a coalition of 34 national and local LGBT groups are demanding that the New York City Council override Mayor Bloomberg's veto of their bill to restrict the practice. Via press release:
Today, national and international LGBT organizations – including the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Lambda Legal, the National Black Justice Coalition, the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, and GLAAD – joined with local LGBTQ organizations to urge New York City legislators to defend historic legislation banning discriminatory police profiling against a veto by Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

“We know all too well the impact that police profiling has on marginalized communities. LGBT people -- especially transgender people and LGBT people of color -- are unjustly targeted by law enforcement for harassment and policing at unbelievably high rates,” said Darlene Nipper, Deputy Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. “The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force applauds the New York City Council for passing this historic law and urges all Council Members to stand up for equality and vote to override Mayor Bloomberg's veto.”

The passage of the legislation made history just hours after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act by creating the first enforceable ban against police profiling based on sexual orientation and gender identity, alongside race, religion, immigration status, age, gender, housing status, disability, and HIV status.

The statement issued by 34 local and national LGBTQ organizations noted that “from Stonewall to stop and frisk, LGBTQ people - and particularly LGBTQ people of color, LGBTQ youth, and transgender and gender nonconforming people - have long been targets of profiling and other forms of discriminatory policing. The consequences have ranged from death to deportation, assault to arrest, homophobic harassment to humiliation.”

The statement’s signatories called on legislators to “continue to stand firm with LGBTQ people and communities of color, and to vote against efforts to veto this landmark legislation and turn back the clock on this victory. The safety of LGBTQ New Yorkers depends on it.”
The bill was approved by the City Council back in April. Bloomberg vetoed the bill last Wednesday.

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NEW YORK CITY: Mentally Ill Stalker Of Anderson Cooper Arraigned In Manhattan

A mentally ill gay man who has allegedly stalked Anderson Cooper for years was arraigned last night in Manhattan Criminal Court.
Since 2008, Alex Hausner — described as a gay, Jewish white supremacist — has allegedly made unwelcome phone calls plus four attempts to see Cooper, last month trying to kick down the red, lacquered door to the posh, four-story West Village converted firehouse that Cooper shares with his hunky, bar-owner boyfriend. “I swear to f--king God, don’t insult me,” a security camera caught Hausner shouting as he kicked, according to court papers. “I’m going to f--k you up!” In his three decades as a newsman, Cooper has ducked Israeli rockets in Gaza and braved radioactive clouds in Japan. But it’s Hausner — a Far Rockaway, Queens, psychiatric patient — who now has him rattled, court papers say.
Hausner is being held in lieu of $75,000 bail on charges of first degree menacing and misdemeanor stalking and harassment. He has multiple prior felony and misdemeanor convictions, according to prosecutors.

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LOUISIANA: Cops Arrest Gay Men For Consensual Sex Under Sodomy Laws

Baton Rouge cops have been conducting stakeouts in a public park and have arrested gay men for agreeing to have consensual sex back in their own homes. The Baton Rouge Advocate details one such recent arrest.
An undercover East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputy was staking out Manchac Park about 10 a.m. one day this month when a slow-moving sedan pulling into the parking lot caught his attention. The deputy parked alongside the 65-year-old driver and, after denying being a cop, began a casual conversation that was electronically monitored by a backup team nearby.  As the two men moved their chat to a picnic table, the deputy propositioned his target with “some drinks and some fun” back at his place, later inquiring whether the man had any condoms, according to court records. After following the deputy to a nearby apartment, the man was handcuffed and booked into Parish Prison on a single count of attempted crime against nature.  There had been no sex-for-money deal between the two. The men did not agree to have sex in the park, a public place. And the count against the man was based on a part of Louisiana’s anti-sodomy law struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court a decade ago.
According to the above-linked report, there have been at least one dozen arrests and the men targeted have typically been closeted and middle-aged.  According to the (gay) Advocate, the sheriff claims not to have known that the Supreme Court invalidated all anti-sodomy laws a decade ago.
The East Baton Rouge sheriff who used Louisiana's defunct anti-sodomy law to arrest a dozen gay men since 2011 now says he didn't know the law was invalidated by the Supreme Court. "To our knowledge, the Sheriff’s office was never contacted or told that the law was not enforceable or prosecutable," a statement from the Sheriff's Office claims. It was issued Sunday after The Advocate newspaper in Louisiana exposed the illegal undercover sting operation. That explanation doesn't appear to satisfy Metro Councilman John Delgado. “Does he know that slavery is no longer around?” an outraged Delgado told The Advocate newspaper in Louisiana. “Does he know that we have cars and no longer horse and buggies?”
Zack Ford provides some background at Think Progress:
When Lawrence was decided, then-Louisiana Attorney General Richard Ieyoub issued a statement asserting that the state’s anti-sodomy law could not be enforced, except in cases of prostitution and bestiality. Still, the law remains on the books, as it does in many other states. Two years ago, a sheriff’s office in Michigan was similarly found to be entrapping gay men under that state’s anti-sodomy law, which also hasn’t been repealed, even though it’s similarly unenforceable. In Virginia, Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli is fighting to maintain a Crimes Against Nature Law that federal courts have specifically struck down since Lawrence.

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How To Protest Gay Marriage In France

John Aravosis tips us to the latest photos from France's Hommen, which (as we've seen many times) believes that the best way to protest against gay marriage is to gather a bunch of fit, young shirtless men and have them climb all over each other.  Less amusing in the Hommen's latest slideshow is the lineup of toddler "mini-hommen" with anti-gay slogans written on their bodies.

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NBC Announces Mini-Series About Hillary

This weekend NBC announced that it has green-lighted a mini-series about Hillary Clinton which will star Diane Lane.
NBC announced here on Saturday that it was preparing a four-hour mini-series based on the life of Mrs. Clinton and hoped to broadcast it before any possible formal declaration that she was running. That would avoid the possibility of other candidates demanding equal time, said Robert Greenblatt, NBC’s top entertainment executive. Mr. Greenblatt said NBC bought the project even though it had no script yet, though the deal came with a star attached: Diane Lane, who was nominated for an Academy Award in 2003 for her leading role in the film “Unfaithful.” The Clinton project will be written and directed by Courtney Hunt, who was nominated for an Oscar for writing the film “Frozen River.” NBC’s release described the project as a mini-series that would “recount Clinton’s life as a wife, politician and cabinet member from 1998 to present.” That would include her run for the presidential nomination in 2008.
A spokesperson for Clinton declined to comment on the series, saying he had been unaware of its development. Get ready for the right-wing to issue its usual rants about the mainstream media colluding with Democrats.

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Sarah Palin: GOP "Brainiacs" Stopped Me From Telling Truth About Obama In 2008

If they censored her, why did her "palling around with terrorists" schtick become such a meme in the final weeks of the campaign?

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UC Pepper Spray Cop Files For Disablility

The former University Of California Davis campus cop who infamously and oh-so-casually doused students with pepper spray in 2011 has filed a worker's compensation claim with the state, claiming that the incident caused him to suffer a mental disability.
John Pike ceased to be a UCD employee in July 2012. He remains entitled to retirement credit for his years of service, a UCD spokesperson said at the time, but he was to receive no other payout. If Pike receives disability benefits, it will cover income, health and other benefits until he turns 65. Pike, whose annual salary was $121,680, remained on paid leave for eight months while the pepper-spraying was investigated. As dozens watched on Nov. 18, 2011, Pike sprayed a group of seated, unarmed students blocking a sidewalk on the Quad that officers were using to take away protesters arrested at a day-old encampment created in part because of opposition to repeated tuition hikes.
An attorney for Occupy UC Davis, which won a $1M settlement from the university, says that a protest will be staged outside of Pike's compensation hearing in August.

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Gym Chain Zings Weiner

The same ad is appearing in Boston and Philadelphia.

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