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CALIFORNIA: Gay Porn Actor Found Guilty Of Extorting Telecom Tycoon Donald Burns

Via Courthouse News Service: A gay porn actor was found guilty Thursday of extorting and attempting to extort $1.5 million from a Florida-based business tycoon. The case ended Thursday afternoon after about two hours of deliberation, with the jury delivering a guilty verdict against defendant Teofil Brank, who performs as Jarec Wentworth, on all six of the government’s charges. Brank, ...

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New Chris Christie Campaign Ad: I’m Not Looking To Be The Most Popular Guy

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NEW YORK: Biden Celebrates At Freedom To Marry’s “Going Out Of Business” Gala

Via the New York Daily News: Vice President Joe Biden led a raucous reception for marriage equality Thursday night at Cipriani Wall Street in lower Manhattan. The gala, celebrating the June 26 Supreme Court decision that made same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states, was thrown by Freedom to Marry, an advocacy group that has fought for same-sex marriage since ...

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Tired Old Queen At The Movies #134

Clip recap: In glorious Technicolor, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic SOUTH PACIFIC comes to vivid life under the direction of Joshua Logan. Shot on location with a cast headed by Mitzi Gaynor, Rosanno Brazzi, John Kerr, Ray Walston and Juanita Hall re-creating her legendary Broadway role as Bloody Mary, it is as romantic, erotic and sumptuous a musical as Hollywood ever ...

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Tony Perkins: Obama Should Respect The Tradition Of Criminalizing Homosexuality

“From Hillary Clinton to John Kerry, the State Department has repeatedly violated the first rule of the diplomatic process: to respect the traditions and beliefs of other countries. In most cases, this forceful approach has made more enemies of nations than friends — especially in countries as profoundly religious as Kenya. Like other African and South American nations, they don’t ...

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KENTUCKY: Governor Tells Clerk To Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses Or Resign

Via the Lexington Herald-Leader: Gov. Steve Beshear told Casey County Clerk Casey Davis on Thursday that Davis should issue marriage licenses to every qualified person or resign. The governor also said he won’t call a special legislative session to address same-sex marriage issues. Some legislators and county clerks have called for a special session. Beshear met privately for an hour ...

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100 Years Of Fashion In Three Minutes

(Tipped by JMG reader Ray)

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SOUTH CAROLINA: Gov. Nikki Haley Signs Bill To Remove Confederate Flag

The flag comes down tomorrow morning.

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Trump Tops Two New GOP 2016 Polls

Via Business Insider: Donald Trump’s position on immigration does not seem to be hurting the real-estate developer’s standing in the Republican presidential primary. Two new polls have him in first place among registered Republican voters. The latest poll arrived Thursday. In the Economist/YouGov poll, Trump holds 15% of the Republican vote nationally — ahead of former Gov. Jeb Bush of ...

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KENTUCKY: 2013 Story Claims Renegade County Clerk Linked To Dog-Napper

The video of Kentucky’s Rowan County Clerk Kimberly Davis turning away a gay couple continues to go wildly viral and has racked up over 1.2 million views at this writing. Meanwhile a tipster points us to a 2013 story about a man who reportedly had his dog stolen at a Rowan County gas station. The young woman alleged to have ...

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Mat Staver: Obergefell Requires Christians To Rip Pages Out Of Their Bibles

“There is existing precedent for a state’s highest court to reject an unlawful mandate from the U.S. Supreme Court. The hope of our Constitutional Republic rests upon state officials and American citizens who will refuse to allow five, black-robed judges to rob us of our free, representative form of government. A judicial opinion without constitutional basis is not law and ...

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DC Gay Chorus Heads To Cuba

NBC News reports: The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington is traveling to Cuba Saturday to spread their message through song. The 23 singers are among the first U.S. citizens who will be able to travel to Cuba since diplomatic relations with the U.S. improved. The group aims to raise awareness of LGBTQ rights through music. “It brings people together over ...

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FLORIDA: Telecom Tycoon ID’d As Target Of Alleged Extortion By Gay Porn Actor

Via Courthouse News Service: A Florida-based tycoon was identified as the target of an alleged $1.5 million extortion attempt by a gay porn actor during the first day of the actor’s criminal trial. Taking the stand Tuesday afternoon in U.S. District Judge’s John Walter’s courtroom, Donald Burns of Palm Beach said he paid defendant Teofil Brank $1,500 to $2,500 each ...

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Sen. Ted Cruz Hopes Obergefell Will Spark “Raging Inferno” Of Anti-Gay Sentiment

It’s not raging already?

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ISRAEL: Knesset Rejects Civil Unions

Via the Jerusalem Post: The Knesset voted down two bills regarding civil unions and marriage on Wednesday with a majority vote of 50 to 39 for each bill. The first bill, proposed by Yesh Atid MK Aliza Lavie sought to create civil unions, an alternative for those who could not have their weddings officiated by the rabbinate or other religious ...

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FLORIDA: Rep. Alan Grayson Announces 2016 Senate Bid To Succeed Marco Rubio

Politico reports: Next year’s Florida Senate primary between Reps. Alan Grayson and Patrick Murphy will test whether Sunshine State Democrats are ready to embrace a deep-blue liberal. The contrasts between the two are stark: Grayson is a progressive, hip-shooting firebrand beloved by hardcore liberals; Murphy is a cautious, scripted candidate favored by the Democratic establishment in Washington and Tallahassee. The ...

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Do Not Mess With Ms. Lupone

Broadway World reports: According to Broadway World’s astute message board posters, the trouble began at the show’s matinee performance, which Auggie 27 described as ‘Cell Phone Hell.’ The post reads: “The SECOND ACT of the “Shows for Days” matinee today was besieged with cell phone ringing, first one long unanswered call that threatened to ring for the rest of the ...

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Perfumania Dumps Trump

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OKLAHOMA: Gun Group Promotes Event With Rainbow Flag Shooting Target

Via Oklahoma City’s NBC affiliate: Organizers of an Oklahoma race are coming under fire for a picture they posted on their Facebook page. It appears they’re using the LGBT rainbow flag as a shooting target. The post angered many people who took it as a direct threat to the LGBT community. Event organizers say they did not expect the response ...

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Attorney General Loretta Lynch Announces Full Federal Marriage Benefits Nationwide

“Following the Supreme Court’s historic decision in Obergefell that every couple has the same right to participate in the institution of marriage, whether the partners are of the same-sex or opposite sexes, I directed Justice Department staff to work with the agencies to ensure that the ruling be given full effect across the federal government. Thanks to their leadership and ...

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