Monthly Archives: June 2009

Cooper Gets A Birthday Surprise

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Open Thread Thursday

Despite how much I blog about it here, I actually have no personal interest in ever getting legally married. If you feel the same, I’d like to hear why.

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Barack Obama: The Federal Government Should Stay Out Of Marriage

The president says gays have a friend in the White House, but that the federal government should stay out of the business of marriage.

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Victory For Marriage In New Hampshire!

By a vote of 198-176, the New Hampshire House has just approved same-sex marriage, hours after the state Senate did the same. Gov. John Lynch is expected to sign the bill immediately, possibly as early as this evening. New Hampshire joins Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont and Maine as the sixth state to legalize same-sex marriage. Congrats to all in the …

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Instead Of Wiimotes Crashing Through The Screen, It’ll Be Feet

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Rhode Island: Bury Him, Don’t Marry Him

Although they resolutely continue to block any recognition of gay relationships, the Rhode Island legislature is poised to approve a bill giving gays the legal right to arrange for the funerals of their partners. The bill, which gives the surviving partner precedence over the deceased’s biological family, was unanimously approved in the RI Senate yesterday and now moves to the …

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Study: Gay College Students Do Better

According to a new study, gay male college students are better motivated, get better grades, and are more likely to seek out a mentor to aide in their education. “The thing that really comes out (in the data) is that gay men see academic work as more important than heterosexual men,” said study author Christopher Carpenter, an assistant professor of …

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ACT UP: Protests Planned Over Governator’s HIV/AIDS Funding Slash

As California reels deeper into its worst financial crisis in history, Gov. Schwarzenegger has proposed slashing a total of $80M from the state’s HIV/AIDS budget. His proposal includes deep cuts in ADAP funding – money that provides life-saving medication to the insurance-less HIV positive. The ramifications of this move extend beyond the state budget as massive federal matching dollars would …

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Anti-Gay Preacher Sues Philadelphia Over Removal From Gay Pride Event

Repent America founder Michael Marcavage is suing the city of Philadelphia and its police department because they have repeatedly removed him from the premises of Outfest, the city’s annual gay pride celebration. Lansdowne-based Repent America director Michael Marcavage says he was physically restrained by city police on four separate occasions and that an officer once put him into a chokehold. …

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Tonight In NYC: Surprise Vanessa Williams Concert Benefiting LIFEbeat

I’ve been tipped off that tonight’s Vanessa Williams “CD listening party” at Greenhouse will actually be a surprise live concert featuring Williams, her full band, and backup singers. Williams is promoting her new release, The Real Thing, and tonight’s event is a fundraiser for LIFEbeat, the music industry’s HIV/AIDS charity. Advance tickets are $20, $25 at the door (if available) …

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Jill Biden On Anti-Gay Bullying

The Second Lady spoke at GSLEN’s Respect Awards event and addressed anti-gay bullying in public schools. “How can expect kids to learn when they are taunted by their classmates?” Biden mentions Lawrence King and two boys who recently committed suicide.

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Is Today The Day For New Hampshire?

New Hampshire lawmakers meet this morning for the third consideration of their marriage equality bill. The bill was first approved by both chambers in late April, then was not approved on a second vote after religious protections requested by Gov. John Lynch were inserted into the bill. That language was been tweaked, the governor says he’s satisfied, so as long …

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Uniting American Families Act: Live Stream

The Senate Judiciary Committee hears the Uniting American Families Act at 10am today. The act would allow gay Americans to sponsor a foreign spouse for immigration to the United States. View a live video stream of the proceedings here or on C-SPAN.

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He’s Unstoppable

This is really sweet. At the Sasquatch Music Festival in George, Washington, a lone man twitches arhythmically on a hill to Unstoppable by Santigold. And then one person joins him in his twitchy dance. Then another. Then just about everybody. The guy’s name is apparently Colin, who says on one of the several clips on YouTube, “Sometimes rhythm is deeper …

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To PETA, Murder Is Just One More Opportunity To Promote Themselves

The ghouls at PETA are seizing upon the murder of Dr. George Tiller and using his murder to promote themselves in his Kansas hometown. One version of the billboard says, “Pro-Life? Go Vegetarian.” The other says, “Pro-Choice? Choose Vegetarian.” Both feature a photo of three baby chicks. Lindsay Rajt, campaign manager for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, said …

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Olbermann: Limbaugh, WTF?

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NY Senate Poll: 12 Votes Needed

NY1 has conducted the first (to my knowledge) complete marriage equality poll of New York’s state Senators. The outlook is not great. As members of the New York State Senate ponder whether to hold a vote on legalizing gay marriage before the current legislative session expires, an exclusive NY1 survey of all 62 state Senators suggests that supporters of the …

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Betty Bowers Explains Traditional Marriage

America’s best Christian explain the Biblical origins of marriage. Cover your keyboards. (Tipped by JMG reader Eric)

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Sec. Of Army Nominee Rep. John McHugh Wants To “Change” DADT

Barack Obama’s new nominee for Secretary of the Army, Rep. John McHugh (R-NY), agrees with the president that DADT needs to be “changed,” whatever that means these days. The Advocate’s Kerry Eleveld pressed White House press secretary Robert Gibbs about the nomination, asking if McHugh’s stance on DADT played into his selection. As usual, Gibbs gave an evasive answer. “I …

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Tomorrow 9AM: Rally At NH State House

The New Hampshire Freedom To Marry Coalition will stage a rally tomorrow at 9am at the State House Plaza in Concord as the state legislature considers (for the third time) its newly-amended marriage equality bill. One Vote! That was the margin of victory for the New Jersey-based National Organization for Marriage’s attack on Equality. One Vote! On June 3rd let’s …

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