Yearly Archives: 2014

TURKEY: US Diplomat Charles Hunter To Marry Local Musician Boyfriend

Charles Hunter, US Consul General to Turkey, has confirmed to the local press that he will marry his Turkish boyfriend with the ceremony to take place in Wisconsin. Hunter was at an event at the Dutch consulate the previous day where he sang at an a capella choir. He responded to reporters’ questions afterward. Naturally, almost all questions were about …

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FLORIDA: Judge Grants First Gay Divorce

Via the Associated Press: The first formal divorce for a gay couple in Florida has been granted by a county judge who also declared the state’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. Circuit Judge Dale Cohen on Wednesday dissolved the marriage of Heather Brassner and Megan Lade. They were united in a 2002 civil union in Vermont. Cohen had ruled in …

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RUSSIA: State TV Runs Action Movie-Style Trailer For Putin Press Conference

Via Vox: Russia’s official state-run news channel, Russia-1, has always been a bit brazen about cheerleading Russian President Vladimir Putin as a national action hero. But Russia-1 is taking that to a new level this week. The channel is broadcasting ads for Putin’s forthcoming press conference, on the disastrous fall of the ruble, that look very little like sober news …

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Brian Brown: Send Me Money To Fight Billionaire Teabagger David Koch

“I have to let you know exactly what we’re up against. Recently, the news reported that David Koch—the conservative boogeyman of the left—will be interviewed by ABC’s Barbara Walters for her ‘The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2014’ special scheduled to air on Sunday. In the interview, he unequivocally states, ‘I’m basically a libertarian, and I’m a conservative on economic …

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Pat Robertson: Homosexuals Will Die Out Because They Don’t Reproduce

But it’s a CHOICE to be gay. Norman, coordinate!

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Quote Of The Day – Barack Obama

“There’s no black male my age who’s a professional who hasn’t come out of a restaurant and is waiting for their car and somebody didn’t hand them their car keys. It’s one thing for me to be mistaken for a waiter at a gala. It’s another thing for my son to be mistaken for a robber and to be handcuffed, …

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Historic Thaw In US-Cuba Relations

Via the Associated Press: The United States and Cuba will start talks on normalizing full diplomatic relations, marking the most significant shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island in decades, American officials said Wednesday. The announcement comes amid a series of new confidence-building measures between the longtime foes, including the release of American Alan Gross and the freeing of …

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Lindsey Graham: I Might Run For President

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Pop Danthology 2014

1.3M views on the first day.

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TEXAS: State’s First Gay Federal Judge Approved Thanks To Sen. Ted Cruz

Via the Dallas Morning News: The Senate confirmed three Texans Tuesday night for lifetime judicial appointments, capping an effort to fill vacancies in the state that have languished for years. The nominees — U.S. Attorney Robert Pitman of San Antonio, Texarkana lawyer Robert Schroeder III and Sherman Magistrate Judge Amos Mazzant III — were approved by a voice vote on …

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Headline Of The Day

Pastor Gaylard Williams. Seriously. (Tipped by JMG reader Scott)

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FLORIDA: Justice Thomas Calls For Plaintiffs’ Response Brief By 5PM Thursday

The plaintiffs in Florida federal marriage equality case have until 5PM on Thursday to respond to Attorney General Pam Bondi’s demand for an indefinite stay while the Eleventh Circuit Court considers her appeal. Justices Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia both dissented the last two times that SCOTUS rejected stay demands.

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Merry Christmas From Donald Trump

Trump spent yesterday trying to steal a bit of Jeb Bush’s thunder by telling any outlet that would listen that he is also “seriously considering” running for president. What coverage he got was mocking.

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Perkins: Your Gay House Is On Fire

“You go beating on the windows of the bedroom and you awaken them, now you’ve disturbed their sleep, you’ve wakened them up, you’ve disturbed them, you’ve made them uncomfortable because you’ve awakened them in the middle of the night and you’ve told them their house is on fire. Do you hate them because you’re doing that? I would say that …

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HRC Slams Pam Bondi

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Ferguson Protesters Wed

Via Buzzfeed: Alexis Templeton and Brittany Ferrell first met while demonstrating in Ferguson, Missouri, following the death of unarmed Michael Brown and a grand jury’s subsequent decision to not indict the police officer who shot him. The two activists were married Tuesday at St. Louis City Hall — months after meeting while demonstrating in Ferguson. Both Templeton and Ferrell are …

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Google: Year In Search 2014

(Tipped by JMG reader Daddy Ray)

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FLORIDA: County Clerks Legal Group Claims Federal Marriage Equality Ruling Applies In Only One County

As we await the SCOTUS decision on yesterday’s marriage stay extension demand by Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, the legal firm that represents the state’s 67 county clerks today declared that the federal ruling that overturned the ban only applies in the county in which it was issued. The firm warns that clerks outside of Washington County risk arrest if …

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RUSSIA: Ruble Crashes To New Low, Apple Suspends Local Online Sales

Via USA Today: The Russian ruble currency declined sharply against the dollar on Tuesday despite an aggressive intervention just hours earlier by Russia’s Central Bank to halt the slide by hiking its benchmark interest rate to 17%. The ruble fell to a new low of 73 against the dollar on Tuesday. Initially, the ruble reacted favorably to the monetary policy …

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PUERTO RICO: First Circuit Court Sets Briefing Schedule For Marriage Case

Details.

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