Tag Archives: Belgium

Updated Global Marriage Map

After last week’s first gay wedding in France, the Agency France-Presse posted the above map.

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Updated Gay Marriage Map

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Ten Years Of Gay Marriage For Belgium

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Belgium’s Tomorrowland 2012

A giant straight version of a circuit party: “More than 180,000 visitors attended one of the most beautiful and talked about festivals in world. The 8th edition of Tomorrowland was one that would never be forgotten. An amazing festival, a magic location, wonderful decor, more than 400 artists and by far the best public in the world!” Wikipedia claims that …

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Billboard Of The Day

The above ad can presently been seen on Brussels mass transit. Not mentioned in the text is the parade of vehicles apparently carrying nuclear missiles along the river bank. Copyranter has a quote from from the head of European Conservatives: The posters were “either a mistake or a piece of poorly disguised Putin propaganda. If Aeroflot did not intend to …

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BRUSSELS: Anti-LGBT Lobby Linked To American Conservative Groups

The EU Observer reports that the anti-gay lobby in Brussels, the de facto capital of the European Union, has financial links to anti-gay conservative groups in the United States. One such lobby group is European Dignity Watch, founded in 2010, advocating “life, the family and fundamental freedoms.” According to the EU transparency register, it has an annual budget of €80,816 …

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BELGIUM: Gay Prime Minister Sworn In

Elio Di Rupo, the openly gay head of Belgium’s Socialist Party, took the oath of office yesterday before King Albert II. Di Rupo becomes the world’s second openly gay head of government after Iceland’s Johanna Sigurdardottir. In a ceremony at the ornate royal palace, the son of Italian immigrants completed a remarkable personal journey that took him from an impoverished …

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Belgium To Get Gay Prime Minister

Belgium’s national election was last summer, but it was only this week that the European debt crisis finally forced the formation of a coalition government. And leading that coalition will be the quietly gay head of the Socialist Party, Elio Di Rupo. In 1996 journalists demanded to know if Di Rupo was gay. His famed response: “Yeah. So?” Judging by …

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Eurovision 2011: Belgium’s Witloof Bay

Don’t think I’ve ever seen an a capella + beatbox Eurovision entry. Very Manhattan Transfer. I like this.

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Not This Year’s Nobel Peace Prize Winner

In the midst of a campaign to see him nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, Belgium’s revered Father Francois Houtart has confessed to child molestation. The confession was published in a Belgian newspaper Wednesday and confirmed by the organization the priest founded, deepening a sex-abuse scandal that has rocked the Catholic Church in the country. After a spate of accusations …

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BELGIUM: Archbishop Andre Leonard Hit With Pie Following AIDS Remarks

Days after comments in which he declared that AIDS was God’s punishment for being gay, Belgian Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard was struck with a pie as he stood at the altar during a service. Footage of the incident released Saturday showed a young man approaching Archbishop Andre Leonard on Monday and smacking him with a pie. A church official says the …

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PhoboQuotable – Belgium’s Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard

“When you mistreat the environment it ends up mistreating us in turn. And when you mistreat human love, perhaps it winds up taking vengeance. All I’m saying is that sometimes there are consequences linked to our actions. this epidemic is a sort of intrinsic justice.” – Belgian Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard, saying that AIDS is God’s punishment for being gay. Leonard …

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This Week In Holy Crimes

Over the last seven days… California: Pastor Leonel Pelayo charged with sexual assault of a 14 year-old girl.Ottawa: Father Robin Barrett convicted of possessing tens of thousands of child porn videos and images.Florida: Pastor Steven Rowe charged with molesting four students at the Christian middle school where he is headmaster.Texas: Father Chester W. King arrested for lewd behavior in a …

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Fireworks At European Parliament

I guess they don’t mince their words in the EU Parliament. (Via – AmericaBlog)

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Quote Of The Day – Andre Leonard

“Homosexuality is not the same as normal sex in the same way that anorexia is not a normal appetite.” – Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard, in his first week on the job as Primate of Belgium.

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80’s Flashback

The Singing Nun, Dominique (Disco Version), 1982. In 1963 Belgian nun Sister Luc-Gabrielle (real name: Jeanine Deckers) became a worldwide sensation as The Singing Nun when her album of original songs (recorded to be souvenirs for visitors to her convent) topped the charts across Europe. In the U.S. Dominique topped the pop charts for four weeks in December 1963, partially …

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Pope Condoms Selling Well In France

The International Women’s Health Coalition reports that “I Said No!” pope condoms are all the rage in France. The condoms were produced in response to Ill Papa’s recent demented declaration that condom availability actually speeds the spread of AIDS. On Monday, Belgium became the first nation to lodge a formal protest over the comments with the Vatican.

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Whoops On Belgium

D’oh! I took down a just-posted story about the dissolution of Belgium as I had linked a story from September last year. I think it popped up in my news reader yesterday in a list of stories about European markets responding to the US banking meltdown. Here’s the more current story. The turbulence at Fortis, the Belgo-Dutch banking and insurance …

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Taking The Piss

An interesting ad campaign to promote British tourism has appeared on Belgian street corners. The above cubes are positioned so that approaching pedestrians see the pissing punk first, then the delicate teacup into which he is so accurately aiming. The ad agency who created this ad for the Eurostar train says they’ve received no complaints because the images hit on …

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