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This is huge. He's now the first sitting President to endorse marriage equality.
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"How many more gay people does God have to create before we ask ourselves whether or not God actually wants them around?" Steve Simon
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I've been doing volunteer work for Admiral Joe Sestak, who is running for Senate here in PA. He's trying to mount a come from behind win over uber-conservative Pat Toomey. I managed to get this shot at a rally in Media, last Sunday. After trailing for most of the race, Sestak has pulled it into a dead heat.

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NYT Morning Headline:
Move to End 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Stalls in Senate

Because it seems that, according to Rebublicans, the only thing more of a threat to our nation than Islamic Jihadi Terrorists are openly gay US servicemen.
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3 Out of 5 Stars

Four short films that deal with love in the sense of how it can affect you when there's too much uncertainty involved make up "Crush," Michael J. Saul's rather uneven new movie. I found myself engaged by two of the segments here, bewildered by one and just flat out annoyed by the final episode.

The opening, "Don't Ask," is a musing on the lives of gay soldiers and the 'army wives' they leave behind. Cameron is about to leave on yet another tour of Iraq, and his partner James is struggling with the emotional freight of having to keep that part of their relationship private. While they played a loving couple very well, the story itself was less than compelling. Add a stridently annoying 'friend' who has to be the angry-war-hating loudmouth, and I was left wondering why this was the kick off to the DVD.

The second is a vampires in love segment, and was interesting in it's style, even if I am sick to death of vampires. But the two young actors were very good together and the open-ended final scene made me wonder where the story would lead to next.

The best of the four segments is "Strokes," about a gay art student's meeting/internship with his artist idol. Who just happens to be a caustic, bitter man whom nobody can stand to be with. The artist, Robert Brooks (Marc Sicilani) is note perfect as the disillusioned painter who wastes no time crushing Micheal The Intern (Jorge Diaz), even though all Micheal wants is to discover why his hero is the man he is. They play extremely well off of each other, and this was the one segment I was sorry to see end.

Finally, there is "Breathe." A soppy sponge cake of pre-adolescent desires as seen through a pair of awkward kids and their families as they go camping, it positively dripped syrup, and the narrator's whispery wet voice was as annoying as I could stand. Cloying, gauzy looking and saccharin, I forced myself to watch it all the way through. It's the kind of artsy cute romanticizing of young boys that gives gay movies a bad rep.

So there's the split - about 50/50 for my viewing entertainment. Individual mileage may vary.

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While I pretty much wondered when this would happen, I am thrilled to hear she will go through with it. Breitbart is scum who went after the first available target to try and discredit thge left and NAACP for his own fun and profit. The only way to stop Keeping America Stupid Inc is to sue them till they bleed dry.
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It's nice to know an appointed female Governor (as opposed to one anybody actually voted for) has used her suppressed penis envy to prove she can be as big a redneck clod of cow dung as her male Compadre. Or is compadre a word that would signal illegal alien status? Lest you think she was glib about placing her pen to this piece of idiocracy in action, rest assured; she prayed for guidance. However, I don't think the plastic Jesus she keeps in her drawer next to the steroids usually responds to "Dear Fascist Christ."

"Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law
the nation's toughest legislation against illegal immigration Friday, a sweeping measure that supporters said would take handcuffs off police but which President Barack Obama said could violate people's civil rights. The bill, sent to the Republican governor by the GOP-led Legislature, would make it a crime under state law to be in the country illegally. It would also require local police officers to question people about their immigration status if there is reason to suspect they are illegal immigrants. Brewer, who faces a tough election battle and growing anger in the state over illegal immigrants, said the law "protects every Arizona citizen," and said the state must act because the federal government has failed"

Yes, that's right. You can (as was recently pointed out on MSNBC's Hardball by a California legalanus) be stopped on the street because of your non-merricun appearing shoes and asked for your papers.  I am certain that this will lead to a sudden purging of all Canadian Snowbirds from their illegal Flagstaff vacation cabins. Or at least John McCain being forced to hire some new people to wash his toilets. Sheriff Joe (the drooling old loon who makes road crews wear pink pajamas)  is ordering brown shirts and cattle trucks as we speak.

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(Ganked from Big Red Paul)

Even with all the medical directives, powers of attorney, and other documents drawn up that the right wing of our nation would have you believe grant the same rights of marriage to same-sex couples, the prejudice of bigots and cranks can still destroy the lives of our fellow citizens. Such is the case with Harold and Clay, who were an elderly same-sex couple living in Sonoma County, California.

Clay and his partner of 20 years, Harold, lived in California. Clay and Harold made diligent efforts to protect their legal rights, and had their legal paperwork in place–wills, powers of attorney, and medical directives, all naming each other. Harold was 88 years old and in frail medical condition, but still living at home with Clay, 77, who was in good health.

One evening, Harold fell down the front steps of their home and was taken to the hospital. Based on their medical directives alone, Clay should have been consulted in Harold’s care from the first moment. Tragically, county and health care workers instead refused to allow Clay to see Harold in the hospital. The county then ultimately went one step further by isolating the couple from each other, placing the men in separate nursing homes.

Ignoring Clay’s significant role in Harold’s life, the county continued to treat Harold like he had no family and went to court seeking the power to make financial decisions on his behalf. Outrageously, the county represented to the judge that Clay was merely Harold’s “roommate.” The court denied their efforts, but did grant the county limited access to one of Harold’s bank accounts to pay for his care.

What happened next is even more chilling.

Without authority, without determining the value of Clay and Harold’s possessions accumulated over the course of their 20 years together or making any effort to determine which items belonged to whom, the county took everything Harold and Clay owned and auctioned off all of their belongings. Adding further insult to grave injury, the county removed Clay from his home and confined him to a nursing home against his will. The county workers then terminated Clay and Harold’s lease and surrendered the home they had shared for many years to the landlord.

Three months after he was hospitalized, Harold died in the nursing home. Because of the county’s actions, Clay missed the final months he should have had with his partner of 20 years. Compounding this tragedy, Clay has literally nothing left of the home he had shared with Harold or the life he was living up until the day that Harold fell, because he has been unable to recover any of his property. The only memento Clay has is a photo album that Harold painstakingly put together for Clay during the last three months of his life.

With the help of a dedicated and persistent court-appointed attorney, Anne Dennis of Santa Rosa, Clay was finally released from the nursing home. Ms. Dennis, along with Stephen O’Neill and Margaret Flynn of Tarkington, O’Neill, Barrack & Chong, now represent Clay in a lawsuit against the county, the auction company, and the nursing home, with technical assistance from NCLR. A trial date has been set for July 16, 2010 in the Superior Court for the County of Sonoma.

Marriage is more than about hospital visitation rights. Had Harold and Clay had the right to marry, none of this would have been possible. The bigoted actions of those who perpetrated this crime against these two elderly citizen was given the weight of law and carried out by the county government. Those responsible for this travesty of justice must be punished for their crimes.

You can help – make a donation to the National Center for Lesbian Rights as they fight to prevent any more Harolds and Clays from happening again. Get involved and assert your rights to be free from government molestation. EQUAL MARRIAGE NOW!
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Thanks to you and your hard work the Pennsylvania State Senate Judiciary Committee just voted 8-6 to table SB 707!  SB 707 is the bill to amend the PA Constitution to ban same sex marriage.  This is a huge victory for us, since the vote effectively kills the bill.

This is your victory.  We had over 120,000 emails sent to senators, over 75,000 in the last 24 hours!  In addition, our allies and friends generated thousands more phone calls, emails and letters.

We should celebrate, but we need to remain vigilant.  It is unlikely, but it is possible that the bill could come to life again.  Especially if they think we aren't going to act again.

Please encourage your friends and family to join us at

Also, help us maintain our network with your financial contribution.  Any amount can help.  You can donate at

Congratulations on your incredible victory. 

For Equality,

Michael Morrill
for the Keystone Progress Team

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Yesterday, the New Hampshire House resoundingly rejected an attempt to place a vote to repeal same-sex marriage on the November ballot.

CACR 28 defined marriage in this state by saying it can only be between a man and a woman. It was rejected by a wide margin, 201-135, short of a simple majority and far below the three-fifths majority -- 238 votes -- it needed to advance to the Senate. Sponsors tried to delay a vote on the bill until March 17, so local voters could weigh in on petitions at town meeting that ask for a popular vote on the amendment. "All we're trying to do here is put this on the ballot," Rep. David Bates, R-Windham, arguing voters should have their say.

Full Story HERE
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Final City Council Vote 11 Yes 2 No

Chey yes
Evans yes
Graham yes
Grey yes
Mendelson yes
Thomas yes
Well yes
Alexander NO
Barry NO
Bowser yes
Brown yes
M. Brown yes
Catania yes

And the vote can NOT be put to a public referendum ala Prop 8.
More from MSNBC Here

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The State of New York votes down equal rights. Not a single Republican yes vote in the bunch.
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From JoeMyGod:

Publisher Of Washington Blade And Other LGBT Print Titles Shuts Down

This weekend I noticed that the websites of the Washington Blade, Southern Voice, and several other titles published by Window Media had not been updated in a few days. Just now, Southern Voice posted this message to their Facebook fan page:

With deepest regret, as editor of SoVo, I have to tell you that we arrived at the office to learn that our parent company, Window Media, has shut down. While the 20 years of SoVo have come to an end, our civil rights movement is only beginning. I am personally grateful to all of the staff, and to all of you who have had the courage to share your stories. It has been the honor of my life to help you tell them.Among the affected titles are the weekly newspapers Washington Blade, Southern Voice, South Florida Blade and the bar guides David Magazine and 411 Magazine. (Earlier this year, Window Media ceased publishing Genre Magazine.) Window Media's primary investor, the Avalon Equity Fund, has been in receivership over a loan from the Small Business Administration.

This is a terrible loss. In particular, the Washington Blade has been an invaluable resource for important coverage of LGBT legislation news out of the nation's capital. This and most LGBT news blogs have relied on the Washington Blade for timely reporting on issues not always covered by the mainstream media. The question now is whether anybody will step forward to rescue any of these publications. Let's cross our fingers.

UPDATE: The Washington Blade has confirmed its demise via Twitter.


As someone written up in Southern Voice, 411 and David, this is depressing. It is getting harder and harder to find outlets for gay voices and these were some of the most influential. With the demise of The Advocate, it will soon be online only for any sort of news.
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Some may recall that, over the summer, I posted a blog titled "Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Donate." Looks like the sentiment is spreading.

Under the headline Don't Ask, Don't Give, John Aravois and Joe Sudbay of the widely-read AmericaBlog today called for a boycott of LGBT donations to the Democratic party over the failures of the Obama administration and the DNC to properly support and advocate for gay causes.

Joe and I are launching today a donor boycott of the DNC. The boycott is cosponsored by Daily Kos, Michelangelo Signorile, Paul Sousa the founder of Equal Rep in Boston, and soon others. It's really more of a "pause," than a boycott. Boycotts sounds so final, and angry. Whereas this campaign is temporary, and is only meant to help some friends - President Obama and the Democratic party - who have lost their way.

We are hopeful that via this campaign, our friends will keep their promises.So please sign the Petition and take a Pledge to no longer donate to the DNC, Organizing for America, or the Obama campaign until the President and the Democratic party keep their promises to the gay community, our families, and our friends. You can find our Frequently Asked Questions, below, that explain the entire campaign. You can use our "Tell a Friend" page to tell all of your friends, family members, and coworkers about this effort (and we won't keep any of the email addresses you entire, they'll all be deleted after the emails are sent).

Tensions between the DNC and AmericaBlog came to a boil last week after openly gay DNC treasurer Andy Tobias revealed that the DNC had "intentionally" asked Maine contributors to support NJ Gov. Jon Corzine with no such accompanying request to help Maine's marriage equality effort.

Here are the specific beefs: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is this?
We are asking voters to pledge to withhold contributions to the Democratic National Committee, Organizing for America, and the Obama campaign until the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) is passed, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT) is repealed, and the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is repealed -– all of which President Obama repeatedly promised to do if elected.

Why are you asking people to take this pledge?
Candidate Obama promised during the campaign to be the gay community’s “fierce advocate.” He and the Democratic party have not kept their promise.

Can you give examples of how the President and Democrats have not been fierce advocates for the civil rights of gay and lesbian Americans?

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Because the bigger the drum closet, the bigger the skelton

From JoeMyGod:
This is totally make your day and almost make up for Maine. TMZ is reporting that Carrie Prejean has suddenly withdrawn her million-dollar lawsuit against Miss California USA after the pageant's lawyers showed her a clip from her own XXX sex tape.
Carrie Prejean demanded more than a million dollars during her settlement negotiations with Miss California USA Pageant officials -- that is, until the lawyer for the Pageant showed Carrie an XXX home video of her handiwork.

The video the lawyer showed Carrie is extremely graphic and has never been released publicly. We know that, because TMZ obtained the video months ago but decided not to post it because it was so racy. Let's just say, Carrie has a promising solo career.

We're told it took about 15 seconds for Carrie to jettison her demand and essentially walk away with nothing. As we first reported, the Pageant is paying around $100,000 to her lawyers and publicist -- a fraction of her bills. She pockets nothing in the settlement.
Hey Maggie Gallagher! Did I just hear your tires squealing? Since, as you say, God was speaking directly to Carrie during her anti-gay pageant answer, what was he saying during her double-penetration scene? I kid, I kid. I only HOPE there's a double-penetration scene!


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