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DOSSIER: Illinois’ Gay Marriage Law a Ploy? … Delays By ELCA? … Straight Muslim’s Gay Movie Gig

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• When Illinois State Senator Heather Steans introduced same-sex marriage legislation, we all cheered. But was it just a political ploy?

• Mario Lopez’s birthday cake has a shirtless picture of Mario Lopez on it.

This is a very long-winded (from N+1, of course) conversation that tangles the women’s movement and abortion rights with the gay movement and marriage rights. And somehow, it all gels, but it’s a lot to get through.

• Maine’s lawyers team up to fight anti-gay misinformation.

• Are Lutheran bishops delaying the implementation of new clergy rules concerning “practicing homosexuals”?

• Russia has four months to explain why it keeps banning gay pride.

• What do Andrew Sullivan and Westboro’s Fred Phelps have in common? Conspiracy theories about why Obama is talking to the gays.

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• Did the Gay Games select Cleveland precisely because it’s not such a progressive place?

• Actor Said Mohamed, an Somali refugee and a Muslim, is delighted about his new movie role: a gay Somalian.

Guess who’s partycrashing HRC’s dinner?

• The American Family Association claims 500,000 people have signed on to its Boycott Pepsi (because Pepsi loves the gays) petition, which launched in January.

Anderson Cooper, Shep Smith, and now Brian Kilmeade hit the bear beat.

• Britain’s conservative Tories threw their first-ever gay pride party last night, where “Conservative cocktails” were served. Hah!

• If you’re heading to the National Equality March this weekend, you better know your D.C. gays.

• The Washington Blade is celebrating 40 years of not closing down.

• Lt. Dan Choi hits up the University of Utah.


  • 3 Comments
    • Brian
      Brian

      The ELCA (Lutherans) are delaying the implementation of new ideas because they risk losing half their members – simply because they want to be “gay-friendly.” Just welcoming and acknowledging LGBT people is ripping this Christian denomination apart.

      Imagine what would happen if they decided to stop making “homosexuals wrong, sinful and deviant?” Armageddon?

      Thank God young people can see through this bull shit and are rejecting religion and its hate-inspiring beliefs. Young people who know we are Not Wrong.

      Oct 7, 2009 at 4:25 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Erick
      Erick

      Re: Gay Games

      I think its a great idea to use the games not only as way to celebrate ourselves and our athletes, but also as a tool for achieving change.

      If that was a consideration, it was right to consider it.

      Oct 7, 2009 at 4:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • terrwill
      terrwill

      >To the 500,000 rightwing-nutbags who “signed” a petition boycotting Pepsi, you have a dilema because Coke also supports the Gays! So how bout you all do us a big ‘ole favor and all down a big bottle of Drano!

      >Mario Lopez: It sucks that he is supposdly a nice guy because its tough to hate a guy who has tons of money, a smokin’ body, and a HUGE cock (always struts naked in gym locker room in NYC)

      >And to Fred Phelps: Your Grandson Jacob is a FAG!!!

      Oct 7, 2009 at 6:03 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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