ON OUR GAYDAR — News, notes, clicks, and quips from around the web.
→ Rhode Island’s Gov. Don Carcieri vetoes a bill that would’ve added domestic partners to those able to make funeral arrangements for their partners. Why? Because “this bill represents a distributing trend over the past few years of the incremental erosion of the principles surrounding traditional marriage, which is not the preferred way to approach this issue. If the General Assembly believes it would like to address the issue of domestic partnerships, it should place the issue on the ballot and let the people of the state of Rhode Island decide.”
→ Even the American Medical Association wants to kill DADT, because having it in place encourages medical disparities.
→ A “decent debut” for Wanda Sykes new Saturday show?
→ Connecticut Gov. Jodi Rell, who signed a civil union bill into law, won’t run for re-election next year.
→ “Indefinitely.” That’s how long New York’s state senators put off a vote on gay marriage after opting not to make a call today.
→ Federal court rules that South Carolina’s state-mandated license plate “I Believe” does, in fact, violate the separation of church and state.
→ The Liberty Counsel’s Matt Barber and Americans for Truth About Homosexuality’s Peter LaBarbera called the FBI over the blog Joe My God.
→ Northern Alabama teen Cynthia Stewart told she cannot bring her girlfriend to the prom.
→ Mint Male is a brand new gay magazine-on-the-web thing, which is hysterical, because while everyone knows in this climate it’s stupid to launch a new gay magazine, it’s even more stupid to launch a web-based one that’s impossible to flip through.
→ Porn star and prostitute Malachi Marx (not his real name, obvs) is retiring from selling his body — and wants us to believe the only reason he got into gay-for-pay porn was so he would have the material to write a book on it. Which he did. It’s called Gay 4 Pay: The Revealing Life of a Gay Porn Star and Escort. There are stories about bananas and things. [Interview here, site NSFW]
→ Remember when Maine put a woman’s right to vote up for, uh, a vote? Back in 1917, a ballot measure stood between women’s suffrage and citizen-approved discrimination. Voters opted for the latter.
→ Of course Andrea Peyser is defending the NYC cabbie who tossed out two gay passengers.
→ Guess who’s thrilled taxpayers won’t have to pay for abortions? Religious conservatives, that’s who!
→ How gay marriage will help heterosexuals: It’ll keep them from accidentally marrying a homo.
→ Rent and The Laramie Project will go on at this Las Vegas area high school, after all.
→ Is Hell’s Kitchen or the West Village the reigning NYC gayborhood?