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Puerto Rico’s Brutal Gay Decapitation … Canada’s Supremes to Rule on Polygamy?

ON OUR GAYDAR — News, notes, clicks, and quips from around the web.


→ Nineteen-year-old Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado, was murdered Saturday in Puerto Rico. He was found “partially burned, decapitated, and dismembered, both arms, both legs, and the torso.” According to iReporter Christopher Pagan, “The police agent that is handling this case said on a public televised statement that ‘people who lead this type of lifestyle need to be aware that this will happen.'”

→ So Rachel Maddow lied about whether her colleagues and employer engage in political activism.

→ Brooklyn’s Starlight Lounge, the borough’s oldest gay bar (and self-proclaimed oldest black-owned NYC bar), risks closure as its building’s new owner wants the place empty.

→ Even though Gap this year is explicitly excited for Christmas, the American Family Association is initiating a temporary boycott because of “the company’s censorship of the word ‘Christmas.'”

→ Laid off from the New York Times, Kenneth in the 212 blogger Kenneth Walsh is sort of “eh” about it.


→ Democrat Alex Sink, who’s running for the Florida governor’s seat that Charlie Crist is leaving open, wants to abandon the state’s ban on gays adopting: “We need a system in which all of our children are assured that they live in a healthy, loving home — a home that’s determined not by any law. The decision has to be made by the judge, in consultation with the experts, to determine what is the best for that individual child.”

→ As Perry v. Schwarzenegger moves marriage equality closer to the U.S. Supreme Court, Canada’s top court will be asked to decide whether it’s time to say yes to polygamy.

→ Love Honor Cherish’s SignForEquality.com kicks off for a 2010 Prop 8 repeal effort.

→ Is it racist when the British version of the Couples Retreat movie poster “omits” the two black characters?

→ Homophobic reggae star Buju Banton saw his concerts killed stateside. Now Beenie Man is seeing the same thing happen in Australia and New Zealand.

(Photo: Miami Herald)

    • Attmay

      The breeder bigots are not going to pin legalized polygamy on us. It is well known what harm polygamy has done to women, which is why it is illegal. Same sex marriage harms no one except the incomes of breeder bigots who profit off their jihad against it.

      Nov 16, 2009 at 5:52 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hyhybt

      All too rarely do I think on how great it is not to be dismembered and set afire.

      Nov 16, 2009 at 6:46 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • alejandro

      “BC’s Supreme Court will be asked to decide if polygamy should remain illegal in Canada, the province’s attorney general announced Thursday.”

      wow queerty dont u even read your sources..
      it says it may eventualy head to the supreme court of canada but it has yet.

      Nov 16, 2009 at 7:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Keith Kimmel

      “The police agent that is handling this case said on a public televised statement that ‘people who lead this type of lifestyle need to be aware that this will happen.'”


      Nov 16, 2009 at 7:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • scott ny'er

      and i thought PR was a good place for gays.

      Nov 16, 2009 at 10:04 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • scott ny'er

      yay for Beenie Man being canceled!!!

      Nov 16, 2009 at 10:16 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • schlukitz

      “The police agent that is handling this case said on a public televised statement that ‘people who lead this type of lifestyle need to be aware that this will happen.'”

      DUMB FUCK! Instead of outrage at the murder of a Mexican citizen, all he can come up with is a “warning” to the the LGBT community?

      He ought to be stripped of his badge.

      Nov 17, 2009 at 12:02 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • schlukitz

      Dang! What the heck am I thinking? “Mexican citizen”???

      Obviously, I meant to say Puerto Rican, not Mexican.

      That’s what happens when one gets old and senile. LOL

      Nov 17, 2009 at 12:08 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ted C.

      I’m skeptical about the Puerto Rico story. That’s not a reliable source that’s being cited, and there might be a misunderstanding if the police statement is being translated from Spanish. For example, perhaps the statement was closer to: “Because there’s a killer on the loose, the gay community needs to be warned to be careful right now. This could happen to them.”

      I could understand a single cop saying something homophobic extemporaneously, but this was a prepared statement. If a prepared statement from the police department was really that homophobic, you’d think it would be a bigger story.

      Nov 17, 2009 at 12:18 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Brian

      Perhaps, the killers of Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado were inspired by the hateful remarks of (Puerto Rican) New York State Senator Rubin Diaz.

      Nov 17, 2009 at 12:29 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ted C.

      Regarding the story about polygamy in Canada, part of the issue is that it’s already possible to have more than one spouse in Canada depending on your province’s definition of “spouse”.

      In Ontario, it’s possible to have _three_ legally recognised spouses at once: One through marriage, one through long-term cohabitation, and one through having a child together while in a relationship “of some permanance”. (e.g. A man leaves his wife but doesn’t divorce her, then moves in with a girlfriend, and knocks up another girlfriend on the side. All three women fit Ontario’s definition of “spouse”.)

      Nov 17, 2009 at 12:33 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Scot

      The New York Times just became a better paper.

      Nov 17, 2009 at 1:16 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Justin O

      What Rachel Maddow said was that MSNBC as a network does not plan rallies that advocate against the federal government. Fox News plans and organizes anti-government rallies, meaning it’s not a news organization, but a political action group. She was correct.

      Nov 17, 2009 at 2:15 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Robert, NYC

      Regarding Canada’s polygamy ruling….what about islamic Canadians who are allowed more than one wife?

      Nov 17, 2009 at 8:03 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • strumpetwindsock

      @ Robert, NYC


      There is also a polyamory group in B.C. that wants to make a submission should the Supreme Court agree to hear the submission.

      Nov 17, 2009 at 10:41 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • naghanenu

      Another signature rally again. Fighting marriage again.

      You people have a heart of steel. I admire that..really.

      Good Luck

      Nov 17, 2009 at 11:09 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Robert, NYC

      Strumpetwindsock, thank you for the link. Even if the law against polygamy is upheld, I wonder how this will impact those muslims who subscribe to polygamy citing freedom of religion, practice and belief. Polygamy in the islammic cult is accepted and practiced.

      Attmay, they can’t pin polygamy on us when you take into account that the Mormon cult once practiced it, hardly the fault of gay people. They used old testament references to justify it. Odd how most right wing religious bigots claim they believe in the scripture but conveniently omit many references that are contrary to 21st century living and the laws that govern us, while deliberately using the Leviticus reference to justify discrimination. Check out http://www.fallwell.com

      Nov 17, 2009 at 1:07 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Attmay

      @17 Robert NYC:

      “Attmay, they can’t pin polygamy on us when you take into account that the Mormon cult once practiced it, hardly the fault of gay people.”

      I know that, and you know that. But the breeder bigots are counting on millions of dupes who don’t know that to exploit them for fun and profit at our expense.

      Nov 17, 2009 at 8:08 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Lola

      Ted C,
      In Ontario Canada you cannot have three spouses at the same time. Otherwise it is Ontario Polygamy charge in waiting.
      You can have one spouse at a time. One must get divorced to have another same-time spouse. After the fact of divorce, there can be subsequent spouses. After time, there can be one or no spouse..but there can be ex-spouses, hense the confusion. Saskatchewan is the only Canadian province that allows polygamy.

      Dec 4, 2009 at 8:08 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
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      Dec 4, 2009 at 12:04 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Karen

      Not true. Ontario only recognizes that the still married person has PARENTAL obligations. They do not recognize more than one spouse. For example if the still married man claimed to be the spouse of the other women..they would not recognize that in the family property law court. FOr conjugal unions…only two at a time or its polyhgamy. If the man CLAIMED in court to be a spouse they would need to charge him with polygamy. If the second woman claimed she was not his spouse..then she would npot be charged with polygamy.

      May 18, 2010 at 4:52 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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