ON OUR GAYDAR — News, notes, clicks, and quips from around the web.
• NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, after, uh, talking with the State Senate, backtracks on his lack of hope for marriage equality in the state. He relays his political friends are insisting marriage is Priority No. 1. We’ll believe it when we see it.
• EPSN The Magazine‘s upcoming “Body Issue” will feature 30 athletes in various states of undress. It’s also part of the magazine’s meta conversation on how a great body boosts an athlete’s profile and earning power.
• If you want to be a part of LOGO’s new reality show Kept, you need “SUPERSIZED PERSONALITIES and SUPER – FAB EXCITING LIFESTYLES. We want Drama, drama, drama! You must have A LOT going on— hot careers, take fabulous vacations, have second homes, do the Hamptons, & Pines or Bucks County or Asbury Park and know the IN social scene in NYC.”
• Fred Karger: The National Organization for Marriage uploaded its tax forms in the middle of the night to sneakily start complying with disclosure laws.
• Miss Yucca Valley 1998 Maya Rupert says she’s been stripped of her title because, she claims, “she told pageant organizer Sheldon Hough she thought using a venue that campaigned for Proposition 8, which prohibited same-sex marriages in California, might discourage lesbians or transgender girls from participating in the scholarship event.”
• Mad Men‘s Bryan Batt marrying events planning partner Tom Cianfichi at Christmas?
• Stand For Marriage Maine’s effort to kill gay marriage appears destined to fail and, in fact, has only an 11 percent chance of passing, according to Nate Silver’s calculations. Except: “Don’t start counting your (gay) chickens yet, because there are a couple of additional circumstances that are relatively unique to Maine. One is that this is a standalone initiative in an off-year election in which voters will have few other things to consider. What sort of electorate will turn out? This precedent has previously occurred twice, in Texas and Kansas, both of which voted on marriage bans in 2005. That Texas and Kansas voted to approve the marriage bans is no surprise, but the margin was somewhat wider than the model predicted — 76 percent in Texas, rather than the prediction of 71 percent, and 70 percent in Kansas, rather than the prediction of 67 percent.”
• D.C. rallied around Councilman David Catania last night as he unveiled his marriage equality bill for the district. “He said nine of his Council colleagues would join him at the Council’s Oct. 6 meeting to jointly introduce the legislation, the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Equality Amendment Act of 2009.”
• David Letterman admits to workplace affairs, if only to stop an extortionist.
• Florida’s brand new Faith and Freedom Coalition teamed up with the Christian Coalition to launch a new “mobilization” headquarters for social values.