Friday, July 25, 2014

James Franco's Instagram "Joke"
“I’m So Happy For You!”: James Franco Jokes About His Brother Dave Dating Costar Zac Efron

Marriage Equality WIN In Miami/Dade County

ABC NEWS: Same-Sex Marriage Ban Struck Down for Miami Area

A Florida judge on Friday overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage in a ruling that applies to Miami-Dade County, agreeing with a judge in another county who made a similar ruling last week.
The ruling issued by Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel mirrors the decision made earlier by Monroe County Circuit Judge Luis Garcia. Both judges found the constitutional amendment approved by Florida voters in 2008 discriminates against gay people and violates their right to equal protection under the law guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution's 14th Amendment. 
"Preventing couples from marrying solely on the basis of their sexual orientation serves no governmental interest," Zabel wrote. "It serves only to hurt, to discriminate, to deprive same-sex couples and their families of equal dignity, to label and treat them as second-class citizens, and to deem them unworthy of participation in one of the fundamental institutions of our society."

The legal battleground will next shift to the Miami-based 3rd District Court of Appeal for both cases, and most likely after that to the state Supreme Court.
In 1977, Florida became the only state prohibiting all gay people from adopting children. A state court judge threw out that law in 2008, finding "no rational basis" for that ban, and two years later, the state decided not to appeal, making gay adoption legal.
The cities of Orlando, Miami Beach and Key Biscayne filed legal papers supporting the gay couples' quest to have the marriage ban ruled unconstitutional. A separate lawsuit is pending in Tallahassee federal court seeking to both overturn Florida's gay marriage ban and force the state to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.

The Death of Broadway


NeNe Leakes & Sherri Shepherd In Talks To Become Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother In Broadway Musical

Real Housewives of Atlanta‘s NeNe Leakes and The View‘s Sherri Sheppard are both competing to become Cinderella’s fairy godmother in the Broadway musical, is exclusively reporting.
Sources familiar with the situation tell us, “Both ladies really want the role, and have already auditioned to land the role as Cinderella’s fairy godmother in the Broadway musical.
The stage version of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella debuted on Broadway in 2013.
After seven years as a co-host on The View, Shepherd announced she was FIRED FROM leaving the morning chat fest.

Bryan Singer Wins In Court

“X-Men” director Bryan Singer has scored a legal victory in the sex-abuse allegations leveled against him, winning a dismissal in the lawsuit filed by an anonymous British actor who claimed that Singer had abused him.

The lawsuit, filed in May, claimed that Singer had sex with the plaintiff, then 17, at a “Superman” after-party in a London hotel room. The anonymous plaintiff claimed that he resisted, but Broadway producer Gary Goddard, also named in the suit, brought in a “large, musclebound man” who struck the teen and held him while Singer grabbed him and Goddard, naked on the bed, watched. Singer then attempted to rape the teen, the suit claimed.
Goddard has also filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit.

Michele Bachmann "spreading goodness & joy" and Lies & Hate

“Our message is to spread goodness and joy and wholeness and healing, and we do that through a loving God with a message that frees people, it doesn’t enslave people, we shouldn’t fear giving out this very good word,” Bachmann said. “It takes these concepts for the purpose of bringing liberty, joy, healing, wholeness and a fresh way of thinking for people’s lives.”

During a Wednesday appearance on the conservative radio show “Faith & Liberty,” Rep. Michele Bachmann accused the “gay community” of pushing “deviancy,” “tyranny” and child rape.
The Minnesota Republican warned that the gay community will “abolish age of consent laws, which means we will do away with statutory rape laws so that adults will be able to freely prey on little children sexually. That’s the deviance that we’re seeing embraced in our culture today.”
She also predicted that gay rights advocates will legalize polygamy and enact “hate speech laws across the United States” in order to bring about “the rise of tyranny.”

“This is a revolution that we are encountering now,” she said of marriage equality. “For all of the thousands of years of recorded human history, about 5,000 years, there is no instance of any culture, nation or tribe ever having as the established standard for marriage anything other than between man and woman. It may have been multiple women and a man, it may have been something like that, but it was always between men and women.”
I Guess this is the "we" she refers to.

Ryan Wilson Resigns from SC Equality

FROM HIS EMAIL: Almost two years ago, Jeff Ayers, the Chair of SC Equality announced at South Carolina Pride that I had been hired as Executive Director of SC Equality. Since then, our nation has seen huge leaps forward in legal equality for LGBTQ people, from the fall of DOMA to President Obama's newest executive orders banning employment discrimination against LGBTQ federal employees and contractors. 
Now, I am starting a new chapter. In a few weeks, I will be leaving my role with SC Equality to accept a new position as Senior Regional Field Organizer for a national LGBTQ organization where I will be focused on winning pro-equality campaigns across the Southern United States.  The Board of Directors of SC Equality has accepted my resignation, effective in early August when the events of Charleston Pride come to a close. I feel it is fitting to start and end my time with SC Equality at pride festivals in South Carolina since I got my start as an activist in Columbia as a board member for SC Pride in 2006.

More Fashion News: Transgendered Janet Mock Joins Marie Claire Magazine

Best-selling author and trans activist Janet Mock was named this week as a contributing editor at Marie Claire, one of the world's most popular fashion, culture, and lifestyle magazines for young women.
Mock, previously a staff editor for, is arguably already the most widely read trans-identified journalist in the United States. Mock’s memoir, Redefining Realness: My Path To Womanhood, Identity, Love, And So Much More made the New York Times Best-Seller List shortly after its release, and Mock has used her newfound celebrity to become an outspoken, visible advocate for trans women in media.
“Taking this position at Marie Claire is a full circle moment for me," Mock writes in an email to The Advocate. "Three years ago, I first told my story of growing up as a trans girl in the magazine, and it was bold and empowering for a mainstream women's magazine to embrace a narrative like mine in its pages, leading the way towards inclusion of women from various walks of life. That piece changed the trajectory of my life, and I feel now, graduating from subject to contributing editor, is revolutionary, speaking volumes to how we must not only be seen in the pages and on the covers of magazines, but we must actually be in the rooms when those pages and covers are created."

The Wrap's "Fifty Shades" Alternate Trailer

South Carolina Joins In On 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Case

Indiana is being joined by 10 other states in the state’s battle to maintain a law banning same-sex marriages.
Indiana is appealing U.S. District Court Judge Richard L. Young’s June 25 ruling declaring Indiana’s law unconstitutional. The case is now in the hands of the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago, which on June 27 granted Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller’s request for an immediate stay on Young’s ruling, putting to an end to three days of gay weddings happening across Indiana.
In a friend of the court briefing supporting Indiana filed this week, the attorneys general from the other states argue it is not the role of the judicial branch to determine the legality of gay marriage. Those states include Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Louisiana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota and Utah.
 Then there's this voice of reason in the wilderness:

SC Senator who led anti-marriage charge says he supports the freedom to marry Sept 20, 2013

'In my past days as a state senator, I was active in working for a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. With time and much consideration - not to mention a dose of enlightenment and empathy - I realized my past positions in this regard were wrong, and I honestly wish I hadn't been so strident against gay marriage. I have come to see discrimination against gay people as a great wrong, akin to discrimination against blacks, women, and other minorities. I believe that if a gay couple desires to get married, they should have the same rights as me. One cannot undo the past, but there is time left in life to change one's mind and reject discrimination of any kind in any form, against anyone.'  - John Hawkins, a Republican who served in the South Carolina General Assembly from 1996 to 2008 and spent the last eight years of his term as a Senator. In 2012 Hawkins ran again for election to the Senate and lost to incumbent Lee Bright 65% to 35%.
 Until the crazy comes out:

Lee Bright Promises To Fight Obama Like Bashar al-Assad, Rails Against 'Homosexual Indoctrination'

 "Republicans need to learn to start playing offense and quit playing so much defense. You look at, of course I hate to use examples, you look at Assad and you look at Putin, when people stand up to Obama, you see that he backs up and his lines in the sand become erased.

If [Speaker] Boehner had the courage that Putin and Assad had, we’d be living in a different America, but we don’t have the leadership and we’ve got to continue to try to get folks to Washington that are going to take the fight to the liberal agenda.

One thing I didn’t mention earlier, you were talking about things going around the state, we’ve got the homosexual agenda on the full march in our institutions of higher ed and we’ve gone from education to indoctrination, so we are in a fight — they have seized the educational establishment and we’ve got to take that back and we’ve got to get folks involved in that or otherwise that’s our next generation."
- Lee Bright

Lee Bright alludes to questions about Lindsey Graham's sexuality in email

Senator Lindsey Graham is not what he seems.
He has been hiding a dark secret from everyone. His friends, his family, voters in South Carolina, Republicans, and all Americans — and it’s finally time he comes out with the truth.
He is an Obama-loving liberal.

Baseball, Hot Dogs & Prostates in Myrtle Beach

Staying true to his word, a minor league baseball general manager underwent a prostate exam while singing "Take Me Out To The Ball Game" during the seventh-inning stretch on Thursday night in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Andy Milovich, GM of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, a Single-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, pledged to undergo the procedure on the team's Prostate Awareness Night if the Facebook page of local 10-year-old Fallon Emery got roughly 4,000 more likes. Emery was diagnosed with brain cancer in December.
Milovich said he thinks his efforts could help shed the stigma of a prostate exam.
"I had a college friend tell me that what I did inspired him to get his first exam, so hopefully this saves some lives," Milovich said. "The amount of people, who are either prostate-cancer survivors or people who have lost family members to prostate cancer, who have said what tonight meant to them has been overwhelming.
The team gave out 1,000 foam fingers with blue ribbons on it to men age 18 and older who attended the game.
There are more than 200,000 new cases of prostate cancer in the United States each year and more than 30,000 men die from it, according to the American Cancer Society.