Monday, March 2, 2015

North Carolina: Charlotte City Council Considers Adding Sexual Orientation To Public Accommodations Ordinance

The city council of Charlotte, North Carolina, is considering today whether to add five characteristics – marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression – to protected classes already listed in the city’s public accommodations.

From Charlotte's WFAE:

First, it would make it illegal in Charlotte for taxi drivers, restaurants, or any commercial business from discriminating against customers who are gay, lesbian or transgendered.

Seventeen states and more than 200 cities and counties across the country have enacted similar laws. It makes sense for Charlotte to do the same, says Chris Sgro, executive director of the gay and transgender rights group Equality NC.

After all, he says Charlotte is one of the 20 largest cities in the country, "and of the top 20 population cities in the country," he says, "all of them but Memphis, Jacksonville and Charlotte have these protections."

Under Charlotte’s proposed ordinance, companies found to discriminate would be subject to a fine and could be barred for two years from getting any city contracts.

Opponents say passing the ordinance isn't fair because it would mean they would be prohibited from discriminating against gays, and that businesses might have to treat all customers fairly. Apparently, the act of baking a cake or selling flowers for a wedding now constitutes "promoting" same-sex marriage. I wonder if providing a cake for a second or third marriage (we know how the Bible feels about divorce) also promotes un-Biblical acts?

You can listen to the city council meeting live here. But, I'll warn you, the anti-gay folks are certain to get ugly.

I'll post Twitter updates as the evening goes along.

"Totally Not Gay" Michael Hoffman Rants Over X-Rated Videos

Naked bodybuilder Michael Hoffman goes on a rant about the illegal use of his likeness across the internet

"Totally not gay" Michael Hoffman took to his YouTube channel to vent about a lot of things, one of those being how his solo sex videos are being seen across the internet.

You know - those videos that he made and sold?

I keep coming back to this story because I'm fascinated by his victim-hood and how he sees his own story.

No nudity here, just a rambling rant.

Texas: 5x Married State Rep. Tony Tinderholt Files Judicial Complaint Over Lesbian Couple Marrying

Image via Memeographs

Texas state Rep. Tony Tinderholt has filed a hilarious complaint with the State Commission of Judicial Conduct over a ruling which allowed a lesbian couple together over 30 years to marry.

In filing the complaint, Tinderholt admits that he's not a lawyer, although you didn't need him to share that info to know that. He not only says that the judge didn't notify the attorney general (he did) but Tinderholt names the WRONG judge.

From Raw Story:

Tinderholt, 44, a former member of the U.S. Air Force and Army, wrote out a two-paragraph complaint to the State Commission on Judicial Conduct stating that Judge Wahlberg failed to give notice to the State Attorney General’s office when lifting a stay on the two women’s marriage.

“This judge deliberately violated statutory law, and this is unacceptable,” Tinderholt wrote.

However it was Probate Judge Guy Herman, not Wahlberg, who ruled the same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional. Additionally, the State Attorney General’s office did receive notice of the ruling on Jan. 23 and chose to “not to seek direct involvement.”

According to attorney Brian T. Thompson who took part in the case involving the two women, Tinderholt’s complaint won’t hold up against either of the judges.

“It’s a shame that someone who’s taken on the responsibility of writing our laws has so much misunderstanding of the law,” Thompson said.

Clearly a standard-bearer for the sanctity of marriage, Tinderholt is currently in his 5th marriage - a former Dallas Cowboy cheerleader.

Says it all, doesn't it?

Here's his hand-written complaint:

2015-02-19 Tinderholt Complaint by laurenmcgaughy

Mark Cuban & Ann Coulter Cast As Prez/Vice-Prez In "Sharknado 3"

Please tell me this means we get to see them eaten by sharks and Ian Ziering becomes President!

Via Deadline:

Mark Cuban (Shark Tank) has been cast as President of the United States and political commentator/author Ann Coulter will assume the duties of Vice President in Syfy/The Asylum’s Sharknado 3. The latest installment of the pop culture phenomenon will cause mass destruction in Washington, D.C. before roaring down the Eastern Seaboard and into Florida. It will premiere on Syfy in July.

Previously announced cameos in Sharknado 3 include Bo Derek as May, the mother of April (Reid); Jerry Springer, appearing as Mr. White, a manic tourist; *NSYNC singer Chris Kirkpatrick as a pool lifeguard; and Chris Jericho, as Bruce the roller coaster ride operator.

The "Sharknado" movie series has become a huge money-maker for Syfy. When the sequel - Sharknado 2: The Second One - aired last summer, it became the most-watched original movie in the network's history.

An enormous part of the appeal of the films is the over-the-top/tongue-in-cheek humor played throughout the sci-fi film.

Another huge asset is the action hero studliness of leading man Ian Ziering. Like a fine wine, Ziering has aged very, very well. Take a look below from his appearances in Las Vegas as the Chippendales special celebrity host.

Yeah, that sells tickets... :)

Chippendale Of The Day: Matt Marshall

Well, hello Mr. Marshall...

Nasdaq Closes at 5008 - First Time Over 5000 Since 2000

True story: in 2000 I was performing in CHICAGO the Musical in Las Vegas with the national touring company. We played there for a year from Spring 1999 to Spring 2000.

I had my days free and somehow found myself addicted to watching CNBC all day. The stock market was just rocketing up and up. So, after discussing with hubby Michael, I decided to get involved with investing our retirement funds.

After months of watching so many stocks hit historic highs, I was confident I could do this.

Unfortunately, I invested our funds at the absolute peak of what would become the "tech bubble" of the Nasdaq. We pretty much bought in at the record high of 5,132.

The rest, as they say, is history.

We didn't lose everything but we lost a LOT. Since then we've employed a financial adviser who took over and has given us an average of about 7% return over the past 14 years.

But I've always kept my eye on the Nasdaq wondering how long it would take to regain all those losses from 200.

And now we know..

Promo: Michael Sam For Dancing With The Stars

Michael Sam with DWTS partner Peta Murgatroyd

Out NFL-er Michael Sam posted this promo pic with his pro partner, Peta Murgatroyd, on his Facebook page today.

The pic was captioned, "My promo shoot turned out great thanks to this beautiful girl @petamurgatroyd #TeamSambatroyd"

In addition to getting ready for DWTS, Sam will take part in the first ever NFL Veteran Combine on March 22nd in Tempe, AZ.

Zach King's Favorite Magic Vines Of 2014

I have no idea how Zach King does any of this, but it's pretty amazing. It's like tons of "six second magic shows" over and over.

Madonna Announces Rebel Heart World Tour With A Sock

Madonna announced her new world tour in support of her upcoming album Rebel Heart today by speaking with a sock. #BitchYoureASock

See the sock bit below, plus the actual promo video. The tour will begin in Miami on August 29th, then tour the US before heading to Europe, Asia and Australia (her first concerts "down under" in 20 years).

Madge's last tour for MDNA (2012) grossed over $300 million worldwide. Before that, her Sticky & Sweet tour (2008-2009) grossed $408 million, marking the biggest tour ever for a female artist.

To help promote the tour and new album, Live Nation announced Madonna will be the special musical guest on ELLEN the entire week of March 16-20.

For tour info head over to the official Madonna website here.

California Man Files "Death Penalty For Sodomites" Ballot Initiative

A California lawyer has filed a proposed ballot initiative which would legalize the death penalty for gays in the Golden state.

According to Wonkette, a man listed as Matt McLaughlin of Huntington Beach, California, has paid his $200 filing fee to begin what he hopes would see death and million dollar fines for "sodomites" via his "Sodomite Suppression Act."

Excerpt from McLaughlin's filing:

"Seeing that it is better that offenders should die rather than that all of us should be killed by God’s just wrath against us for the folly of tolerating-wickedness in our midst, the People of California wisely command, in the fear of God, that any person who willingly touches another person of the same gender for purposes of sexual gratification be put to death by bullets to the head or by any other convenient method."

In addition, McLaughlin would like to see gays fined $1 million for each "sodomistic propaganda" incident and possible expulsion from California. Plus, none of the "sodomites" may be allowed to hold public office.

McLaughlin now needs 366,000 signatures via petition to get his legislation on the next ballot.
See a copy of the wording above.

(h/t JMG)

Supreme Court Says California Anti-Gay Groups Can't Hide Donor Names

A California group, which fought to deny same-sex marriage in their state, has been rebuffed by the Supreme Court in their attempt to hide the names of donors to the anti-gay Prop 8 campaign of 2008.

The justices on Monday let stand a lower court ruling against, the National Organization for Marriage and other supporters of a 2008 ballot initiative that outlawed same-sex marriages in California until the ban was overturned five years later.

The groups sought to conceal their past and future campaign finance records because they feared harassment of donors. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against them in part because the names have been publicly available for five years.

State law requires political committees to identify those who contribute more than $100 during or after a campaign, along with the donor's address, occupation and employer.

Nebraska: Omaha Man Arrested For Stealing/Burning Rainbow Flag

Twenty-three year old Cameron Mayfield of Omaha, Nebraska has been arrested for stealing a neighbors rainbow flag and burning it in the street.

Via Gay Star News:

Ariann Anderson and Jess Meadows-Anderson, a married couple who live next door, said it went 'beyond vandalism or a threat' as it was a 'direct attack'.

'It's just a reminder that hate is still out there,' they said.

The two women woke up just after midnight on Sunday morning (1 March), believing their home was being burglarized.

When Meadows-Anderson rushed downstairs to check on their two girls, her wife saw a van drive off.

When they woke up again, they went to a window to see a man running down the street with what looked like a burning stick.

They then both realized he was burning their rainbow flag.

'You almost feel bad for a minute,' Meadows-Anderson told WOWT. 'He's a young man and he made a hate-filled, drunken mistake that will have a lasting effect on his life and his family.'

Later that day, a new, bigger, brighter Pride flag was flying on their front porch.

Mayfield is facing a 2nd degree felony arson charge and a separate charge for resisting arrest.

Updated Marriage Equality Map - March 2, 2015

Nebraska turns to light blue thanks to today's ruling.

All that wonderful, happy, legal, equal BLUE.

I'll continue to update as more states get on the right side of history.


Marriage News Watch - March 2, 2015

From the American Foundation for Equal Rights:

Texas lawmakers are gunning for the judge who let two lesbians to get married.

Meanwhile, homophobic lawmakers celebrate the 10th anniversary of the state's marriage ban.

There's just one problem: the law will probably be overturned before it actually turns ten. Plus various native American tribes are in the process of legalizing marriage.

Nebraska's Same-Sex Marriage Ban Struck Down

Senior U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon has struck down Nebraska's same-sex marriage ban saying, 'all relevant state officials are ordered to treat same-sex couples the same as different sex couples in the context of processing a marriage license or determining the rights, protections, obligations or benefits of marriage.'

From Judge Bataillon's ruling:

"The State clearly has the right to encourage couples to marry and provide support for one another. However, those laws must be enforced equally and without respect to gender," U.S. District Court Judge Joseph Bataillon wrote. "It is time to bring this unequal provision to an end."

Evan Wolfson of Freedom To Marry issued this statement:

Every day loving and committed couples are denied the freedom to marry in the decreasing number of states that continue to discriminate against same-sex couples and their families is a day of tangible hardships and indignity. Fortunately, Nebraska may soon no longer be one of those discriminating states, thanks to today's strong ruling from yet another court -- the 65th in the past two years -- affirming the freedom to marry. It is time for the U.S. Supreme Court to bring the country to national resolution and end marriage discrimination for all Americans.

Nebraska would become the 38th state in the US to have marriage equality.

The state of Nebraska immediately filed an appeal with the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals.

The order takes effect March 9 at 8 a.m.
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