Saturday, July 4, 2015

Human Rights Campaign Celebrates 4th Of July

Happy 4th of July!

Wear your red, white and blue, kids! Celebrate!

Proud to be an American!

Saturday Slow Down: "Morning Glow" Tom Andersen

From Tom Andersen:

I thought this beautiful, inspiring song (from the musical "Pippin") written by the incredible Stephen Schwartz would be a great musical backdrop to my homage to the recent Supreme Court ruling (finally) of marriage equality.

Congrats, hallelujah and yay!

(h/t Boy Culture)

Catholic Vote's "Not Alone" Video Gets Big Thumbs Down From Viewers

Scott Wooledge at Memeographs designed this graphic and shared his review of the hilarious (and sadly serious) video - Not Alone - from Catholic Vote which portrays 6 people as "bravely coming out" for traditional marriage.

Scott's review:

“The auteurs at Catholic Vote have created an instant classic Christian cinematic masterpiece to rival Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas. Not since National Organization for Marriage’s “Gathering Storm” of 2008 have we seen delusional hyperbole, paranoia and self-pity lifted to such delirious heights.

Like an episode of The Bachelor or a Lindsey Lohan court appearance, Not Alone is both terrifying and impossible to look away from. This important piece of filmmaking will surely inspire countless imitators, but Not Alone is so earnest in its own clueless, privileged insensitivity that parody may be superfluous (see Poe’s Law).

Still, I look forward to seeing what influence this motion picture exerts on Stephen Colbert and the creative staff at The Daily Show, Funny or Die and Saturday Night Live.

Out of over 1 million views, the video has received 30,300 'thumbs down' and only 2,300 'thumbs up.'

The people have spoken.

Mike Huckabee: I Will Prosecute Critics Of Religious Freedoms Via Executive Order

In a Fox News op-ed, GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee swears to silence critics of "religious liberty" via executive orders:

On Day One of my administration, I will use the power of the presidency to protect and defend people of all faiths in all fifty states.

First, I will sign religious liberty executive orders that support traditional marriage and protect businesses, churches, non-profits, schools and universities, hospitals, and other organizations from discrimination, intimidation, civil penalties, or criminal attacks for exercising their religious beliefs.

Second, I will direct the attorney general to protect religious liberty and prosecute any violations of First Amendment rights of individuals, businesses, religious organizations, institutions, and civil servants, including those who believe in traditional marriage.

The Justice Department will protect and defend the rights of American citizens to follow their religious convictions without discrimination, and prosecute attacks on people of faith and their religious liberty.

I will aggressively prosecute attacks against people of faith as hate crimes.

Third, I will direct the Secretary of Defense to support military chaplains as well as servicemen and servicewomen who actively exercise their faith and not force them to participate in ceremonies they find objectionable on religious grounds. I will defend people of faith in every branch of our military. People of faith will not be punished for serving their country and sacrificing to keep us free.

I will use executive orders and the power of the presidency to protect and defend the Constitution--especially religious liberty, which is the heart of the First Amendment.

Of course, first he needs to become the GOP nominee.

And then, he has to be elected president.

Which isn't going to happen.

George Takei Apologizes For Clarence Thomas "Blackface" Comment

On Thursday, George Takei raised eyebrows for comments he made regarding Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and Thomas' dissent on the recent marriage equality ruling.

Among other things Takei referred to Thomas as a "clown in blackface."

Via The Hill:

Actor and gay rights advocate George Takei is slamming Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas after his dissent to last week's decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide claimed that the government can neither give nor take away human dignity. "He is a clown in blackface sitting on the Supreme Court. He gets me that angry," the former "Star Trek" star said in an interview with Fox 10 this week in Phoenix, standing alongside his longtime partner and husband. "For him to say slaves had dignity ... I mean, doesn't he know slaves were chained? That they were whipped on the back?" Takei asked.

Today, Takei apologized for his "regrettable" choice of words:

I am reminded, especially on this July 4th holiday, that though we have the freedom to speak our minds, we must use that freedom judiciously. Each of us, as humans, have hot-button topics that can set us off, and Justice Thomas had hit mine, that is clear. But my choice of words was regrettable, not because I do not believe Justice Thomas is deeply wrong, but because they were ad hominem and uncivil, and for that I am sorry.

I often ask fans to keep the level of discourse on this page and in comments high, and to remember that we all love this country and for what it stands for, even if we often disagree passionately about how to achieve those goals. I did not live up to my own high standards in this instance. I hope all of you have a wonderful, safe and joyously free July 4th, the first where all married couples in the U.S. can enjoy the full liberties of matrimony equally. It is truly a blessing to be an American today.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Mashup Of Donald Trump's Continuing Comments on "Rapist/Killers" From Mexico

Mashup: Donald Trump's comments

"Some are good, some are rapists, some are killers, and we don't even know what we're getting." The full mashup of Donald J. Trump's comments that have him in hot water:

Posted by The Situation Room on Friday, July 3, 2015

Funny: Gay Couple Rejects "Gay Wedding" Request

Funny, parody video where a gay son's parents are actually upset he doesn't WANT a big gay wedding.

Clip description: A family threatens to disown their gay son after he reveals he and his fiance won’t have a “gay wedding”.

True story - I got married twice (to the same hot hubby Michael). We got married first in Toronto in October 2003 and then again in California in October 2008. We only did the second one because we wanted an American marriage license.

BOTH were City Hall weddings :)

Episcopal Church Votes To Approve Religious Same-Sex Marriages

Just days after the landmark Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide, leaders of the U.S. Episcopal Church voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to allow clergy to wed same-sex couples.

The decision once again puts the U.S. branch of the Anglican Communion at the forefront of mainstream Christian acceptance of gays and lesbians.

Presented at the church's triennial General Assembly on Wednesday, the resolution strikes the words "man and woman" from a marriage canon and replaces them with gender-neutral language.

Clergy, however, will not be compelled to perform same-sex marriages under the resolution. A clause in the revised canon states it "shall be within the discretion of any member of the clergy of this church to decline to solemnize or bless any marriage."

The vote on Wednesday represents the latest move by the U.S. branch of the Anglican Communion, which claims roughly 2 million members, to embrace the LGBT community.

(from Buzzfeed)

Channing Tatum Covers Vanity Fair

From the Vanity Fair interview:
“I think this one is probably more what people wanted in the first film,” he told me. “We just couldn’t do it on the first movie. I think we all wanted there to be moments like that in the first film, but the reality of that world is not all giggles and fun. We had to let people understand that we knew the world, that it’s a real one, not savory at times, at least the one I was privy to.”

“Every time I’ve put on a thong and am ready to walk onstage, I’m like, ‘Why do I want to do this?’ ”

I asked Tatum if he’d ever do it again—not in a film, not as a joke, but for real, in front of a mob of women, on a dark night when he could dance one of the classic pieces: the waylaid fireman; the cop who has other ways of settling the ticket; the street rapper who rides the pony. “Well, we’re going to start a [Magic Mike] show in Vegas, and I’ll never say never,” he told me. “I wouldn’t mind going out there and doing it one more time. Or maybe twice. But, you know, every time I’ve put on a thong and am getting ready to walk onstage again, I’m like, ‘Why do I want to do this?’ It’s very uncomfortable to be in a thong in front of a thousand people.”

"That was going to be one of our plot points. To thong or not to thong. But my wife was like, ‘You cannot have a movie without these guys getting in thongs.’ ”
And bonus round - check out Channing busting 7 dance moves in 30 seconds:

Non-Family Victim Prepares To File Civil Lawsuit Against Josh Duggar

The Duggar family molestation story returns to the headlines as it seems a non-Duggar family victim is preparing to file a civil lawsuit against Josh Duggar.

The shocking development means that Josh and his parents Jim Bob and Michelle could be forced to give depositions and testify about Josh’s molestation scandal. The Duggars likely will have to answer every question as they will not be able to invoke their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination because the criminal statute of limitations has expired.

The family is once again under investigation the Department of Human Services and the fate of their reality show 19 Kids and Counting is still undecided.

The impending lawsuit sets up a nightmare scenario for TLC: if the network brings back 19 Kids and Counting, the show could be on the air while the Duggars are fighting a lawsuit that exposes all of Josh’s secrets surrounding the molestations and how the family covered it up.

Author Of "Kill The Gays" Bill In California Tries For Constitutional Amendment

Matt McLaughlin, author of the proposed (now dead) "Sodomite Suppression Act" in California, has come back with a new tactic to try and legalize killing gays with "bullets to the head."

Instead of a law, his new approach is to file the idea as a constitutional amendment, which he thought she would have to clear for signature gathering.

And he still doesn't see anything wrong with his idea. He says being gay has been a crime for centuries.

Kamala Harris, California Attorney General, had this to say: “Anyone who will take up their own time, or anyone else’s time, advocating for murder of innocent people in a way that is so fueled by bigotry and hate is someone whose intelligence we should question.”

Jimmy Kimmel: Kids Explain Gay Marriage

America Ferrera To Donald Trump: "We Will Silence You At The Polls"

Award-winning actress (Ugly Betty) American Ferrera pens an awesome essay in response to Donald Trump's racist remarks about Latinos last week.

Mexico is "sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us," Trump said. "They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people."

Just a snippet of America's dead-on statement to the Donald:

"You have made your thoughts on the Latino community clear and you continue to stand by them. And in return, we will do more than tweet about our indignation and beat piƱatas of your likeness. We will silence you at the polls. We will vote and use our growing position in U.S. politics. Our fellow Americans who understand and value our contributions will join us. We know there is nothing that scares you more."

Since his comments, Trump has been dumped by NBCUniversal and Univision. His pageants, Miss USA and Miss Universe, are dropped from the networks' schedules.

And Macys is just the latest to sever business ties with him.

Great job, Donald.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Trailer: "Sharknado 3 - Oh Hell No!"

Clip description: The sharks take bite out of the East Coast when the sharknado hits Washington, D.C. and Orlando, Florida.

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