Cate Blanchett Playing Lucille Ball, Hozier Transforms Sam Smith: MEME

Kim Davis roundup, "A Sinner In Mecca"'s risky story of identity, Cookie's best lines on "Empire"

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Senator Lindsey Graham surprised me by saying that while he agrees with Kim Davis’ definition of marriage, she needs to do her job. “The rule of law is the rule of law. We are a rule of law nation. I appreciate her conviction, I support traditional marriage, but she’s accepted a job in which she has to apply the law to everyone.”

Besides, it appears that she knew this was coming, even during her election. She wrote to all the state legislators asking them to do something about it going back to day she took office. “[I] asked them, pleaded with them to, while there was still time, to get a bill on the floor to help protect clerks who had a moral issue in this regard.”

Now she’s petitioning a federal judge to not find her in contempt, with the reasoning that it’s impossible for her to comply with the order to issue licenses. “In the case at bar, Davis is unable to comply with the August 12, 2015 order…because it irreparably and irreversibly violates her conscience by directing her to authorize and issue SSM licenses bearing her name and approval.”


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Actor Dean Jones, possible best known as the driver of Herbie the Love Bug long before Lindsay Lohan, has passed away at the age of 84.


A 17-year-old teen boy is being charged with sexually exploiting a minor, and could land in jail for ten years because of it. His crime is sexting, and most of the charges he’s facing relate to having nude pictures of a 16-year-old on his phone. The picture are of himself. But since he’s 17, he can be charged as an adult. This is one of those things that makes you wonder what the prosecutor is thinking, and who he’s trying to protect.


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I don’t think that anyone will argue that Lucille Ball is overdue for a biopic on her life, but did anyone think that it should be written by Aaron Sorkin, and Ball played by Cate Blanchett? Do you think funny when you think of Cate, or do you think Oscar winner? And while I’m aware of hair dye, does anyone think redhead?


Today at noon there will be a rally at the Third District Court in New York City to protest the criminalization of sex work as relates to the Rentboy.com raid.


Some have speculated that Rentboy.com got taken down when they offered a scholarship to their performers trying to finish school, since such things are caught up in tax regulations. But where does that put Pornhub, which, let’s face it, is home to a mountain of pirated content, also a favorite target of the feds, which is offering a much larger $25,000 scholarship?


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Over the past few days, there has been a whole mountain of hate heaped on Denise, the pig that Kermit is dating in the new Muppet show on ABC. The stories are vicious, and I’m confused as hell. We’ve known for months, since the upfronts, that Kermit was seeing another pig. Why the sudden rush of admittedly funny pieces on why she’s a homewrecker? Is it journalists participating in PR, which I find questionable, or did the entire internet suddenly watch a months old piece of footage?


Midnighter’s Steve Orlando, who also has the gay themed graphic novel Virgil about a Jamaican cop who hunts down the corrupt people who kidnapped him and beat up his boyfriend, has collected a list of the top ten LGBT comics for you to read.


Congratulations to the character that made teenage me want to leave the room every time she came on screen when I was watching Goldfinger with my dad. Pussy Galore comes out as lesbian in the new Bond book Trigger Mortis by now controversial author Anthony Horowitz. It does explain why she turned Bond down when he tried. Sometimes names are quite literal.


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Dick Cheney, who is a surprise supporter of marriage equality for some time now, says people need to just accept it. “It’s the law of the land and as a general proposition, it seems to me you’ve got to go forward with it.” As for Kim Davis, Liz Cheney says “The court has ruled… [the clerk] is not an employee of a church or synagogue, she’s a government employee. So, she has an obligation to uphold the law.”


We all know Bayard Rustin was the architect of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, and that he was a gay man, but how much do you know about his work away from Dr. King?


Over the last two years, Sam Smith’s “Lay Me Down” has become one of the most recognizable songs out there, with constant airplay. It’s even one of my mother’s favorite songs. But Hozier took it in an entirely new direction on BBC One’s Live Lounge, and I don’t know what to say. I don’t even recognize it, and that’s not a good thing. Nor is it a bad thing. It’s a totally new thing. It’s still a fantastic song, but it’s so different I don’t even recognize it. Sam Smith tweeted his approval.


Because the new season of Empire can’t come soon enough, here’s a collection of Cookie’s best lines. I don’t know if they can keep up this pace with a second season, but I can’t wait to see what she says. I’d like to see her go up against the queens on RuPaul’s Drag Race.


A Sinner in Mecca is the story of out Muslim Parvez Sharma’s attempt to not only complete his hajj, but to film it, both of which are forbidden to him. It’s a bit restricted, as he does need to fear for his life as an openly gay man in Saudi Arabia, and several of his fellow worshipers condemn him for this camera, but it seems like a fascinating effort to reconcile his personal identity with his religious and cultural identity.


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